Ultherapy is the first and only FDA cleared procedure to lift and tighten the loose skin of the face and neck naturally without surgery or downtime. It uses time-tested ultrasound technology to deliver ultrasound energy to the tissues of the face and neck to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Collagen is the protein that gives the skin its youthful appearance. Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but as we age, collagen production decreases significantly causing the skin to lose its firm and youthful appearance.
The procedure incorporates traditional ultrasound imaging to visualize the tissues being treated, ensuring the energy is being delivered to the deep layers for maximal tightening. It can target same tissue layer used for lifting in the surgical facelift. While this procedure doesn’t produce the same results as with a surgical facelift, it is a great option for those who want to lift and tighten their face and neck without any surgery or downtime.
Ultherapy uses a smooth applicator placed on the skin to deliver bursts of ultrasound energy to the tissues below the skin using ultrasound for visualization. The energy stimulates production of new collagen, which lifts and tightens the skin over time. Ultherapy differs from the lasers in its ability to treat deep layers below the skin. It can reach the same tissue layers lifted during the surgical facelift to produce the ultimate non-surgical lift.
A good candidate for Ultherapy has mild to moderate skin laxity on his or her face and neck, which may look like lowered eyebrows, sagging eye lid skin, appearance of jowls, loose skin under the chin and on the neck.
While patients with advanced tissue laxity may benefit from a facelift, Ultherapy is a good alternative for those patients who want to get some tightening and lifting, but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially.
It is also a good option for patients in their 20s or 30s who want to stay ahead of the aging process and prevent loss of collagen. Ultherapy is also used to maintain results of a surgical facelift.
There is no downtime after Ultherapy treatment and patients may return to their normal activities. Immediately after Ulthaerapy treatment patients may observe a lifting and tightening of the skin, which goes away after a few days. The long-term results due to increased collagen production build over 2-3 months and may continue for up to 1 year after the procedure.