Ultherapy Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is getting Ultherapy?
More people than you think!! Ultherapy has been ranked by New Beauty® Magazine as the “Best of Beauty Choice Award of the Year” for three years in a row (2014, 2015, and 2016). It has been featured on numerous television shows, social media, and reality television in the last two years. Most recently, it was shown on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. It has been featured on every major television channel in the United States at one time or another, has graced nearly every major print publication from Harper’s Bazaar to the New York Times.
As Ultherapy offers natural replacement of collagen without surface ablation or injury, it is easy to see why it has become a mainstay of Hollywood celebrities and public figures in a short period of time. Ultherapy does not alter your facial structure, it only improves skin quality and skin collagen. It is safe, reliable, and it can be done with absolutely minimal downtime. Whether its being used for maintenance of previous work, or as a route to prevent needing surgery, Ultherapy has safely and effectively treated over 400,000 people, providing noticeable results over the course of three to six months after therapy.
How Much does Ultherapy Cost?
The cost of therapy depends upon the area treated and the desired effect you wish to achieve. Consultations for Ultherapy, as with all facial and skin care consultations, are complimentary. All clients meet with Dr. Durkin and our medical spa providers at the time of their visit. Prior to therapy, all patients undergo complimentary Reveal Camera® Skin Analysis to define overall skin quality, and refine our approach with Ultherapy. As we proceed with therapy, repeat analyses are taken to ensure therapy progression, or define the need for more treatment. General, ballpark only pricing guidelines are shown below, but each quote is subject to change depending on your examination, and your desired endpoints.
Does Ultherapy reduce or increase my risk of skin cancer?
Ultherapy does not increase or decrease the risk of skin cancers of any type. Furthermore, it has been deemed safe and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for treatment of the human brow, face, neck, and décolletage.
Who performs Ultherapy?
Natural facial aesthetics and facial beauty are concepts, and cannot be provided or removed by a machine. As with every patient, Dr. Durkin will create a comprehensive treatment plan with you at your time of consultation. This treatment plan may involve skin care, injectables, Ultherapy, rhinoplasty, or any number of interventions. It may or may not include Ultherapy. If, however, Ultherapy is a clinical option for you, your treatment strategy will be developed by Dr. Durkin, and delivered by our Medical Aesthetician in a safe, luxurious spa setting.
I’m very sensitive to pain. Can I have anesthesia?
Our on-site surgery center offers comprehensive anesthetic capabilities with the latest in safety and monitoring technology. Patients who receive anesthesia services on site will be monitored according to surgical safety protocols present at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, and approved by the State of Florida Board of Health. Oral anesthesia is prescribed by Dr. Durkin prior to therapy if it is necessary. Patients may request further anesthesia services, which we are happy to provide.
What can I expect after treatment with Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is designed to produce internal neocollagenesis by using focused ultrasound to produce heat internally within the human dermis. It provides this effect without any surface damage!! As such, there is literally minimal downtime. Some patients report light swelling that occurs for 1-3 days, but this is uncommon. This procedure is very popular on Thursdays and Fridays. Patients get treated, and go back to work looking great on Monday.
Is Ultherapy a standalone treatment, or can it be combined with other treatments?
We find that our best nonsurgical results are found when we are able to blend the best components of different treatment modalities to generate results, and Ultherapy is no different. We offer multiple treatment packages combining ultherapy with lasers, light based therapies, skin care, neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and other regimens. Lastly, we like to combine all of our facelift procedures with Ultherapy at 1 year postoperatively to maintain your overall surgical result, as well as maintain soft, healthy, vibrant skin.
How often are people treated with Ultherapy?
The majority of patients treated with Ultherapy only require one session for the face, brow, and neck. Some patients may require a second treatment, but this is uncommon. Patients receiving therapy for the décolletages may require more than one treatment.
Is Ultherapy a substitute for a facelift or a necklift?
No. Absolutely not. Ultherapy is designed to improve collagen production, improve fine lines and wrinkles in the skin, and elevate superficial soft tissue. It is not designed to elevate deep structures, shorten the platysma, or remove jowling. Ultherapy is directed at the skin itself to improve skin quality and position. Facial plastic surgery is designed to improve the overall shape and structure of the face. Skin quality is not universally improved by facelifting. Only the facial anatomy and its structure are improved by surgery. Rejuvenation of skin quality requires energy based therapies, such as laser therapy, Ultherapy, microneedling, certain forms of skin care, and Radiesse® injectable therapy. Because of this, we commonly and routinely combine Ultherapy with surgical and nonsurgical interventions. By maximizing the best components of different modalities, we are able to create harmonious, natural, and graceful facial outcomes with a minimum of downtime.
Does Ultherapy Work?
In a word, yes. In an appropriately selected and treated client, Ultherapy can offer outstanding results, especially when combined with other synergistic treatments. Gallery offered below.
This is a nice example of brow elevation on a 46 year old female. A single treatment was undertaken. Three month result is shown.
A 68 year old Caucasian female who complexed Ultherapy with upper eyelid blepharoplasty to achieve a beautiful elevation of the brow in combination with an eyelid lift, and re-definition of the upper eyelid cleft.
A 36 year old female with premature brow descent. Result of brow lift shown at 16 months after one treatment with Ultherapy.
A forty-five year old female who wanted lower face and neck rejuvenation. After one treatment, there is a marked reduction in neck lines, and good elevation of the neck skin. Results shown at three months from treatment.
One of our more common treatment scenarios, this young lady wanted to invest in her long-term appearance with Ultherapy. Results after one treatment to lower face and neck are shown at 6 months. As you can see, she has a nice, natural elevation and tightening to her lower face and neck. Excellent result.
Men commonly seek out Ultherapy for tightening of the lower face and neck. It is uncommon for men to request brow tightening, as most men are comfortable with a lower brow position. The jaw-line, and neckline, however, are avidly treated in men with Ultherapy. Due to thicker skin, men commonly require two treatments with Ultherapy, but due to their skin thickness, tend to get excellent, long lasting results when appropriately treated.
Ultherapy offers superior results in removing skin lines from the décolletage. As compared to laser counterparts, Ultherapy can produce similar results with 1-2 treatments without surface damage or the need for wound care. We commonly provide Ultherapy resurfacing to this area, and then provide light based therapy to remove sun damage spots, and discolorations.