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What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a new type of cosmetic procedure that does not require surgery. It is designed to reduce the appearance of loose, sagging skin to create a more youthful yet natural appearance. The procedure works deep within the skin and does not cause any damage the outer layers. Using medical grade ultrasound technology, Ultherapy tightens, firms, and lifts the skin on the face and neck.

How does Ultherapy work?

Ultherapy is based on the same ultrasound technology used in medical imaging devices. The Ultherapy device takes images of the inner layers of skin and delivers heat to the areas needing treatment. This heat causes the skin to respond and create new collagen, which is responsible for tightening the skin.

What areas of the body does Ultherapy treat?

Ultherapy can be used anywhere on the face and upper neck. It can be used on the entire area, or it can be used in localized sections.
What are the advantages of Ultherapy over other similar treatments?
Unlike some of the other nonsurgical treatments for sagging skin, Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to allow the doctor to see deep within the skin prior to treating it. This leads to a safer and more precise procedure.

Who is a candidate for Ultherapy?

Only a doctor can tell if you are a good candidate for Ultherapy, but in general, healthy adults with skin that has begun to sag or feel less firm are candidates for the procedure.

How is Ultherapy performed?

Ultherapy is performed by a medical professional using a small handheld device. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no need for anesthesia. During the procedure, the doctor will hold the device against your skin. The device captures and projects ultrasound images of the inner layers of your skin. Looking at these images, the doctor will determine precisely where you need treatment. Using the same device, the doctor will deliver low levels of heat to those areas. The entire procedure typically takes about thirty minutes, during which time many patients feel mild warming sensations or prickling beneath the skin. In general, patients are able to obtain their desired results with just one treatment.

What is the recovery like?

The recovery for Ultherapy is typically very simple. Patients are able to return to their regular day to day activities immediately following the procedure, and there are no special measures that must be taken. Immediately after the procedure, some patients have reported redness, but this typically goes away on its own within a few hours.

What will the results be like?

Following the Ultherapy procedure, the vast majority of patients will experience a noticeable lifting. Many patients also experience firmer, tighter skin that has a smoother texture and more even skin tone. While some results are apparently immediately following the procedure, the full effect develops over the course of two to three months and typically lasts for ten to twelve months. To maintain the full results, many patients require annual touch-up procedures.

What are the risks?

Compared to many other cosmetic procedures, Ultherapy poses very few risks. The procedure utilizes the same ultrasound technology that has been used in the medical community for over 50 years. The most common side effects include mild redness and tenderness in the area where the treatment was performed. Both of these are completely normal and tend to go away quickly. Some patients may also experience bruising and swelling, but these side effects are much less common. They also tend to be mild and clear up on their own.

Is Ultherapy FDA approved for use in the U.S.?

Yes, Ultherapy has been an FDA approved procedure in the United States since 2009.

Is Ultherapy covered by insurance companies?

Ultherapy typically is not covered by insurance companies because it is a cosmetic procedure. It may be possible, however, to arrange affordable financing in order 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 Staff
Updated: May 13, 2010

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