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Ulthera- Scary but Hopeful! Chicago, IL

I recently got Ultherapy, a few weeks ago. I was...

I recently got Ultherapy, a few weeks ago. I was very nervous of adverse effects, but I'm noticing dropping eyebrows and hooded lids and thought a non-surgical brow lift would be a good solution.

Patient satisfaction of Ulthera is much higher than Thermage, and it is actually FDA approved. It was done by a RN who is also an esthetician. I took 1/2 a vicodan and a whole xanex. The pain wasn't too bad. I was very nervous before and a few days after, wondering did I do something that will damage me permanently? Those kinds of nervous thoughts. FYI I just did the upper half of my face ("eye area" which includes forehead, which usually provides a mini brow life, and under eye, as well as crows feet area). I don't have many wrinkles. I do however have some "hooding" of my eyelids I'm hoping I will get some lift and correct.

So far there is no noticeable effects, besides some dents and pockmarks. The skin appears to be undergoing a change and at certain angles no longer looks smooth. It's causing me some nervousness, but I expect that it may he a part of the healing process (which takes place over several months), so in trying not to freak out that it will be a firm of permemant or lasting damage. No measurable lift yet, I'm told it takes 3-6 months to see full effect (just in time for my 20 year high school reunion- yay!)

The procedure was just under $2,000. another place quoted me $1500. and would have done forehead only for $775., but I got a shady vibe from them so I decided to go another way.

I haven't noticed much change although it's clear something is going on- a couple areas look "odd"- just the skin looks different, so imperceptible except to me. There was a persistent soreness for over a week, not pain just a bone-deep sort of soreness. It's way to early to tell so I'm waiting to post an update until about the 3 month mark.

I'm about to turn 38 and recently single so I guess I'm on a bit of a quest to turn the clock back a few years to allow me to feel more confident dating again. Overall I look pretty good with few wrinkles but just started to notice some signs of aging (mostly, dropping features) that I didn't like.

Hopeful!

3 months out

I'm about 3 months out 96 for full effect, I hear). Definitely my eyelids are not as hooded! One is still more hooded than the other, as I get more consistent sun exposure on one side, this one is still more hooded but not like it was. Don't know about a mini brow lift overall, mostly just notice the eyelid changes. I got dermal filler at the same time, and am very happy. I'm no longer single :) And feel beautiful/sexy again. Happy. Worth it! May go for a full face in a year, to re-do eyes and hit up lower face (starting to notice the under chin area more). Will re-post in 6 months if I remember. No bad side effects.
Charissa Washington, RN

Charissa know her stuff, clearly has a lot of experience and blends aesthetics and a solid medical knowledge of anatomical structures into her approach

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 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 tmes
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Thanks so much! I love how supportive this community is. I was getting a bit freaked out the other day but then really had to remind myself that thd procedure itself is to create a controlled injury, do if course my skin is still healing underneath the surface. I can't wait to see what kind of lift I might get!
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I wouldn't worry about the skin changes. My skin looked and felt awful for about a month. I looked worse in the beginning, the skin was saggier in places and swollen in others, bruised and it was rough in texture, which scared me a bit but within a month it started looking good. The soreness lasted for about 5 weeks. I didn't notice it unless I was touching my face so washing, moisturizer and putting make-up on were the worst. I'm 2 months out and starting to see some lifting so I'm happy. Good Luck
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