What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy has rapidly become one of the most popular non invasive firming and lifting treatments among celebrities and is the number one beauty procedure in Asia. It has only recently become more known in North America. This treatment is a safe alternative to surgery to lift and tone facial muscles and the neck area. It is the only FDA approved procedure that has been proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, lift the skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrows.
Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound to deliver its collagen-boosting treatment. It stimulates collagen growth at three different layers. The therapist has the ability to use ultrasound imaging to be able to see where the ultrasound energy has to be targeted to get the best results for that specific area and client. It is a treatment that women especially like to treat their decolletage and chest area, which with age can loose firmness and elasticity. This appearance often called "turkey neck" was only treated with invasive surgery or injections until now which are both very expensive or require frequent treatments to maintain the appearance.
My experience and downtime
Unlike other treatments such as laser, needles and surgery, Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin and goes beneath and targets ultrasound energy at the right depth and temperature. As you can see in the image above, Ultherapy goes below to the dermal layer of the skin and addresses the issue where it matters because this is where collagen cells are created. It isn't an invasive procedure that requires any downtime but it also requires up to 3-6 months to see the full results. I started noticing some results after 8 weeks and some people notice results even sooner as every person has a unique case and response time depending on age, skin elasticity and lifestyle. What I noticed first was the firming of my eye folds and my nasal labial folds. Now this was something I gradually noticed and it was when I saw my photos after 3 months that I really noticed the contouring of my jaw line and that my eyelids had a lifted appearance.
The therapist who conducted my treatment at Touch Of Joy recommended that I take some Tylenol Extra strength 30 minutes prior to coming in to reduce some of the discomfort that could be felt. They can use use a numbing cream if required as the sensation can be a bit uncomfortable without it and if you are particularly sensitive. The neck area can be a particularly sensitive area. I have a pretty high pain thresh hold and so the prickly warm sensation didn't bother me as much. After I had the procedure I was feeling a bit sore and numb in my neck area but I was able to proceed with my normal day to day routine. It took about 3-4 weeks for the numb sensation to dissipate. Some people report some initial redness and swelling which goes away with time.
I initially asked my esthetician about this treatment because I started noticing that my neck area although not severely sun damaged nor lax, had begun to show some changes and because of the nature of some of my work involving being in videos and photos, it was more of a proactive measure that I was taking vs a major corrective procedure. I am certainly pleased in seeing the results for myself in the before and after photos even after just 3 months. The area around my jawline has been lifted and defined which can be seen in my profile. I know that the results will get even better as I have also been complimenting the procedure with some at home care products and follow up treatments that were recommended to me. That is the benefit of going somewhere that truly cares about you getting the best results both short and long term, they will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and personalized recommendations.
I encourage you to see some of the more dramatic before and after photos on their website which is here. It is definitely something that I would recommend to someone who is considering surgery or more invasive procedures as a safe and more natural alternative.
It is highly recommended to intake antioxidants, to exercise and have a healthy diet as all of these factors contribute to the reproduction of healthy collagen cells which will maximize the results. It is an investment as the price ranges from a few thousand dollars. It is meant to do every year or every other year for maintenance of the results.
I will be posting part 2 of my full review after the 6 months when the results peak.