Dr. Jennifer Reichel: Ultherapy is an ultrasonic tightening device. The cool thing about ultrasound, so previous ultrasound, everything was pretty much radio frequency. Radio frequency uses radio frequency waves and it goes through the skin, it has to touch the top layer of the skin. Use cooling to get down to the lower areas of tissue, in order to do tightening. With ultrasound, it can complete skin the top layers of the skin. So, just like a diagnostic ultrasound, where you are looking at a baby, where you can see the baby. It’s the same thing.

So, you can actually skin the top layers of the skin and go down to exactly where you want to target the waves and the tightening. And so, you know, it makes everything 100 times better, better results. It’s noninvasive, so it’s great. It’s really good for people who don’t need a facelift yet, but have some sagging here, some jowling, maybe a little loss of definition in the jawline, need their eyebrows elevated.

It varies, very much, from patient to patient. You definitely need to give them pain control management. So, and different physicians will do different cocktails of pain medicine. In our office, we do 800mg of Ibuprofen, plus Vicodin, and sometimes Valium as well. I had the procedure done, and it wasn’t really that painful for me, but the next person in line was like, “This hurt really badly.” So, yeah, you have to control their pain. It’s an issue. It doesn’t hurt afterwards, but it could be an issue. But if you are doing it correctly and you have the right user doing the procedure, and you have given them the correct amount of medications, then they will do fine.

What is Ultherapy and How Does it Work?

Doctor Jennifer Reichel explains how Ultherapy works and what it feels like in terms of pain.