High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is one of the most exciting new breakthroughs in cosmetic rejuvenation. For years, many prominent Denver physicians have used ultrasound during medical diagnostic procedures. By tweaking the energy level and focusing the ultrasound waves, HIFU is now available for other purposes as well. Dr. Stephen Weber of Weber Facial Plastic Surgery in Denver is proud to offer this advanced technology for cosmetic rejuvenation, helping patients to revitalize aging skin.
The patented Ultherapy procedure, which the Food and Drug Administration approved in 2012, is a popular non-invasive treatment for sagging skin. Ultherapy works by using energy waves to heat the tissues beneath the skin, encouraging new collagen production. As the body creates more collagen, skin in the targeted area becomes firmer and more youthful. Common treatment areas include the eyebrows, jowls, neck, jawline, and chest. Ultherapy is ideal for patients who have minor to moderate sagging skin and do not want to (or cannot) undergo facelift surgery.
Double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Weber focuses exclusively on facial cosmetic procedures. He performs Ultherapy using state-of-the-art equipment, and the latest evidence-based techniques to deliver the best possible results.
The Ultherapy Procedure
Ultherapy occurs in an office setting, while the patient reclines comfortably. Most Ultherapy sessions take about 30-90 minutes to perform. Sometimes, topical numbing or local anesthesia and/or mild sedation will be used to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure.
Using the proprietary Ultherapy ultrasound device, Dr. Weber directs ultrasound energy at the treatment area. The focused ultrasound waves target three different layers of tissue. Each treatment uses a different temperature, so the waves heat the skin and produce collagen without producing unwanted side effects.
Results will not be apparent immediately, as the body needs time to revitalize the skin, a process that occurs gradually over weeks and months following the treatment. Over time, the increased collagen production smooths out wrinkles, tones the skin, improves elasticity, and helps eliminate sagging.
Ultherapy before and after
Good Candidates for Ultherapy
Due to the noninvasive nature of HIFU, almost everyone in good general health can be an excellent Ultherapy candidate. Patients who experience the best and longest-lasting results are nonsmokers who protect their skin from the sun and regularly use approved facial care products. Dr. Weber is an excellent resource for more tips on maximizing the results of Ultherapy treatments.
A patient must also be a good candidate from an emotional standpoint. As is his practice for all the cosmetic procedures he offers, Dr. Weber discusses motivation with Ultherapy patients. A firmer, smoother face gives many people the added confidence they need in business and social situations. No one should undergo cosmetic procedures to please another person or conform to someone else’s body image. If you are dissatisfied with saggy skin around your eyes, mouth, eyebrows, neck, or other areas, a targeted Ultherapy treatment may be a very good choice.
Although most people are healthy enough for Ultherapy, the only way to determine your individual candidacy for the procedure is to discuss your goals and health history with Dr. Weber. This will be done during an initial consultation that will take place before you schedule an Ultherapy appointment. Your consultation will allow you to meet with Dr. Weber one-on-one, ask questions, and ensure Ultherapy is the best option for your needs.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Most Ultherapy patients need to make no lifestyle or other adjustments prior to their procedures. Normal eating, drinking, exercise, and activity is acceptable almost up to the moment the procedure begins. Prior to Ultherapy, you will need to remove all your makeup and piercings from the treatment area. In some cases, Dr. Weber may have you stop taking anti-inflammatory or other prescription medication. All these points are covered in your pre-procedure checklist, which the staff will review with you in detail.
Most patients drive themselves to the office and then drive themselves back to work or school. Some minor side effects like redness and swelling may occur temporarily, but these should not interfere with normal activities, and should subside quickly.
Besides being a very talented surgeon, Dr. Weber is kind. The same is also true of everyone in the Lonetree Facial and Plastic Surgery office. I would highly recommend Dr. Weber to anyone. I had a previous chin augmentation and cheek lift procedure by a Dr. in Lakewood. That surgery was a terrible experience. The chin implant was misplaced, and my cheeks initially had huge swollen ridges on top, and my midface looked very hollow. No amount of makeup can hide a botched surgery. I waited for years to have the results corrected, and to be honest, I was afraid to trust another surgeon. I was very lucky to have found Dr. Weber. Dr. Weber had treated me with Radiesse as a temporary fix to the cheek area. The Radiesse helped a lot to minimize my hollow cheeks. I was very impressed with Dr. Weber, and finally decided to go ahead and have him do a permanent fix. I had a cheek augmentation, had the chin implant replaced, and had an upper blepharoplasty. The recovery was quick. I was out and about after 7 days. I am more than thrilled with the results! The overall improvement in my appearance is dramatic. Yet the results are very natural looking. Several coworkers mentioned that I looked rested, and my best friend commented that my hair looked great (my hair hasn’t changed). My cheeks and chin look good now, and my eyes no longer look tired.
Ultherapy Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does an Ultherapy Session Last?
If Dr. Weber targets the décolletage (area around the chest), the session will last about thirty minutes. Other areas, such as the neck or face, may require between sixty and ninety minutes. Your pre-procedure instructions will contain specific information. Since the procedure is completely non-invasive, there is usually no recovery time, other than a few moments immediately after the procedure.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Almost every cosmetic or other elective procedure has at least some potential side effects, and Ultherapy is no exception. Mild tingling and a warm sensation are extremely common during and immediately after the procedure. In subsequent hours, some people experience redness, swelling, or tenderness. In the days following treatment, some can have mild bruising or temporary numbness. All these side effects are rare and temporary.
How Long Do Ultherapy Results Last?
People who avoid the sun, do not smoke, and take care of their skin are the best HIFU candidates. For these individuals, the results from just one Ultherapy treatment may last several years. In other cases, the results are still very long-lasting.
When Will I Notice an Improvement?
Dr. Weber is one of the most skilled and experienced Ultherapy providers in Colorado. His expertise shows in that many of his patients begin seeing significant results within three or four months.
Is Ultherapy a Good Alternative to a Facelift?
No. A facelift is a much more invasive procedure for patients who want dramatic results and are willing to go through the surgery and recovery of a traditional facelift. Ultherapy is designed for people who want to make some smaller changes in their appearance non-invasively. HIFU is also ideal for post-facelift patients. It’s a simple and cost-effective way to help maintain surgical results.
What’s the Difference Between Venus Freeze, vShape, Thermage and Ultherapy?
The first three devices all produce good results. However, they rely on radio waves as opposed to ultrasound waves. Since the ultrasound waves bypass the patient’s skin, Ultherapy energy waves may be almost twice as hot as radio waves. That means improved collagen stimulation, more elasticity, and better results.
What’s the Ultherapy Recovery Time?
One of the biggest advantages of HIFU is that it is non-invasive in every sense of the word. There are no needles or pricks. Ultherapy is also non-invasive in terms of your busy life. Most people go directly from Dr. Weber’s office to work, school, or home with little discomfort and almost no loss of focus.
About Dr. Stephen Weber
Dr. Stephen Weber is a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is one of the leading plastic surgery specialists in the Denver area. In medical school, he developed a passion for helping people to look their best, and he continues on that mission to this day. Dr. Weber dedicates his professional practice to facial rejuvenation. That passion extends to quality skin-care procedures that further enhance his patients’ results. Dr. Weber is also active in the “Face to Face” program which provides services to domestic violence victims. He has authored over 50 journal articles in peer-reviewed publications.
To start your journey toward a more confident future, contact us today by going online or calling 303-792-2224 to contact Weber Facial Plastic Surgery in Denver, CO.