What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a revolutionary, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that is designed to provide a more youthful appearance by tightening the skin on the face and neck. The procedure works by utilizing ultrasound technology to firm and tighten skin in a way that looks completely natural. The device used works to correct problems deep within the inner layers of the skin without doing any harm to the outer layers.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy works by using the same kind of ultrasound technology that has been used in medical imaging devices for over 50 years. The procedure is done using one small device that takes and projects images of the inner layers of the skin and projects concentrated heat into the areas that require treatment. The heat causes new collagen to be produced, which works to tighten the skin.
What areas of the body does Ultherapy treat?
The Ultherapy procedure can be used to treat the face and upper neck. It may be used in localized sections or on the entire region.
What are the advantages of Ultherapy over other similar treatments?
Thanks to Ultherapy's ultrasound technology, the doctor is able to see deep within the skin prior to administering any heat. This means that the procedure is safer and more precise than other types of skin tightening procedures.
Who is a candidate for Ultherapy?
Most healthy adults with loose or sagging skin that has developed as a result of natural aging are good candidates for Ultherapy.
How is Ultherapy performed?
Ultherapy is performed in a hospital, your doctor's office, or an outpatient basis. There is no need for any type of anesthesia, so you are awake during the procedure. The doctor uses a small handheld device to capture ultrasound images of the inner layers of your skin. Looking at these images, the doctor will determine precisely where collagen production needs to be stimulated. Then, using the same device, the doctor will deliver low levels of concentrated heat directly into the area that requires treatment. The procedure takes roughly thirty minutes, during which time it is common to experience a mild warming or prickling sensation beneath the skin.
What is the recovery like?
Following the Ultherapy procedure, recovery is generally simple. Patients can return to their regular daily activities immediately after the procedure without the need to take any special precautions. Right after the procedure, the skin may be slightly red, but this typically disappears on its own within no more than a couple hours.
What will the results be like?
The vast majority of Ultherapy patients experience noticeable lifting following the procedure. It is also common for patience to report having skin that feels smoother, tighter, and firmer. For some people, the procedure also evens out the skin tone. Most people are able to see or feel some results immediately after the procedure, but it takes roughly two to three months for the entire results to develop, and the results generally last for ten to twelve months before a touch up is required.
What are the risks?
The Ultherapy procedure is done using the same type of technology that has been used in the field of medical imaging for decades. As a result, the procedure is safe and poses very few potential risks. The most commonly reported side effects include mild redness or soreness in the areas where the treatment was administered. These side effects are normal and typically clear up on their own. Some people have also reported bruising and swelling following the treatment, but these side effects are rare.
Is Ultherapy FDA approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, the Ultherapy procedure was approved for use in the United States in 2009.
Is Ultherapy covered by insurance companies?
Like most cosmetic procedures, the Ultherapy procedure usually is not covered by insurance companies. You may, however, be able to obtain financing to pay for your procedure.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By OnlineSurgery.com Staff
Updated: May 12, 2010