Ultherapy is a safe, effective treatment that is the only FDA-approved non-surgical facelift available. There are very few side effects and zero downtime.
That said, some clients will experience swelling or bruising after treatment. In many cases, this can be avoided.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology aimed at problem areas of the brow, chin, neck, and chest. During a treatment session, different transducers (a wand that delivers ultrasound energy to your skin) will be swept over your skin and problem areas.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour. Subtle results show within days following the treatment, and more dramatic results will be visible over the weeks and months to come.
How Does Ultherapy Cause Swelling and Bruising?
If Ultherapy is so safe, why does it cause any swelling or bruising? This is a good question.
As the ultrasound waves pass over the skin, the waves cause vibration of tissues, producing heat. That heat and vibration is important for collagen production, which is what makes Ultherapy so effective at tightening skin, but is also what can cause swelling and bruising.
It may take three days for bruising to become evident. Most common areas for bruising are the jawline and cheekbone.
It’s important to remember that any swelling or bruising is temporary. There are no reported long-term side effects from Ultherapy. With the exception of a small chance of bruising, there is no downtime after the treatment. You can resume your normal daily skin care routine (including applying makeup immediately after the procedure), and your normal exercise routine.
How Can You Prevent Swelling, Bruising?
- Stop taking blood-thinning medications several days prior to the treatment.
- Begin taking arnica montana, a homeopathic supplement that can reduce bruising or swelling. This is usually found at your local health food store.
- Take an ibuprofen about 30 minutes prior to the treatment (this helps you deal with any mild discomfort during the treatment; too much ibuprofen can lead to more bruising, however).
- Apply ice to treated area immediately following treatment and over the next 24 hours.
It’s important to talk to your skin care professional about what may be best for your skin before or after Ultherapy.
Jennifer Curtin is a medical aesthetician who is nationally recognized for her expertise in medical skin care. With more than 20 years of experience in medical aesthetics, she is dedicated to the aesthetic industry and has received awards of merit including the International CIDESCO Certification, Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner and National Leadership Award. Jennifer is also an expert in skin tightening procedures and the president of Skintherapy, a med spa located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. To schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call 404-358-2961 or click here.