Dr. Joshua Zimm, M.D. Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Top 5 MYTHS about ULTHERAPY® By New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Joshua Zimm


Myth #1:It’s painful and many people can’t even finish the procedure once they start!

While there is some mild discomfort with the procedure, it doesn’t have to be VERY uncomfortable. Most health care providers who perform Ultherapy® will pre-treat with a sedative such as valium and also give ibuprofen one hour prior to the procedure; however, this is very often inadequate. I have found that topical and a small amount of local anesthesia in key areas of the treatment can greatly reduce the discomfort so that patients have minimal to no pain. Unfortunately, many health care providers don’t take this extra step since it adds time to the procedure and requires an additional level of expertise.


Myth #2 The results don’t last very long, and the treatment must be repeated

The treatment results are gradual and natural looking, with initial improvements noticed as soon as two weeks after treatment. The improvements will continue over 3-6 months and even longer for the maximum results. Occasionally, people will opt for a touch up procedure after a year or 2; however, the results are permanent in the sense that you will always look better than you otherwise would have had you not had the procedure due to the creation of new collagen.


Myth #3 Anyone can perform this procedure, and the results are the same

The results of Ultherapy® are directly related to the skill of the practitioner performing the treatment, not just the treatment itself. Many offices employ medical assistants, aestheticians, or other non-physicians to do the actual treatment. It’s preferable to seek out an office where the actual physician, especially an expert in the anatomy of the face and neck, is performing it.


Myth #4 I should shop around for the best possible price

We all know cheaper is not necessarily better, and this is especially true when it comes to cosmetic work on the face and neck. Saving a couple hundred dollars here and there could cost you in the long run with a less than optimal result. As explained above, not all Ultherapy® treatments are the same, and the results can vary based upon who is doing the procedure. Also, your level of comfort during the procedure can vary as well based upon the experience, skill, and anesthetic technique of the person performing Ultherapy®.


Myth #5 Ultherapy can replace a surgical facelift

While Ultherapy® can provide a very nice improvement, it will never replace the results of a surgical facelift. A facelift will result in more lifting and tightening since excess skin is removed. The ideal Ultherapy® candidate falls into four general categories:

  1. Someone who does not “need” a facelift yet (younger patient).
  2. Someone who cannot medically undergo a surgical procedure.
  3. Someone who does not want a surgical procedure.
  4. Someone who has had previous surgery and wants a little tuck up.

It’s best to see a practitioner who does both Ultherapy® and facelift surgery; therefore, you will have a much better chance of getting an unbiased opinion.

Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
Doctor for Face Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Manhattan Upper East Side 10021
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