Ultherapy (Ulthera, Inc.) is a noninvasive skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound technology to tighten and lift the skin of the face and neck. Using the ultrasound device, the physician is able to visualize the muscles and deep connective tissue below the skin and deliver targeted concentrated ultrasound energy. This energy contracts the muscles and deep tissue and stimulates the body’s own collagen to grow and strengthen, enhancing the scaffolding that supports the skin, and resulting in tighter, smoother, more lifted skin.


    Ultherapy treatment is safe for all skin types, but the best candidates who will realize the most benefits are those in their late 30s to early 40s who show early signs of skin laxity.


    During the Ultherapy procedure a smooth ultrasound probe is applied to the skin to deliver low levels of focused heat to the target muscles and tissue deep beneath the skin’s surface. Typically this causes a mild, warm tightening sensation that is tolerable without any form of anesthetic or pain medication; however, your doctor may recommend local anesthetic if your pain threshold is extremely low.


    Ultherapy treatment takes 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on surface area being treated.


    There is no residual pain after Ultherapy treatment and zero downtime.  You may experience some redness or mild swelling for up to 3 hours post treatment, but nothing that will interfere with daily activities.


    You may see a slightly tighter, firmer you right away, but the building of new collagen happens progressively over 2 to 3 months following the treatment.  If there was ever a time when patience is a virtue it’s when you are rewarded with the amazing, risk-free results of Ultherapy: lifted, tightened, and toned skin around the eyes, brow, and jaw line.


    Depending on your skin laxity, it may only take one Ultherapy treatment for ideal results; other patients may require a series of 3 treatments.  As your skin endures the natural aging process, it is recommended to repeat this treatment every 12 months to maintain results.


    You should only visit an actively board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Dermatologists should be certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD). Plastic Surgeons should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Both of those boards are part of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a non-profit organization that is considered the gold standard of physician certification. Consult the Charlotte’s Book Premier Provider directory to find a doctor who meets these standards and specializes in this treatment. For more information about how we choose our providers, please read Credentials We Abide By.




    Ultherapy wasn’t always a pain free endeavor…the new Ultherapy Amplify software upgrade has improved this technique to minimize pain and maximize results…of course you’ll only use a doctor who knows about this.

    Ultherapy or Ulthera? Tomato tomato, potato potato


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  • Sunny K

    Will numbing cream affect the results of Ultherapy?

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  • Michelle Wilson

    I had the Ulthera procedure about 9 months ago. I did see almost immediate results with additional results slowly occurring over the next several months. But based on my experience, I would not recommend it to someone else because of the extreme pain which was sometimes almost intolerable. I did take a pain pill and a sedative before the procedure but they were ineffective. I could not wait for the procedure to be over. I have since talked to another practitioner and they actually provide a nerve block for their patients when they do this procedure which I highly recommend. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m a wimp. 😉

  • paula hawkins

    Can you tell me if ulthera will help with skin laxity and ‘crackly’ texture for the front of the thighs and/or shin area. I am a white 60 yr old on the smaller side; have never been overwt. If not, can you suggest something to improve leg skin in general?

  • I had my first Ultherapy treatment this week. I have to say—a few zaps hurt more than I expected, but I was amazed that I saw noticeable affect immediately after the treatment. I was shocked actually. I went to Doris Day Dermatology and saw the Medical Aesthetician, Brandy, there. She said that if you see some results right after a treatment, then your skin will have good results. I’m hopefull. I go back in four months for an after photo and we’ll see! But so far, the pain was worth the gain.

  • Heather Amster

    I had this done about a year ago and I have to say that I don’t think the effects are worth the absolute pain or the money necessary to have it done. Despite the numbing cream and my high tolerance for pain – I still felt that this was one of the more painful experiences I went through and then I didn’t really see a lifting of the skin as it promises to do. Also – they didn’t really tell me about how your face feels well after the treatment…took about two weeks before any of the residual pain went entirely away.

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