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How does Ultherapy work?

Ultherapy can be ideal for the individual who does not want the risk or recovery time associated with cosmetic surgery, or who wishes to postpone that need. In addition, this treatment can extend the results of surgical procedures. So, how does Ultherapy work? Keep reading to learn more.

Understanding Ultherapy

Ultherapy is nonsurgical and noninvasive. It uses the same safe ultrasound technology that has been utilized for decades in medicine, to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative processes. In this application, ultrasound energy creates a thermal response in targeted tissue layers beneath the skin, triggering collagen remodeling. As collagen builds, it gradually tightens skin.

The Ultherapy device includes an imaging element. The clinician clearly sees tissue layers, precisely depositing energy where it is most advantageous.

Where Ultherapy is beneficial

Ultherapy is the only treatment of its kind cleared by the FDA to lift skin. This versatile treatment provides noticeable results:

  • At the brow, for a youthful, refreshed look.
  • Tightening under the chin, to define the profile.
  • On the neck, reducing sagging.
  • Smoothing lines and wrinkles at the décolletage.

Ultherapy goes deeper than laser and other superficial cosmetic treatments. That makes it quite compatible, in a comprehensive program of rejuvenation.

What to expect

Allow 60 to 90 minutes to have your face and neck treated; another 30 minutes for chest. Treatment is generally well-tolerated, but you will feel it each time the device delivers a dose of energy. That indicates neocollagenesis has been initiated. There is no downtime following the procedure, and minimal side effects.

Some patients see immediate change. Improvement continues over the next two to three months. Usually just one treatment is needed, depending on skin laxity. Periodic touch-up sessions help to counteract continued aging and environmental exposure.

Does Ultherapy work? Schedule a consultation at Thrive to see actual before and after photos. The number is (503) 928-6505


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I was so pleased with my experience at Thrive Aesthetics. They really take their time with you and help you to understand the process and what you can expect. When you actually have your treatment done, they are very thoughtful and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Dr. Maddox gives the best injections! I seriously didn’t feel much at all, a true bonus!

I felt really good about choosing them and am already planning for my next treatment, and am going to send business their way!

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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