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I had Ulthera yesterday. It is a VERY PAINFUL procedure! Even with a Demoral shot and intravenous Demoral, I still had pain! The forehead is the most painful area to have Ulthera; however, a NERVE BLOCK (numbing injections along the top of the eyebrow) prevents most of the pain there. Don't believe the hype that you can have this done during your lunch hour and return to work! There IS downtime with Ulthera. I have a black eye (caused by the nerve block) and a swollen face. My face and neck skin hurts, I can't touch or wash it. My eyelids are very puffy to the point of inpaired vision of one eye. And I just don't feel well. My face hurts! The ultrasound equipment enables the Dr. to find precise points on the face and neck to deliver a sequence of ultrasound pulses---you feel the pain of these pulses. When you hear the rata-tat-tat sound of the pulses, exhaling hard through pursed lips reduces the pain slightly. The Dr. said I would see some immediately improvement, and peak improvement in 2-3 months. But I see no immediate improvement.
Well, there certainly does not seem to be a lot of responses to this new non-surgical face-lift. This could depend upon 2 things: a) so few people have as yet done it, and b) those who have done it are happy with the result and see no reason to go onto any forums.
I think that many people - once they are happy with a procedure - see no reason to go back and comment on it - which is actually a shame. I must say I am included in that group. About 5 years ago had a face-lift and it went very well (I had thought about Thermage, but due to soooo many bad comments/problems about it, opted for the classic face-lift instead). As a result of my great face-lift, I did not have the need to keep on this message board. However, now some 5 years later, am in the mood for a little "update" and feel that perhaps this Ulthera is a good option.
I am a rather skinny person, and decided that (due to so many negative experiences on this board) Thermage seemed to burn off fat from the face, and that was certainly not something I could afford. I believe that Ulthera goes deeper and leaves the skin and fat levels alone and just "attacks" the muscle layer. I would be so very grateful to hear from anyone who has had this procedure.
Hi, I saw in the forum at essentialdayspa.com that Rosebud7 reported excellent results after 6 weeks. That is great news. I am still surprised, though, that not more people have enquired about this. I wish Rosebud7 coninuing improvement as promised - and hope that she continues to report her progress.
I am surprised not to hear more about Ulktera or Ultherapy. This was cleared by the FDA, I believe in Sept or Nov last year and is supposed to be better than Thermage. It uses ultrasound pictures and heat - so perhaps more or less the same as thermage (which I understand has ruined many pretty faces) but Ulthera is supposed to give doctors a visual guidance so as to hit the right spots??? When Thermage was new, there was tons of women who wrote about it - most of them rather negative on this board. I am just surprised not to hear about this new system more. Maybe women are not trying it out after the Thermage hasles???? Admittedly, is is very new - but knowing us women, we do try things rather early - so am wondering why not having heard more about it?????!!!!
I saw my Dr. today to talk about a mid-face lift. I am turning 50 and am 10 years out from a full face lift. I have a bit of sagging of my upper cheeks and jowl area, my neck and chin are still good. My skin is in very good condition. He suggested this procedure to me as an alternative to any invasive surgery mainly because of my time constraints..probably like many of you I am juggling a job, teenage children and an aging parent...I just can not hide in my house for 3 weeks. I am seriously considering. I know this is no replacement for a surgical lift but I think it may be an option to tie me over until I am less time constricted. I will let you all know how it all turns out if I decide to try this.
I had ulthera done on my neck, lower and upper face exactly a week ago today. I was told that it wouldn't hurt too much and had the procedure done with only 2 Tylenols on board. Let me tell you, it hurts! I do not recommend that anyone has this done without serious pain medication. Also, one week in, I still have pain in all of the areas that were hit with the ultrasonic pulses and my neck has quite a bit of numbness that I was never advised about. I am still optomistic about the end result, however, and will try to post my progress as it comes. Here's hoping...
Hi again, I have heard before that it hurts like mad. Funny so few write about Ulthera in general. Even at the re-opened Yes The're Fake board, there have not been any one that has commented on Ulthera.
I just had Ulthera done last week and, yes, it hurts. My doctor prescribed pain meds beforehand, but it still really hurt. My jawline and forehead are sore to the touch and it's a little swollen. She said it would take about 4-6 months to really see improvement. Hope it works!!!
Dear aginggracefully1, please keep in touch and let us all know how it goes. I am fearful that it may just be another version of "Thermage" but sounds better due to the ultrasound method of finding certain points. Again, I would be so grateful if you kept on posting how Ulthera works for you. Tons of thanks
i had ulthera one week ago. a few things to note: do this with ONLY with a board certified dermo and do your online research. the whole thing from pix and pain meds swallowed to walking out the door took about 45 minutes. i am in a study for ulthera that my doc is executing so i paid $1200. speaking of executing, it is painful. i took one valium and one vicadin. i wanted to cuss during the procedure but did refrain. During the procedure, it feels like pricks on the face and electrical volts in the chin area. immediately after i was flushed. my face appears plumper. these are both good things. Zero downtime. It is still tender to the touch...it feels like you have swollen glands which has been a bit of a surprise and it had better subside! those of you who have had it done, please update so that i can hear if your tenderness has subsided! I do not regret doing this as i have seen and heard so many horror stories with the laser route! hope this helps.
It's been 4 weeks since my full Ulthera treatment. At age 57 this is was my first venture into any type of treatment. I've never even had a facial or waxing, so I am basically a "virgin". HAHA. Anyway, here is what I can tell you. 1. This procedure is not painless, but it's not like having a tooth drilled. As with any other procedure, you need to make choices. I told my doc that I didn't want to be super uncomfortable, but wanted to be able to walk out of the office after the procedure. Given that information, my doc provided low dose oral demerol and xanax. This was enough to get me through, but by the last 1/4 of the procedure I was uncomfortable. If I do it again I'll use a higher dose. 2. I'm not sure if this is typical, but during my procedure there was cold air presented to compensate for the heat genreated by the ulthera. I was told before started to ask for a blanket if I felt cold. Eventually I did, but I think I would have felt better if I had itfrom the start. 3. My doc told me upfront that I would be worse before I was better.She told me to expect some swelling and bruising. She was correct on all counts, but no one who didn't know what had been done ever noticed. 4. I was REALLY SORE on my cheekbones, jawline, and neck for the first 2 weeks. I'm better now, althought there is still some tenderness. 5.At 4 weeks, I can''t offer much else. I may be seeing some improvements but my neck looks worse. It's too early to report more. I'll keep you posted.
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