Beauty Buzz: Why Beauty Lovers Are Gaga About Ulthera

Take-Home Points:

  • Skin tightening and toning in just one session
  • No downtime
  • Gradual effects
  • Less expensive than a face lift
  • Painful, but worth it

As all beauty junkies know, non- or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures come and go. It's all hype and hope until something better comes along… and something usually does. Treatments that stand the test of time are few and far between, and that's why experts are over the moon about Ulthera (or Ultherapy).

The jury is in: Ultherapy, a skin tightening and toning procedure that uses focused ultrasound, is a winner.

Ulthera and You: Perfect Together?

Ulthera is the only non-invasive procedure that has the Food and Drug Administration's nod to tighten and lift skin on the neck, chin and brow. It provides subtle-but-visible results that are not as significant as those seen with facelift, but Ulthera is a whole lot cheaper ($2,000 to $6,000 versus $15,000 or more for a facelift) and has no downtime (though it does have a little post-procedural redness).

Plus, some people with sagging jowls or turkey neck are not good candidates for facelift due to their medical history, budget constraints or inability to commit to a long, under-the-radar recovery period.

The Procedure

Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound into the skin's deepest layers to stimulate collagen production. (Collagen is the protein that is responsible for giving our skin the supple, elastic properties most associated with youth.) It bypasses the skin's outer layer, which is why there is no evidence that you have had anything done.

There's a catch (isn't there always?). Ulthera hurts. A lot (depending on your pain threshold). It's generally nothing that a little Valium and some regional anesthesia can't take care of though.

Unlike other skin tightening, collagen-producing treatments, Ultherapy is one and done. Multiple treatments are not needed. The Ulthera procedure takes about 60-90 minutes to perform in-office. An immediate "boost" might be noticed right afterward, but the real "wow factor" will occur within 2-3 months. It can be used together with laser resurfacting and injectables to address other signs of aging on the face, and may even help to prevent or forestall the need for a full facelift.

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