Patience is the Hard Part. -Calgary, AB
I decided to have Ultherapy as my Birthday gift to...
- 14 Jun 2013
- 3 months post
I decided to have Ultherapy as my Birthday gift to me. That was three months ago. I am 46, and my neck and cheeks were heading south. The ladies in my family get pretty jowly. My neck was getting flabby under my chin and starting to wrinkle(turkey neck.) I read somewhere that Courtney Cox had done Ultherapy so why not give it a try. I want to delay the face and neck lift as long as possible. I got 800 lines. The girl(laser technician) who did my procedure did 3 passes along the cheeks, halfway down my neck. She really concentrated on the waddle under my neck and the bottoms of my cheeks. I was given 2 advil an hour prior. Thank goodness I had 2 oxycodones left from a dental procedure a while back, I took those as well. And let me say, it still hurt. The first pass is a doozy. Seems like the closer they get to the bone, the more pain. The second and third passes are a breeze after the first. They give you a ball to squeeze, and it is a welcome distraction. That would be my only complaint about my experience, if you are going to offer Ultherapy, some fairly strong medication should be offered to the consumer as well, not sure I would have lasted thru the whole procedure with just 2 advil. It took about 1 hour 45 minutes. The pain only happens when they are zapping you. I went home, took some bromelain tablets, and iced my face to prevent swelling. But I still was incredibly swollen the next day. Left side a great deal more. The' big' swelling lasts about a week.( My cheeks felt swollen for about 2 months, but It's more something I could only notice.) On third day some bruising appeared, mostly big yellow bruises along bottom of my cheeks and my neck. The clinic did call the next day to check on me. Now the hard part, being patient. So hard not to check the mirror every time you walk by. Some days it looks like its getting tighter, some days you feel so depressed that you blew all that money for nothing. I need to add that the bottom of my cheeks and under my neck were numb after the procedure and if I touch them now three months later they still have a weird "buzzy" numbness feeling. It is 80% better on the numbness but it is kind of strange feeling. I think its just that they were very aggressive in those areas so it takes time to regenerate and heal and the numbness feeling is just the 'trauma' to the area healing. I believe that's how it rebuilds the collagen. The texture of my cheeks also feels different. They are definitely firmer, more dense. I would definitely say that my bottom cheeks and neck are firmer. Still got a little waddle under my chin but definitely improved. I also believe that more improvement will happen in the next three months.
My laser technician was very knowledgeable and patient.