A non-surgical, non-invasive facelift
Ulthera is a non-surgical, non-invasive rejuvenation procedure for the face, neck and chest, that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin.
The Ulthera device uses ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin, including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift, without disturbing the surface of the skin. Ultherapy treatment also stimulates the creation of new collagen, which further helps the skin maintain its youthfulness.
The beauty of Ultherapy is that it is a 30 to 60 minute procedure that uses the body’s own subtle healing response to gently, gradually restore memory to the skin and its underlying tissue. Ultherapy requires no special recuperation or preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen.
While ultrasound does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery. Ultherapy offers a ‘no downtime’ approach to improving lax skin in a meaningful way.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically. There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
These photos have been supplied from Ulthera. All photographs represent one person’s experience and this may vary for each patient.
Benefits of the procedure
- Only 1 x treatment is required
- The patient is awake during treatment
- Makeup can generally be worn immediately and you can generally return to work that day
- Results will occur over the next three months with gradual tightening
- Natural result
- Low risk
1. Skin lifting
- Smoother brow
- Tighter skin around eyes
- Less eyelid hooding / more lid showing
- Lifting of cheek tissue for overall rounding effect to lower 2/3 of face
- Reduction in folds /lines between nose and corner of mouth
- Sleeker, more defined jawline
- Jowls reduced
- Cheeks less sunken, more volume
- Corners of mouth turned up
2. Skin Feels
- Tighter, “better-fitting” skin
- Softer, more resilient
- Reduction of crepe like texture
- Smaller pores
4. Skin Colour
- More even tone
- Reduction of small blood vessels and general redness
Patients commonly choose to have the cheeks and lower face treated in order to obtain lifting of the whole area. The neck and the forehead can also be treated. Ultherapy can be combined with many other procedures such as fillers and muscle relaxants.
Ultherapy should not be used over a dermal filler and therefore it is important that there is good timing with other treatments. There may be some pain and tenderness during treatment. The Ultherapy should also not be used over any facial implants.
As the treatment is non-surgical no promises can be made as to the extent of lift or final result. This is because all patients react differently to such therapies. Burning or scarring has not been seen however some patients do find the treatment tender and even painful.
Ultherapy is an “uplift” not a “face lift.” While it is not a replacement for surgery, it is a viable option for those not ready for a face lift or those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Ultherapy addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complementary!
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
A full face treatment takes 45-60 minutes, and a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 30 minutes—neither with any downtime.
Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure.
Ultherapy is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.
The procedure has been demonstrated safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
• No. Unlike a face lift, Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it, but doesn’t entail cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.
Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift and tone loose or sagging skin without any downtime.
Ultherapy uses tried-and-true ultrasound technology, which has received FDA clearance for use in this new type of medical procedure.
Ultherapy addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, Ultherapy will lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look overall.
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process).