It seems that the main thing that people worry about when it comes to signs of aging is the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Another common, yet often overlooked until it is too late result of aging, is sagging and loose skin. Unfortunately loose and saggy skin and fine lines and wrinkles are all inevitable factors that come with aging, however there are some treatment options that allow you to reverse and delay this aging process. Skin tightening treatments such as Ultherapy are commonly used to decrease and eliminate signs of aging particularly around the lower face, chin, and jawline. There are however other procedures that can be combined with the treatment to achieve and maintain optimal results.

How to Reduce Signs of Aging

One of the main contributing factors to common signs of aging, such as the formations of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the increasing laxity of the skin is the reduction in collagen collagen in the skin. While there are several skin care products such as over the counter purchased facials, creams, cleansers, and serums that claim to increase collagen production and take years off of your aging skin, the truth is that skin that has already begun to sag and has already developed wrinkles can really only be reversed through targeted medical intervention. While a magic serum that will eliminate your wrinkles and lift your skin sounds great, in reality it is purely impossible and is simply a waste of financial resources. Before you start worrying about having to undergo a surgical procedure, keep in mind that there are several non invasive and minimally invasive treatments out there, thanks to every growing advances in cosmetic medicine and technology.

Minimally Invasive Treatments

Along with injectable solutions such as neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau, as well as dermal fillers for loss of volume, there are also minimally invasive treatments that specifically address sagging skin, including PDO thread lifts (non surgical facelift), and Ultherapy. Dr. Schwarzburg, an expert in the field of minimally invasive cosmetic medicine, carefully assesses each of his patients to cater to their unique needs and come up with treatment plans including a combination of these medical treatments to achieve the best non- and minimally invasive skin tightening results.

Ultherapy before after
ultherapy treatment procedure

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is an FDA approved treatment using Ultrasound energy to penetrate the skin deep into subcutaneous layers of tissue and cause thermal damage to the superficial muscular aponeurosis layer (also called the SMAS layer). The heat damage causes microscarring and increase in collagen and elastin production as the body repairs itself, leading to tightening and tissue contraction of the treated area. Ultherapy, or Ulthera laser is only ideal for the lower face (chin and jawline area) and the eyebrows as the intense ultrasound energy has a potential to remove the good fat in your face if applied to your cheeks, making you appear older and more deflated. Some people may inquire about ultherapy under eyes, however this area is delicate and could also result in a more deflated look, which would be the opposite of the intended purpose of this treatment.

Does Ultherapy work?

While picking a medical aesthetics treatment, patients want to be sure that their procedure of choice will be effective in the process of reaching their beauty goals. With so many treatments out there, it can be difficult to make a decision, which is why it is important to consult with a medical professional and board certified physician like Dr. Schwarzburg to get an expert opinion. Ultherapy does work on a select group of patients and can improve a certain range of conditions. It produces mild lifting and tightening in the mid and lower parts of the face, but those effects may take time to fully settle before becoming visually apparent. On average it can take up to 6 months to start seeing any results from this treatment, and the results sometimes can be a bit underwhelming, especially given a long, elaborate and frequently painful process of delivering this treatment. Do keep in mind that the treatment itself can be intensely painful and uncomfortable and will likely require more than just one session for desired results. It can also only be used in certain areas, including the chin and jawline and eyebrows, as it can have negative effects if administered on other areas of the face.

Does Ultherapy work on jowls?

Ultherapy is often used to treat the lower face, chin, and jawline area. Ultherapy does work on jowls, and while the treatment has been successful, Dr. Schwarzburg typically recommends the combination of treatments, including Kybella or CoolSculpting for fat removal (should there be any fat around the jawline), a PDO thread lift to lift sagging skin, along with Ultherapy to tighten everything. Depending on the patient, their face, and their goals, one or more of these treatments can be used alone or in combination to achieve a tightened jowl look. PDO thread lifting can also be used as a saggy neck treatment and will give you immediate results. Neck tightening procedures vary depending on the laxity of the skin on your neck. People often get Botox for lines on the neck and to prevent the skin from stretching further.

Ultherapy and PDO threads

Ultherapy can be combined or used interchangeably with a PDO thread lift, particularly around the lower face and jowls. Because Ultherapy is not suggested to be used in the face because it will eliminate the good fat, leaving you with a hollow and gaunt look, a PDO thread lift is the ideal treatment to combine with Ultherapy, using Ultherapy to tighten the jawline and neck and PDO threads to lift loose and sagging skin in the lower and mid face. PDO threads are a non surgical procedure involving the insertion of surgical threads under the skin, to then be pulled up, lifting loose and sagging skin. It is a great alternative to a surgical face lift and will give you long lasting results.

Ultherapy Procedure Areas

Ultherapy can be used on several areas of the body, particularly around the neck and jawline. It is sometimes also used on the thighs if approved by a medical professional.

  • Ultherapy neck: The neck is one of the most common areas to suffer due to aging. Whether it be due to wrinkles, a double chin, or folds, Ultherapy has the power to tighten the skin on your neck.
  • Ultherapy for turkey neck: Sagging skin on your neck is often referred to as a turkey neck. Ultherapy will help to tighten sagging skin without the use of surgery.
  • Ultherapy eyes: Ultherapy may also be used to lift and smooth the skin around your eyes and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
  • Ultherapy under eyes: This treatment has also been approved for getting rid of under-eye bags and dark circles.
  • Ultherapy on eyelids: Droopy eyelids is also a common sign of aging. Ultherapy has been approved to lift the skin above your eyelids for a wide-eyed, youthful effect.
  • Ultherapy for stretch marks: Since Ultherapy stimulates collagen production, it may also be used to rejuvenate your skin in areas where you notice stretch marks.
  • Ultherapy face: For many, Ultherapy is a perfect alternative to a surgical facelift. The treatment results in tighter and smoother skin, providing you with a youthful and glowy look.
  • Ultherapy forehead: Ultherapy for forehead wrinkles is also a common procedure. Collagen production will help to fill in these lines for a lasting effect.
  • Ultherapy brow lift: It may also be used to lift drooping brows, which is another common sign of aging.
  • Ultherapy jawline: Ultherapy NYC is the perfect option for you if you are looking for a tighter and more contoured jawline.
  • Ultherapy jowls: Sagging chin below your chin, also referred to as jowls, may also be treated with the use of ultrasound therapy.
  • Ultherapy around the mouth: It is normal for people to notice fine lines and wrinkles near their mouth, especially in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Ultherapy can smooth the skin in these areas for a more youthful effect.
  • Ultherapy chest: Many people experience wrinkles on their chest as they age, and Ultherapy has been approved to treat chest wrinkles and rejuvenate the decolletage.
  • Ultherapy for thighs: Ultherapy may also work to smooth sagging skin in the thigh area.

Is Ultherapy painful?

While the level of pain experienced varies from person to person, depending on each individual’s pain tolerance, most people do tend to experience some level of discomfort during their Ultherapy treatments. The feeling is often described as a “stinging”, “burning”, or “tingling” sensation, which if preferred by the patient, can be reduced with a local anesthetic, sedative, or pain medication.

Is Ultherapy safe?

Ultherapy is a non surgical and minimally invasive treatment that has been FDA approved to treat and tighten loose skin in the lower face, chin, jawline, neck, and décolletage. It has been tested several times before FDA approval, confirming its safety and making it one of the safest skin tightening procedures available.

What are the Ultherapy side effects?

Side effects are typically rare with Ultrasound skin tightening, although some have reported redness and soreness after the treatment. There may be some bruising, however all of these side effects will diminish within a few days post treatment. More serious Ultherapy side effects such as skin deformities and scarring may occur if the treatment is improperly administered, which is why it is incredibly important to get your treatment done by an experienced medical professional. Most face tightening treatments come with possible risks and side effects, however they are typically minimal and only temporary.

How much does Ultherapy cost?

Ultherapy cost in NYC ranges depending on the treatment area, the size of the treatment area, and how many treatments are purchased. Some clinics offer package deals, while others have set session ultherapy prices. Typically one session of Ultherapy costs anywhere from $2000 to $4000 and depends on multiple factors including clinic location, the experience of the doctor performing the procedure, the complexity of the anatomical landscape and many others. Skin tightening cost can also vary depending on how many sessions and which part of the body or face you get the treatment on.

How much is Ultherapy for neck tightening?

The NYC Ultherapy cost ranges $1000-3000 per session. Many people need more than just one session for optimal results, so on average a full treatment plan for Ultherapy neck can range anywhere from $3000 to $6000. A non surgical facelift cost ranges in the same price, depending on what kind of treatment you get.

How long does Ultherapy last?

Ultherapy typically lasts up to two or more years after the initial procedure. Its skin tightening effects last as long as the skin is maintained with routine follow ups. This is why many patients come back for yearly upkeep sessions, or sometimes get other skin tightening treatments for face such as Secret RF skin tightening (a radio frequency skin tightening treatment, that is administered in the form of microneedling), Mesotherapy, or Fraxel (a laser skin tightening and rejuvenating treatment that comes in several different settings to suit each individual’s face), a few times a year to maintain their results. Radio frequency for the face is commonly used to treat not only skin laxity, but to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and general skin lifting. It can also be useful to tighten jowls instead of ulthera therapy in the face.

When will I see results?

Because Ultherapy works through induction of thermal injury and the subsequent production of collagen it may take three or more months to see the initial results. You will likely also need several sessions for optimal results as the collagen scaffold takes time to grow.

What is Ultherapy downtime and recovery?

Because Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure, it does not require any surgery, needles or any kind of downtime. One of the main reasons Ultherapy is so popular is because of how easy it is. Once you are finished with your procedure, you can continue with your regular activities without any further post procedural steps or unnecessary interruptions.

Is Ultherapy worth it?

Ultherapy is a great option to tighten loose and saggy skin around the lower face, chin, and jaw area. Different people respond differently to the treatment and often need more than just one session for optimal results. Because Ultherapy NYC relies heavily on collagen production, results may take a while to be seen, making it less ideal for those who want immediate results. If you are looking for a more immediate result, you may want to opt for another treatment that will address loose skin, such as a PDO thread lift. Many people combine Ultherapy with other skin tightening face treatments for the best and longest lasting results. There are some skin care products and skin tightening serums that claim to aid in natural skin tightening, however if your skin is already very loose, they likely will not have an effect.

Ultherapy Before and After

Ultherapy is a procedure that is designed to tighten and firm loose skin around the jawline, neck, décolette, and other areas on the body. The treatment does not require any surgical intervention and is administered by a medical professional who will first assess said areas to confirm that you are a candidate for the procedure. As the ultrasound applicator penetrates into deep layers of the skin, it causes controlled thermal damage that inducing collagen and elastin production along the path of ultrasound application, which in turn will tighten and firm the treatment area.

Other cosmetic procedures

There are several minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can address loose and sagging skin. Depending on how much loose skin there is, you can get either dermal treatments such as Forma facial, Fraxel laser treatment and Secret RF facial, a radiofrequency facial used to tighten and firm the skin, minimize the size of your pores, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, both of which offer thermal damage to the skin, increasing the production of collagen and elastin and leaving you with firmer and tighter skin. Droopy areas can also sometimes be addressed with the use of fillers, particularly around the jawline.

Ultherapy and Botox

Many people also combine these treatments with Botox, which will not address sagging skin in particular, but will aid in the elimination and prevention of other defining factors of the aging process such as fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. Neck skin tightening is just as popular as face tightening treatments as it goes hand in hand with the lower face and jawline. Skin tightening treatments are not only meant as a loose skin treatment in the face.

Skin tightening for the Stomach

There are also several belly skin tightening treatments to address loose skin around the stomach and abdominal area. For skin tightening stomach treatments, depending on how much loose skin there is, you may be able to get the job done with a minimally invasive treatment such as Secret RF microneedling, mesotherapy, or CoolTone, which is a treatment that contracts your muscles for you, leaving you with more defined and tighter abdominal muscles. Ultherapy stomach can work, but would require several painful sessions and should only be used as a last resort. If you are looking for skin tightening treatments for the stomach, be sure to consult with a trained professional to confirm that a minimally invasive treatment is a good option for you.

Low intensity alternatives

There are also very low intensity skin tightening treatments such as plasma fibroblasting or plasma skin tightening, which is often used around the eyelids. This is a better option than an ultherapy eye lift as ultherapy face and midface can lead to adverse side effects. If you have a lot of loose skin, these treatments will likely not be enough and you may need surgical intervention.

Other Ultherapy treatment areas

Body skin tightening treatments are particularly popular amongst women after pregnancy. Some people also use these treatments for other areas such as the legs for leg skin tightening and thigh skin tightening, to treat sagging jowls, or an ultherapy brow lift. Be careful with ultherapy jowls, as ultherapy new york should not be administered in the mid face. The best area for ultherapy is around the ultherapy lower face, for under chin skin tightening, and ultherapy jawline as an ultherapy face lift.

Non-Surgical Facelifts NYC

Finding the right place to get a non surgical skin tightening in NYC can be challenging when you don’t know where to start. The first step is to do your research and find a reputable medical spa with medically trained and experienced professionals such as Dr. Schwarzburg, who will not only administer the treatment properly with successful results, but will give you an in depth consultation to see what treatment is right for you. There is no “one size fits all” treatment option for sagging skin that works on everyone. For some, Ultherapy may be the best option, while for others some Botox and a dermal filler will do the trick.
If you are looking for a Skin Tightening Treatment, you should do extensive research on the available treatment options and the best clinics in your area to get them done. It is smart to consult with a doctor and maybe even get a second opinion to confirm which treatment is right for you.

Ultherapy vs PDO thread lift

One of the most common questions is the difference between Ultherapy and PDO thread lifting. Ultherapy is a purely non-invasive modality which utilizes the energy of ultrasound to cause micro-scarring at the SMAS level. This damage then causes contraction of the SMAS and results in tightening of the more superficial skin layers. However, one of the major drawbacks of Ultherapy is inconsistent distribution of energy and the possibility of damaging other tissues as the ultrasound energy passes through the skin. It has been reported that it can burst fat cells in its pathway and essentially deflate that region of the face making it look older. It also takes a long time for Ultherapy to start showing the results, anywhere from 3-4 months. PDO thread lift on the other hand shows instantaneous results that continue to improve over a period of the next few months and do not result in elimination of fat along its pathway of insertion. However PDO thread lifting is an advanced procedure that must be performed by a highly skilled doctor.