Ultherapy® offers a non-invasive approach for tightening skin in the areas of your neck, chest, chin, and eyebrows. Women, in particular, may benefit from the treatment because of its ability to improve lines and wrinkles in the lower neck and décolletage.
Dr. Lenore Sikorski recommends Ultherapy to her patients who want to address signs of aging but who aren’t ready for a surgical approach. While Ultherapy does not duplicate the results of surgery, it can significantly rejuvenate skin without the downtime and recovery of a surgical procedure.
How Ultherapy Works
Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment typically performed by one of Natural Image OC’s experienced physician assistants. It uses ultrasound waves to tighten skin and encourage the production of collagen, a key support structure in your tissues:
- Ultherapy applies ultrasound energy to the multiple layers of your skin without affecting the surface levels.
- The technology delivers the correct amount of energy at the right location and temperature to trigger your collagen-building process.
You should notice the effects of treatment over the months that follow as collagen develops, creating a significant lift in your features and an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.
The Benefits of Ultherapy
Our patients choose Ultherapy because of the advantages that it offers over several other approaches:
- Ultrasound imaging allows the physician’s assistant to see the different layers of tissue and to target areas accurately. This makes for a more efficient and effective treatment.
- Ultherapy works with your body’s natural processes to restore a more youthful appearance.
- The procedure is completely non-surgical. There is no cutting, suturing, or intensive recovery.
- Ultrasound can safely reach layers of the tissue inaccessible to some other technologies.
Your Initial Consultation
Dr. Sikorski values your experience in her care as highly as the outcomes she provides. You will start with an initial discussion about the changes you’d like to make and the motivations behind your choice to have treatment. By understanding your goals, Dr. Sikorski can guide you towards an approach that is suited for your needs.
While Natural Image OC offers several non-surgical skin tightening procedures, Dr. Sikorski typically recommends Ultherapy for patients who want to:
- Treat the entire neck.
- Improve the appearance of the chest.
- Have the benefit of a slight brow lift.
- Tighten certain areas of the face affected by aging, gravity or sun exposure.
Your Experience with Ultherapy
You don’t need to take any special steps in advance of receiving Ultherapy. You will simply visit our practice on the day of your scheduled treatment, and our physician’s assistant will guide you through the process:
- We will provide medication that will help you to relax and numbing cream that will reduce sensation during treatment.
- The physician’s assistant will apply an ultrasound gel to the treatment areas.
- He or she will place a smooth applicator against your skin to deliver focused ultrasound energy.
Most Ultherapy patients tell us that this experience is very tolerable, particularly with the numbing cream and medication. The sensation feels like an intense heat and only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.
There is no recovery time or limitation on your activities, but if you’ve taken medication to improve your comfort, you will need someone to drive you home from the practice. There should be no bruising or signs of treatment, though some patients experience mild and temporary swelling or tenderness.
Dr. Sikorski typically advises patients that they will need to wait about six months to see the full benefits of treatment—firmer and more youthful-looking skin on the chin, brow, and neckline. A second treatment at the end of this period can give you even greater improvement.