The Ultraformer MPT or version 4 replaces the old Ultraformer 3. This device provides skin tightening & lifting by treating the deeper layers of skin using the very latest ultrasound technology.
- This device is the latest HIFU for 2024, replacing Ultherapy & Ultraformer 3
- Ultraformer MPT provides skin tightening of the face, neck & decolletage
- Treatments are more comfortable than the previous models
- Treatment are nearly 3 times faster than Ultherapy
- Results are more predictable with this latest technology
- We offer this treatment in Sydney
What can Ultraformer MPT do for your skin?
Ultraformer MPT Version 4 is the very latest ultrasound technology designed to lift & contour the face & neck. It provides non-surgical skin tightening to help reduce skin laxity & wrinkles.
Who is a candidate for Ultraformer treatment?
Selecting the correct patient is paramount for results. Candidates for Ultraformer include-
- Mild to mild-moderate skin laxity
- Moderate thickness dermis & subcutaneous fat layer
- Mild to moderate jowls & lower face laxity
- Little to no sun damage
Note: Ultraformer MPT Version 4 is only offered in Sydney. Contact the clinic for an appointment.
Who are not suitable candidates for Ultraformer or HIFU treatment?
This is what marketing doesn’t tell you. Only 50-70% of candidates are suitable for Ultraformer – Ultherapy treatment. Unsuitable candidates include-
- Patients with thin skin (dermis, fat layer or both)
- Patients with super heavy skin (really thick fat layer)
- Those with excessive sun damage; repair collagen before trying to contract it
- Those with moderate to severe skin laxity (surgery gives the most predictable results)
- Patients with low facial volume
With careful assessment, my team in Brisbane & Sydney can provide you with the best possible treatments to ensure you meet your goals.
What is our most frequent application for Ultraformer?
Facial contouring of the superficial jowl pads as well as the nasolabial fat pads, followed by jawline contouring. We use Ultraformer to destroy unwanted fat in key areas such as the jowls, nasolabial folds & under the chin.
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How long does it take to perform?
Ultraformer takes only 2 to 25 minutes to perform, depending on the targeted area. It is 2.5 times faster than Ultherapy & more comfortable.
How many sessions will I require?
1-3 sessions, depending on the concern.
1 session for mild skin laxity, whilst 2-3 sessions are advisable for facial contouring & fat destruction.
Does it hurt?
The Ultraformer MPT is by far the most comfortable HIFU device on the market, far more comfortable than the previous model & Ultherapy. For super sensitive patients, we offer nitrous laughing gas.
What can HIFU do for under-chin fat?
Ultraformer & HIFU can target double chins by destroying fat & tightening the fibroseptal network. The ideal patient should have-
- Stable body weight
- Low to medium volume of under chin fat
- Mild to moderate skin laxity
- 2-3 sessions for optional results
What is the difference between Ultraformer MPT & Ultherapy?
Both devices use ultrasound energy to lift, tighten & rejuvenate the skin. Ultherapy has an ultrasound guide (for depth reading, however this is rarely used). Ultraformer MPT has-
- Faster treatment times
- Micropulsed technology for better results
- Linear coagulation zones
Ultherapy is approximately 10 years old, Ultraformer 3 is 6 years old, Ultraformer MPT is new for 2024.
When will I see the results from facial contouring?
Dr Van Park & I employ HIFU – Ultraformer MPT & Ultherapy to precisely target fat pads of the face, including jowls & nasolabial pads. Results can be seen in 2 weeks, however it will take 3-5 months for best results. Most patients will require 2-3 sessions for maximal benefits.
Not everyone is a candidate for facial contouring, dermal thickness & subcutaneous fat must be of appropriate depth. This treatment is often combined with lower face injectables for best outcomes.
What is the difference between Ultraformer MPT & Ultraformer III (3)?
The MPT stands for micro pulse technology which is the latest Ultraformer model. MPT delivers superimposed energy 25 times finer than the previous model. The Ultraformer 3 is just over 6 years old.
Not only is the MPT better at delivering energy, it is nearly 3 times faster than the older Ultraformer 3, and hurts less.
What do we combine Ultraformer MPT with?
The two main treatments that I combine HIFU with are-
- Lower face anti-wrinkle injections. These injections reduce the pull of muscles of the lower face, in turn amplifying the results of Ultraformer. Injections can be performed on the day of treatment.
- Collagen stimulating injectables. This group of injectables are designed to provide additional collagen in the deeper layers of skin to help reduce facial wrinkles, laxity & provide a non-surgical face lifting option in select patients. The type of injectable depends on facial volume, age, skin quality (measure of dermal collagen), skin hydration & turgor. Dr Van Park & I employ injectables that include hybrid complex hyaluronic acids, PLLA, CAH, polycaprolactone & polynucleotides. We tailor dilution ratios based upon clinical features.
Note: Ultraformer MPT Version 4 is only offered in Sydney. Contact the clinic for an appointment.
What are other methods to tighten skin & reduce laxity?
Finding the correct treatment for your concerns is paramount for safe & effective outcomes. The skin tightening algorithm is supercomplex with many other treatments available. Here are some of the other methods my team & I employ to treat laxity & tighten skin.
- Collagen stimulation with biostimulant injectables
- RF microneedling using devices such as Genius RF, Potenza, Morpheus8, Secret RF
- Fractional CO2 lasers
- Thread lifts
- Dermal fillers
- Deep peels
- NuEra, TempSure, & Pelleve
- DMS muscle stimulation, TriLift
What are the potential side effects of HIFU & Ultraformer?
Given correct patient selection, side effects are rare. Common ones include bruising, swelling, & prolonged redness. Uncommon side effects include nerve pain & fat loss. More on the latter below.
Can HIFU cause fat loss?
Yes, this is why we use Ultraformer & Ultherapy- to target superficial fat for contouring. Despite denial from companies over the years, fat loss is an expected outcome & is the desired outcome when HIFU is employed for facial contouring (as opposed to skin tightening).
Goto pubmed.com, search HIFU or high intensity focused ultrasound and fat atrophy & you will find lots of publications regarding this energy device & fat loss.
Fat loss depends on several factors including-
- Treatment area (most commonly superficial fat pads)
- Depth (greater than 1.5 to 1.8 mm)
- Energy levels
- Stacking or overlaps
- Facial anatomy, dermal thickness & fat pad thickness
How often can HIFU or Ultraformer be done?
Whilst there are no specific guidelines, here are my thoughts-
For patients with normal (to low) facial volume, this treatment should be limited to a few sessions every 5 to 10 years. I space mine 7 to 8 years apart.
Conversely for those with high facial volume, including jowls, 2-4 sessions can be conducted within 12 to 18 months as the primary indication is facial contouring, namely destruction of superficial fat pads (plus collateral skin tightening).
What are the chances of getting a good result with Ultraformer or Ultherapy?
Ignore the marketing jargon for the next few minutes. Let us look at the evidence as to the chances of you responding to this treatment. This ranges from-
- Highest satisfaction rate: 81.3%
- Lowest patient satisfaction rate: 51.2%
These studies were conducted as monotherapy (HIFU only, using a variety of ultrasound devices. The 81.3% as a subjective measure of improvement with the Ultherapy device (this, I suspect was a marketing move).
By careful profiling of patients (age, skin condition, dermal thickness, fat thickness, quality of collagen, degree of laxity), we can get real world responses of 70-80%. With combination treatments such as lower face neurotoxin & collagen stimulating injectables, this can nudge 80-85%.
Can under chin fat be treated with Ultraformer MPT?
Ultrasound can treat double chins by selectively destroying fat & provide tightening of the skin under the chin. Depending on the amount of fat & laxity 2-3 sessions are required.
I much prefer this treatment over deoxycholic acid (Kybella) as HIFU has no downtime, hurts less & provides superior skin tightening. HIFU is often combined with dermal fillers in the jawline to provide better jawline definition & side profiles.
What are other areas that can respond to ultrasound skin tightening?
Ultraformer MPT can also address skin tightening on the neck, chest & decolletage areas.
Depending on the skin quality, we may combine collagen stimulation dermal fillers, skin boosters or fractional lasers in addition to ultrasound.
When are lasers indicated over HIFU?
Lasers are awesome for textural changes including fine lines, pigmentation, blotchy skin & sun damage. Lasers deliver light energy to the upper layers of skin. Conversely ultrasound energy is delivered to the deeper layers of skin, sparing the upper levels.
Superficial skin concerns are best addressed with lasers.
Deeper skin concerns such as laxity & jowls are best addressed with ultrasound.
What about RF microneedling & HIFU; how to choose?
HIFU using the Ultraformer MPT is more powerful than Morpheus8 RFM. RFM (Radiofrequency microneedling) uses radio wave energy whilst Ultraformer uses ultrasound technology. RFM microneedles break the skin’s surface, whilst Ultraformer MPT does not break the skin’s barrier. This results in faster recovery times & less swelling with Ultraformer MPT as compared to RFM.
What about Thermage vs Ultraformer MPT?
Thermage uses RF or radiofrequency to heat up the skin &, if you are lucky, provide skin tightening. I did use Thermage for 4 years, but I found the results unpredictable & super expensive (mainly due to the consumable costs). Ultraformer MPT & Ultherapy, in my opinion, are much better treatments.
What is the difference between Softwave & Ultraformer MPT?
Softwave is another form of ultrasound, however the depth of penetration is only 1.5 mm. The skin tightening provided by Softwave is less effective (from a depth perspective) as compared to Ultraformer.
What skin care is paired with Ultraformer MPT treatments?
A curated anti-aging skin care routine that pairs well with skin tightening devices & injectables include-
AM: Antioxidant mix of ascorbic, ferulic acids & tocopherol. SPF 50+
PM: Retinol + pulsed tretinoin twice a week
For more information on our curated range, book an appointment with Louise at Dr Van Park’s practice in Sydney.
Does Ultraformer replace a face lift?
No. A deep plane facelift is the treatment of choice for moderate to severe skin laxity in all skin types. Ultraformer MPT, laser resurfacing, RFM, threads & collagen stimulating injectables are indicated for mild to moderate skin laxity.
Is the Ultraformer III (Version 3) outdated?
Ultrformer III is over 7 years old, MPT is the latest version. Though Ultraformer III is still effective, the MPT has the following advantages-
- More effective than Ultraformer III in fat destruction
- Faster treatment time
- Less pain
- Better skin texture & skin quality improvements
How do I make a booking for Ultraformer MPT in Sydney?
We have upgraded our old Ultraformer III with the MPT in Sydney. To see if this treatment is right for you, call Dr Van Park’s clinic & make a booking with our dermal therapist, Louise.
For injectables, book a consultation with Dr Kate Gerathy.
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