Ultherapy is a revolutionary coming of age cosmetic surgery treatment that is completely non-invasive and produces most natural looking results in a face-lift. Ultherapy is a no-knife option that boosts body’s own collagen production and works on facial muscles to tighten and rejuvenate the facial features giving a much younger, fresher, and relaxed appearance.
Today, the Ulthera device is the only FDA approved non-surgical facelift treatment that targets the mid-to-deep reticular dermis layers resulting in a more softer and supple looking skin. Ultherapy harness the properties of ultrasound energy to lift the skin on the brow, neck, under the chin, remove lines and wrinkles from the décolleté area.
Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy to trigger the body’s natural response resulting in new collagen production which provides the support to the skin and brings about gradual firming, tightening and actual lifting of the skin tissue over a period of time.
Ultherapy is a giant step forward from the traditional skin rejuvenation methods that were only effective on the upper layers of the skin did not trigger a structural changed in the deeper layers of the skin and often resulted in side effects such as pigmentation and dark spots on the skin, which required further treatment.
The Ultherapy is a big leap forward from the traditional facial skin rejuvenation. Most of the traditional tools focus on the upper layer of the skin and do not trigger a considerable structure change in the lower layers of the skin and run risk of pigmentation and dark spots on the skin.
The use of ultrasound in medical world is not something that is new and it is a well-established fact that controlled use of ultrasound waves does not cause any damage to the skin and organs on the body. Ultherapy is done using the device Ulthera and uses micro-focused ultrasound energy on the deep layers of the skin and the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS).
Collagen and Elastin are two major proteins that are responsible for our skin youthfulness. As we age the body stops producing collagen in the mid to late twenties and the skin begins to lose its laxity slowly leading to appearance of signs of ageing such as double chin, loose skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. The weakening of collagen and elastic fibres is called as intrinsic ageing and it happens slowly over the time. Ultherapy targets collagen boosting. Ultrasound energy is delivered to the skin and tissues at the optimal depth, temperature and with great precision and this combined action leads to collagen generation and tightening of connective tissue at deeper level than any other non-surgical treatment. Skin lifting happens because of increase blood flow to the fibroblasts under the skin.
Ulthera produces ultrasound energy and creates micro thermo-coagulation points under the dermis, subcutaneous layer and superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SAMS) heating them to precise temperature of 60-70 degree centigrade. This triggers a healing response in the body leading to collagen contraction and denaturation and the body starts working towards tissue repair by making new collagen which over time increases tissue tension and tightens the skin.
Ultherapy is suitable for both men and women of all age groups and it:
Ultherapy is has been approved by FDA as the non-invasive skin lifting and rejuvenation treatment for
Plastics surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, and skin practitioners all over the world are successfully using Ultherapy for:
Recent studies have also shown that Ultherapy can be beneficial for skin tightening for chest, abdomen, arms, and thigh areas.
One of the biggest benefits of Ultherapy treatment is that the Ulthera device lets the physician see and correctly measure the depth of skin and tissue being targeted. This is one of the biggest differentiator that sets Ultherapy apart from other treatment methods. Ulthera has two ultrasound frequencies: MFU and V. The V frequency lets the cosmetic surgeon see below the skin surface and modify the treatment length and time according to the damage on the prescribed depths. This property ensures that the targeted energy is safe and effective at all times. This also helps the physician avoid the danger areas such as bones under the skin.
Then MFU can target at three different depths of skin layer, which are 4.5mm, 3mm and 1.5mm, which empowers the physician to use the dual plane approach to treat the patient. This means that twice the volume of tissue is targeted at different depths leading to better, faster and visible results on the skin.
Any healthy male or female who have started noticing early sagging or skin laxity such as lowered brow, loose skin on neck or lines and wrinkles on the chest make good candidates for Ultherapy. Ultherapy can be safely done in your 20s too as it is perfect for prevention and early intervention. Ultherapy is not good for treatment of vertical lines. People with nerve injury, chronic migraine, history of shingles (active for some time of the year) are not suitable candidates for Ultherapy.
Ultherapy treatment can be tailored for individual needs and therefore you can discuss your problem areas with your physician to customize your treatment.
There is no special preparation needed before the treatment. Just follow your regular diet, drinking and exercise routine and avoid taking any blood thinners before the procedure. You need not take the day off from work before or after the treatment.
Remove the makeup and other skin care products from the target area and relax on the treatment table. If you have low pain threshold then your cosmetic surgeon might give you a pain reducing medication.
Your physician will apply an ultrasound gel on the target area and place the Ulthera firmly against the skin. After adjusting the settings in the viewer, they will gently move the device over the target area. You might feel a slight prickly sensation and tingling and heat which is very normal in this procedure.
The treatment time varies on the area treated and the skin condition of the patient. A single procedure can last from anywhere between 30 minutes to 90 minutes. A face and neck procedure can take up to 60 minutes and chest area needs 30 minutes of treatment on an average.
The results of Ultherapy are visible immediately and continue to improve over a period of 3-6 months post the treatment. And you will continue to see changes in your skin in the six to twelve months post the treatment. Ultherapy results show up in three stages
The results are a little slow to show on diabetic patients as the healing response is delayed. Other factors such as obesity, lifestyle choice, stress etc. also affect the healing process post Ultherapy. If your skin is already sun damaged you might see some temporary bruising post Ultherapy. There are no other side effects of the procedure except a mild puffiness for a few days and slight tenderness on the skin. It takes up to two to three months to see the final results in terms of toned skin and lifted features.
The results of Ultherapy will last as long as your body keeps producing new collagen and until the time the natural ageing process takes over again. Additional sessions might be necessary to maintain the look.
The cost of Ultherapy varies from patient to patient and depends on the area being treated, age of the patient, number of sessions needed for the desired results, and the location of the clinic. Ultherapy cost is less than traditional facelift cost and Ultherapy is not covered by insurance.
Botox and dermal fillers can be combined with Ultherapy to turn back time and restore the youthfulness on your face with no downtime. It is recommended that you have Ultherapy treatment before filler treatments.
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.