Not As Painful As I Thought - Portland, OR
- updated 9 days ago
I am 44 years old and my skin is firm, I don't...
- 12 Nov 2012
I am 44 years old and my skin is firm, I don't have a lot of wrinkles, but I started seeing a slight sagging in my jowl area which comes with age. I believe an ounce pf prevention is better than a pound of cure and after researching Ulthera and discovering that it stimulates deep collagen growth, I decided to give it a try. My expectations are to have at least a 20% firming (more definition) in my cheek/jowl area, and I hope that having small tweaks over the years will help me age gracefully with the help of modern science. After doing tons of research on real-self and elsewhere, We discussed various options, and I asked him if he thought Thermage or Ulthera were a better option for me, and he said to go with Ulthera. He told me there would be some discomfort during the procedure and that I would see the full results within 6 months. I scheduled my appointment with his RN Shelley, who was absolutely wonderful. I decided to take pain meds as I have a low pain tolerance and wanted to make the experience as pain free as possible. Shelley gave me a Percocet and an Ativan and we started the procedure about 45 minutes later.
There was a mild prickling sensation along my cheeks, and my jaw area (the bony parts) were quite sore but tolerable. She told me that the pain is usually more intense along the jawline and cheekbone area, and gave me a tube that blew nice, cold air onto my cheeks. It took about 25 minutes to complete the procedure and I was ready to go home. There was some very mild swelling, no bruising, and tenderness in the jawline area for about 4 days afterwards. It was only noticeable if I touched it, though. I was able to go back to working out at the gym the next day, and nobody (including myself) would have guessed I just had a laser procedure!!! Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how little pain I had, and I can already see a slight firming in my jowls, although this might be the result of swelling. I prefer to go for subtle, more natural results, and I am looking forward to seeing a more defined look in my cheek/jaw area over the next few months. I will also update this post as I see improvement.
Update: 10 months later
- 18 Aug 2013
I will probably do Ulthera again in 2 years time on my face, and plan on doing it on my neck next year.
I believe that ulthera, in conjunction with maintaining a slim weight, (not losing and gaining weight which causes facial/chin skin to stretch and sag) not smoking, using mineral sunscreen, retin A and the occasional deep peel will preserve a youthful looking skin for years to come.
I believe in prevention, not cure, and in my opinion, once the skin sags too much it is too late to get it back to 100% tight with Ulthera and you'd probably need a facelift.
I cannot reiterate strongly enough how important it is to go to a doctor who has lots of experience with ulthera, because in the wrong hands or inexperienced hands I think it will be less effective. I stay away from groupons and doctors who give discounts because they have just bought the latest technology and have not yet used it on hundreds of patients.
12 months later
- 25 Nov 2013
botox, sunscreen and Retin A
a healthy diet of leafy organic greens and plenty of clean H2O
staying a normal weight
and finally a facelift.
At present I am doing the above (minus the facelift for now) and also doing dermarolling with a 1mm, Vitamin C serum I make myself, and Retin A + Sunscreen, Argan Oil and aspirin mask twice weekly. That's it, folks. There is no miracle. Save your money and go to a good Doctor for a facelift when the time is right. In the meantime, enjoy your life, smile and value those laugh lines - they are a sign of wisdom and life experience, the canvas of your life's work.
I decided to go to Dr Key here in Portland for a consultation as he was recommended by the Ulthera people and he had good reviews on realself and on yelp.