What are people saying about the Ultherapy Procedure?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical tissue tightening treatment FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, eyebrows, and improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It is commonly used off-label to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). The Ultherapy procedure is not a facelift, but it the only tissue tightening modality that uses advanced ultrasound energy and precise imaging to deliver energy at a level as deep as a surgical facelift, the muscle. Laser and radio-frequency delivers the energy on a more superficial level. The precise imaging of the ultrasound technology allows the technician to see the tissue of the skin which helps the energy be delivered safely and to where it will be most beneficial. The treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

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What do people love about the Ultherapy procedure?

Ultherapy is the only tissue tightening modality that bypasses the outer layer of the skin delivering the energy deeply and precisely where it is needed. Results from the treatment are gradual and natural. Some patients may see some lifting immediately after treatment but collagen will continue to stimulate over the next few months after treatment tightening and lifting the skin. Another benefit to Ultherapy is that it is just one treatment. There is no downtime after Ultherapy and one can return their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience redness or swelling but it is temporary. Your provider will go over post care which may include washing with gentle cleanser and avoiding exfoliation for about a week after treatment.

Schedule an Ultherapy Procedure in North Chicago

Signs of aging can be greatly improved with technological advances in modern medicine and aesthetics. Ultherapy could be the perfect treatment option for those that are looking to stimulate collagen, combat or prevent signs of aging, those not ready for surgery, and for those that want to extend their surgery results. To determine candidacy we invite you for a complimentary consultation at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, one of the first practices in the country to carry this state of the art device.

 

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Options in North Chicago

Many Americans are concerned with loose skin that can be caused by a number of factors such as age, weight fluctuation, and childbirth. Loose skin can be found just about anywhere on the body including the face, neck, arms, stomach, and legs. Surgical options such as facelifts, neck lifts, tummy tucks, and arm and thigh lifts are the gold standard method for tissue tightening and provide the fastest and most dramatic results. Not everyone is a candidate for surgery and some simply prefer only nonsurgical treatments so here’s the scoop on non-surgical skin tightening treatments available in the Chicago area in our North Chicago medical spa.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening with Ultrasound Technology

 

Ultherapy

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Ultherapy isn’t a facelift but it is one of the most advanced non-surgical skin tightening treatments available. Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology and imaging to allow the technician to precisely view and heat the skin to a level of cellular regeneration and collagen stimulation. Ulthera treats the tissue on a deeper level. The treatment usually takes 45 to 90 minutes depending on the area treated and is non invasive. Sometimes the area is numbed with a local anesthetic prior to treatment. Immediately after treatment patients may experience swelling and while rare, bruising form numbing injections. Some tightening may visible immediately but collagen continues to regenerate up to 6 months after treatment so results are gradual. Longevity of results are individualized based on one’s own aging process but results are often long lasting.

 

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening with Radiofrequency Technology

ThermiRF

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ThermiRF treatments use advanced radiofrequency to precisely heat the dermal or subdermal layer of skin to a temperature of collagen regeneration. The heating is controlled and monitored during treatment allowing the technician to target specific areas at target temperatures. ThermiRF technology can be performed minimally invasive with a cannula to deliver the heat to a deeper level and also non-invasively in a series of treatments. ThermiRF has several benefits including tissue tightening and fat reduction. There is minimal downtime with all of the Thermi procedures and many areas of the body can be targeted with ThermiRF technology including the face, neck, arms, legs, stomach, and vagina. ThermiVA is specifically designed application of ThermiRF technology to tighten the tissue of the vagina non invasively with no downtime and results are typically seen after a single treatment although a series of 3 treatments are recommended.

 

Fractora

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Fractora also uses advanced radiofrequency technology. Fractora creates small areas of affected skin that extend from the epidermis through the dermis provoking the bodies healing and regenerative powers. Fractora works on a deeper level to improve wrinkles, stretchmarks, scars, and tighten the skin. The ablated skin heals quickly with Fractora and offers less downtime than standard laser resurfacing. Fractora is typically performed in a series of 3 treatments. Fractora is an excellent option for texture improvement and tissue tightening of the face, neck, decollete, and more.

 

BodyFX

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BodyFX uses a combination of radiofrequency, suction coupled negative pressure, and deep tissue heating. Energy is distributed to the skin causing the tissue and fat to contract and heat. The BodyFX not only tightens skin it also contours, permanently reduces fat, and improves the appearance of cellulite. The treatment is completely noninvasive with no downtime and is performed in a series of 6-8 treatments. BodyFX is only indicated for the body not the face.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening in North Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

There is a variety of efficacious non-surgical skin tightening treatments available for those who are not surgical candidates or prefer to take the non surgical route. Candidacy for these treatments as well as the ideal treatment is determined at your complimentary consultation based on goals, individual need, health, and result expectations.

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Ultherapy vs Thermage

As we age, we unfortunately loose skin elasticity and collagen. If only we could walk around holding up our faces. The good news is there are advanced technologies available that can help stimulate collagen and in a sense turn back time.  2 frequently researched non surgical treatments for skin tightening are Thermage and Ultherapy. This article provides information about the technology, downtime, and results feedback of Ultherapy vs Thermage to give you an overview of both of these popular treatments.

Ultherapy vs Thermage: Which is right for me?

Thermage

How does Thermage work?

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Thermage uses focused radiofrequency technology to deliver heat to regenerate the skin’s collagen. There is a cooling mechanism that works in conjunction with the radiofrequency to help cool down and protect the outer layer of the skin while the radiofrequency delivers deep energy. Thermage is indicated to improve sagging skin and is often used to treat wrinkles around the eyes, face, and body.

What can I expect during a Thermage treatment?

The treatment itself takes about 45 minutes for an area such as the eyes or face and about 90 minutes for larger areas of the body. Comfort during treatment varies based on pain tolerance but is overall considered comfortable. There is no downtime said to be associated with Thermage except mild redness or swelling. Treatment results happen gradually and can take approximately 6 months for the optimal tightening effect.

Ultherapy

How does it Ultherapy work?

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Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology to stimulate the body’s own regenerative response.  Low levels of heat are delivered below the skin leaving the surface of the skin undisturbed. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology and also imaging letting the practitioners to see the layers of tissue they are treated to ensure the energy is delivered where it will be most beneficial.  Ultherapy bypasses the outer layer of the skin delivering the right amount of ultrasound energy and temperature. Ultherapy is designed to tighten sagging skin and also lift the skin.

What can I expect during an Ultherapy treatment?

The treatment also takes approximately 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the size of the area that’s treated. Ultherapy pain level also varies based on pain tolerance but is also considered comfortable. There is also no downtime associated with Ultherapy other then possible redness or swelling. Treatment results happen gradually and can take approximately 6 months for the optimal effect.

Results for Ultherapy vs Thermage

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In Dr. Ritacca’s professional opinion Ultherapy is more efficacious then Thermage due to the imaging system with Ultherapy that allows practitioners to see precisely where they are delivering the energy to; delivering it deeper to the connective tissue that attaches the skin to the bone therefore lifting the face vertically.

Why Choose Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa for Ultherapy Treatments in the North Chicago Suburbs?

Dr. Ritacca was one of the first physicians in the country to carry the new state of the art technology Ultherapy. We have since successfully performed hundreds of treatments.                                                                                                         

To schedule your complimentary Ultherapy consultation, please call us at (847)367-8815.