Ultrasound Therapy for Wrinkles

Ultherapy, or Ultrasound therapy, is a cosmetic technique that changes and improves the appearance of wrinkles. The procedure involves depositing ultrasound energy below the skin surface, so as to boost the production of collagen, which is responsible for firmness and skin elasticity.

Why opt for ultrasound therapy for wrinkles?

Ultrasound therapy is a great option for many areas like neck, brows and chin. It is also a non-surgical technique, which is very effective. The procedure can be completed at a clinic, as an outpatient procedure, making it a simpler process for most patients.

Things to know about Ultrasound therapy

The procedure starts with the doctor cleaning the treatment area totally, following which he will use an ultrasound gel and place smooth hand piece on the skin. Next, the ultrasound energy will be delivered in the skin, depending on the depths pre-decided by the doctor. The energy will technically bypass the skin surface to stimulate growth of collagen in structural skin tissues.

The procedure is extremely beneficial, because it uses the regenerative response of the skin to repair the collagen fibers. The procedure can last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes, and the patient may have some level of discomfort when the ultrasound energy is delivered.

What are the possible risks?

As with most cosmetic procedures, there are a few risks, which can be reduced when the case is being handled by an experienced dermatologist. Risks include

  • Temporary redness around the treated area.
  • Mild swelling
  • Tenderness in the treated skin

What are the costs?

In general, laser/light therapy for wrinkled skin is treated as a cosmetic procedure, and hence, insurance doesn’t compensate for the costs. The overall cost and estimate can be best given by the doctor, after checking the treatment area.

Steps to prepare for the procedure

Before considering ultrasound therapy for wrinkles, the experienced doctor will check the medical history of the patient and discuss the risks and possible outcomes from the procedure. Typically, there are no extra steps that are taken ahead of the procedure, but the doctor may suggest medication for the pain, to avoid unwanted discomfort.

Things to expect after the procedure

After ultrasound therapy has been completed, you can experience some of the following effects on the treated area.

  • Mild swelling, which can last for few days
  • Limited temporary tenderness
  • Temporary numbness

Generally, one session or procedure is enough to get the benefits of ultrasound therapy, but there are cases when the doctor may suggest more treatments. This depends on the skin’s collagen-building process and response to the procedure. Some of the effects may be immediate, but ultimate lifting and toning may take some time, which can be anywhere between two to three months. Patients witness more improvements after six months, and the effects usually last for a year.

Talk to your doctor before you consider this as an option for treating wrinkles.