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So I just had Ulthera done yesterday and I am...

So I just had Ulthera done yesterday and I am thrilled already. I had read a lot of mixed reviews about it online before deciding to do the treatment and was a little nervous. But my fabulous technician Jeannel Astarita had prepared me in great detail what to expect. I have to say it was so much less painful than i had expected. From reading online i got the impression that it was a very painful treatment- I was pleasantly surprised! Jeannel explained that there have been changes to the procedure. The discomfort passed very quickly and now I am feeling tighter and younger already. I can't wait to see my long term results.

7 months later....

I was referred to the Ultherapy tech, Jeannel Astarita from a friend who has never looked better.
Jeannel is now at Chelsea Eye and Cosmetic Surgery on West 19th street.
I did an IPL photo facial $400 with her in April to get rid of some broken capillaries on my nose and a few brown spots on my face and hands. She's amazing, from the start she suggested a plan and products that would hit all the things that bothered me in stages so I didn't stress about the money. I'll do another IPL in the fall and maybe try a peel. I want to keep my skin looking this good.
It's been 7 months since Ulthera and I'm still thrilled! My jaw and neck look great! Those nasty jowls look better. My skin just looks tighter , more even... healthier.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

response to latingirl57

Just so you know I would not waste my time to post a review if I wasn't above and beyond happy. I suggest if you want to complain that you focus it on the technician /office that performed your procedure. Knowing exactly what to expect is a big part of their job and you clearly didn't because you would know that you don't see real results for at least 3 months which my technician informed me of. Maybe you needed a facelift? I didn't! I'd rather do this every few years to stay tight and fresh and skip the knife. Jeannel was always available to answer questions that came up as I was healing. I was numb for a few weeks we talked and she put my mind at ease. Why isn't the office you had it done at helping you deal with your concerns??? I think you need to focus your frustration on the source instead of bashing a website. Bottom line, you need to really trust the person who treated you which is why I used Jeannel Astarita, she delivered everything she promised and made me feel like her most valued patient. I happily recommend her to everyone that compliments my refreshed looks. I hear it a lot too!!
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Fifth Ave Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Jeannel

Recommended by a friend. My technician was amazing, very caring and professional I would highly recommend!!!!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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In our office, we have found that Ultherapy works well in the lower face and neck areas to tighten the SMAS and platysma. Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS Los Angeles
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Dr Raffy, Does it tighten or just melt the underlying fat? Would you ever do Co2 Laser and Ulthera at the same treatment? I have had 70cc's of fat transferred back to my face and have to go back for more. I never had a filler injected into my face before Ulthera- only about 1/2 cc of Restylane in my lips every 5-6 months. Why do you think this happened to me?
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Dr. Karamanoukian, would you please address the matter of pain? What is your experience with your patients' pain responses to this treatment?
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I went to my dermatologist's office to have my scheduled full face Ulthera treatment (with the new Amplify upgrade) 2 days ago. I am 60 years old and have a pretty high pain tolerance, having been through many painful experiences in my life. Since I was assured that the new Amplify upgrade has taken care of the "discomfort" that "some people" have and that none of their 600 patients who have had this treatment had any pain problems other than the 2 with fibromyalgia, I thought I was good to go with my recommended 800 mg of ibuprofen. I actually expected to sleep through the procedure. She began with my neck and throat area and I knew with the first pass that this was a HUGE mistake. It was EXTREMELY painful - not uncomfortable. It felt like thousand of red hot needles pulsing into my skin with an occasional electric hot snapping nerve sensation. The esthetician assured me over and over that none of their patients have ever had a problem. Frankly, it seemed that she was telling me I was imagining the pain or something. I gritted my teeth to allow her to complete the neck and throat because I didn't want to end up with some kind of a mess to have to live with for the rest of my life. I politely cancelled the remainder of the treatment and finally had to call the billing office to request a refund because the esthetician would not return my call. They told me they would keep $1,000 of my $3,000 payment. I did not think they handled this well at all. My point? There is at least ONE person on the planet for whom the Ulthera Amplify treatment was extremely and unbearably painful. I regret having bought in to all the misleading marketing and hype.
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Dee M. It was the most painful treatment I ever experienced. Wish I would have cancelled and saved my face.
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Sharing, I'm sorry you had to go through the pain and then ended up with unsatisfactory (like terrible) results on top of that. Seems to me that the folks who developed Ulthera should have spent more on research and less on their enormous marketing campaigns. Surely there must be a lot of litigation against them if people are having the kinds of results that we're reading about here.
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Dee M. Thank you for the kind words. You were so smart to make them stop. I was never even warned about the extreme pain. I think we will see a ot of litigation in the future. This is so new and many doctors are not reporting the problems. It a BIG MONEY for little effort. Ulthera does not allow a trial on the machines, they have to buy in.
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Thank you. I spoke with a technician who does Venus Freeze at a cosmetic surgeon's office and I asked her about Ultherapy. She said it was Very Painful and her jaw bone hurt her afterwards for over a week.
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I wouldn't be a bit surprised. I know my body pretty well and the deep muscles and other tissues in my neck were very sore for about 4 weeks. It felt like very bad muscle strain. Ultherapy definitely damages tissue. That's how it works - by causing burns and then when scar tissue forms it shrinks (that's what scar tissue does) - voila skin tightening/lifting.
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That's not "how its supposed to work." Sounds like the provider was not adequately trained which is the responsibility of the he or she and the manufacturer. I have had the procedure on my entire face (not eyelids) twice by a Boise (used to live there) board certified doctor who did the procedure himself (I don't use med spas). The first time there was a bit of tenderness in my jawline for a few days but both times, no bruising, "burning" or any other type of damage for at least two reasons; 1) I followed procedure and stopped all ant-inflammatory medications and supplements 2 weeks prior and 2) he is not a cowboy - if anything he probably could have been a bit more aggressive. He did a Thermage procedure on me back in 05 that worked fabulously (apparently I was one of the few who had such great results - got rid of the deep parenthesis on each side of my mouth and materially tightened my whole face. Since he did not do much body work with it, I made the mistake of going to a Dallas Dr. for the procedure on my thighs in 2008; I was burned; it took weeks for the scabs to fall of and a couple of years for the 10+ scars to fade. The FDA said that unless I could provide evidence the machine or head (disposable) was defective, they could not do anything. The suggested I complain to the state as they regulate the provider; TX moved it around for over a year but ultimately did nothing because it was not a laser (despite it being equally capable of burning). While I doubt I would do it again, and the results were not as good overall as Thermage (which he no longer offers), I am glad I did it; I was at the point where I was considering getting filler under my eyes due to the hollow areas where fat had dissipated. It also gave me some brow and jaw lift. However, I turn 55 tomorrow so its getting time to either get a lower facelift in the next couple of years or wear my hair around my face :)
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Yes.. this is all the same experience I had. almost got up in the middle of it and left.. I was horrific pain.. and bruised and swollen for weeks.. One side of my mouth was drooping.. NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!
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Another thing.. I think a lot of these docs use the same pics and are passing them as their own patients.
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I'll bet you're right about those pictures. My dermatologist's practice is in a fairly small area yet the esthetician showed me page after page after page of before and after photo. The esthetician (in her 30's) also told me that she had performed this procedure on 600 patients. It just doesn't quite add up. They spend way more time and effort on marketing than on product research and development. It's a big hoax. End of story.
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DeeM, Dr Mark Glasgold's comment to me. This is the Doc adding fat back to my face. Quote " They say you damage the skin and it heals back better. I am not buying it" My previously smooth facial skin now has a little grain to it. You can see where the treatment ended. I did have C02 Laser and Ulthera.. so I got a double dose. of damage. My doctor knew that all I was trying to do is prevent my skin from thinning. I am researching PRP.. blood plateletts.. to possibly revive my skin from the inside out.
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I had it yesterday and it was so painful, I wanted to leave. But I stuck it out. I have some bruising and swelling, but hoping the results will be worth it. I felt like such a wimp until I read your post. I thought I was the only one and thought my pain tolerance was higher.
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So sorry to hear all these poor results/pain/high $$ stories - sounds like some of you could be great candidates for Venus Freeze...I'm doing different body parts (face, arms & thighs) and after 3 treatments of each (at $75 per part/treatment) I am ecstatic...results are supposed to start showing after 4 treatments (in a series of 6 for face, and 8 for arms & thighs) and I already am getting remarks about how good I am looking. Prices can swing wildly so do reserach and check out as many VF practitioners that you can in your area (I'm in DFW Metroplex) but I think the combo of magnets & RF is the key to VF's many happy clients. Wonb;t work for everyone (not sure I know of any treatment that is guaranteed to get results) but I think it's only a 10% group that doesn;t see results. I am super happy w the results and mostly the cost - Bella Spa in Grand Prairie TX is where I go, and Susan is the most incredible practitioner - if you're anywhere around here, you MUST try them :). She did take a before pic of my face, but I should have taken one of my arms & thighs (she doesn't typically) because I'm seeing results in each area. Anyway, it's for tightening, better circulation (from the magnets) and collagen production so you will have better skin tone, and I'm even seeing a lsight change in my cottage cheese/poor elasticty thighs that I cover at all costs. Next summer may be the first I am able to bare my legs and smile (they say the results continue for up to 3 months after treatments are finished). I'll check back once I through with all the treatments but so far, Venus Freeze is a clear WINNER!
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Hi. I'm thinking of Ultherapy and IPL. Can you please share photos? I'd also be interested in hearing what happened to your skin after the IPL. I'm worried about the recovery time.
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In New York??
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Is there anyone who can recommend a reputable doctor to administer the ultherapy to the neck and jowl area?
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Dr Fitzpatrick in la jolla, California. He is a laser god
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he past away July 14th...
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I know:( I went to his memorial service
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Ultherapy continues to be a valuable addition to the concept of non-surgical face lift and neck lift procedures. Raffy Karamanoukian
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Dr Karamanoukian, You have absolutely no proof of any long term effects of Ulthera, You should educate yourself- before you possibly ruin more faces. I suggest you speak with some of the plastic surgeons repairing these faces and you might throw away all of your lasers. Two reputable plastic surgeons would not even see me, because I had an Ullthera treatment, I am in the process of healing from a fat transfer done by the well known Plastic Surgeon in NJ. This is just easy money for your industry.
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Dear Sharing; I have had Ultherapy done by a board certified Dr. after having had Thermage by the same Dr. in 2005 with great results (not the norm so he no longer offers - he did it not his staff). I have had a couple of informal consults the past year as I was having nose revision for medical reasons (at 54 I am going to eventually have to deal with the high cheekbone sagging permanently). Neither Dr., both board certified and highly respected, said anything negative about U and in fact both offer it as an option. Thus, it would be helpful and/or add to your credibility if you posted the Drs. name and/or asked them to share their thoughts on this site. Otherwise perhaps the moderators should ask you to refrain from continued negative generalization postings based on your specific situation (everyone is different and we don't know who your provider was either).
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