Age may bring wisdom, but it also causes the flesh on the forehead, cheeks, jawline and neck to loosen and slump. Hence, Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a non-invasive device that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift the face and neck.
During treatment, the Ultherapy hand piece heats the underlying tissues of the skin to promote collagen growth, while leaving the surface unaffected. The amplification of collagen both lifts and tightens the treated area.
Ultrasound is sonic energy that is above the hearing limits of humans (though it can be heard by some animals, like dogs and cats). The vibrations caused by ultrasound can be used to clean teeth, create internal images of the body, and, in the case of Ultherapy, deliver energy into deep skin tissue for cosmetic purposes.
One main advantage of Ultherapy is how accurately it targets energy. Over 95 percent of the ultrasound heat goes to the intended spot, leaving a mere five percent to go above and beyond the intended treatment site. That means that people of any skin shade, from Fitzpatrick I through VI, can use Ultherapy without the risk of hyperpigmentation.
What It's Good For
Ultherapy treatments are applied to skin on the face and neck. It is particularly useful for the forehead, jawline, cheeks, jowls and neck.
The primary goal of Ultherapy is to lift the skin and firm the flesh by stimulating collagen production, but a secondary benefit is the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Who it works for: The ideal candidate for Ultherapy has mild to moderate sagging in the face. (It's a good first step before considering a facelift, for instance.)
The Ultherapy device does not damage the surface of the skin, making it a good treatment for patients of all Fitzpatrick skin types, from porcelain to ebony.
Recommended age range: Patients older than 65 should speak with a physician to determine whether Ultherapy will work on their skin. The older the person, the less able the body is to manufacture collagen. Surgery may be required.
When will I see results?: Patients usually notice their skin tightening immediately after a treatment. The effects continue for three to four months following the Ultherapy session as collagen is laid down, thus lifting and tightening the skin.
How long it lasts: Results of Ultherapy last about one year or even longer, though this depends on the condition of your skin because your skin will continue to age. Subsequent treatments may be needed annually to maintain results.
Key benefits of Ultherapy: In the right candidate, Ultherapy can firm and lift the face without the pain and expense of surgery.
Licensed uses: Ultherapy is FDA approved for building collagen under the skin to lift facial tissues. Ultherapy was cleared for this purpose in 2009.