Ultherapy®

Ultherapy® is one of our signature energy treatments at Koniver Aesthetics. Our certified Ultherapy® practitioner is among the most experienced in the state of South Carolina.

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What is Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure designed to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow, and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

Ultherapy® is a skin tightening treatment that uses time-tested ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally and rejuvenate the body for a younger appearance — without surgery or downtime. Celebrities like Christie Brinkley (who chooses Ultherapy® to maintain a youthful smoothness in her face, neck and décolletage) value this energy treatment as one of their top secrets for looking younger naturally. Adults with mild to moderate elasticity (not severe) and minimal excess skin or sun damage are generally good candidates for this procedure. If you notice sagging in your lower face, furrows on your brows, looseness around your neck, and crepey lines across your chest – but you are not ready for surgery – Ultherapy® could be the perfect non-invasive treatment for you.

Ultherapy® incorporates Ultrasound technology to focus energy (or heat) at the right depths under the skin at the right temperature to trigger a natural response – collagen-boosting benefits to transform skin. Collagen is naturally produced by the body to tighten and lift the skin, resulting in a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Ultherapy® bypasses the surface of the skin and surrounding tissue and works by targeting the much deeper superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) – which is the same muscle a surgeon would manipulate in a facelift. It also targets the deep dermal layer. Traditional ultrasound imaging allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue during treatment, ensuring the energy is targeted where it will be most beneficial.

What To Expect

On the day of treatment, wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind either changing out of or potentially getting some non-staining ultrasound gel on. Some patients like to bring a headset to listen to music or podcasts.

During the treatment, comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation lasts only while the energy is being delivered. At Koniver Aesthetics, your comfort level is a priority for us. We have found PRO-NOX™ Nitrous-Oxide (50% Oxygen and 50% Nitrous Oxide mixture) delivery system to be successful in helping relieve anxiety and pain in our patients during Ultherapy® and other procedures. PRO-NOX™ is patient-controlled inhaled analgesia which takes effect in seconds, offering immediate easing of pain and anxiety. Since it is patient controlled, you can respond to your pain and anxiety when you need it and, it has the benefit of being a short duration. PRO-NOX™ clears from the body in minutes.

The length of your treatment depends on the area(s) being treated and your individual plan. The procedure will take 20 minutes to two hours depending on the number of treatment areas to be addressed (e.g. a face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes). After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities. Ultherapy® requires no downtime. There may be some redness that will fade within a short amount of time.

Treatment Guidelines

Pre-Treatment Instructions:
If possible, discontinue blood thinning medications 3 days prior to treatment.

You may not be treated with Ultherapy® if you have open wounds or active implants such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, or metal stents in the treatment area.

You may not be treated if you are pregnant.

Post-treatment Instructions:
Avoid regular use of NSAID for 3 months if possible.

Skin may be red for 24 hours.

No permanent nerve injuries have been reported, but it is possible to have numbness, pain, or muscle weakness due to inflammation of a motor nerve that can last from 2-6 weeks.

Welting can occur with treatment and resolves typically within an hour to a week.

You may experience bruising and tenderness in the treated areas.

You may use your regular skincare routine following treatment.

Immediately after procedure, you will be able to return to your normal daily routine and exercise.

Results

Some patients may see an initial effect right after their treatment. However, because Ultherapy® works deep beneath the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen production, the real results appear over three to six months after treatment. Results will continue to improve for up to a year and may last for two years. Most of our patients who rave about Ultherapy®, are getting a treatment (or at least a touch up) every 12-18 months.

Disclaimer: Every patient is different, and results may vary due to a number of factors. During your consultation, we will discuss with you the results you can expect and create a custom treatment plan for you

What To Expect

On the day of treatment, wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind either changing out of or potentially getting some non-staining ultrasound gel on. Some patients like to bring a headset to listen to music or podcasts.

During the treatment, comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation lasts only while the energy is being delivered. At Koniver Aesthetics, your comfort level is a priority for us. We have found PRO-NOX™ Nitrous-Oxide (50% Oxygen and 50% Nitrous Oxide mixture) delivery system to be successful in helping relieve anxiety and pain in our patients during Ultherapy® and other procedures. PRO-NOX™ is patient-controlled inhaled analgesia which takes effect in seconds, offering immediate easing of pain and anxiety. Since it is patient controlled, you can respond to your pain and anxiety when you need it and, it has the benefit of being a short duration. PRO-NOX™ clears from the body in minutes.

The length of your treatment depends on the area(s) being treated and your individual plan. The procedure will take 20 minutes to two hours depending on the number of treatment areas to be addressed (e.g. a face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes). After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities. Ultherapy® requires no downtime. There may be some redness that will fade within a short amount of time.

Treatment Guidelines

Pre-Treatment Instructions:
If possible, discontinue blood thinning medications 3 days prior to treatment.

You may not be treated with Ultherapy® if you have open wounds or active implants such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, or metal stents in the treatment area.

You may not be treated if you are pregnant.

Post-treatment Instructions:
Avoid regular use of NSAID for 3 months if possible.

Skin may be red for 24 hours.

No permanent nerve injuries have been reported, but it is possible to have numbness, pain, or muscle weakness due to inflammation of a motor nerve that can last from 2-6 weeks.

Welting can occur with treatment and resolves typically within an hour to a week.

You may experience bruising and tenderness in the treated areas.

You may use your regular skincare routine following treatment.

Immediately after procedure, you will be able to return to your normal daily routine and exercise.

Results

Some patients may see an initial effect right after their treatment. However, because Ultherapy® works deep beneath the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen production, the real results appear over three to six months after treatment. Results will continue to improve for up to a year and may last for two years. Most of our patients who rave about Ultherapy®, are getting a treatment (or at least a touch up) every 12-18 months.

Disclaimer: Every patient is different, and results may vary due to a number of factors. During your consultation, we will discuss with you the results you can expect and create a custom treatment plan for you

Ultherapy®: FAQs

Can Ultherapy® replace a facelift?

Ultherapy® treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery but will not duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. However, it is a great alternative for those not ready for surgery or for those who want to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How many Ultherapy® treatments does it take?

Most patients need only one treatment per area but some may benefit from more than one (e.g. those that are true surgical candidates yet do not want surgery), depending on how much skin laxity there is and the body’s specific response to ultrasound in the collagen-building process.

How does Ultherapy® differ from laser treatments?

Typically, laser treatments only address superficial skin and are not-FDA cleared to lift skin. Some lasers rely on light energy which cannot reach deeper skin layers. Ultherapy® ultrasound stimulates your body’s natural collagen production, which can result in a significant lift of tissue over two to three months.