Ultherapy is a non-invasive, ultrasound-based anti-aging treatment offered at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK. It works by delivering focused soundwave energy to the deepest layer of your skin. This energy is absorbed and results in your skin producing extra collagen, which tightens loose skin, improves skin tone, and addresses other concerns. Today, we are taking a closer look at this treatment, including discussing how long it lasts.
How Long Does Ultherapy Last?
You can be confident that your Ultherapy results will last for 12 to 24 months. However, you should understand that there are several factors affecting the longevity of this treatment’s results. For instance, you can generally expect to enjoy longer-lasting results if you are relatively young and healthy. Similarly, you can feel pretty confident that you will enjoy longer-lasting results if you are only treating mild concerns rather than moderate concerns.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
To enjoy your Ultherapy results for as long as possible, you need to keep your skin healthy for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to support the health of your skin, and there are many things you can avoid or minimize exposure to for optimal skin health. One of the best things you can do to keep your skin healthy and young-looking for as long as possible is to moisturize every day. It is also important to stay hydrated and well-nourished.
Furthermore, you can help maintain the results of this skin-tightening treatment by getting other cosmetic treatments that induce extra collagen production. For instance, you can get VOLUMA XC injections to keep your cheeks volumized for two years. If you’re treating your nasolabial folds and mouth lines with Ultherapy, you can get BELOTERO BALANCE injections to keep your skin looking much smoother for an additional six months.
What Should I Avoid To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
To help keep your skin as healthy as possible, you should avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Depending on your sex and age, you should limit your alcohol consumption to one or two units per 24-hour period. You should also avoid consuming any products like cigarettes and e-cigarettes that contain nicotine. Furthermore, you should do your best to avoid UV damage. Ways to accomplish this include:
- Not using tanning beds
- Not using tanning lamps
- Wearing sunscreen daily
You should also minimize your consumption of foods that cause premature skin aging. For instance, you should limit your intake of unhealthy fats.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to be considered a good candidate for this non-invasive anti-aging treatment if you have mild or moderate skin laxity or other cosmetic concerns caused by collagen loss. However, there are many more factors that must be considered before we can confirm your candidacy for this treatment. For example, it is important that you are in relatively good health to qualify.
Additionally, it is extremely important that you have realistic expectations about your results. We want all of our clients to be satisfied with their results. We will evaluate your areas of concern during your initial consultation, discuss your goals, and advise you on what improvements you can expect to see.
Who Doesn’t Qualify for This Treatment?
Due to the non-invasive nature of this soundwave-based skin tightening treatment, it is considered safe for most people. However, there are contraindications. For example, you will not qualify for this treatment if you are pregnant or nursing out of an abundance of caution for you and your fetus or infant. The FDA has not reviewed any clinical trials on the effects of this treatment on such individuals.
Moreover, you will not be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you have any metal implants or other implanted medical devices, like artificial joints, defibrillators, or pacemakers. Additionally, you should not consider this treatment if you suffer from such nerve or muscle disorders as MS, muscular dystrophy, or Bell’s Palsy. Furthermore, this treatment is not appropriate for anyone who has a history of cancer.
Can I Get This Treatment If I’m on Blood-Thinners?
There is a chance that you will not qualify for this treatment if you take blood-thinning drugs or supplements daily. If you are under a doctor’s orders to take aspirin daily, for example, you will only be considered a good candidate for this treatment if your doctor says you can stop taking aspirin for a short time before and after your treatment.
What Areas Can This Treatment Target?
Some people refer to Ultherapy as a non-surgical facelift, but it is not just the lower face that you can target with this ultrasound-based treatment. You can also target the midface, upper face, neck, and chest. To reiterate, we will evaluate all of your areas of concern during your initial consultation and advise you on whether this safe, versatile, comfortable treatment will be effective for you.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
There are minimal preparation requirements for this treatment due to its non-invasive nature. However, that does not mean that you can choose which preparation rules you follow before your treatment. One of the most important preparation steps to follow prior to your treatment is to discontinue the use of any drug or supplement that can thin your blood or prevent it from clotting normally.
It is also crucial that you minimize sun exposure for at least one week preceding your treatment, and you should wear sunscreen diligently when sun exposure is unavoidable. Moreover, it is very important that you do not consume alcohol or caffeine in the 24 hours leading up to your treatment session. Additionally, you need to make sure that you are hydrated when you arrive for your appointment.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Treatment Session?
There are several essential steps you must take after your treatment session, including not wearing makeup for at least 24 hours following your treatment. Additionally, it is extremely important that you avoid exposure to extreme temperatures. For instance, you should avoid dry saunas, steam rooms, and very hot showers. You should also avoid sweating and vigorous exercise for 24 hours following your treatment session.
Moreover, it is of the utmost importance that you avoid excessive sun exposure during the first week or two following your treatment session. If sun exposure is necessary, make sure that you wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater. Furthermore, you need to moisturize your skin every day after your treatment, and stay hydrated.
How Soon Can I Expect To See the Results of My Treatment?
You may notice that your skin is a little tighter as soon as your treatment session is over. However, you should not expect to see your final results until several weeks have passed. Most people notice their desired results two to three months after their treatment session. In some cases, though, it can take up to six months for the final results of treatment to be realized.
Several factors affect how long it will take for your final results to become apparent. For example, you can generally expect to need longer to see your desired results if you are treating moderate skin laxity rather than mild skin laxity. As another example, you can generally expect that the younger you are, the sooner you will be able to see your desired results.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need To See My Desired Results?
We will advise you on how many sessions you should expect to need during your initial consultation once we have evaluated the severity of your cosmetic concerns. However, we can say pretty confidently that you will only need one treatment session to achieve your desired results. It is only in cases of extremely severe cosmetic concerns that two Ultherapy sessions are necessary.
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Ultherapy results should last approximately one or two years. Factors affecting how long treatment results last include your age, skin health, skincare routine, and lifestyle. To enjoy your ideal results for as long as possible, you should strongly consider moisturizing daily and eating nutritiously. If you think this treatment might be right for you, contact us now at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule your initial consultation.