The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts Blog

Ultherapy2Dr. V is what she goes by but her real name is Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen. She is a board certified plastic surgeon who conducts and offers the most state of the art aesthetic procedures that are available in this field. Her practice is in Northern Virginia. You can also schedule an Ultherapy appointment with her office. This is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment offered in Warrenton, Arlington, Fairfax, Middleburg, Fauquier, Manassas, Prince William, Loudoun, Chantilly (near Leesburg), and other areas as well.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy or Ultrasound Lift is an FDA-approved non-invasive procedure to tighten loose skin in the face and neck area. The treatment makes use of ultrasound technology to lift and tighten drooping skin. It performs a dual action of supporting the existing layer of collagen in the skin as well as stimulates the production of new collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. Without involving any cuts or needles, the ultrasound waves penetrate into the targeted deeper layers.

See Ultherna Before & After Photos

People in their thirties or forties, who suffer from mild to moderate skin laxity in the facial and neck area are usually superb or ideal candidates for Ultherapy. However, it is important to remember that Ultherapy is not a substitute for facelift surgery. It is an effective alternative for patients who are either unwilling or unable to receive surgical treatment. It is typically used to lift skin around the neck, chin, and eyebrows.

How does it work?

The goal of Ultherapy is to penetrate the deeper layers of the dermis to achieve longer lasting skin tightening effect. It delivers ultrasound frequency in controlled phases to the deeper layers to induce collagen production. The focused ultrasound energy heats up the deeper layers in targeted pockets to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen helps improve skin elasticity, tightens the sagging areas, and adds more volume to make the skin appear smoother, fuller, and tighter.

For most effective results, a patient may have to undergo two to three treatment sessions of Ultherapy. However, the extent and frequency of treatment may vary depending on the patient’s individual needs. Effects of the treatment can last for up to a year or longer. Follow up treatments can be received after a year to extend the results for longer periods.


At the initial consultation stage, the doctor will evaluate the current health status, age, medical history, and extent of skin laxity. The doctor will also carefully understand the unique needs and expectations of the patient regarding skin tightening and improvement in appearance. Depending on the assessment, a treatment of Ultherapy may be recommended. The doctor will explain the procedure and benefits in detail, and may show before and after images of other patients to ensure the patient has realistic expectations from the procedure.

The doctor will mark the targeted area that needs to be treated with Ultherapy. Treatment of the full face and neck may require a little over an hour. If the area to be treated is lesser, the procedure can be completed in a shorter time period. The procedure is completely non-invasive and involves no incisions or injections. However, the pain threshold level of each patient may vary. If a patient shows signs of anxiety or has a low tolerance to pain, the doctor may advise local anesthesia to improve comfort levels during the procedure.

The treatment is typically administered on the neck, brows and beneath the chin, but it can also be performed on other areas where skin elasticity is weak. The treatment is not designed to cause a radical change in appearance. The goal is to rev up the skin on the inside in a healthy and natural way so that the outcome is visible on the outside. Best results with Ultherapy are usually seen after three treatment sessions.

Different from Laser Therapy

Ultrasound therapy works in a different way compared to the traditional laser skin tightening procedures. Laser therapy primarily targets the external layers of the skin, but Ultrasound Lift involves the delivery of ultrasound frequency into the deepest skin layers. It bypasses the top layers of the skin and avoids any serious damage to healthy skin.

The goal is to deliver maximum energy to the collagen layers of the skin so that the process of new collagen formulation is initiated. The principle involved in Ultherapy is the same as what is used in fat melting ultrasound based devices. A brow lift is one of the most popular uses of Ultherapy for people who do not wish to undergo a brow lift surgery.

Downtime and Side Effects

Ultherapy does not have any of the usual risks or side effects associated with surgery. It may cause mild redness and soreness in the skin that may last for a few days. But a patient can return to work immediately after the treatment, and there is no specific downtime involved.


 For more infomation on Ultherapy please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia. Dr. V also offers Ultherapy skin tightening procedure to her patients in Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

Comments are closed.

Contact Us Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts

South Riding Professional Square
25055 Riding Plaza, Suite #140
Chantilly, VA 20152
TEL: 703.327.8200