Ultherapy in Atlanta

Dermatology Consultants introduces this FDA-approved Ultherapy procedure. This procedure was brought to the practice by Dr. Anna Paré. This system uses ultrasound technology to first visualize and then treat the skin’s deep support structures. This gradually strengthens the skin from within to create just the natural lift and toning you like.

How does Ultherapy work?

This procedure uses ultrasound technology to focus energy beneath the skin. This gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Besides the visible effects of lifting and tightening, there is also an invisible result from Ultherapy with the creation of new collagen, which helps the skin maintain its youthfulness. This procedure is performed by trained technicians who will make sure you are as comfortable as possible. This is a one-time procedure with results that can last a few years.

What can you expect?

You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures that need be taken. Your skin may appear a bit flushed or puffy immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear in a matter of hours.

Is Utherapy safe?

Ultrasound energy has been used in medical diagnostic imaging, such as fetal ultrasounds, and therapeutics, such as physiotherapy, for more than 50 years. Clinical studies have confirmed the safety of this latest application. Ultherapy received its latest FDA clearance for non-invasive lift for the brows. Ultherapy is also FDA-cleared for lift of skin on the neck, under the chin and the décolleté. As with any medical procedure, there are general safety considerations, which will be reviewed with the patient and Dr. Paré or her staff. Each of our technicians are sent to Ultherap’s headquarters in Arizona to go through a multi-day training and certification process. We are also an Ultra Ultherapy Provider.

What are my results?

Results can vary from patient to patient. You can expect a change in the skin laxity. In the neck, the platismal bands tighten and wrinkles are reduced. Ultherapy lifts, tightens, and tones loose skin to counteract the effects of time and gravity. One of the first effects of gravity is that the brows descend and the eyes start to appear smaller. Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces the excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed appearance. Ultherapy uses the body’s own subtle healing response to gently, gradually, and reliably restore memory to the skin and its underlying tissue. Ultherapy requires no special preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take two to three months as tired collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen.

To schedule an Ultherapy consultation in our Atlanta, Marietta, or Covington offices, click here.

Ultherapy in the news

The Ultimate Utherapy Expereicnce

A real patient’s 90-day blog on her Ultherapy experience

Jeanmarie was thrilled with Ultherapy Atlanta
Jeanmarie is a patient at Dermatology Consultants. She blogged for 90 days about her experience with Ultherapy. To schedule your complimentary Ultherapy consultation at our Atlanta, Marietta, or Covington office, click here.

Day 1: The Procedure

My name is Jeanmarie, and I’m going to share my Ultherapy experience with anyone who is interested or curious about this facial treatment.

Ulthera has developed a non-invasive device that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift the skin on the face and neck. The Ultherapy hand piece heats the underlying tissue of the skin, in effect burning the tissue, which sets the bodies natural reaction to heal in motion. Your own collagen comes to the rescue, laying down layers which tighten those lower layers of tissue without any visible surface damage.

As a 51-year-old wife and mother of three, I want to look my best. I’m not talking 28! I know that the natural aging process has caused sagging skin, which just makes me look tired all the time.

Okay, I’ll admit that when Dermatology Consultants first considered offering this treatment, they called me in to be a “guinea pig.” Dr. Paré knows that I am game for anything new that helps us with our looks (okay, I am vain), and that I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. It hurt!

Fast forward to September 2011….

Jeanmarie's photo before Ultherapy Atlanta

The Ultherapy machine is in place, and I am ready to go! Since topical anesthesia won’t work (ultrasound is traveling too far below the surface) I am given a low dose of Zanax and a Tylenol 3.

Michelle, my trained Ultherapy technician, makes me comfortable on the reclined bed and gets to work.

The hand piece looks very similar to any other applicator they use on us at Dermatology Consultants. Michelle started on my neck. The machine beeps, and I feel a burning jolt in the area where the wand is touching. It’s not comfortable, but not unbearable. It’s much less painful than it was when I was a tester with no medications. She explains that she’ll be making two passes with the wand. The first pass goes very deep and the second pass is at a slightly higher skin level. The second pass is less uncomfortable than the first pass.

We spend an hour together, first on the neck area, then the lower face, then the forehead, and a little around the eyes. In all, there were some 300-plus passes to my face and neck. I know that sounds like a lot, but it honestly didn’t seem like THAT many. However, I’m very glad it’s over!

Climbing off the table, I go to the mirror ,and I am looking better already! Really! Okay, I think that is just because there is a little underlying swelling that is plumping up my skin. I’ll take it.

I go about my day. No one notices a thing.

I’m completely amazed that I’ve just gone through a totally non-invasive, facial lifting treatment, that requires no downtime! I have no bruises, no nothing!

Day 2

I would have completely forgotten about my Ultherapy treatment, but the skin on my neck is numb! It feels a little tender. I don’t feel anything good or bad on the rest of my face. All in all, everything is fine post procedure. Michelle told me everything I need to know so there were no surprises. Now time to wait for the 90 days to pass.

Day 7

It’s been a week since treatment, and I feel some tenderness around my neck and jaw line. A couple of days ago, I had tender spots around my eyes. I looked in the mirror because it kind of feels like you might see a bruise but there is nothing visible. Occasionally, I feel little twinges in my face. I think it’s just those lower layers healing.

I think I look pretty good! I know that the real results take time. The body should be laying down collagen for a good three to four months. I’m so excited! I’m very hopeful that you’ll be seeing some better looking pictures of me. Lordy, they’ll have to be. YIKES!!

Day 30

It’s been four weeks since Ultherapy, and I have to say that I think I look better. I can see a subtle difference in my cheeks and neck. I went to New York for a 50th birthday party and had a few close girlfriends ask me what I was “using” on my face. I don’t think my moisturizer prompted that question!

I’m going in to see my dear friend, Dr. Paré. The latest studies have suggested that fillers are a very effective accompaniment with Ultherapy if injected during the healing process. As I should be halfway healed, now is the time! I’ll let you know.

Final Update!

It’s been several months since I completed Ultherapy, and I have to say that I’ve been VERY HAPPY with the results. Honestly, the changes are so gradual that you really don’t notice them much yourself, but boy do your friends notice! I’ve been asked repeatedly, “What are you using on your skin?” and “Your skin looks great!” Please don’t be put off by my beautiful before-and-after pictures. Keep in mind that these pics are taken with NO makeup and in clinical light. Honestly, I look better in person … I promise.

I think one of the greatest benefits of Ultherapy is the total lack of downtime. The most inconvenience was the drive to the office and the discomfort during the procedure. I’ll take that any day to the cost and inconvenience of traditional surgery.

If any of you are having any doubts, call me!

We want to thank Jeanmarie for blogging for us on her experience with Ultherapy. We hope reading about her journey will help give our patients better insight to what this procedure is all about. Below are some before and after photos to show you what Ultherapy can do for you.

Jeanmarie's second photo

Before Ultherapy

Jeanmarie's third photo

Four Months After Ultherapy

Before Ultherapy

Four Months After Ultherapy

Before Ultherapy

Four Months After Ultherapy