Aging catches us all eventually, but that doesn’t mean that our aging has to be obvious. With medical advancements in cosmetic therapies, it is possible to turn back the clock with painless, non-invasive treatments. At Riverwalk MD Aesthetics in Corona, CA, we offer several non-invasive treatments, such as Ultherapy. These treatments are designed to help you achieve your ideal appearance without any prolonged recovery time that gets in the way of living your best life.
If you’re curious about Ultherapy, then you’ve come to the right place!
What Is Ultherapy?
This is a revolutionary non-invasive anti-aging treatment. Like many other anti-aging treatments, this therapy is a way to halt aging in its tracks for several months at a time. The goal of this treatment is to help lift and tighten skin, particularly skin that has grown lax and loose as a result of aging.
This treatment is considered non-invasive because there is no need for the skin to be breached in order to deliver the treatment. As a byproduct of technological advancements, this treatment can deliver therapy exactly where it is needed without any discomfort or painful side effects. This treatment is more gentle than other anti-aging treatments, as it helps the body work for itself to return skin to a state of youthful suppleness.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
What makes this treatment so revolutionary? The answer to that is in how this treatment works. Using newly patented and FDA approved ultrasound technology, this treatment looks deep beneath the surface of skin to target specific zones with a small amount of heat in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
This treatment is highly advanced. The device used for the treatment is one-part ultrasound wand and one-part ultrasound wave and heat emitter. By combining these two technologies into one treatment, you not only save time but can also be certain that you are targeting the areas of laxity that need the most attention. In this way, this anti-aging treatment is unlike any other. You get the perfect amount of attention exactly where it is needed.
Benefits of Ultherapy
There are two obvious benefits to this treatment. The first is the non-invasive technique that causes only minimal discomfort. The second is the anti-aging qualities that are produced by the treatment. Together, these two benefits make this treatment unlike any other.
But there are additional benefits, too! For example, this treatment is not only designed for the face. It can be used on the upper neck, lower neck, and collarbone area with ease. Another major benefit is that this treatment does not introduce any foreign elements into your body, so the risk of allergic reactions or other side effects is extremely minimal.
The treatment also doesn’t take a long time out of your day, and you can return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment is complete. Who doesn’t love a quick, painless, non-invasive anti-aging treatment? Especially one that can be personalized to your exact needs. If you want a treatment that works with you in every way, then this is a treatment that you need to seriously consider.
By now you must be wondering what the treatment process is like. We want you to know exactly what to expect from your appointments before you walk in the door, so we’ve put together the essential steps that are involved in this particular treatment.
Step One: Initial Consultation
The very first step is assessing your goals and needs. At your appointment, one of our caring professionals will assess the state of your skin, paying particularly close attention to your skin type, the level of skin laxity you currently have, and the zones of your skin that are identified as needing the most attention. You will also be asked about your goals for your appearance. All of this information will be used to help formulate a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs.
During this appointment, we might also discuss the possibility of multiple treatments depending on the severity of laxity. We will also consult with you on combining this therapy with other treatments, such as facials or injections. If you have any additional questions about this treatment, our professionals will be happy to answer them so that you are fully informed.
Step Two: Cleanse
When you come into our office on the day of the appointment, one of the first things we will do after you are settled in the treatment room is gently cleanse your skin. Cleansing the skin before any cosmetic treatment is an important step to make sure the treatment reaches its maximum potential. Gentle cleansing rids skin of excess oil, pollution debris, and make-up, while also preparing the skin with soft massage to start stimulating blood flow.
Step Three: Ultrasound Gel
Just like any other ultrasound device, we require the use of ultrasound gel before we can use the device. This cooling ultrasound gel is used in part for your comfort and in part because it helps the device glide smoothly over skin.
It is best for there to be as little friction between your skin and the device as possible so that your skin is not put under too much pressure. At your treatment appointment, we will use plenty of ultrasound gel, but if at any point you feel that more is needed in a certain area, please feel free to speak up.
Step Four: Ultrasound Imaging
Using the ultrasound device, your treatment specialist will first look beneath the layers of skin to get a clear image of the sub-levels that need to be treated. Particular attention will be placed on areas of the skin that have the greatest amount of laxity or deep folds. Having a clear view of the sub-levels of the skin ensures that every step of the treatment targets the zones that need the most attention.
Step Five: Ultrasound Treatment
This therapy combines ultrasound waves and a small amount of heat to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin beneath the skin. This step of the treatment is usually the longest, as each zone receives a certain allotment of treatment time to ensure that the sub-levels are receiving an adequate amount of stimulation. Depending on the needs of each zone, some areas of treatment will take longer than others.
It is during this portion of the treatment where you will feel the most sensation. Usually the small amount of heat delivered by the device feels brief and not unlike a small buzz beneath the skin. Depending on the area being treated and the sensitivity of your skin, the sensation of heat varies from person to person. Most find no discomfort in the treatment at all. The sensation associated with the delivery of heat and ultrasound waves lasts only for as long as that particular area is being treated.
Step Six: Recovery
After the treatment has been delivered to each zone that is identified in your treatment plan, your professional will gently remove the excess gel from your skin with cool water and gentle cleansing. You will then receive some post-treatment guidelines. It is important to follow these guidelines to make sure that you get the most out of every treatment. For this particular treatment, post-treatment guidelines are mostly a list of things you can do. Post-treatment guidelines include:
- Avoiding direct sun exposure for the day
- Applying sunscreen immediately following treatment
- Applying make-up with SPF immediately following treatment
- Using post-treatment serums or moisturizers for 48 hours
After the treatment, there is no downtime or recovery time. Some patients have slight pinkness to the treated skin after the treatment, but this fades within hours. You can immediately resume normal activities for the day. Aside from the standard post-treatment guidelines, there are no restrictions to your activities following this treatment.
When can you expect to see results after this treatment? Many patients report that their skin immediately looks more youthful following the treatment. Usually you can start seeing more significant results within 3 days after your appointment as your body begins to produce collagen at a quicker rate. You will continue to see better results in the laxity of your skin over the next three to six months, or until your body begins to slow collagen production again.
How Often Should I Get Ultherapy Treatments?
The vast majority of patients only need one session of this treatment at a time. One appointment will get you, at minimum, three months of youthful-looking skin. You only need a single treatment to stimulate your skin’s collagen production and you only need one more treatment to begin noticing signs of aging.
For most people, two treatments a year is sufficient to maintain a youthful appearance. However, depending on the severity of your skin laxity and how well you respond to the treatment, you may need more than two treatments per year. Our expert professionals will help you determine when you need another treatment.
Can I Combine Ultherapy With Other Treatments?
One common question we get about this therapy is if it is possible to combine it with other cosmetic treatments. The resounding answer is yes. You can combine this treatment with classic facials, such as certain chemical peels. You can also combine this treatment with injections such as derma fillers or Botox. Because this treatment works with the body, it is highly compatible with many other treatments.
If you are interested in combining treatments, our knowledgeable professionals will be happy to discuss your options and help you decide the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
There are no age restrictions or medical health limitations associated with this treatment, and that means everyone is an ideal candidate. While many people experiencing any amount of skin laxity are candidates, we typically treat those in their 30s or older for this therapy. Those who consider this therapy to solve their anti-aging woes include those who have:
- Skin laxity in cheeks, jawline, and neck
- Loose skin in neck and collarbone areas
- Fine lines around eyes and mouth
- Wrinkles on forehead
- Skin laxity around brows, eyelids, and beneath the eye
Is It Right for You?
Think this treatment might be right for you? Be sure to call Riverwalk MD Aesthetics in Corona, CA to schedule your initial consultation today! If you still have questions about Ultherapy, our expert staff are fully prepared to answer all queries over the phone or at the office during your appointment. We look forward to the opportunity to help you turn back the clock and live your life to the fullest.