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After Ultherapy on my forehead, the top of the head feels sensitive to touch. Is this normal?

When I had my Ultherapy there was a spot on my forehead that when she zapped it I could feel it all the way to the top of my head if I run my finger over that spot I can feel it in the top of my head just wondering if this is common ?

Doctor Answers 4

Ultherapy treatment

There is a cutaneous nerve that goes from the forehead up to the scalp.  The ulthera most likely stimulated that nerve and it may be irritated for a brief period.  This happens occasionally and always resolves.


Boca Raton Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Ultherapy on Forehead

This hypersensitivity will go away and can last up to 4 weeks. Read the ultherapy book provided on the link below. 

Head sensitive to touch after Ultherapy on forehead

There are some sensory nerves that run under the skin of the forehead and the Ultherapy could irritate them, causing the shooting sensation that you describe going to the top of your head.  This issue should resolve completely over a short period of time and it causes no permanent damage.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Ultherapy for forehead, eyebrow and upper eyelid lifting in my NYC practice

When Ultherapy is done on the forehead to help lift the unit of the forehead/eyebrow/upper eyelid, some sensory nerve endings can feel the energy and become irritated sending the feeling of discomfort up to the end of the nerve endings in the forward half of the scalp. Some patients will feel patches of hypersensitivity, or even numbness for a while. The few patients that have experienced this in my practice have noted full resolution in a few weeks.  I am not aware from my personal cases or those reported by my colleagues, or the company, that this has been permanent.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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