Radiotherapy (Ulthera)

Radiotherapy, also known as Ulthera or Ultherapy, is used to treat signs of aging in the skin. This non-invasive treatment works with the body’s natural processes to encourage tighter skin and a rejuvenated appearance. It is used to treat wrinkles, sagging, and more for skin on the chin, forehead, neck, and chest.

How Does Radiotherapy (Ulthera) Work?

Doctors have used ultrasound technology to address skin issues for several years. With Radiotherapy, this ultrasound technology uses sound waves to reach deeper layers of skin in the targeted area. These layers contain collagen and elastin, proteins that form the structural support for the top, visible layers of skin. As the energy reaches deep into your skin, it heats the affected cells. By stimulating these proteins and tissues, Ultherapy encourages increased elastin and collagen production. This tightens, tones, and lifts the skin from the inside-out, minimizing wrinkles and reducing skin sag.

Conditions It Treats

Radiotherapy is used specifically to treat and reduce the effects of aging on the skin. While it is primarily used on the face and neck, Ultherapy can also be used to minimize aging on a patient’s chest. You can use Ulthera Radiotherapy treatments for:

  • Jowls or sagging cheeks
  • Excess skin around the eyes and eyebrows
  • Sagging skin on the neck
  • Facial wrinkles

Who Should Get Radiotherapy (Ulthera) Treatments?

This treatment is recommended for patients who are older than 30 with early signs of aging. Though it can improve more advanced signs of aging, Radiotherapy is less effective for patients who have more excessive skin laxity. To see if your skin is right for Ultherapy, consult with your dermatologist.

What to Expect from Your Radiotherapy (Ulthera) Appointment

First, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to examine your skin and explore the potential benefits of using Ultherapy. Your doctor can explain more about the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Most patients aren’t required to follow a specific regimen to prepare for their treatment, but your dermatologist may recommend certain drugs to improve your comfort.

During your Radiotherapy treatment, your dermatologist will apply ultrasound gel to the targeted area. Using a specialized treatment applicator, they’ll then use ultrasound imaging to scan your skin and determine the best place for the ultrasound energy application. Once your dermatologist is happy with the placement, they’ll then apply the energy directly to the targeted skin cells. Depending on the area treated, Ulthera treatments generally last approximately 30 to 90 minutes.

Since Radiotherapy is non-invasive and non-surgical, patients are able to immediately return to normal routines and activity. You may experience mild swelling, tenderness to the touch, or tingling that should only last a few days. Your skin may also appear red for a few hours immediately following the treatment, but this should disappear quickly. Less-common side effects include small areas of numbness and mild bruising that fades quickly.

Unlike most age-reducing treatments, Ultherapy is a one-time treatment for most patients. Results can be seen almost immediately and continue to improve up to six months after the procedure, prolonging your benefits.

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