At A Glance Ultherapy
- Best Results1-2 sessions
- Treatment RecoveryImmediate
- Procedure Time40 minutes
- Skin SpecialistNurse, therapist
- Duration of ResultsVariable
- AnaestheticNumbing, Gas
- Back to WorkImmediate
Ultherapy – non surgical skin tightening
Ultherapy – Ulthera is a non-surgical skin tightening & lifting procedure that uses high-intensity ultrasound. This energy heats the deeper layers of the skin producing contraction & production of collagen. This results in skin tightening & lifting of the lower face, jowls, neck & upper lids. This is a no downtime treatment that takes 40 to 60 minutes to perform. The majority of patients require only one session.
FactsFacts on Ultherapy Treatments
- Ultherapy is the leading non-surgical face & neck lifting treatment in the United States
- Ultherapy delivers ultrasound to provide controlled heating to the deep layers under your skin
- Controlled heating contracts fibers and ligaments- this gives lift
- This treatment can improve skin laxity and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, & neck, giving a natural non-surgical facelift
- Therapy can be combined with lasers, threads, & fillers for optimal results
Who is an ideal candidate for Ultherapy?
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The ideal candidate are those with mild to moderate skin laxity age range late 20s to mid-50s with mild sun damage & a medium to the thick dermal layer.
Where can Ultherapy be used?
Therapy treatments can tighten loose skin on the face, neck, sagging skin under the chin and soften lines and wrinkles on the chest.
Therapy treatments can produce a non-surgical brow lift in patients with mild to moderate skin laxity. Therapy is also a great treatment for adults that are just beginning to see the signs of aging including face, forehead, and neck skin laxity.
Is Ultherapy painful?
With correct pain relief this procedure is well tolerated. Patients feel warmth on their skin though out the treatment.
For larger areas, we often prescribe Entonox (laughing gas) as this makes the treatments more comfortable.
How long is the Ultherapy procedure?
Ultherapy takes between 30 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the areas treated. Some patients may only need a small area treated, whilst others will benefit from an Ultherapy neck and face-lift in the same session.
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How is Ultherapy performed?
The procedure is performed using an ultrasound to first determine the patient’s facial anatomy. Once visualized on the screen, the ultrasound is precisely delivered to the layers of concern.
When will I see the results from Ultherapy?
Full results are visible after 3-6 months. Most patients require only one procedure. Treatment plans are individualized depending on each patient’s skin laxity and treatment goals.
Most of my patients will benefit from combination therapy of Ultherapy & procedures such as laser resurfacing, thread lifts & dermal fillers. Remember it is the balance of skin texture, tone and volume that gives the best and most natural results. In Brisbane, the majority of my patients will also have some degree of sun damage and pigmentation, and hence lasers such as Pico or Fraxel in combination with Ultherapy will deliver optimal outcomes.
Volume replacement can only be achieved with dermal fillers or autologous fat transfer.
What is the science behind Ultherapy?
Ultherapy can target three different depths: the dermis (deeper skin), fat + connective tissue (fibro-septal network) as well as the layer just above the muscle known as the SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System).
The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is located below the fat and consists of a fibrous envelope that surrounds the muscles of the face. The SMAS is made up of collagen, elastic fibers, muscle fibers and fat cells.
Ultherapy produces High Intensity Focus Ultrasound or HIFU. This energy precisely heats the tissue to 67 degrees centigrade, which is the optimal temperature for contraction and denaturation of collagen. Other non-invasive devices like, Thermage, are radiofrequency devices which only heat the tissues to 40-50 degrees, which is suboptimal for the stimulation and contraction of collagen.
The results from an Ultherapy treatment work in a two-step process. The first stage is the contraction and denaturing of collagen, which causes an immediate tissue tightening, and resultant lift.
The second stage occurs over time while the body’s healing response builds new collagen (neocollagenesis). New collagen production is generated over 2-3 months and often continues for 6 months after the treatment.
Can Ultherapy be combined with other treatments?
Absolutely. In fact, due to the extreme UV exposure in Brisbane, over half of my Ultherapy patients undertake laser at the same time. Remember, Ultherapy treats under the skin’s surface to tighten and lift. Lasers treat the upper layers of the skin to improve texture, namely pigmentation, open pores, lines and wrinkles.
Some of my favourite combinations include –
- Ultherapy & Fraxel 1927- best for skin laxity and moderate sun damage
- Ultherapy and CO2- best of skin laxity, wrinkles and sun damage
- Ultherapy & BBL or IPL- best for skin laxity and pigmentation
- Ultherapy and Pico laser resurfacing- best for skin laxity and pigmentation in Ethnic skin types
Can all skin types and races be treated with Ultherapy?
Yes. Ultherapy is colour blind as it is not a laser. This means all skin types can be treated- from Caucasian skin to Ethnic and Asian skin types.
What are the possible side effects following Ultherapy?
Temporary side effects of Ultherapy are flushed skin, mild swelling, tingling and tenderness. This subsides over 24-36 hours at most. Mild bruising and numbness are rare side effects.
I do not use this device in patients of low facial fat & or a thin dermis. This is because contraction of collagen & the fibro-fat layer can result in a more ‘volume depleted’ & gaunt look. For this subgroup one has to be very careful with non-surgical energy devices. Volume correction is advocated with this phenotype.
How to maximise and maintain treatment results?
To maximize the positive inflammatory response created by Ultherapy, patients to avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as Brufen and, Naproxen for 2 weeks following the procedure. This inflammatory response is beneficial to allow your body to stimulate collagen fiber formation and modeling.
Collagen stimulating fillers & monofilament MINT threads can be employed prior to, or after Ultherapy for maximal collagen stimulation.
How much does Ultherapy cost?
Cost will depend on the areas treated and if other lasers are used with Ultherapy. Treatments start from $ 990.
How do I make a booking for Ultherapy treatment?
Patient selection is critical for the very best outcomes with this device. This means a detailed examination is required to see if you are a good candidate for non-surgical face and neck lifting.
Davin’s viewpoint on Ultherapy
Remember it is the combination of balanced texture, tone and volume that gives the most beautiful and natural results. Ultherapy provides improved skin tone to lift saggy skin, heavy eyelids, and jowls.The best results following Ultherapy is dependent on 2 main factors- patient selection and treatment methods.
Firstly, the ideal patient should have mild to moderate laxity in areas such as the lower face, eyelids, and/or neck areas. For patients with marked laxity- my treatment of choice is a mini-s –face lift, as Ultherapy limitations on what it can achieve. The most important factor is how this procedure is performed. This determines the results.
In Brisbane, with significant background sun damage, over half my Ultherapy cases are performed with laser therapy during the same procedure. Remember, Ultherapy tightens the skin, whilst lasers treat the palate of the skin, removing sun damage and fine wrinkles.
If you are volume depleted or if you have a thin dermal layer, this treatment is not for you. You will achieve better results with dermal fillers, fat transfer & or monofilament thread lifting.
Combination treatments gives the best outcomes.
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