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Ulthera 101

Ulthera is an aesthetic treatment that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten skin so that you look refreshed and rejuvenated, and even your best friends won’t know your exact age. Some of you though—we’re looking at you in your late 20s—might be wondering if this treatment is even for you. After all, sagging skin is most associated with older people. In this article, we explain how Ulthera works, what results to expect, and why just about anybody can get it.


What is Ulthera?

Ulthera uses ultrasound technology to trigger the body’s natural production of collagen. This helps to restore elasticity, tighten skin and lift the contours of the face for a very natural facelift. It can also be used to lift the skin at the brow, improve the look of lines and wrinkles on the neck and chest as well as tighten loose skin around the knees and under arms.

Who is this aesthetic treatment for?

Ulthera is a non-surgical, non-invasive lifting treatment with minimal down time which makes it a very popular choice for people who want a more natural facelift or are not ready to go under the knife for a traditional facelift procedure. It is also ideal for those who want to target any early signs of ageing.

Why do you need it?

As we age, the production of collagen and elastin drop, and this leads to visible sagging and loose skin. This loss of collagen and elastin starts as early as your twenties. Lifestyle factors like exposure to the sun, smoking, extreme dieting as well as stress and lack of sleep can speed up the skin ageing process resulting in skin laxity early on. As you grow older the sagging, laxity and wrinkles are more visible. Since Ulthera works by triggering the body’s natural collagen production you can get it in your late twenties as a preventive treatment or later in your forties or fifties as a corrective treatment.

What is the treatment like?

Ulthera uses ultrasound to non-invasively tighten and lift skin. To do this, concentrated ultrasound waves are transmitted to the body. These waves bypass the surface of the skin and once they reach inside the body are converted into heat energy, which stimulates the body to produce collagen. Increased collagen results in a lifted brow, tighter skin around the jawline, lifted jowls, tauter skin under the chin and softer lines and wrinkles on the neck and chest.

What makes Ulthera so unique is the proprietary visualisation technology that allows for a more customised treatment. Each person’s skin, subcutaneous tissue and ageing pattern is different, and the visualisation technology lets the practitioner see exactly where they need to target the heat energy for optimal results. It also allows them to avoid delivering energy to bones, which could be painful.

The heat energy hitting the deeper layers of the skin could generate some discomfort—most describe it as a rubber band snapping against the skin—and numbing cream is always on hand to improve your experience. Post treatment, some people may experience swelling, numbness, slight redness, tingling and the face might be tender to touch. All of these subside in a few hours.

How long does the treatment last?

Your Ulthera session could last between 30 to 90 minutes depending on the areas to be treated. Once your session is over, you can return to your routine.

How many sessions do you need?

While Ulthera triggers collagen growth immediately, you really start to see results in two to three months and the effect keeps on improving over six to 12 months. Depending on your collagen production, age and lifestyle, you may only need a session every two years.

Where can you get this aesthetic treatment?

This treatment requires considerable skill to administer so you get the best results. It’s best to choose a reputed clinic like illumia Medical and opt for an experienced practitioner.

Schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor today to learn more today.

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