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Ulthera Skin Tightening

We offer skin tightening treatments through non-surgical, pain-free procedures that together represent the latest advances in cosmetic care technology. The newest of the these treatments is Ultherapy, a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. The ultrasound waves help to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin, and better yet, without the need to hide scars in front of the ears. It is the only FDA approved device to tighten face, chin and brow.

Why choose Ultherapy treatments?

Your facial skin is made up of 3 distinct layers:

  • Epidermis — the visible outer layer on the surface.
  • Dermis — the collagen-rich layer just beneath.
  • Subcutaneous Layer — the inner layer beneath the dermis, consisting of fat with a web of collagen fibers running through it.

When the collagen in any of these 3 layers breaks down—usually from sun exposure, family heredity, or the normal aging process—your face begins to sag. Products that work to treat only the epidermis, such as creams and lotions, do nothing to restore the collagen in the layers beneath. In order to tighten the skin, more aggressive treatments that target collagen, like Ultherapy, are required.

How do Ultherapy treatments work?

If the collagen in the skin is heated to a temperature above 60 degrees Celsius, it will contract and tighten. Ultherapy uses medical-grade ultrasound waves to safely heat the skin’s underlayer and the collagen in the inner layer, causing an immediate tightening as well as improved tone and texture. The heating of the skin encourages new collagen growth that will continue for 4 to 6 months following treatment, leading to a tightening effect without surgery.


Are these treatments safe?

Ultherapy treatments are considered safe with minimal, if any, downtime, and are considered much safer than invasive cosmetic procedures like plastic surgery often used to tighten skin.

Who is the best candidate for Ultherapy treatment?

If your face, neck, cheeks, jowls or forehead are showing unwanted wrinkles or are starting to droop, but you are not yet ready for surgery, Ulthera can help tighten and elevate your skin. The procedures may even be used to tighten loose skin on other parts of your body, all with little risk and minimal recovery time. To determine if Ulthera is best suited for your particular needs, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled providers.

How is Ultherapy different from skin tightening using laser therapy or Thermage?

Ultherapy delivers higher energies to a greater volume of tissue with potential for deep and uniform heating, while radio-frequency technologies do not reach 60 degrees Celsius. Laser skin tightening typically requires 4-6 sessions, while Ultherapy usually shows a result after just one treatment.

However, some patients do prefer laser skin tightening for its results and little down time. For these patients, we offer treatments using the Candela® GentleYAG Laser, a long-pulsed laser that delivers safe, penetrating wavelengths into the dermis layer of the skin to regenerate collagen without downtime or the risk of serious side effects. The results of this procedure include firmer, smoother skin on the face, chest, and neck.

What is the recovery time?

Ultherapy patients can return to regular activities immediately following treatment. If pain medication is given in the office, you will require someone to drive you home.

How long does it take to see results?

Though results vary from patient to patient, Ultherapy generally shows visible improvements within 5 months after initial treatment. In some cases, patients are encouraged to have a second treatment after six months. Depending on your needs and skin type, we will advise the care that is most appropriate.

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Request a consultation with Dr. Barba by email or call 305.573.7200 to schedule your appointment.