Ultherapy in San Francisco is a non-surgical technique that lifts, tightens and tones the skin on the face and neck, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Dr. Sheena Kong is pleased to offer this FDA-approved treatment at her medical spa in Downtown San Francisco. She recommends Ultherapy to patients who want noticeable yet natural-looking results without any incisions, injections or downtime. If you'd like more information about your options, Dr. Kong invites you to schedule an Ultherapy consultation today.
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How is Ultherapy different from other treatments?
Lasers are precise but only treat the superficial layers of the skin, and while radiofrequency reaches deeper depths than lasers, it imprecisely "bulk-heats" tissue at variable temperatures. Ultherapy available in the Bay Area is the only technology that precisely heats tissue at prescribed depths.
Ultherapy technology uses focused ultrasound energy to target the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer of the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the face and neck. The ultrasound waves deliver heat to the skin's foundation, which prompts the body to produce new collagen and rebuild new skin cells. This improves the overall tightness and firmness of the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Dr. Kong's Bay Area Ultherapy treatment works best on patients who have mild to moderate wrinkles and skin laxity.
Dr. Kong can use Ultherapy for full or partial treatment of the face and/or neck. At her downtown San Francisco Medspa, an Ultherapy session typically takes between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the degree of correction needed to attain the desired results, and the size of the treatment area. If Dr. Kong is treating the full face and neck, treatment will take two hours.
Dr. Kong will place the smooth Ultherapy handpiece over the skin in the treatment area; the handpiece then projects an image of the underlying tissue on a screen, so Dr. Kong can "see" where she is delivering treatment.
Dr. Kong's San Francisco Ultherapy treatment is not painful, but Dr. Kong can recommend an over-the-counter or prescription medication to take prior to the appointment to prevent any discomfort. Ultherapy patients generally do not need any downtime after treatment to recover. The skin may look flushed, or feel tender, but these side effects are only temporary and will resolve quickly.
Ultherapy results will improve in the weeks and months following treatment, as more collagen continues to regenerate, with full results at about six months. Dr. Kong encourages her patients to return for annual touch-up treatments to maintain their results.
Read through the most frequently asked questions about Ultherapy.
Ultherapy vs. Thermage: Which Treatment Is the Best for Skin Tightening?
The treatment that is best for you depends on several factors. If you have loose skin on your eyelids, Thermage CPT eyelid treatment is for you. Thermage CPT with the new Total Tip can reach deeper than the older format of Thermage treatment. However, if you are an older patient with laxity around the face and neck, Ultherapy in San Francisco will likely be more effective.
Ultherapy vs. Thread Lift, which treatment is better?
Threads used in Thread Lift will dissolve within a few months after been embedded in patients' face. The Lift is provided by the scar tissues generated during the Thread Lift procedure. Ultherapy works on SMAS layer by ultrasound induced heat stimulation. This is the only way to tighten the skin.
How frequent shall I get Ultherapy after my first Ultherapy treatment?
Dr Sheena Kong recommends repeating Ultherapy for Bay Area patients at least once a year before your skin cells slow down in building collagen again.