If you’re a skin care junkie, you’ve likely heard of Ultherapy. You may have even read that Ultherapy uses “targeted ultrasonic energy to promote collagen production.” At which point you may have asked: Okay, but what the heck does that even mean? Or, perhaps more importantly: Does it actually work? If you have any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place!
To understand the value of Ultherapy, you first need to understand the value of collagen. Collagen is the structural protein that keeps our skin plump, elastic, and youthful (I often refer to it as the skin’s “cushion”). Unfortunately, not only does collagen break down over time, but our bodies start producing about 1% less of it every year starting at around age 25. And while we might enjoy the loss of our round “baby faces” as we approach 30, many of us are less thrilled as collagen continues to decline as we approach our 40s and 50s. With less “cushion,” we see more sagging…which is a telltale sign of ageing.
For decades, the best response science had to sagging skin was a surgical lift — but the reality is, not everyone is ready for or interested in such an invasive procedure (not to mention, the typical, all-inclusive cost of surgery runs around 10K and requires weeks of recovery time).
This is where Ultherapy comes in as a non-invasive and more cost-effective alternative. The procedure stimulates collagen production, making the targeted areas firmer. Most patients only need one treatment and start to see the full effects within two to six month. The procedure itself takes 60-90 minutes and requires zero down-time, meaning you can head right back into your day after your appointment (and major bonus: most patients report little discomfort during the procedure itself).
The cost of treatment typically ranges from $1,200 to $3,500 and is targeted to either the brow, under the chin, neck, or décolletage area. Our own Dr. Aliksanian says the results of Ultherapy will usually be most noticeable in patients between the ages of 35 and 55 (older patients may realistically require more invasive procedures to see their desired results).
Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call or schedule a complimentary in-person or virtual consult to see if Ultherapy is the right option for you.
Authored by Toria Sheffield