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.