The only US FDA-approved device for non-invasive lifting of the face, non–surgical Ulthera or Ultherapy® combines ultrasound and real-time imaging of facial tissues. This allows doctors to visualise and accurately target layers supporting facial skin. It works with the body’s innate healing response to gently and progressively lift skin. Ultrasound has been used in medicine for more than 50 years, and Ultherapy® has been proven effective in clinical research and in over a million treatments around the globe.
How it works
The smooth Ulthera ultrasound applicator is placed on the face, allowing doctors to clearly see the layers of skin and its underlying support. Collagen production is stimulated via the transmission of ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundation layer without making incisions or disturbing the skin. Compared to laser, radio frequency, surgery and other methods, Ulthera goes past the skin’s surface to supply the precise amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths and temperatures. This kicks off a natural response under the skin and initiates the regenerative process that yields fresh, new collagen.
Over the following weeks, new collagen formed in the treated areas results in a dramatic lifting, tightening and contouring of the skin and its supporting layers. Ultherapy® also combats ageing specifically by reducing laxity and sagging. The new collagen will be lost through the natural ageing process – it will take around two years for a patient to look the same as prior to the treatment.
What it can treat
Ulthera is predominantly used to treat the face and neck regions, although it is also useful for tightening and lifting skin around the arms, legs, tummy and breasts. It is also commonly employed to treat the following cosmetic issues:
- Heavy brows
- Hooded upper eyelids
- Crow’s feet
- Mild eyebags
- Drooping cheeks
- Deep folds around the mouth, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- Turkey (saggy) neck
What to expect
No special preparation or skincare routine is required prior to a procedure, which takes 30–45 minutes to complete. It takes only a single session to produce optimal results. With no downtime, patients can return to work immediately following an Ulthera session.