Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is a safe, non-surgical Micro-focused Ultrasound skin lifting treatment. Ultherapy® uses the body’s regenerative response to stimulate the production of new collagen for a natural and gradual lifting of the skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, as well as smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
What is unique about Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® is the only U.S. FDA-cleared1-3 non-invasive ultrasound skin-lifting treatment with real-time visualisation. It enables aesthetic physicians to hyper-personalise the lift to each patient based on a See, Plan & Treat (S.P.T.) treatment plan by seeing deep within the skin layers, planning the treatment to patients’ specific needs and treating with precision4 by sending the right amount of energy at the right temperature to right depths.
Can Ultherapy® replace a facelift?
Ultherapy® treats the deep foundational layer of the skin – the SMAS – that is addressed in facelift surgery but does not duplicate its results. Ultherapy®, however, is a great alternative for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Is Ultherapy® compatible with laser treatments?
Ultherapy® uses Micro-focused Ultrasound imaging which allows aesthetic physicians to see deep below the skin’s surface and ensure the energy is precisely4 deposited to where it will best stimulate the formation of new collagen. The procedure has minimal to no downtime 5.
Laser treatments are not FDA-cleared to lift the skin and typically only treat superficial skin as lasers rely on light energy that is unable to reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature. The procedure often results in downtime.
Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they are actually very compatible.
How does Ultherapy® stimulate the creation of collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity. Ultherapy® uses Micro-focused Ultrasound energy to generate a thermal effect under the skin. The thermal effect essentially jump-starts your body’s own process that produces fresh, new collagen6,7.
How long does an Ultherapy® treatment take?
The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.
Will I need to take time off?
With Ultherapy®, there is minimal to no downtime5. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.
How does it feel like to undergo an Ultherapy® treatment?
As Micro-focused Ultrasound energy is being delivered, you will feel a heating sensation under your skin, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while Micro-focused Ultrasound energy
is being delivered.
When will I see results? How long do they last?
Immediately after your Ultherapy® Treatment, you may see some initial effects. But the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. While the treatment produces new collagen on the inside, your natural ageing process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.
How many Ultherapy® treatments will I need?
Most patients only need one treatment. However, depending on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to Micro-focused Ultrasound energy and your body’s collagen-building process, some patients might benefit from additional treatments. As your skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help you keep pace with your body’s natural ageing process.
Are there any side effects?
The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients may experience slight swelling, tingling sensation or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary by nature. Other less common post-procedural side effects include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your aesthetic physician will review with you. Click here for full product and safety information.
Is Ultherapy® safe?
The U.S. FDA-cleared1-3 Ultherapy® procedure has been used safely in over 2 million treatments worldwide8. Ultrasound energy has been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years. In addition, every Ultherapy® aesthetic physician receives extensive procedural training, so you can feel confident in choosing a provider listed on the Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider Locator.
How much does an Ultherapy® procedure cost?
The cost of an Ultherapy® treatment varies depending upon the area being treated and factors such as geographical location and individual physician practices. Since the treatment is personalised based on your facial anatomy, it is best to consult a qualified aesthetic physician to get the most accurate quote. Please use the Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider Locator to find and connect with one near you.
What makes an ideal Ultherapy® candidate?
A good Ultherapy® candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you are the right candidate for Ultherapy® is to consult with an aesthetic physician. You can easily connect with a nearby aesthetic physician by using our Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider Locator.
Where can I get an authentic Ultherapy® treatment?
Ultherapy® is offered by thousands of cosmetic medical practices around the world. Click on our Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider Locator to find and connect with one near you.
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