The Difference between a Facelift and Ultherapy


Let’s face it, time works against you. Only a year ago you had the smoothest and tightest skin, the next one you’re noticing wrinkles around your eyes and how the skin is becoming less firm.

Fortunately, there are ways to take years off your appearance. Two of those are a facelift and Ultherapy. However, while both work toward the same ultimate goal – better appearance, the paths they go through are much different.

Just how much different though?

A Look at a Facelift

With a facelift, you can decrease the signs of aging on your face with just one surgical procedure. Unfortunately, therein lays the biggest problem of face-lifting. It is an invasive procedure that requires you to spend up to four hours in the operating room, under the care of a plastic surgeon and his/her team.

During the procedure, the plastic surgeon first makes a small incision at the hairline, near the temples, which then goes around the ears, stopping near the neck (in the lower scalp). Your underlying tissue will then be repositioned to give you better facial contours, while any surplus skin is removed. Finally, the incision is closed.

The downtime after a facelift depends on the person, but usually takes about two weeks. During that time, especially in the first few days, the patient might notice a bit of bruising and swelling, but the feeling will go away eventually and once the skin recovers and the scar is no longer visible, the patient can return to normal activities.

A Look at Ultherapy

Ultherapy is the non-invasive alternative to a facelift. This procedure utilizes the body’s natural production of collagen and its healing ability to improve the tone of your skin and tighten it.

This is accomplished by focused ultrasound waves, which pinpoints the deep layers of your skin, heating the collagen and gently breaking it down. As a result, the body starts producing new collagen, which might take a few months.

Is Ultherapy Better Than Facelift, or is it the Other Way Around?

So how does Ultherapy compare to a facelift? It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a quicker solution and more dramatic effects, then you should probably opt for a facelift. However, be advised that, since this is an invasive procedure, complications are not uncommon.

Ultherapy, on the other hand, won’t require you to go under the knife. A single treatment only takes about an hour, and, depending upon your skin’s properties, you should see dramatic results over the next three to six months. If you follow a good skincare regiment, you may enjoy the effects of your Ultherapy® treatment for up to a year, or even longer.

Contact Ooh La La today for a consultation to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for Ultherapy®.