Ultherapy is a cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasonic power to gradually lift and tighten the skin — without surgery. There’s little to no downtime.
Ultherapy treats the deep layers of skin tissue without affecting the skin’s surface.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive FDA-cleared procedure to lift the skin on the neck, under the chin, and on the eyebrows. It is also FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
Ultherapy relies on ultrasound therapy to deliver collagen-boosting effects. It also includes traditional ultrasound imaging, which allows us to see the layers of tissue we are treating, ensuring that the treatment energy is delivered where it is most beneficial.
Ultherapy focuses ultrasound waves into the same deep layer that plastic surgeons work on in a facelift.
Ultherapy® stimulates the production of collagen by delivering concentrated ultrasound energy to the base layer of the skin that is typically treated in cosmetic surgery — without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Unlike lasers, radiofrequency, surgery and other technologies, Ultherapy’s non-surgical ultrasound bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver a controlled amount of ultrasound energy to a specific depth and temperature.
This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, which begins a regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen.
Generally, patients see some skin-tightenting effect right after their procedure, but the actual results appear over a course of 2−3 months. This happens as new collagen is produced to lift and tighten the skin on the neck, chin and brows.
While Ultherapy will not duplicate the results of a surgical facelift, it is a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those who are not ready for surgery— and may even be an option for patients who wish to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
To know whether the treatment is suitable for you and meets your aethetic goals, though, you would need to talk your doctor.
While patients tend to see results right after their first Ultherapy treatment, this may vary depending on their skin type and condition. Below is a general outline of what you can expect for the treatment.
First, the doctor will speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. During this session, the doctor will address your concerns, assess your skin and determine if you are a candidate for the treatment.
Once you’re booked for your Ultherapy® procedure, there isn’t any special preparations or skincare regimens to follow before treatment.
To enhance your comfort, our doctor may recommend that you take an over-the-counter or prescribe you with pain medication before the treatment.
After the skin has been cleansed and the specific areas to be treated have been identified, the doctor will apply the ultrasound gel and place the smooth treatment applicator against your skin.
First, the doctor will use ultrasound imaging to see deep inside your skin to determine the optimal location of the treatment energy. Then, concentrated ultrasound energy is delivered below the surface of the skin to the desired depth and location.
During the treatment, you can feel tiny amounts of energy being released at specific depths of your skin. This signals that the collagen-building cycle has been initiated.
The level of comfort can vary from person to person, but the feeling typically only lasts while the energy is being transmitted.
The length of your treatment will depend on the region being treated. A treatment of the face* and neck usually take 60-90 minutes, while the chest area takes approximately 30 minutes.
*Face refers to the treatment of two or more of the FDA-cleared areas of the neck, brow, and under the chin.
There’s little to no downtime with Ultherapy! Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements.
The skin may appear flushed at first, but the redness is expected to disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but they are usually mild and temporary in nature.
Other, less common post-procedural effects may include transient swelling or numbness in small areas of the body. As with any medical procedure, there is a possibility of other rare effects that the doctor will go over with you.
It is important to speak to your doctor to fully understand your procedure and how suitable it is for you.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure cleared by the FDA for lifting skin on the neck, chin, and brow, and improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound waves to lift and tighten loose skin over time, without any downtime.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses intense ultrasound to promote the formation of new collagen deep below the surface of the skin. The production of new collagen takes time, so results become more obvious over two to three months, or even up to six months.
The treatment takes between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area being treated and there is no downtime afterwards. It is also uses ultrasound imaging that allows doctors to actually see the targeted tissue layers during treatment and to ensure that the energy is deposited precisely where it is most beneficial.
Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but does not duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. However, Ultherapy may also be used as an alternative treatment of choice, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients seeking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Ultherapy uses sound energy, which has properties that allow it to penetrate the surface of the skin in order to treat depths not currently matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device.
Ultrasound induces the synthesis of collagen in the base of the skin, resulting in a clinically significant lifting of skin tissue over two to three months. Some lasers rely on light energy that can not reach deeper layers of the skin. In general, laser treatments also only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-clear to lift the skin.
Since the procedure stimulates the production of a person’s own collagen, how long it lasts depends on the individual.
The procedure produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural ageing cycle determines how long results stay visible on the outside. Future touch-up procedures can help to provide more control over the ageing process, which varies depending on the patient.
Once ultrasound energy is administered, you will feel small amounts of energy are deposited at specific depths underneath the skin, stimulating the collagen-building process. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the energy of the ultrasound is delivered.
There may be a slight redness that usually resolves within a few hours of treatment. Some patients may have mild swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but they are mild and temporary in nature.
There is no downtime with Ultherapy. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any post-treatment measures.
The rates for treatment with Ultherapy ® can vary depending on the areas being treated. Treatment will be personalised to meet the needs of each patient, and precise pricing can be discussed during consultation. We price these by:
Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
Most patients need only one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much skin laxity they have and the body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process.
Collagen is a protein produced by the body that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. When we age, collagen breaks down, resulting in a loss of skin strength and elasticity.
Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound to create a thermal effect under the skin. This essentially jump-starts a process that produces fresh, new collagen.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with a certain degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling less tight. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals that you may be a suitable candidate.
Typically, those in their 30s or older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facial lift, there are people who want some facial lift but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially.
There are also younger people who believe in preventive care, as well as patients who want an aesthetic maintenance alternative.
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