I am 47 years old and have been using fillers, etc...
However, I planned to do the facelift next year on my 48th birthday and went to a new dermatologist for fillers yesterday, you know, to draw attention away from the turkey neck. After much discussion and reviewing case studies of other patients, she convinced me that Ultherapy would give me great results and perhaps stave of major surgery a while longer.
Here's what I know at this point and what you may be able to expect.
- About an hour prior to the procedure you are given an Ativan (optional) to calm you the f*** down, as well as 800mg Ibuprofen to help with the pain (oh, we'll get to the pain in a minute). Numbing cream is applied to the subject area.
- Ultherapy can be done in several areas of the face (upper, mid, lower or any combo thereof). I chose lower (i.e., from nostril-level to base of neck and from behind ear to behind ear.)
- Once you are sorta numb you are placed on a bed. A technician will then begin to address sections where a pre-determined number of "zaps" is called for, making sure the entire area to be treated is covered (like mowing a lawn). She/he will do section by section ensuring each section gets the number of zaps needed.
- It's a lot of zaps.
- Pain. I'm not gonna lie, it hurts. I've had tattoos done and some of the really bad zaps are up there with a tattoo needle except with tattoos you don't feel that nerve ending/electric shock pain. The zaps range from "mosquito bite" to "rubberband snap" to "OHMYGOD STOP SO I CAN KILL MYSELF". This is certainly a "No Pain, No Gain" scenario. But I got through it, because Beauty.
- The tech will first do the entire area with the ultrasound machine that goes really really deep and when all that is done he/she will go over the same area, piece by piece with an ultrasound that goes much less deep into the skin. The latter is supposed to hurt less. LOL.
- Once it's done you feel some tightness but it's been almost 24 hours and I have no discomfort whatsoever. I have no bruising or swelling or redness of any kind.
- Now we wait 3-6 months for results.
I will post before pictures shortly and then every month thereafter.
One week in, the tightening (and mild discomfort) begins!
It's an odd feeling, like you can't swallow as easily as you normally do, like your neck is not quite long enough. Something is definitely going n in there.
I hope that's a good thing?
Is there an improvement? I don't know.
My wonderful doctor told me she sees much more improvement from months 3-6 but I don't know. I can't see the tightening accelerating enough in the next 3 months to meet my expectations.
At this point I will most likely still go for a lower facelift early next year.
To be clear, I will give it 6 full months before a final "Worth It" or "Not worth It".
Ultherapy might have even made things worse!
Six months later I'm $2,500 poorer and saggier.
I went for my six month check-up today and after 1.5 hours of waiting to see the doctor I left.
Not worth it. Not one little bit.
8 months later...
Oh wait! Something did happen! The doctor got an extra $2,500 to help pay for her very expensive machine!
Update: Talked me into a procedure I didn't want and was unsuccessful. Went to my check up today, waited 1.5 hours, never saw her. A Columbia grad working as a Dermatolgist for over 20 years in Miami, Dr. Julien's reputation precedes her. Smart, to-the-point, scientific, plus sweet as could be. She's very progressive and will recommend only what she knows will give you the best bang for our buck. Her office is large, clean, gorgeous and her staff is remarkable.