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How long is the recovery from an ultrasound facelift?
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Dr. Joshua Fox
Dermatology
14 doctors agree
In brief: You
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, there is no downtime associated with it.
I say that 19 of 20 patients can go back to work the next day but there is some swelling. Results will be seen over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting and tightening of the skin on the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow.

In brief: You
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, there is no downtime associated with it.
I say that 19 of 20 patients can go back to work the next day but there is some swelling. Results will be seen over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting and tightening of the skin on the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the brow.
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Must define
Technically there is no "ultrasound" facelift.
Use of u/s is for gently assisting the facelift dissection in the underskin fat layer. It is a variant of using laser or small cannula lipodissection to help free the skin from the underlying muscle by reduction of the fatty layer. Recovery in all facelifts typically is 5-7 days, & which can be helped by gentle surgery, use of platelet concentrates.

In brief: Must define
Technically there is no "ultrasound" facelift.
Use of u/s is for gently assisting the facelift dissection in the underskin fat layer. It is a variant of using laser or small cannula lipodissection to help free the skin from the underlying muscle by reduction of the fatty layer. Recovery in all facelifts typically is 5-7 days, & which can be helped by gentle surgery, use of platelet concentrates.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Ultherapy is one example of a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound to deliver energy to the dermis and deeper tissues in the face, neck, and brow.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
There is a nonsurgical procedure called ulthera which uses microfocused ultrasound to stimulate collagen remodeling and give a lifting effect.
However, like all nonivasive procedures, the effect is not as much as with a surgical facelift. There is no recovery time but the results are not immediate. Ultrasonic liposuction is a surgical procedure with variable recovery.

In brief: It depends
There is a nonsurgical procedure called ulthera which uses microfocused ultrasound to stimulate collagen remodeling and give a lifting effect.
However, like all nonivasive procedures, the effect is not as much as with a surgical facelift. There is no recovery time but the results are not immediate. Ultrasonic liposuction is a surgical procedure with variable recovery.
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ulthera?
You cannot achieve the results of a traditional facelift using ultrasound.
The device that your are probably referencing is known as ulthera. It uses ultrasound energy to heat the deep supporting layers of the skin to create mild toning and tightening of the skin. It is an in-office procedure and there is little to no downtime.

In brief: Ulthera?
You cannot achieve the results of a traditional facelift using ultrasound.
The device that your are probably referencing is known as ulthera. It uses ultrasound energy to heat the deep supporting layers of the skin to create mild toning and tightening of the skin. It is an in-office procedure and there is little to no downtime.
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No - Min Downtime
With respect to ultherapy: in our practice, the most common occurrence that might be considered "downtime" is bruising - and it happens in about 5% of cases (usually around the jowls).
These patients tended to be older (up to 85!) or on medications that thin the blood. Most pts say that they "feel" bruised, although there is no bruise seen (this is due to mild swelling).

In brief: No - Min Downtime
With respect to ultherapy: in our practice, the most common occurrence that might be considered "downtime" is bruising - and it happens in about 5% of cases (usually around the jowls).
These patients tended to be older (up to 85!) or on medications that thin the blood. Most pts say that they "feel" bruised, although there is no bruise seen (this is due to mild swelling).
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In brief: 1day
Ulthera-an ultrasound facelift-is a great procedure for the right person.
The ultrasound waves act on the fascial system-the support system under your skin-to help lift and tighten you neck and jowls. There is sometimes some bruising which goes away over the course of a few days. Some patients have no bruising.

In brief: 1day
Ulthera-an ultrasound facelift-is a great procedure for the right person.
The ultrasound waves act on the fascial system-the support system under your skin-to help lift and tighten you neck and jowls. There is sometimes some bruising which goes away over the course of a few days. Some patients have no bruising.
Dr. Melissa Doft
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Dr. Manolis Manolakakis
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Nonsurgical
If you are talking about ultherapy there is no downtime.
That being said if you are someone who bruises easily then you may experience some brushing that could last for 5 to 7 days. As far as soreness to the face that could last for 1 to 3 weeks. Overall you will not be slowed down from this procedure.

In brief: Nonsurgical
If you are talking about ultherapy there is no downtime.
That being said if you are someone who bruises easily then you may experience some brushing that could last for 5 to 7 days. As far as soreness to the face that could last for 1 to 3 weeks. Overall you will not be slowed down from this procedure.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: No true US facelift
Tere is no such thing as an uktrssouns facelift.
Hover there is a procedure known as ulhera. This procedure takes about 39 minutes and is easily performed as an office procedure with essentially no recovery other then routine skin care.

In brief: No true US facelift
Tere is no such thing as an uktrssouns facelift.
Hover there is a procedure known as ulhera. This procedure takes about 39 minutes and is easily performed as an office procedure with essentially no recovery other then routine skin care.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Never heard of it
I have been doing facelifts for 25 years and have never heard of an ultrasound facelift.
See several plastic surgeons before proceeding with something like this.

In brief: Never heard of it
I have been doing facelifts for 25 years and have never heard of an ultrasound facelift.
See several plastic surgeons before proceeding with something like this.
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
In brief: Varies
Recovery depends on the type of facelift you have performed.
For less invasive mini-lifts 5-7 days is standard. For more extensive facelifts (smas, mid-face lifts, deep plane, and subperiosteal lifts) you may count for up to three weeks downtime.

In brief: Varies
Recovery depends on the type of facelift you have performed.
For less invasive mini-lifts 5-7 days is standard. For more extensive facelifts (smas, mid-face lifts, deep plane, and subperiosteal lifts) you may count for up to three weeks downtime.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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