I'm having the ulthera next week but very wonder about nerve damage. If (in case) I unfortunately get it, how long does it last? Can the damage be permanent?
Can Nerve Damage from Ulthera Be Permanent?
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To-date Ulthera is not aware of permanent nerve problems
There have been no cases, to-date, of which I am aware of permanent nerve weakness induced by Ultherapy.
Nerve weakness could occur from heating a nerve if the energy delivered is in the area of the nerve. The nerve may then hibernate and take a few weeks to recover. Meanwhile, muscle weakness could cause a failure of the corner of the mouth to lower when the whole mouth opens, making it look like the other side is drooping. This is from temporary irritation of the marginal mandibular nerve and so the area in which the nerve becomes less deep near the corner of the mouth is not treated with the deep-reaching transducers, but doctors have been able to use, off-label, the new 1.5mm superficial transducer with a greater treatment area while they avoid the 4.5mm. deep transducer in the avoidance zones.
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Nerve damage from Ulthera
The nerve injury caused by Ulthera has been temporary. It is usually a weakness rather than a true injury and generally resolves within a few weeks. There are new 1.5 mm transducers available that allow close treatment around the mouth without the risk of the energy penetrating too deeply to affect the nerve which causes the corner of the mouth to droop.
Is Permanent nerve damage possible?
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Ultherapy uses focused beams of Ultrasound to cause microscopic trauma to soft tissue underlying the skin in order to stimulate scarring, otherwise known as collagen formation. As the scar or collagen contracts, the face is lifted and skin is tightened. Any chance of temporary injury to a facial berve is extremely rare, and permenant deficit has never been reported.