With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, the Medical Spa at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, have introduced Ultherapy®, a revolutionary new procedure that is changing the face of non-invasive, anti-aging treatments. The low-risk procedure uses ultrasound technology in an innovative way, to lift the brow, jowls, and neck, all areas that are commonly rejuvenated with a surgical facelift.
What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is a new state-of-the-art procedure that uses ultrasound technology to emit energy into the deepest layers of your skin. This stimulates your body’s own natural collagen production, enhancing elasticity and skin volume naturally. Collagen production normally decreases as we grow older, resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles and a loss of skin volume and elasticity in some areas. With Ultherapy® you can rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing surgery.
Among the many benefits Ultherapy® provides our patients are the following:
- Non-invasive procedure performed without anesthesia
- Treats all areas of the face and neck
- Results are immediately visible
- No downtime
View a selection of real patient results in our Ultherapy® Before and After gallery.
Ultherapy® as a Preventative Measure
Many of our patients are opting for Ultherapy® to help prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles even before they appear. Although collagen production begins to slow during the 20s and 30s, the long-term effects of this change may not be visible for some years. Ultherapy® helps stimulate and increase collagen production as soon as it starts to diminish, literally slowing down the aging process and warding off the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles.
How does Ultherapy® work?
Ultherapy® is breaking through barriers in non-invasive, cosmetic procedures…literally. The trans-dermal procedure uses a combination of ultrasound images and ultrasonic thermal energy to bypass surface skin and to treat deep tissues that have lost firmness due to aging and gravity.
First, our trained technician visually assesses sub-dermal, aging tissue through an ultrasound image. The Ulthera® applicator displays images of structural tissue layers that until now have only been visible in surgical procedures. Treatment can then be applied to specific areas, increasing the benefit to only the face’s aging features.
The same Ulthera® applicator then focuses thermal energy to designated tissues. Using ultrasonic thermal technology, we then regenerate skin tissues to produce a concentration of collagen. The result is increased collagen stores that deliver elasticity, firmness, and lift to the skin.
Natural and Non-Invasive
Backed by the FDA for safety and efficacy, Ultherapy® uses technology already proven in the field of medicine to advance the cosmetic industry. The aesthetic benefit of using a safe product is not just skin deep. After approximately one hour, patients treated with Ultherapy® leave the office feeling younger, free of discomfort and with peace of mind.
With Ultherapy®, surface skin is not penetrated or burned. There are no injections of toxic or chemical substances, as with Botox® or dermal fillers, and the outer layer of skin is unaffected by intense light or heat, as with lasers.
Is Ultherapy right for you?
Patients who show minor signs of aging and who are not ready for a surgical facelift are ideal candidates for Ultherapy®. Those whose skin has lost elasticity and tone notice drastic tightening and lifting over time. There is no need to anticipate treatment discomfort or downtime because there is none.
Ultherapy® is not, however, the ideal procedure for patients with advanced sagging and deep wrinkles. These patients, however, may benefit from a surgical facelift.
How Many Ultherapy® Treatments will I Need?
Results are noticeable after only one Ultherapy® treatment and will continue to improve for about two or three months, with the maximum effects becoming visible about six months after treatment. Many people require only one treatment, while others may require two or three sessions. You may choose to have a touch-up treatment performed in the future if you notice that your body has once again reduced production of collagen.
Recovery from Ultherapy®
Because Ultherapy® is a non-invasive procedure there is no downtime or recovery required. You will be free to resume your regular activities the moment you leave our office. Your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight for a few days afterward, so we recommend that you take extra precautions to protect yourself from the sun whenever you are outdoors. Over-the-counter medication may be used to alleviate any minor swelling or discomfort that you may experience, and these symptoms will subside in a day or two.
Optimum results of Ultherapy® are noticeable within two to three months. As deep collagen continually regenerates, the skin appears tighter and firmer over the course of six months. While some skin laxity is improved immediately, the real benefit comes to those who wait.
How Much Does Ultherapy® Cost in Jacksonville?
Most patients require only one Ultherapy® treatment to achieve optimal results; however, some patients may require more than one, depending on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals. The cost of the procedure is based on your individual treatment, and costs will be discussed during your initial consultation. We strive to make Ultherapy® as affordable as possible for all our patients, and our office accepts personal checks, cash, and major credit cards. Financing options are also available.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on Ultherapy® or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.
Ultherapy Care Instructions
DO follow your skincare regimen and wear SPF
DO start a probiotic (Kefir over the counter, ¼ cup at night)
DO NOT use antihistamine or anti-inflammatory medications the day of your treatment and up to 3 days post treatment. (Zantac, Benadryl, Motrin, turmeric, pineapple, arnica)
DO start increasing your water intake to half of your body weight in fluid ounces. (ex. If your weight is 160lbs, drink at least 80 ounces of water a day.)
DO follow your skincare regimen and wear physical SPF
DO start a peptide and apply to treated area daily.
DO massage treated area twice daily. ALWAYS massage toward the heart. By massaging area daily, you are increasing circulation to the area.
DO start a walking program. Try to walk at least 20 minutes for three time a week. Studies show exercising may improve overall collateral blood flow.
EXPECT to feel sore after the treatment.
EXPECT to see your results at 6-8 weeks. Best results are seen at 3 months.
EXPECT photos taken at the 3 month post treatment appointment.
REMEMBER: One treatment will give you a 30% improvement. This is not surgery. For best results, we recommend pairing your Ultherapy with microneedling, PCA peels and PDO threads (skin tightening/lifting with dissolvable suture). We package these for cheaper pricing.