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What Is an Ultrasound Face Lift?

By Madeleine A.
Updated May 21, 2024
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An ultrasound face lift is a a non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound or sound wave technology to stimulate the body into producing collagen. This process can help firm sagging skin and has relatively few side effects. Instead of surgical instruments doing the procedure, the ultrasonic device does it. When more collagen is produced, the complexion takes on a fresher, younger appearance. The ultrasound face lift also tightens loose skin in the neck area, as well as around the jaw area.

The ultrasound face lift takes approximately one hour to complete, however, full results may not be noticed for three months. The results of the ultrasound face lift can last for up to ten years, and works best on people between the ages of 35 and 55 years old. Patients undergoing this procedure sometimes notice a slight tingling sensation, but no other effects are usually encountered.

As with any cosmetic procedure, the ultrasound face lift is generally not covered under medical insurance and can be expensive. Price, however, is irrelevant to some patients as having the procedure done without scalpels and the need for a lengthy recovery period is appealing to them. A traditional face lift can cause complications from anesthesia and cause significant swelling and bruising. Infection is also a risk with a traditional face lift because incisions are involved.

Unlike a traditional face lift, the ultrasound face lift does not need to be performed in a hospital or outpatient setting, nor is any type of anesthesia needed. Although the ultrasound face lift can dramatically improve the look of loose, sagging skin, it is not to be considered a substitute for a traditional face lift in cases where skin looseness is extensive. Though most patients do not require pain medication following the procedure, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever may be taken if the patient experiences discomfort.

There are no known dangers to using ultrasound technology. Since ultrasound only involves the use of sound waves, and not ionizing radiation in the way that traditional x-rays do, it is considered safe for everyone, including infants. Therefore, there are few contraindications of the ultrasound face lift, however, the procedure is new and not performed by all cosmetic surgeons. The physician who performs this procedure needs to undergo special training and the ultrasonic device used for the procedure is not available at all cosmetic surgeons' offices.

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Discussion Comments

By Rundocuri — On Nov 29, 2014

@ocelot60- I think that the results of an ultrasound face lift depends on each individual. I know three people who have had them, and two are very happy with the results. The third person, on the other hand, doesn't feel that she can see any differences in her before and after photos.

I think that a person who wants mild changes to his or her face will see the best results from an ultrasound face lift. On the other hand, people who have a lot of loose, saggy skin will probably benefit from traditional, surgical face lifts.

As for the cost of an ultrasound face lift, it depends on the area of the country where you live and the individual provider. The cost of cosmetic procedures can vary greatly from small towns to larger cities. In addition, doctors that are just starting their practices may charge less than those who are well established. I think that the key to getting the best price is to shop around.

By Ocelot60 — On Nov 28, 2014

Though an ultrasound face lift is not actually surgery, I have heard that this procedure can still be pretty costly. I have also heard that the effects are either limited or do not last very long. Does anyone have any experience with an ultrasound face lift that will shed light on the cost and effectiveness of the procedure?

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