So Far, So Good (1 Day Out) - Fairfax, VA

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On February 13th I had a full face and neck...

On February 13th I had a full face and neck ultherapy treatment (to collarbone). The procedure lated 90 minutes and I had 956 lines. In addition to treating the neck, cheeks, and side of forehead, the nurse/technician treated the crows feet by my eyes, under my eyes (9 lines) and above and below the sides of my lips. She used two "heads" on the ultherapy wand. The deepest one on my neck and checks, and the next "less deep" head for a second pass over my cheeks and neck and then the rest of my face. I understand she had 4 "heads," but used just two on me. (I apologize for not knowing the correct terminology.)

My purpose for having the procedure was to "arrest" the sagging process. My overall skin is in great shape, but was definitely beginning to droop at the jaw line. I am 1 month shy of 61 years old and decided it was now or never to begin the anti-gravity fight. If ultherapy significantly tightens my skin, I could see repeating the procedure every few years.

Regarding pain, that was my biggest worry. I took an anti-anxiety pill and pain pill 30 minutes before the procedure, and took a 2nd pain pill midway. Yes, it was painful (about a 6). I constantly squirmed, wrung my hands, moved my feet, but never moved my head! She did not have to stop until I said I wanted another pain pill--not that it had reached an unbearable level, but I was nervous it might! Bottom line, if I need a touch up, I definitely would have ultherapy again. The pain was there, but not as bad as I feared.

How do I look 24 hours later? My cheeks are swollen, but I can be seen in public! I also have a pencil eraser-size bruise under my chin. I am in no pain, but my cheeks are numb to the touch.

I am attaching the "before" pictures and they are quite unattractive, as I was trying to be expressionless so that every wrinkle and droop would be visaible. Also, although it looks like I have rosacea, I do not. It was hot in the room! I promise to update with more pics, as I know I found the pics to be very useful when reading other reviews. I also will post the name of the doctorafter I see how everything evolves. So far, so good!

Day 2: I removed the pictures because I was too...

Day 2: I removed the pictures because I was too "recognizable" but will repost cropped ones soon. I don't want feel like everyone I pass on the street knows me from RealSelf!
Today I have light bruises on my cheeks (just noticeable in certain light), but dark bruises just under my jaw line about 3 inches from the center of my chin. Still numb on cheeks, but not painful to touch anywhere.

9 days out: I still have swelling and bruises...

9 days out: I still have swelling and bruises near the jaw. Also, I noticed today that I have an extra "fold" on my eyelid. It must be associated with swelling above the eye that I wasn't aware of until it started draining.

30 days out: I just posted pictures taken on my...

30 days out: I just posted pictures taken on my 30 day mark. I arranged them for easy comparison. Although the pictures may not fully show it, but I can tell my jawline has improved. Overall, I am very pleased with the results to date and excited for more progress.

I just passed my 2 month anniversary. Although I...

I just passed my 2 month anniversary. Although I believe there is some improvement in my skin, a firming, I have not yet seen a tightening along my jaw line. I am still hopeful things will begin happening as I near the 3-month mark. I have posted the latest pics.

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
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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