As I approached my mid-40s, I noticed that my face was starting to look gaunt. And if you look up the definition of gaunt, you will then truly understand my unhappiness in my appearance. I didn’t like how I was looking in photos. I missed having full cheeks and alert eyes that didn’t simply collapse with every blink. The deflation in my face was very unflattering and I was not happy.
As it turns out, my unwelcome new look was just the natural, progression of collagen loss, the protein that keeps our skin tight and tone. Apparently, we all start gradually losing collagen as early as our late 20s and early 30s, and the most noticeable effect is your skin looking less plump and full.
So, when I decided to try Ultherapy, it wasn’t about looking younger, it was just about looking better.
Ultherapy is a noninvasive natural facelift that can lift and tighten the skin. The procedure uses focused ultrasound, which stimulates your body to produce some of the collagen you’ve lost … making us look less gaunt and more like the gorgeous, middle-aged woman we are supposed to be.
What they do
After taking some prescribed ibuprofen or possibly a painkiller, the Esthetician will apply ultrasound gel on the treatment area. Then they run a wand over your face, delivering little bursts of sonogram energy beneath the surface of the skin. The procedure can be used on your face and brow, neck, chin and décolletage. It usually lasts about an hour or two.
Your skin might be a little red or swollen immediately after the procedure, but unless you’re planning on posing for extreme close-ups, you can go on with your day. Of course, you might be a little out of it if you’re given a prescription drug before the medication because …
It can hurt like a #$*%
OK, this is just my personal takeaway. I’ve heard braver women brag that it barely hurts. Personally, I was very happy to have been given something to take the edge off my Ultherapy Treatment!
It takes a while to kick in
You won’t see instant results, but most patients start to notice a difference in about three to six months. Though you don’t see the changes at the beginning, the following weeks after the treatment I could feel my body reacting and changing. I knew that I was going to see results.
It lasts a long time
Patients typically see benefits last for two years.
Depending on where you live, treating your full face and neck can cost anywhere from around $2,500 to $5,500. If you treat only select areas, you’ll pay less. But bundling is where the bargain is.