Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. Stimulation of collagen production allows for the natural lifting and tightening of the skin on the face and neck areas.
During treatment, the underlying tissue is gently heated, triggering the body’s natural production of collagen without damaging the upper layers of skin. Ultrasound imaging allows us to actually see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment, ensuring the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective. Ultherapy is the only treatment available that utilises this technology.
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year's time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
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.
The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
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 the collagen-building process.
A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of 'maturing' skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to â€œstay ahead of the gameâ€ as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.