Research shows that people with smooth and clear skin are more confident and have higher self-esteem. Some people are lucky to have the perfect faces. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.
Luckily, there are many cosmetic procedures that can help individuals restore and maintain smooth, firm, and glowing skin. Ultherapy is one such treatment that is focused on lifting and tightening the skin to give a younger and more vibrant appearance.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure that is performed to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on the face, neck, and décolletage, and has been a popular treatment across Mumbai and other parts of the country, for a long time.
As the name suggests, the treatment uses ultrasound technology, where the ultrasound energy is focused on the skin’s deeper layers during the procedure. The ultrasound energy triggers the body’s natural healing response to stimulate elastin fibers and collagen production, which in turn tightens and firms the skin.
As more collagen is produced over time, the skin becomes tighter and firmer.
Depending on where a patient is being treated, the procedure can take 30-90 minutes. This is pretty fast compared to some of its alternatives which take hours.
It is also a one-time treatment, whose results only start to show gradually over time. The effects of therapy can last up to 18 months (or more), after which the patient might need to visit their ultherapy clinic again for advice on the next step.
There are many reasons why this procedure is popular, one being the fact that it does not require any incisions or downtime. However, note that it may not be a suitable treatment for everyone with similar issues.
It is impotent for an individual to find and speak with a qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Debraj Shome who specializes in the field, to determine if ultherapy is right for them.
Ultherapy Procedure; What happens before, during, and after the treatment
Consultation: The moment a patient thinks of ultherapy treatment, the very first thing they should do is find a qualified plastic surgeon or doctor for consultation. In this stage, the patient talks about their goals and expectation, while the professional explains the procedure and what can be achieved by the treatment.
It is also important for the patient to inform the healthcare provider of any allergies they might have, medication and supplements they may be taking, and their overall medical history and health.
Physical examination; after the consultation, the doctor will then carry out a physical examination of the areas to be treated. Depending on the patient’s medical history, more tests may be needed to determine if the patient is suitable for the treatment
Pre-treatment instructions: The doctor will then issue some instructions to prepare the patient for the coming treatments and ensure no risks of complications. Patients may be asked to avoid certain medications and supplements before the procedure.
They may also be asked to make certain lifestyle changes like stopping smoking or drinking alcohol or avoiding certain skincare products.
Cleansing: This involves cleaning the area where it will be treated to ensure the proper placement of the ultrasound device and minimize the risk of infections.
Ultrasound application: Once the area is clean and ready, the doctor uses an ultherapy hand device to deliver focused ultrasound energy to the targeted areas of the skin. This is to stimulate collagen production, which is responsible for tighter and firmer skin.
Monitoring: While the provider is administering the treatment, they are also monitoring the treatment area throughout the procedure to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Duration: The length of the procedure depends on the treatment area and the extent of the skin laxity. Generally, it takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Recovery: There is little to no downtime after ultherapy, and most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Results: Results vary from one individual to another. Some patients start to see results sooner, others notice changes much later. Generally, most people see some immediate tightening and lifting of the skin after the procedure. However, optimal results are visible after 2-3 months as new collagen continues to develop.
Maintenance: To maintain the results, patients may need periodic touch-up treatments. The doctor will advise on how to maintain the results for the longest time possible.
Benefits of Ultherapy
Ultherapy has many benefits that most of its alternatives cannot offer. Check out some of these benefits below;
- It is non-invasive
Ultherapy doesn’t involve incisions and/ or injections like most facial surgical procedures do. Instead, it uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the growth of collagen which over time tightens and firms the skin. This makes it a non-invasive and less risky option, with minimal downtime and recovery period.
It also reduces the risk of complications and shortens the recovery period. After Ultherpy treatment, patients usually resume their normal activities immediately.
There may be some mild side effects such as redness, swelling, or tenderness in the treated area. These are only short-lived and can be managed by cold compressions and over-the-counter medication.
- It is FDA-approved
Another benefit of ultherapy is that it is approved by the FDA, and is actually the only non-invasive procedure that has been FDA-approved for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow. This means that it has undergone clinical trials and has been demonstrated to be safe and effective.
Being FDA-approved also means that the techniques used to perform the procedure are safe and appropriate and that the equipment used is of high quality and well-maintained.
Keep in mind that while the treatment is generally considered safe, it may not be suitable for everyone. It is important to go through an examination with a qualified plastic surgeon or professional such as Dr. Debraj Shome to determine if it is the best option.
- Ultherapy targets deeper tissue layers
Other non-surgical facelift options like dermal fillers and Botox mainly target the surface of the skin. Ultherapy, however, targets deeper tissue layers. The ultrasound energy used can deeply penetrate the skin to reach tissue layers such as the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), which is the same layer of tissue that surgical facelift procedures target.
This makes ultherapy a more effective option to stimulate collagen production and tighten the tissues right from within. The result is a lifted and tightened skin, which gives the patient a more youthful appearance.
In contrast, while dermal fillers and Botox work by filling in wrinkles and fine lines on the surface of the skin, ultherapy works by lifting and tightening the tissues underneath. It is important for patients to discuss the best option for their needs and goals with a professional.
- It is long-lasting
While most non-surgical facelift options only last a few months, ultherapy can last up to 18 months and more. This is because the ultrasound energy triggers a natural healing process that continues to improve the skin’s appearance over time.
This process stimulates collagen production to improve and maintain the texture and elasticity of the skin. The gradual improvement in the skin’s appearance means that the results of ultherapy can continue to develop and last for many months after the initial treatment.
However, it’s important to note that the duration of the results depends on various factors. The patient’s age, skin condition, and lifestyle habits are some of the contributing factors to how long the effects of ultherapy will last.
Additionally, ultherapy may provide long-lasting results, but it may not be a permanent solution for sagging skin. Some patients may need additional treatments to maintain the results for a longer period.
- It is customizable
Not so many treatments are customizable as is with ultherapy. Depending on various factors such as the patient’s skin type and age, a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Debraj Shome can tailor the procedure to address specific areas of concern, such as the neck, or chin.
The treatment can be adjusted to target specific tissue layers depending on the patient’s needs and goals. The level of ultrasound energy can also be adjusted to minimize discomfort and downtime to provide optimal results.
With this flexibility, the provider can easily create a personalized treatment plan that addresses a patient’s unique concerns and help them achieve their desired results.
What is Ultherapy for?
Anyone with cosmetic concern can undergo ultherapy. Here are some factors that make the perfect candidate for ultherapy;
- Sagging skin
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to tighten and lift sagging skin. The doctor usually delivers a focused ultrasound energy to the targeted areas of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibers, which tightens the skin and makes it firmer.
The ultrasound energy is delivered in small, controlled amounts to the treatment area, where it heats up the tissues beneath the skin’s surface, causing the collagen fibers to contract and stimulate the growth of new collagen over time.
Depending on the treatment area and the technique used, the process only takes about 30 to 90 minutes, which is pretty fast compared to other facelift procedures which take hours. Sometimes the patients report experiencing some discomfort during the procedure. This can be managed with topical numbing cream or pain medication.
After the treatment patients may experience some mild swelling, redness, or tenderness, but these side effects usually subside within a few days. Results are gradual and may take several months to become fully visible.
Treatment can be applied to different parts of the body including the face, neck, and chest. It is important to also keep in mind that there are other treatments that can be used for sagging skin. Always consult with a professional to get the most suitable recommendation.
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Ultherapy increases collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm and tight. As we age, the production of collagen reduces, and that is when we start to notice wrinkles and fine lines.
There are many treatment options to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and ultherapy is one of the most convenient. It helps in the production of collagen, which over time restores the firmness of the skin,
Ultherapy is particularly the most effective for treating wrinkles in the neck, chin, and brow area, and to improve the appearance of fine lines around the mouth and eyes. The treatment is non-invasive, as it doesn’t involve incisions or injections.
- Uneven skin tone and texture
While Ultherapy is primarily known for its ability to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck, it can also help to improve uneven skin tone and texture.
The ultrasound energy is used to stimulate the growth of collagen, which is essential for maintaining the structure and elasticity of the skin including improving uneven skin tone and texture.
- Loss of facial volume
People who feel like they would look better if their faces were fuller with more volume can count on ultherapy to address the issue. While this treatment is known to lift and tighten the skin, it can also be used to help improve the appearance of loss of facial volume.
As collagen levels increase from the ultrasound energy, the skin becomes firmer and more elastic, which can also help to restore some of the lost volumes.
This procedure may not be as effective as surgical procedures for addressing significant loss of facial volume but it is still a good option for individuals who are not ready or willing to undergo surgery, or for those who are looking for a less invasive alternative to surgery.
It is important that patients first find a qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to determine if ultherapy is an appropriate treatment for their specific concerns, or if they should look at other alternatives.
- Double chin
As the skin becomes firmer and more contoured, the appearance of a double chin is also reduced. It may take a while for patients to start noticing the changes, but over a couple of months, it becomes visible.
Because there are many treatments for different facelift procedures, it is important to consult with a doctor and go over the options to decide which one will be the most effective for an individual’s specific needs.
Is Ultherapy Safe?
Ultherapy is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for most patients. It is approved by the FDA and has been used in clinical settings and cosmetic treatments in Mumbai, and pretty much all around the world for over a decade.
One of the reasons why the treatment is more popular than its alternatives is that it is non-invasive as it doesn’t require anesthesia or incisions. This reduces the risk of complications, making it a safer option.
However, just like any other medical treatment, there are some risks associated with ultherapy, such as redness and swelling. These are not major risks as they usually go away within a few days.
In rare cases where the symptoms are severe, it is important to immediately seek medical attention. Patients should contact their surgeons to get the necessary prescription. The risks of Ultherapy is generally considered to be low, especially when compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures like surgery.
The consultation stage when a patient first decides to undergo ultherapy is vital. This allows them to talk about their goals and needs and get the appropriate recommendation treatment for their specific needs, from a professional cosmetic surgeon
Another crucial factor is to choose an experienced plastic surgeon or professional from reputable facilities such as The Esthetic Clinics. A qualified provider will ensure that the treatment is performed safely and effectively, and ensure there are no major risks.
Ultherapy Cost in Mumbai
The cost of ultherapy in India varies depending on a number of factors. This includes the geographical location of the facility, the level of services, the requirements of the patient, the experience of the plastic surgeon, or the practitioner who will perform the treatment, and the number of treatment sessions required.
Hospitals and practitioners with multiple reviews and extensive experience are likely to charge more. The Esthetic Clinics offers multiple options for different treatments to make them affordable and convenient for all patients.
The specific area being treated also contributes to the ultherapy cost. For example, treating a larger area, like the face or the neck will likely cost more than treating a smaller area like the forehead.
Consult with a reputable clinic or plastic surgeon in Mumbai for an accurate cost estimate based on individual needs and treatment goals.
Ultherapy is one of the most popular Cosmetic treatments in Mumbai. The procedure is performed to address multiple conditions including sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as promote and restore the skin texture and tone.
Getting the perfect plastic surgeon or professional like Dr. Dbraj Shome is crucial. Patients should make sure that their practitioner is well-experienced and skilled, and has a reputable track record of successful procedures.
It is also important to follow the doctors’ instructions before and after the treatment to ensure faster recovery and long-lasting results.