What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical
face and neck treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose
skin without any downtime. Ultherapy delivers heat below the surface of
the skin to stimulate the body's natural renewal of existing collagen
and creation of new collagen. This results in a toning and actual lift
of the skin over time.
What is unique about the Ultherapy procedure?
Ultherapy is the only treatment that can specifically target the deep
foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without
cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. It is also the only
procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the
layers of tissue we target during treatment and ensure the energy is
delivered precisely to where it will be most effective.
How is Ultherapy different from lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin
(e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the
deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery
that lift and lends support to the skin; therefore, the two
technologies are quite compatible!
Is Ultherapy safe?
The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in
clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been
performed worldwide without any significant adverse events. In addition,
ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of
medicine for more than 50 years.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has "relaxed"
to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered brow
line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first
sign of "maturing" skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older
who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is
not a replacement for surgery, there are many people who want some
lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially, or
logistically. There are also younger people who want to "stay ahead of
the game" as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic
How quickly will I see results with Ultherapy?
Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and
toning will take place over two to three months, as tired collagen is
renewed and replaced with new, stronger collagen. As this
collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up
to six months following a procedure.
How long does the Ultherapy treatment take?
A full face-and-neck treatment takes 45 - 60 minutes, and a partial face
treatment can take around 30 minutes - neither with any downtime.
Is the Ultherapy treatment painful?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some
discomfort while the energy is being delivered. This is temporary and a
positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.
We will be sure to consult with you prior to your treatment to make your
experience as pleasant as possible. Patients typically leave
comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!
Will I need more than one treatment?
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may
benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they
have and their body's own biological response to the ultrasound and
collagen rebuilding process).
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the
treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling,
tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in
nature. There is always the possibility for other less common
post-procedural effects, which your practitioner will review with you.