The Ulthera system is the first of its kind. It is a non-surgical option to the tradidtional face lift. There is no downtime once the treatment is started.

How does Ultherapy Work?

Ultrasound energy is used to tighten, firm and lift the face. Ultherapy improves the deep skin layers and the foundational layers of the skin, unlike the typical laser which only improves the superficial layer of the skin. With this procedure energy is being used to contract and lift soft tissue. This energy is directed and delivered to the right depths of the skin in order to produce subtle improvements. Ultrasound is used to divert the energy for best effect.

Before Ulthera Treatment 120 Days After Treatment

Potential Benefits with Ultherapy

By choosing to have an Ultherapy treatment, you are doing soemthing for your skin. As the skin matures, the collagen fibers that proved internal support become worn. Ultherapy's ultrasound energy reaches deep below the surface of your skin to intiate your body's own natural repair process. Over time, this results in the creation of new, healthy, strong collagen and a variety of positive skin changes.

Because the rejuvenation process occurs naturally, it occurs gradually. Just as strengthening muscles or growing taller takes time and is not evident from day to day, the effects of Ultherapy build slowly and subtly. In this world of immediate feedback, we want to reassure you that patience is a vitue, and that results can take two to three months to unfold.

Responsiveness varies from patient to patient, and, in some infrequent cases, the results are "subclinical;" that is, the collagen rebuilding on the inside does not become readily apparent. In the early days following treatment, patients commonly report a firmer skin feel and, as an added bonus, a smoothing out of fine lines. While this immidiate "plumping effect" is temporary, it signals that the beneficial process of new collagen generation has begun.

Additional skin firming, tightening and actual lifting is reported to occur over the next 2-3 months after the treatment(and sometimes longer), specifically: - elevation of the brow, leading to the opening up of the eye area, reduced hooding of the eyelids, softening of the wrinkles around the eyes, and a more "rested" appearance in general. - a gentle lifting of the skin on the cheeks to a higher, more youthful position, resulting in an overall "ovaling" effect.

Patients also note a softeing of the creases around the nose and mouth and a sleeker, more defined jawline.

Reduced pore size and a more even skin color can also be welecomed benefits.

Target areas Immediate First Week + Day 30 + Day 60 + Day 90 and beyond
Lifiting/Tighting/Contouring
Sagging eyelid skin
Lax, Loose skin on the cheeks
Poorly defined jawline
Jowls/Marionette lines or folds
Downturned Mouth
Folds from nose to mouth
Slight tightening

Minor Swelling
Slight tightening Slight tightening Brow elevation
(overall or outer portion)

Tighter/better-fitting skin

Less hooding/more lid showing

Reduction in fold/lines between
nose and corner of mouth.

Reduction in fold/lines from
corner of mouth downward
Brow elevation
(overall or outer portion)

Tighter/better-fitting skin

Less hooding/more lid showing

Lifting of cheek tissue for overall
ovaling effect of lower 2/3 of face

Reduction in fold/lines between
nose and corner of mouth.

Reduction in fold/lines from
corner of mouth downward.

Sleeker, more defined jawline;
Jowls reduced

Cheeks less sunken, more volume

Corners of mouth turned up
Skin Feel
Lax/loose
Stiff/not resilient
Dry/rough
Tautness

Slight Tenderness

Tingling
Firmer

Slight tenderness
to touch
Firmer
More receprive
to make-up,
shaving
Firmer

Tighter, better-fitting skin

Softer, more resilient

Smoother
Firmer, thicker/more cushioned

Tighter, better-fitting skin

Softer, more resilient

Smoother
Texture
Fine Lines
Wrinkles
Creases
Crepe paper-like appearance
Enlarged pores
Slight plumping
of fine lines
Slight plumping
of fine lines
Smoother
texure
Reduced crepe paper texture

Smaller pores
Reduced crepe paper texture

Smaller pores
Color
Tiny blood vessels
Generalized redness
Minor bruising
(occational)

Erytheme
(redness)
Minor bruising
(occational)
More even tone

Brighter
More even tone

Brighter
More even tone

Brighter

Ulthera Machine at Work

Ulthera is an in-office procedure. A hand piece is used to see the deep layers of the skin. This same hand piece discharges ultrasound energy to the targeting tissue area without affecting the surface of the skin. The heat created in the tissue stimulates the growth opf new collagen. This new collegen provides strength to the skin resulting in a tighter and up-lifted appearance.
Ulthera ultrasound with SMAS label
Eye Brows Ulthera Results Side View of Lower Neck Results
Neck Ulthera Results Full Face View

Ulthera Is For Everyone

Ulthera is for everyone that wants the results of a face lift, but without the scars to prove it.

Issues Ultherapy Addresses:

  1. Sagging Eyelids
  2. Lax, loose skin on the cheeks
  3. Naso-labia; folds(the fold extending from the nose to the mouth)
  4. Downturned mouth
  5. Marionette lines or folds(the fold extending from the mouth to jawline)
  6. Jawline loss/jowling (small pouches along the jawline)
  7. Loose skin under the chin and on the neck

First Consultation:

  • You will receive an information sheet.
  • Pre-procedure photos will be done.
  • All of your questions will be answered at this time.

How to prepare for your ulthera treatment:

It is recommended that you book the procedure 2 weeks in advance for scheduling purposed. Beginning 2 weeks before the procedure and up to 2 weeks after the procedure you should:
  1. Stop any medications with a high dosage of aspirin. These include full strength Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ecotrin, Indocid, Midol, Norgedic, Brufen, Celebrex, Excedrin, Baralgin, Phensic and others, If you need something for a headache or the like a Panadol or Tylenol is the recomended medication.
  2. Do not take any herbal medicines such as Nonie, Goji juice, Cod liver oil, Fish oil, Omega 3-6-9, Primrose oil, Garlic Tablets, Flaxseed, Seven Seas, Diet pills and high dose Vitamins such as Vitamins E and A. These may cause bruising.
  3. Limit yourself to having small amounts of caffeine. These include tea, green tea drinks, coffee, coffee products, red bull and any other energy drink, mountain dew, colas and chocolate. Try to switch to decaffeinated beverages if you can.

Closer to time of treatment:

  1. Avoid a "fresh" sunburn, which reddens the skin and makes it tender.
  2. For three days prior to the procedure do not use topical products containing isotretinoin, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid as these can irritate the skin.
  3. Gently wash treatment area with a mild cleanser. Do not apply any creams, lotions, foundation, powder or other products on the day of treatment.

What to expect on the day of the procedure:

  • Allow 3 hours for your visit.
  • A numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated.
  • You may receive pain killer tablets.
  • Local anesthetic is optional.
  • Post-procedure photos will be taken.
  • Before you leave the office a 3 month follow-up will be scheduled.
  • You may wish to bring someone with you to accompany you home.

Post-Treatment Instructions

  1. Wash skin with cool water and a gentle cleanser.
  2. Avoid exfoliation for at least one week or until all sensitivity in the treatment area has subsided.
  3. Makeup may be applied immediately following post treatment.
  4. Avoid sun exposure or use a good sunblock.

What to expect after your procedure.

Within the first week:

  • Some lifting.
  • Tighter and firmer skin.
  • Slight plumping of fine lines.

Within the first 3 months:

  • Additional lifting, tightening and a more youthful face.
  • Brow elevation with less hooding and more lid showing.
  • Some lifting at the corners of the mouth.
  • Improvement in folds between nose and corner of mouth.

Beyond 3 months:

  • Shifting of cheek tissue upward for overall tightening of lower 2/3 of face.
  • Jowls reduced.
  • More defined jawline.
  • Reduced sagging under the neck.

Ulthera is available at Bahamas Plastic Surgery, #44 Montrose Avenue (Sears Hill).
All client sessions are confidential.