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How Long Does Ultherapy® Last?

Posted April 12, 2017 in Facial Rejuvenation, Non-Surgical Procedures, Ultherapy®

Dramatic and long-lasting results are typically expected after a major surgery. With all the tissue manipulation that occurs during surgery, you should expect nothing less. But when it comes to non-surgical treatments, the question arises: how long can the results really last? With regular Ultherapy® treatments, you can maintain your youthful appearance for years to come, even without cutting or disrupting the surface skin.

Before and After UltherapyThe Ultherapy® Treatment Process

Ultherapy® is essentially a non-surgical facelift and neck lift. Using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy® delivers heat into the deeper foundational layer beneath the skin. This renews the existing collagen and stimulates the growth of new collagen in the skin. As a result, Ultherapy® lifts and tightens the skin to provide firmer skin and a rejuvenated appearance.

The Ultherapy® procedure has several advantages over facelift surgery. First, the treatment is fast; Ultherapy® treatments last just 30 to 60 minutes, while surgery can last several hours. Ultherapy® also has no downtime. By avoiding invasive techniques, Ultherapy® reduces the procedural risks and has no chance of scarring. Patients can achieve desirable results with just one treatment, though some may benefit from additional treatments. While the results are not equivalent to the extensive lifting and firming that are accomplished with facelift surgery, Ultherapy® is an alternative solution for patients who wish to improve loose, sagging skin on the forehead, eyes, mid-face, lower face, and neck. Even without any surgery, Ultherapy® can produce dramatic results by tightening and firming the skin of the face and neck.

Ultherapy® Results Timeline

The reason Ultherapy® results take a few months to fully develop is because the ultrasound energy triggers collagen production over time. Collagen, a natural protein that gives skin firmness and strength, naturally breaks down over time. This causes the skin to sag and wrinkle. With Ultherapy®, collagen levels are increased so that the skin appears rejuvenated. While there is an immediate uplift after an Ultherapy® treatment session, it takes two to three months to show the final results. The skin becomes increasingly toned and lifted over this time.

How Long Do Ultherapy® Results Last?

The results from Ultherapy® generally last two years. The treatment produces new collagen, but even with natural collagen regeneration, the skin continues to age. Using good skin care products that encourage skin tightening and collagen production will help maintain your results. Most patients will see long-lasting benefits but can keep pace with the aging process by undergoing future follow-up treatments. Some patients will come in for a “spot treatment” to an area if needed. Ultherapy® skin tightening helps postpone more advanced signs of aging, which could potentially allow you to postpone a facelift or other facial rejuvenation surgeries. While no treatment can stop aging, Ultherapy® treatments can help you continue to look more youthful for many years.

Dr. Chris Patronella offers Ultherapy® for non-surgical facial and neck rejuvenation at his Houston-based plastic surgery practice. To request your consultation with Dr. Patronella, call (713) 575-1996 or contact us online today.

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