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Ultherapy in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

This highly effective treatment uses focused ultrasound technology to lift and tighten sagging skin of the face, jowls, and neck.

What is Ultherapy?

In short, Ultherapy is a non-invasive face and neck lift. It’s a safe, FDA approved ultrasound therapy treatment that uses sound waves to regenerate collagen, tighten the skin, and slow down the aging process. Ultrasound waves are focused deeply into the skin to target the areas that are usually targeted by facelift procedure. The ultrasound waves penetrate through skin and create underlying channels of ultrasound waves to visibly lift and tighten the skin. 

Key benefits of Ultherapy

  • Completely non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Minimal discomfort during treatment
  • No anesthesia, incisions, bruising, or scars
  • Quick and convenient treatments
  • Beautiful, natural-looking results
  • Desired results may take only one treatment
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How does Ultherapy work?

Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy in a completely new way. In traditional ultrasound, the waves are non-focused — which means they travel in a straight line directly out from the source.

In Ultherapy, the ultrasound waves target a focal point. At that focal point, Ultherapy creates a microthermal coagulation zone that precisely heats the tissue (without damaging the surrounding dermis and tissue) to cause contraction and tightening of the collagen in the skin. This process renews and strengthens the existing collagen.

Ultherapy treatment details

When you arrive for your Ultherapy appointment, your skin will be cleansed and marked to help guide Dr. Hessler as she treats you. You will be made comfortable on a medical chair, and gel will be applied to the Ultherapy handpiece. The machine will start, and Dr. Hessler will apply the device directly to your skin. The sensation will vary from patient to patient. Some report feeling only a mild tingling sensation, while others note more significant discomfort. During your treatment, Dr. Hessler will check with you to make sure you are feeling okay. Most Ultherapy treatments last 30 minutes to one hour, and you can return to your regular day directly afterwards.

Side effects

Because Ultherapy is completely non-invasive, there is no bruising; however, there may be some redness in the treated areas for about half an hour following your treatment. Most patients feel the immediate tightening of the skin and can sense the lifting action. The skin may feel slightly numb in the treated areas for a couple of days to a couple of weeks. There is also occasionally mild soreness over the jawbone and forehead areas. 


Most patients see an immediate improvement after their Ultherapy treatment, but skin tightening and creation of new collagen takes between 2 to 6 months to become fully apparent. The final results can last about two years; however, it’s important to be aware that your skin will continue to age even after your Ultherapy session. In order to maintain your rejuvenated appearance, touch-up treatments may be needed. 


If you’re in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area and you are considering Ultherapy, it may be the perfect treatment for your needs. The best Ultherapy candidates are individuals who have mild to moderate laxity of the face, neck, and jowls, and who do not want to undergo surgery. If you have skin that is more severely loose, Dr. Hessler can recommend better options for you.

Hessler Plastic Surgery for Ultherapy in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

Hessler Plastic Surgery is the space for cutting-edge yet safe procedures. Dr. Jill Hessler is an award-winning, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who takes a comprehensive approach to her procedures, attending to every detail. Her goal is to safely achieve the aesthetic goals her patients have sought her out for. Ultherapy is one of our specialties at Hessler Plastic Surgery. We have an outstanding staff who will take excellent care of you during your entire time with us. To learn more about Ultherapy or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.

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Is Ultherapy safe?

Yes, Ultherapy is very safe when performed by a licensed medical professional. It has been FDA approved, and works through ultrasound technology, which has been safely used since the 1950s.

Can Ultherapy remove my “turkey neck”?

Yes, one of the biggest benefits to Ultherapy is its ability to remove a “turkey neck” at the chin.

How is Ultherapy different than lasers?

Ultherapy uses sound energy (ultrasound), which is able to penetrate more deeply than lasers. Most lasers use light energy, which aren’t able to reach deeper skin layers.

How many Ultherapy treatments will I need?

This will depend on how loose the skin is, as well as how your body responds to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process. Many patients only need one treatment, and others choose to have maintenance treatments every year.

How does Ultherapy make collagen?

Collagen is what gives our skin tone, structure, and elasticity in our youth. As the years pass, our existing collagen begins to decrease, and the production of new collagen slow down. This is why the skin becomes more wrinkled and loose with time. Ultherapy’s micro-focused ultrasound targets the collagen under the skin with a heating effect, which causes an increase in collagen production.

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