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Ultherapy - Walnut Creek, CA
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 4 months ago
- Not Sure
- Cost: $5,800
- Berman Skin Institute (Walnut Creek, CA)
I am turning 50 in a couple of months and wanted...
- 2 May 2012
I am turning 50 in a couple of months and wanted to have a little lift to my jowl area so I thought Ultherapy would be a good option for me since I don't think I'm ready for a lower face lift yet. My friend had it done and I went with her. She got about 24 shots of lidocane in her face as well as a vicodin and xanax to help with the pain. She got immediate results and was very satisfied with the procedure. She had it done at a med-spa with a nurse practitioner for $3,500. I prefer to always have procedures done by a doctor so I did some research and found one in my area that would also charged $3,500. At the initial consulation he said they didn't use Lidocane, just the pain pill and xanax but when I came for the procedure he said that they had started using Lidocane shots as the patients complained too much about the pain. They numbed my face with numbing cream and I took my own pain reliever and a muscle relaxer as that is what I use for a chronic pain condition. I am very happy they put the numbing cream on because my friend did not get the cream and I think the shots hurt more than the Ulthera. I also brought my IPod and listened to music during the procedure which helped a lot.
The procedure was very painful around my cheek bones, temple and forehead but didn't hurt at all on my neck and lower face area. I think the pain would have been to much for me had I not had the Lidocane. The zaps last for about 3 seconds each so I tried to do breathing techniques and counting and get through the hard parts. I did get a couple of bruises but nothing dramatic. My face was also quiet red so for me this would not have worked as a "lunchtime" procedure. I'd say more like a weekend procedure as I was a little red and bruised for a couple of days. It has been one week today that I had it done and I went in for a follow up with the doctor. I can't tell much of a difference myself but he says that he can see a tightening of the skin and to be patient, that I will see results in a few months. So, so far I can't give it a resounding thumbs up or down...we'll just have to wait and see. The pictures I will post are of the day of the procedure before I went and then this morning. I am not wearing make up and I tried to get the same angles as well as I could. I'll post more photos as warranted. For now I guess I'd say if the money isn't a huge issue for you then go ahead and do it. Just be sure to get the numbing cream, Lidocane, a pain killer and anti anxiety meds and bring your IPod. I also advise to have all procedures done by an MD if possible because you are dealing with your face and why risk any harm being done by someone not as knowledgeable about the inner workings of your face. At my consultation the doctor told me I would be given a pain reliever and anti anxiety medicine. He said they did not use lidocane
Hi, I wanted to fix a spelling error and also...
- 3 May 2012
P.S. remind me to never post pictures of myself straight out of the shower! How unflattering.
Here are pictures at 13 days out. I'm not really...
- 8 May 2012
My friend asked why I posted such bad pics of...
- 9 May 2012
So here I am at 3 weeks out. Looking at the pics...
- 16 May 2012
I did see my friend who had it done a month before me and her result is fantastic. It completely eliminated the little waddle she had under her chin and her whole face has a nice lift to it. For her it was definitely worth it and she'd do it again. Until next week....
Here I am at 4 weeks. I can say with certainty...
- 23 May 2012
Okay, 5 weeks out. Still undecided because while...
- 30 May 2012
I said I wasn't going to post until I was 2 months...
- 11 Jun 2012
I feel pretty much the same as I did at 5 weeks and I think I'm at about 6.5 weeks now. I see a little difference but I still don't know if it's worth it at $3,500. My results seem to be coming very slowly thus the Drysport and Restylane. My birthday is in a month so I need so instant gratification!
P.S. The Doc I see for injections is not the same Doc that did the Ultherapy. I've just been using this Doc for a long time and I trust him to not 'Lohan' me. He is also very reasonable in his pricing. I hate it when Doc's charge Botox or Dysport by 'area'. I like to pay by unit because I don't get very much.
Hi everyone, so here I am at 3 months and change. ...
- 7 Aug 2012
I decided to have a second Ultheray treatment...
- 28 Jan 2013
I's been a week and a half since the second procedure and I still feel the strange hard to describe feeling in my forehead and a bit of soreness in my face and neck. Somehow this encourages me since at least I know something happened in there. I had bruises on my neck for a week that made it look like I had hickies all over. Thankfully it was cold and I was able to wear scarves. The bruises were likely caused by the lidocaine injections not the Ultherapy itself.
I'll post more pictures when I am at my one year mark so you can get a really solid of idea of what kind of results you might attain.
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The doctor is great. Followed up with me by phone two days after the procedure to be sure I wasn't experiencing any adverse effects. First treatment $3,500. Second treatment $2,300.