Ultherapy FAQs: How Soon Will You See Results?

Do you notice your skin losing its elasticity as you grow older? Are you concerned by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck, and chest? Do you want to correct signs of aging and achieve natural, more youthful results without invasive surgery? Ultherapy is a revolutionary skin-rejuvenating treatment that uses the power of ultrasound energy to stimulate deep-level collagen production and lift the skin. Visit us at Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL, where we’re proud to offer this top-quality treatment option. Keep reading to learn more, or call us to set up your personal consultation.

What Is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment designed to safely stimulate the body’s collagen production. Using ultrasound technology, this treatment warms the skin with short, concentrated blasts of energy.

This instantly triggers the body’s healing response and, over the next several weeks, fresh collagen is produced to repair and rejuvenate the targeted skin. This essential structural protein reinforces your skin’s framework and can produce long-lasting results, which begin to appear in the first weeks after treatment.

These results typically include smoother, softer, and more vibrant skin on your face, neck, and chest. You should also notice that your skin has a new glow after treatment thanks to the healing process stimulated by treatment. The treatment process itself is straightforward, involves no discomfort, requires zero downtime, and produces noticeable, long-lasting results for the majority of our patients.

Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?

Ultherapy can restore your skin’s overall health by rejuvenating the lower layers and stimulating new collagen production. However, this process can specifically benefit patients who are seeking treatment for common signs of aging.

Fine Lines

Fine lines can begin developing in your mid-20s and typically appear around the eyes, across the forehead, and at the corners of the mouth. They can deepen over time and are challenging to conceal.

Many patients in their late 20s and early 30s begin seeking an easy, non-invasive solution for fine lines to keep signs of aging at bay and refresh their skin. This treatment can effectively smooth away fine lines, making them virtually invisible by boosting collagen levels and creating a tighter, firmer skin texture.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles and folds in the skin are the classic side effect of aging. They can develop on the face, neck, and chest. As with other signs of aging, their development can be accelerated by harmful sun exposure, which damages the skin and impacts its healing abilities.

This treatment can help minimize wrinkles by tightening the skin, temporarily erasing wrinkles and folds, and even preventing the development of further signs of aging with regular treatments. In general, those with mild to moderate wrinkles see great success in treating this issue.

Skin Laxity

One of the main side effects of the decline in collagen levels accompanying the aging process is skin laxity. As your skin’s collagen framework begins to deteriorate and your body’s production of collagen slows, your skin begins to droop or sag.

This can especially affect the skin on your face, which may appear to be pulled downwards as you grow older. This treatment can help tighten the skin, giving you a subtle yet noticeable lift and temporarily reversing this common aging concern.

How Does It Compare to Other Popular Treatments?

There are a vast number of anti-aging treatments and procedures available today, and it can be difficult to decide which option is right for you. In general, laser therapy and facelift surgery are the two most popular anti-aging treatments. However, Ultherapy Chicago offers advantages for patients who may not want to pursue these options.

Laser therapy is effective at addressing aging concerns on the surface of the skin, including dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. However, it lacks the ability to impact the lower levels of the skin without causing discomfort or even burns to the top layers. Facelift surgery is still considered the longest-lasting anti-aging procedure available, lasting 10-15 years on average. However, not every patient is an ideal candidate for this surgery.

Those with mild to moderate signs of aging could benefit from a less invasive treatment that involves lower risks, fewer side effects, and zero downtime. In addition, Ultherapy is far more cost-effective for the majority of patients. With this treatment, your skin is preserved from unnecessary trauma and you are able to achieve long-lasting, attractive results without an invasive procedure.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Your specific treatment plan will depend on your unique situation and ideal results. One of our doctors will help you evaluate your skin and recommend a personalized treatment plan during your initial consultation. However, most patients achieve their desired results in just one treatment.

If you need more than one treatment, these appointments are spaced approximately 3-4 months apart to allow your skin to heal properly. In addition, you can safely pursue follow-up treatments to maintain your ideal image and prolong your final results.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Many patients see an improvement in the appearance of their skin in the first few weeks after treatment. However, the long-lasting effects of collagen take between 2-3 months to develop. Once the structure of your skin is reinforced in the lower layers, you can expect to see significant improvement in your areas of concern.

How Long Does It Last?

This treatment produces results lasting up to 2 years. Many patients opt to have touch-up treatments to help prolong their results. In addition, patients who follow their doctor’s instructions regarding aftercare can see longer results. Your individual results will vary based on your skin type, the nature of your skin concerns, and how carefully you care for your skin after the treatment.

What Should I Expect?

You may be wondering what you can expect from this treatment. While each patient’s experience is unique, here is a basic outline of what you can look forward to:

Consultation

Your first appointment will be with one of our experienced doctors. During this initial consultation, your doctor will examine your areas of concern, review your medical history and past anti-aging treatments, and discuss your desired results.

If you are approved for treatment, your doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan. They will also give you a better idea of what you can expect during treatment and recovery. Once this appointment is complete, you can begin preparing for your first treatment session.

Preparation

To prepare for this treatment, we recommend that you avoid blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications and some herbal supplements at least 1 week before your appointment. These medications can cause an increased risk of bleeding or bruising during and after treatment.

You should also avoid any skincare treatment or product that could irritate your skin before treatment. Finally, make sure to follow any specific instructions your doctor provides to ensure optimal results.

Treatment

On the day of your appointment, avoid wearing makeup in the target areas. Your doctor will clean your skin and apply a topical numbing agent to keep you comfortable during your treatment. They will then use the specialized handheld ultrasound device to begin treating your skin.

As your doctor passes this device over your skin, you may feel a warming sensation. However, the process itself should be completely painless. The ultrasound energy heats the lower layers of your skin, instantly stimulating a healing response in the body that will continue to develop after your appointment.

A typical appointment for the face only takes just 30 minutes, while a combination treatment for the neck and chest could make your appointment last 60-90 minutes in total. Once your doctor is finished, you can return to your normal daily activities with zero downtime.

Recovery

The recovery process for this treatment is incredibly easy. For the first 2-3 days, you may notice some mild tenderness and redness in the treated area. This is a normal reaction to the healing process and should subside quickly. We recommend that you wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure for the first several days after treatment to avoid irritating your skin as it heals.

Your skin should feel back to normal less than a week after treatment. The longer-term effects of treatment will develop over the next 2-3 months as collagen production lifts and smooths your skin.

Results

Final results should be visible 2-3 months after your appointment. You should be able to see fine lines and wrinkles smoothed away and loose skin lifted and tightened by your new collagen framework. You can expect your results to last approximately 2 years. If needed, you can pursue touch-up treatments during this time.

To effectively prolong your results, we recommend that you avoid harmful sun exposure and wear sunscreen regularly. The sun can accelerate most signs of aging and could affect the longevity of your results. Most of our patients return for additional treatments once their final results begin to fade in order to maintain their ideal image.

Am I an Ideal Candidate?

If you are an adult man or woman who wants a non-invasive treatment to improve signs of aging in your face, neck, or chest, you could be an ideal candidate for Ultherapy! Good candidates are generally healthy, experience mild to moderate skin laxity, and are free from any medical or skin conditions that could interact negatively with treatment.

You may be an ideal candidate if you are a younger patient with mild signs of aging who wishes to rejuvenate your skin. You could also benefit from this treatment if you are not able to have a surgical procedure to address your concerns. Finally, if you have had a facelift surgery in the past and want to enhance your results, this treatment could be a good option for you.

You may not be an ideal candidate if you have an active skin infection or irritation at the time of your appointment. In addition, this treatment may not be right for you if you experience severe skin laxity or wrinkles, which may be better addressed by a different treatment option. If you have any questions about your candidacy for treatment, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your personal situation during your initial consultation.

Contact Us for More Information!

Don’t let signs of aging steal your confidence. With Ultherapy, you could see your skin restored in just one treatment and watch lines and wrinkles fade before your eyes. Best of all, treatment is completely non-invasive and doesn’t require you to put your life on hold. To learn more about this transformative treatment, contact our team of experts at Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, IL, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you at one of our two locations in the city, and we can’t wait to help you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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