The aging process causes the body to produce lower levels of collagen, which causes the skin to sag and wrinkles to form. Ultherapy® is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound and the body’s natural healing response to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the face, neck, and chest.
While Ultherapy® is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who wish to address sagging skin but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially, or logistically. Ultherapy® is also used by patients who want to prolong the results of cosmetic surgery.
- Ideal Candidates
- Ultherapy® Treatment
- Recovery and Results
Candidates for Ultherapy® are in good general health, do not smoke, and are experiencing mild to moderate skin laxity. Candidates may be in their thirties or older and wish to address cosmetic concerns, such as:
- Facial skin that has begun to look and feel less firm
- Sagging skin on the eyebrows or eyelids
- Jowls, “turkey neck,” or wrinkles on the décolletage
The Ultherapy® handpiece is passed over the skin and emits ultrasound waves that target the tissues underneath your skin. The ultrasound waves heat the tissues, causing them to contract and stimulating the production of new collagen. The reaction to the low levels of ultrasound heat energy causes the skin to contract immediately. As the new collagen grows, the skin is gradually lifted and tightened.
The procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area.
* Results and patient experience may vary.
Recovery and Results
Patients may experience some slight swelling or redness, but these symptoms should resolve quickly. Results will develop over two to three months. Some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months.
Patients treated with Ultherapy® still have a fresh, youthful appearance one year after their treatment. Ultherapy® cannot stop the natural aging process, but touch-up sessions can help maintain results.
How is Ultherapy® different from other procedures?
Ultherapy® is the only non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to target deep tissues without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Does Ultherapy® hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there may be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This sensation is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. We take measures, including PRO-NOX™ (laughing gas), to make the experience as pleasant as possible, and most patients tell us they leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.
Is treatment with 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 safely worldwide. Ultrasound energy has a proven track record and has been used in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The majority of patients only require one treatment. However, some may benefit from multiple sessions, depending on the extent of skin laxity and their body’s response to the procedure.