Conditions | Anti-Aging | Facial Lifting | Ulthera

Ulthera™

Ulthera™ tightens, pulls and lifts those problematic areas – giving the appearance of thightning – without any surgery or downtime!

Video Ulthera™ is the only skin rejuvenation procedure that uses ultrasound imaging and therapy. Its established technology makes it both safe and effective. Results include firmer, tighter, more fit-looking skin in areas of the face (saggy eyes, cheeks) and neck and an overall refreshed appearance as well!

How does it work

As with sonograms, an image is projected onto a screen that both you and the medical practitioner can see. The sound waves then deliver small, controlled amounts of energy into the deep layers of skin and soft tissue while sparing the upper layers. Your skin’s response to the energy is to contract slightly right away, and then to stimulate the growth of new collagen over time. A gradual tightening occurs, ultimately resulting in a natural, beneficial lift of facial skin tissue.

The procedure has an excellent safety profile, although painful it is tolerated without need for an anaesthetic, and as sessions are only 30 minutes long the patient can return to his or her daily routine immediately. The only minor after-effects the patient’s might experience is the skin may appear a bit flushed or puffy immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear in a matter of hours.

Ultrasound therapy, trusted by doctors and expectant mothers everywhere for decades now adds a new dimension to aesthetic medicine and Rejive’s patients were the first in South Africa to benefit from this incredible new procedure.

What is unique about this procedure?

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without affecting the surface of the skin. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.

Who is a good candidate for the Ultherapy face and neck procedure?

A patient with skin that has started to droop. Sagging skin on the eyelids, along the jawline or under the chin, for instance, are often the first signs of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.

While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

What problem areas does Ultherapy target? What kind of results do you get?

Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin on the face, neck and chest. Ultherapy reconditions and renews the skin from within to give a more refreshed look overall.

How long until I see results?

Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure

How long do results last?

Results have been seen for up to 2 years post the procedure, but as skin continues to age future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the ageing process, which varies by individual. It is important to remember that no aesthetic procedure, including the most aggressive is permanent.

Will I need more than one treatment?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process). In studies, 80% of subjects achieved noticeable improvement after one treatment and 100% after 2 treatments.

Will I feel the ultrasound during the treatment?

Yes. What you are feeling during the treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin.

Some discomfort is experienced while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. The sensation is a momentary prickling and heating. Discomfort is gone immediately after treatment. Pain is a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. To make the treatment more comfortable a local anesthetic is applied an hour before the treatment to numb the skin.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is always the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects, which your practitioner will review with you.