What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical medical procedure with little downtime that uses ultrasound to tighten tissue.
What areas of the body can Ultherapy be used on?
According to the manufacturer’s website, “Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. ”
Ultherapy is also FDA approved to help improve lines on the upper chest known and décolletage.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy relies on ultrasound therapy to deliver energy to the skin which damages the skin.
The damaged tissue will stimulate collagen production, the end result will be tighter skin.
When will results be seen with Ultherapy?
The results of ultherapy are not instantaneous, it will take a few weeks to see results.
Optimal results are seen after 12 weeks.
What is the difference between Ultherapy and lasers?
Lasers use light energy whereas Ultherapy uses sound energy.
How long does Ultherapy take?
The procedure takes about an hour depending on what areas are being performed.
What are some of the contraindications of Ultherapy?
- Treatment with Ultherapy should be avoided in patients who have open wounds in the treatment area or who have an implanted device such as pacemaker or defibrillator.
- Ultherapy has not been studied in those patients who have breast implants, are pregnant or breastfeeding, on anticoagulation or those who have had fillers such as Juvederm.
- No permanent nerve injuries have been reported.
- The manufacturer does report that scarring can occur if the machine is not properly used.
More Before and after Ultherapy treatments on the manufacturer’s website
Benefits of Ultherapy
The benefits of Ultherapy is that it is non-invasive.
Ensure that you seek out a board certified plastic surgeon who is part of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Plastic surgeons can also perform a facelift if needed.
You may not want a facelift but if you are not a candidate for Ultherapy then this procedure may be a waste of your money.
Depending on how much excess skin you have, you may benefit more from a facelift.
Someone who is not a surgeon may sway you towards a non-surgical treatment even though it may not be in your best interest.