Ultherapy® Specialist

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology located in Encinitas, CA

Skin laxity (loose skin) often becomes a problem as you age and your skin loses elasticity. Thankfully, Dr. Mario Yco, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at YCO Facial Plastic Surgery in Encinitas, California, provides patients with Ultherapy®. Ultherapy is a noninvasive way to tighten and lift loose skin around your eyebrows, neck, and chin. Learn more about this innovative procedure that can have you looking like a younger version of yourself without the risks of surgery. Call or schedule an Ultherapy consultation using the online system.

Ultherapy® Q & A

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

How does Ultherapy® work?

Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten skin around your eyebrows, neck, chin, and décolletage. It’s an FDA-cleared, noninvasive procedure that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It works below the surface of your skin to stimulate collagen production without damaging the surface.

The ultrasound energy targets the deeper layers of your skin to trigger your body’s natural regenerating response. As a result, you produce fresh new collagen in the treatment area and gain a more youthful appearance.

Since Ultherapy is a nonsurgical procedure, there’s no scarring, no needles, and no downtime.

When will I see results?

You may see an immediate difference right after an Ultherapy treatment, but the most significant results appear 2-3 months later. During this time, your skin creates new collagen that lifts and tightens the treated area. You’ll notice smoother, tighter skin, so you look like yourself, only younger.

How is Ultherapy different from laser treatments?

Laser therapies use light energy, while Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy, like ultrasounds during pregnancies. It’s entirely safe because it uses sound waves that don’t harm the surrounding tissue.

Additionally, Ultherapy is FDA-cleared to lift and tighten skin around your neck, chin, and eyebrows from beneath the surface. Laser therapies typically treat only the superficial layers of your skin.

Laser energy and Ultherapy work in different ways to rejuvenate your skin and are sometimes used in conjunction with each other, depending on your desired outcome. Since Ultherapy focuses on the deeper layers if your skin, it jumpstarts your body’s natural collagen-building process, so you get noticeable results.

What can I expect with an Ultherapy treatment?

The treatment itself takes 30-90 minutes, depending on the areas you’re having treated. The ultrasound applicator delivers energy to the treatment area through a cool gel. You may feel the sensation of tiny amounts of energy as it passes through the surface of your skin, but these sensations are usually well tolerated.

After your treatment, you can return to your normal routine without restrictions. Your skin may appear slightly red right afterward, but this typically disappears within a few hours. Any tingling or tenderness in the treated area is mild and also subsides shortly following the procedure.

If you’re ready for tighter, smoother skin, but aren’t ready for needles or a surgical face-lift, Ultherapy may be the perfect solution. Call the office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Yco using the online system.