Dr. Cybele C. Woon, a Board-certified ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, and specialist in medical cosmetic procedures at Whitsett Vision Group, says:
As your good, compassionate doctor, I want to be sure I know what my patients are experiencing…so of course I made sure to have Ultherapy myself!
I am about 7 months out from having my lower face done. I loved the results so much that I had my eyebrows treated 2 months ago and the area under my eyes a month ago. Since Ultherapy’s effects typically peak between 3-6 months from the date of treatment (and last far longer than that – up to several years!), that means I have more improvement coming!
You can clearly see in the photos that I look like I have lost weight…sadly, I have not. My cheeks are more defined, the fullness in the cheeks next to my nose are flatter, and my brows are definitely more arched without me having to lift my forehead to achieve that.
What I have learned in the last year of performing Ultherapy:
1. It works! I am in my early 50s, and I am experiencing these results after one treatment. I’ve seen patients of every age obtain incredible outcomes. However, improvement is slower in older patients and it’s more likely you will need an additional treatment to enhance the first treatment. Your touch-up at 3 months is at no charge and I have yet to have anyone need another. Also, response is faster and better in people with firmer tissue rather than those with a lot of loose, excess skin.
2. You may bruise. Don’t do this within 2 weeks of a major event. (You wouldn’t plan actual plastic surgery that close either!) The great majority of my patients have had either no bruising or slight bruising along the jawline. But of course, there was the one patient whose significant bruising reminded me that this is a surgical procedure – noninvasive, but still surgical.
3. Everyone is different when it comes to comfort during the procedure. My personal experience ranged from no discomfort at all, to having a little prickly heat that became annoying as it was repeated, to a sharp tingling that made me look forward to the end of the treatment of that area. The topical anesthetic does reduce the sensation of the treatment to a degree.
4. You will want more!! Combine it with neurotoxins like Botox or Xeomin and fillers such as Juvederm for more immediate results. Also, you will still want to use injectables to finish out areas that Ultherapy does not treat.
If you have questions about Ultherapy or any of our other medical aesthetic procedures, or wish to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Woon, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or through the contact form on this site. It would be our pleasure to help you!