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This “Gold Standard” in non-invasive facial tissue-lifting technology can allow you to develop a more sculpted appearance in just one hour. Ultherapy revitalizes and firms the skin on your neck, chin, brow and decolletage area without the need for needles or scalpels. Dr. Fechner was one of the first in New England to acquire this technology after it received FDA approval. Our seasoned medical aestheticians have years of experience delivering hundreds of successful Ulthera treatments.

This treatment is based on ultrasound technology, the same sound waves used to harmlessly scan the body for medical imaging purposes. Micro-focused ultrasound energy tightens and lifts the deep foundational layer of tissue that doctors address in surgery. Energy is discretely and precisely deposited at multiple depths, heating tissue to an optimal level. A safe and effective alternative to a facelift or neck lift without a lengthy recovery, many patients see an improvement immediately after the treatment with further improvements observed over the following weeks as new and firm collagen is produced.

How does Ulthera lift the face and tighten the neck?

High frequency sound waves travel easily through skin and soft tissues. Ulthera’s smart technology allows for bundling of the ultrasound’s power and precise placement of energy deep into the skin. In contrast to conventional laser treatments, Ultherapy is designed to leave the superficial skin cover unharmed as it tightens the deeper muscle layer. This tissue layer is called the “SMAS”: surgical tightening of the SMAS allows Dr. Fechner to achieve long-lasting improvements with face and neck lifts.

In addition, new collagen will be produced over the next 3 to 4 months which explains why patients observe additional benefits after the treatment. Because Ultherapy can treat the face and neck in a balanced way, a natural appearance is the result of this non-invasive rejuvenation avoiding lengthy downtime, both benefits highly valued by our patients from all over New England.

Is Ulthera just another laser?

No, Ultherapy is not a laser. Lasers work by heat delivery to the skin through high energy light waves. The laser’s heat will vaporize skin tissue which is responsible for the relatively long recovery after most laser treatments. Principles of physics limit the laser’s ability to treat deeper tissues without harmful injury to the superficial skin. Ulthera uses ultrasonic waves that travel through the skin in order to be focused exactly where we want the tightening to take effect: deep into the skin at the level of the muscle layers.

Is Ultherapy safe?

Because Ulthera uses ultrasound energy, it proved to be a very safe non-invasive option for facial tightening and rejuvenation. Data available with 12 month patient follow up demonstrate safety and efficacy of Ultherapy. Therefore, Ulthera has passed the strict FDA approval process and is indicated for lifting of facial tissues and neck rejuvenation. Dr. Fechner feels confident that Ultherapy represents a great non-invasive facial tightening alternative for his patients from Worcester, Boston and beyond.

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How long do Ulthera treatments take?

Most commonly, the whole face and neck are treated with Ulthera for the best and most balanced improvements. This treatment typically takes about 1 hour. If distinct facial regions are targeted for Ultherapy (i.e., forehead, cheeks, jawline or neck) you should reserve 20 to 30 minutes for your treatment.

How much bruising, swelling and downtime should I expect after Ultherapy?

The mild pinkness of the skin usually normalizes within an hour or so. Swelling is routinely minimal to none and there is no bruising associated with Ulthera treatments making this a truly no-downtime, non-invasive lifting procedure.

Does Ultherapy hurt?

Overall, Ulthera treatments are well tolerated by patients. Due to the focused ultrasound energy deposited deep into the skin surface, some mild discomfort may be experienced with Ultherapy. Although sensory response varies from person to person, some patients are aided by over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.

Prescription-strength medications are available in Dr. Fechner’s office but are usually not necessary for Ultherapy. After completion of the Ulthera treatment, patients routinely have no noticeable pain or discomfort.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU BACK TO FECHNER MD!

On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO KEEP YOU AND OUR STAFF SAFE?

As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.

  • Our accredited practice is exclusively reserved for our patients and staff.
  • Our facility is in a single, free standing building only occupied by our practice. This allows us to limit foot traffic to our patients and staff only.
  • Our staff work only at our facility and all travel in private transport. All of us are otherwise self-isolating at home.
  • We closely monitor our staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily.
  • We sterilize all our instruments in house further reducing potential exposure.
  • We have PPE to meet our needs.
  • All our staff members will be using appropriate PPE including N95 masks and protective facei shields, goggles and head coverings.
  • We have purchased and installed air scrubbers throughout the facility to clean the air while the practice is open to patients.
  • We have purchased and installed ozone generators designed to sanitize the air in the facility at the end of each day.
  • We have purchased and installed touchless hand sanitizer units throughout the building.
  • We have purchased and installed plexi-glass protective shields in the reception area to provide a protective barrier for staff and patients.
  • Our staff continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines within our facility.
  • We have implemented a stringent survey and testing protocol for staff and patients.
  • We have implemented a virtual check in/ check out process for our patients.
  • We have ensured that there is minimum interaction of patients with other people while in the office.
  • We will continue to offer virtual consults and virtual follow up visits.
  • We provide you with a touchless payment system.

The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.

 

WHEN WILL FECHNER MD PLASTIC SURGERY & MEDICAL SPA OPEN?

Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT AT FECHNER MD?

  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred appointment date and time, but we very much appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time.
  • When booking your appointment, we will ask for your payment information to be securely stored in our payment system. The card you provide will be the card used to pay for your services. This will allow for a touchless checkout.
  • Required forms and documents will be sent to you electronically two days prior to your scheduled appointment via our new patient app, Touch MD. Touch MD will allow you to receive, review and sign documents directly from your personal cell phone.
  • One hour prior to your appointment, we will send you the Covid-19 Wellness Screening document to be completed via Touch MD. This must be completed prior to entering the building.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you park and remain in your car. Please send us a text message or call to let us know that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • When your provider is ready for your treatment, she will call or text you to let you know you may proceed to our vestibule.
  • Please leave your coat and personal belongings in your car.
  • Please do not bring along family or friends, unless you require physical assistance. They will not be allowed entry to the building.
  • Please wear your mask prior to entering the building and throughout your appointment. Should your mask need to be removed for treatment, your provider will let you know when to safely remove it.
  • Your provider will greet you at the door and will take a no contact temperature reading. *Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the building and their appointment will be rescheduled a minimum of 14 days later.
  • You will be escorted immediately to a treatment room. Our waiting room will not be open during this time.
  • After your procedure or treatment the provider will collect payment via our secure payment system with the information you provided at booking.
  • Your provider will book a virtual follow up appointment with you, if necessary, and will escort you to the exit.

 

We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!

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