Can Ultheraphy Affect the Medication of a Polycythemia Patient?

my mom has a polycythemia vera, a blood related disease. and i want my mom to undergo ultherapy because i want her to be beautiful but she's under medication. can you please answer my query if ultherapy is safe or is it ok even if she's under medication?

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Polycythemia Vera and Ultherapy - medical considerations

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In PV, there is easy bruisibility which occurs with minor trauma or injury to the skin and of course spontaneously.

Ultherapy can cause brusing itself and combining Ultherapy in PV places the patient at increased risk of bruising in treated areas of the skin. 

Ultherapy should not affect medication

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The Ultherapy should not affect aspirin or hydroxyurea treatment of the polycythemia rubra vera however, there are some patients who do bruise after Ultherapy and this could be magnified in any patient who is taking aspirin.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Ulthera and medication

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One of the reasons why Ulthera is so popular is because of it's gentle nature. Ulthera is minimally invasive, allowing you to undergo the procedure while on most medications. Just to be EXTRA careful, I would check their website to make sure there is not a direct conflict with your mom's medication--although I don't suspect there should be a problem, and make sure you tell your physician about her condition and meds.

Carlo P. Honrado, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.