EXPERT INSIGHTS

THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUALISATION

“Ultherapy is the only device that has an indication for real-time visualisation with treatment. If we’re not treating a plane that has any collagen in it, then how could we expect a lift? So, the visualisation correlates with the ability to have meaningful results.”

Dr. Sabrina Guillen Fabi, M.D is an internationally recognized leader in cosmetic dermatology and also a double-board certified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon. With Ultherapy®, she has pioneered many of the current applications alongside a combination of other injectables and laser treatments.

THE VALUE OF CUSTOMIZATION

“Not everyone’s skin thickness is the same, not everyone’s facial shape is the same. The space between skin and bone might be different. So, the nice thing is that it’s not a cookie-cutter approach. I can really individualise the treatment.”

Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Vivian Bucay, M.D FAAD serves on the volunteer faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio). She is recognized nationally for her expertise in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation combining the use of neuromodulators, fillers, and energy based devices.

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REAL FAQ

What is Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment. Ultherapy® uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

What is unique about Ultherapy®?

Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the US FDA to actually lift skin. Ultherapy® is also the only cosmetic procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited to where it will be most beneficial.

With the addition of Ultherapy® Décolletage Treatment, Ultherapy® is now also the only non-invasive procedure specifically indicated by the US FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the chest.

Can Ultherapy® replace a face lift?

Ultherapy® treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. Ultherapy® is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

How does Ultherapy® differ from laser treatments?

Ultherapy® uses sound energy – tried-and-true ultrasound – which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Ultherapy® ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months.

Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin. Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually very compatible.

How does Ultherapy® stimulate the creation of collagen?

Ultherapy® deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh and new collagen. Ultherapy® doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins; it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.

How long does an Ultherapy® treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Will I need to take time off?

With Ultherapy®, there is little to no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.

What does the Ultherapy® treatment feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

When will I see results? How long do they last?

After your Ultherapy® Treatment, you may see some initial effect, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

How many Ultherapy® treatments will I need?

Most patients only need one treatment. However, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and your body’s collagen-building process, some patients might benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help you keep pace with your body’s natural aging process.

Are there any side effects?

The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients may experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you.
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Is Ultherapy® safe?

The FDA-cleared Ultherapy® procedure has been used safely in over a million treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy has been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years. In addition, every Ultherapy® practitioner receives extensive procedural training, so you can feel confident in choosing a provider listed on the Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider.

How much does an Ultherapy® procedure cost?

The cost of an Ultherapy® treatment can range depending upon the area being treated and factors such as geographical location and individual physician practices. Since the treatment is so personalized, to get the most accurate price quote, it is best to speak with a nearby practitioner. To find and connect with a nearby practitioner, please use the Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider locator tool.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy®?

A good Ultherapy® candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for Ultherapy® is to consult with a practitioner. You can easily connect with a nearby practitioner by using our Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider locator tool.

Where can I get an authentic Ultherapy® treatment?

Ultherapy® is offered by thousands of cosmetic medical practices around the world. Click on our Certified Ultherapy® Treatment Provider locator tool to find and connect with a practice near you.

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