Ultherapy and Facelifts

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Ultherapy is designed to lift the skin and add firmness; it is an alternative to a facelift but the results will not be exactly the same. As a facelift is an invasive treatment, which surgically alters the facial tissue, the effects are more pronounced and longer-term than ultherapy.

After treatment, you can expect your skin to look firmer and your complexion more youthful; typically, the full effects become visible after 60-90 days.

Ultherapy is not a permanent solution for ageing, but it does produce effects, which last longer than other non-surgical facial treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox.

The procedures for ultherapy and a facelift are completely different; a facelift is a surgical procedure, which involves making incisions in the skin and removing excess fat from the skin; the muscles are tightened and the skin pulled taut. With ultherapy, the procedure is completely non-invasive and ultrasound technology is used to bring about results. Surgery takes around 3-5 hours, while ultherapy takes just 60-90 minutes. A facelift is carried out under general anaesthetic, while local anaesthetic is administered for ultherapy.

Following ultherapy, no recovery time is required; however, with a facelift, up to12 weeks of down time may be recommended.

All surgical procedures carry risks and ultherapy is generally considered to be a much safer options. Possible side-effects and complications of surgery include swelling, bruising, numbness, scarring, bleeding, nerve damage, adverse reaction to general anaesthetic and infection. Side-effects of ultherapy may include very slight swelling and redness, which tend to fade very quickly after the procedure.

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