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Ultherapy - Scottsdale

First of all, I'm a young-looking 71. Most people...

First of all, I'm a young-looking 71. Most people think 55. I've always taken care of my skin, but it is getting droopy around the jaw and neck. I don't want to have general anaesthesia for an elective procedure, because it's somewhat risky for older people. So I selected this. I read all about it on Real Self, and it has a pretty good rating for non surgical procedures.

As I've gotten older, and especially since my...

As I've gotten older, and especially since my husband died, how I look has not been a prime concern. I work around geeks (software engineers and startup founders) and they all wear t-shits and flipflops, so I got in the habit of wearing jeans and a random top, and not wearing makeup.

I did, however, continue my earlier habit of putting expensive creams on my skin and wearing sunscreen, something I'd been doing since I turned 40 and a friend of mine started a skin care line. He educated me about taking care of my skin, because before that I had just slapped a bunch of makeup on it to cover what I didn't like.

Fast forward to the present, and one day a photographer who had taken a photo of me 25 years earlier forwarded it to me and I thought to myself, "I looked pretty good back then." I realized I had not been taking care of myself, and I made a pact with myself to dress better and look like "myself" rather than a frumpy geek. I promptly lost twelve pounds and bought some business appropriate clothes, including a...hold your breath...dress! I even started wearing makeup again; I had myself made up by Mac.

Once I did that, people began telling me how great I looked immediately. Even the geeks. I realized that as a business adviser to startups, it had probably always been inappropriate to try to look like a software engineer.

One weekend, I showed up at a yoga class, and ran into a friend from yoga who had gone to work for Ulthera, a local Arizona company. She told me they were looking for participants in a patient comfort study. I thought it was a good opportunity to continue my "makeover,"especially with a local company I could write about and use as an example to other entrepreneurs.

I arrived at the comfort study having taken the four Tylenol they had told me to take an hour before the procedure. I had a trainer and a trainee working on my face for two hours. I was laying on a table, with a blanket under my knees for comfort, and every time the trainee used the laser on another part of my face, I was asked if I were comfortable. Except for the "lines" (applications of the laser) on my neck, I was.

Because of my age and my general fitness level I have very little fat in my face, and that works against you during the treatment; fat layers make it less painful. For me, they were often applying the laser pretty close to the bone, so they used all kinds of techniques to keep me comfortable (a piece of gauze inserted in my mouth to pull my cheek away, for example).

The lower part of the face is more detailed and takes more time. The nurse makes two passes at each section of the face, one with a handle that goes deeper, and the second for a lighter application. If you are feeling a lot of discomfort, ask the nurse to turn the current down one joule, because that makes a ton of difference from a comfort level and doesn't interfere with the result.

I was told to expect a result gradually over 3-6 months and to come back for photos at those intervals. But when I got up from the table, I saw an immediate result,no bruising, no swelling, no after effects at all.

Today I feel as though I look generally better, although perhaps not perceptibly to anyone but me.

Will this change my life? Of course not. I didn't expect ANY treatment to change my life. But it will make me feel slightly better about myself as I continue to work among people who are often even younger than my children.

I went for my six-month follow-up last week....

I went for my six-month follow-up last week. Everyone says I look "great." That's subjective, but I'll take it. My before and after photos wouldn't show it, but I know it by what people say. For someone my age, I got a very satisfactory result, and I've signed up for another comfort study. It's painful, but I can get through it. Next time I will take some Advil before.
Ulthera

Ulthera is doing general comfort studies and training its new employees, and it was looking for participants, so I volunteered. SInce they are the marketer and inventor of the process, I assume I am in safe hands.

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
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What is the name of the place that you received your ulthera in Scotsdale?
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Where did you get your ulthera done in Mesa? Linda Age 71
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Ive actually had IPL (6 treatments),Fraxel ( 2 treatments),Microcurrent ( 6 treatments) and another skin tightening laser (13 treatments) and saw absolutley very minimal difference that didnt last more than a couple months and Im only 46 now and started treatments in my late 30s
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does anyone know if they are doing comfort studies in toronto ontario cuz i would definately let them use me as a guinea pig there are no ugly women,just broke ones
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I had therapy done 2 months ago and still don't see any change. Go back to plastic surgeon in a month and can't imagine what he will say. I don't think it was worth the money.

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Would you mind sharing the Dr. and cost? Thanks
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Had this done in July ....the most brutally painful experience....I consider the results a waste of money .
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Me too...July and still no change. I am also the "ideal candidate" in that I have minimal sagging and a reasonably firm skin. Complete, utter waste of money.
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Interesting. I would like to find something for my inner arms as well. This is the first year I've started to notice how crepey they are getting. Have you found anything that works on arms?
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I had a CO2 treatment on my inner arms. It was a freebie and they stopped it half way through the promised number of sessions as it appeared to not be doing anything. It made me squirm at times but was nowhere close to the discomfort of Ulthera. Pain is so subjective though... Some people perceive Ulthera treatments as a "tickle."
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I had a co2 laser treatment several months ago. I have not noticed any improvement so am considering Ultherapy. I'm wondering how the pain of Ultherapy compares to the laser treatment, which wasn't real comfortable but not that bad and I dont think I took any painkillers for it. Does anyone know?
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Check you out, going to Mac!! I love that you are rediscovering the joy of looking your best.

Its good to hear that everything but the neck passes were pretty comfortable for you. Could you notice a difference when the gauze was placed in your mouth to help with the discomfort?

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It's interesting about the fat layer reducing the pain. I didn't have much reaction at all. Maybe that's why. I did notice it was much more painful over the cheekbones though.
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Yes. That's exactly what I was thinking every time they zapped me ! -:)
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That sounds like a great deal. Best of luck. I think I got off lightly on the pain, compared to lots of other reports. But like the french say "one must suffer to be attractive". I expect it'll be worth it.
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I had this done yesterday. Damn. It hurt. And this was after 2 pain pills and 2 tranguilizers - and 4 ibuprophen I felt like a bug in a zapper. At one point I told them to stop but somehow got the courage to go on. I guess I'll see if it was worth it in about 3 months.
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That is way too many things to take for an Ulthera treatment! The more "drunk" you are, the more intense the treatment is. My patients rarely remember to take tylenol before the treatment. I hope you are recovering peacefully after your treatment!
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Heading to Scottsdale AZ in November, looking to find a physician to do the Ulthera out there. My best friend and I want to have it done while we are there. Any suggestions? Want a Board Certified physician. Also, "the more "drunk" you are the more intense the treatment is"...are referring to the "more painful" it is?

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Yes karma goddess, I agree with Megan. You look very young and good for you! I know it takes hard work and dedication to the cause :) Looking forward to hearing more about your experience.
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I have to agree, you do not look anywhere close to 71! Good for you for taking such good care of yourself.

That is good to hear the company is doing comfort studies, as I'm sure you noticed while reading through the reviews the discomfort seems to be something many reviewers discuss. Have they told you what they will be giving you during the treatment to help decrease the discomfort, or do you not find out until you arrive?

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