WHAT IS ULTHERAPY®?
Ultherapy® is an FDA approved and non-invasive procedure, designed to lift and tighten the skin on the neck, jawline and around the eyes. It’s also been proven to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the chest and décolleté area – therefore creating a much fresher, more youthful overall look.
HOW DOES ULTHERAPY® TREATMENT WORK?
Essentially, Ultherapy® harnesses the power of safe and time-tested ultrasound.
During the procedure, focused ultrasound energy is delivered to the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). This is the deep layer of muscle typically addressed in a surgical facelift. By using ultrasound imaging, the practitioner can position the device precisely where it needs to be – stimulating collagen production in the target areas, without harming the surrounding tissue.
The length of Ultherapy® treatment depends on several factors, including the areas to be treated and your individual treatment plan. However, for most patients, it takes approximately one hour to complete. By kick-starting collagen production deep within the skin, it leads to a noticeable lifting and tightening effect – and helps to counteract the effects of time, gravity and sun exposure.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Both men and women can benefit from Ultherapy® in London. Generally speaking, the ideal candidate will be someone in the 30s or older, with mild-moderate skin laxity. This could manifest itself as loose, sagging skin under the neck or chin, drooping eyebrows, or lines on the chest or décolleté.
Ultherapy® is an excellent option for those who want to achieve firmer, younger-looking skin – without going under the knife. It’s also a great way to prolong the effects of a previous surgical procedure. But, please bear in mind, it will not achieve the same dramatic results as a facelift.
Ultherapy® treatment is unsuitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and patients with certain diseases and disorders (such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis). Therefore, the best way to determine your suitability is to book a consultation. Our specialists will discuss your current health, establish what you wish to achieve and advise on whether Ultherapy® is right for you.
HOW MANY ULTHERAPY® TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
In most cases, just one treatment will be required. However, it depends on the initial degree of skin laxity and your body’s biological response to the ultrasound. If your skin is particularly loose or the collagen-building process is slow, further sessions may be needed to achieve the tightening effect.
IS ULTHERAPY® IN LONDON SAFE?
Yes, absolutely. Ultrasound energy is tried-and-tested, having been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years. What’s more, Ultherapy® itself has now been safely and effectively used in more than 60 countries worldwide, with over one million treatments performed across the globe.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Most people describe the sensation of Ultherapy® skin tightening as a ‘tolerable’ dull ache. You may be aware when each burst of ultrasound energy is delivered and experience a fleeting moment of discomfort. However, this is a positive sign, indicating that collagen stimulation has begun. If and when discomfort does occur, painkillers and pain-distraction devices can also be prescribed.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME?
Following treatment, there may be slight redness for an hour or so and some people experience a mild aching sensation. But these side effects are temporary and there are no post-procedure measures that have to be followed. Most people can resume their normal daily activities immediately afterwards. In fact, it’s even possible to have Ultherapy® in London on your lunchbreak, and return to work straight away.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE RESULTS OF ULTHERAPY® SKIN TIGHTENING?
Some patients will see an effect immediately after their first Ultherapy® treatment. However, collagen-building is a gradual process – and the most dramatic results are likely to appear over the following 2-3 months. This is when the new collagen starts to take effect, successfully lifting and tightening the skin and allowing it to regain some of its former smoothness and tone.
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS OF ULTHERAPY® LAST?
The effects of Ultherapy® skin tightening can typically be seen for one year or more. But this is only a rough estimate. The procedure is designed to stimulate your natural collagen production process – therefore, the lifespan of its effects will depend on your personal response to the ultrasound.
It’s also important to bear in mind, the skin will continue to age over time and further ‘touch-up’ treatments may be needed to keep pace with the natural ageing process.
HOW MUCH DOES ULTHERAPY® COST?
The exact cost of Ultherapy® in London will vary depending on the area you wish to target (i.e. neck, jawline, brows etc.) and the number of treatment sessions that you require.
For a personalised quote, the best option is to book an initial consultation and discuss your needs with our specialists. They will consider what you wish to achieve, recommend the best treatment plan and offer detailed information on how much your Ultherapy® treatment will cost.
If you have any questions or wish to book a consultation, please contact us on 020 7078 0203.