Ultherapy is a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment that uses targeted ultrasound energy to produce firmer, smoother skin.
- Downtime: None
- Pain Level: Minimal
- Results Duration: 1 year
Skin laxity, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, on the face, neck, and chest
Slight redness, swelling or tingling immediately following treatment, should subside within 24-48 hours
Primarily used on the face, neck, and decollete – can be used on other areas of the body as well
Handheld applicator moves across skin’s surface, delivering targeted ultrasound energy into the dermal layers below
Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment – nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or IV sedation may also be offered
Firmer, smoother skin, with a visible reduction in lines and wrinkles
Full results apparent in 2-3 months
Ultherapy®, previously known as Ulthera, is an advanced ultrasound device used to treat sagging skin of the face and neck. The device is non-invasive and applies ultrasound waves to the skin’s surface to gently heat and constrict tissue. The treatment also boosts the body’s own production of collagen, causing the skin to look even younger over time.
In addition to tightening the face and neck, Ultherapy has also received FDA clearance to treat aging skin on the chest to rejuvenate the décolletage. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience using this device and will customize your treatment to ensure the best possible results for you.
How does Ultherapy Work?
Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound energy to affect the deeper dermal layers without penetrating the skin. The ultrasound energy delivers gentle heating to the tissue without disrupting the outer dermis. As the heat constricts the tissue, it creates a firmer appearance soon after treatment.
In addition, the ultrasound energy triggers additional collagen production by the body. Increased collagen levels smooth and firm the skin from within, leading to natural, long-lasting improvement. To learn more about how Ulthera works, check out our online webinar video highlighting our body contouring procedures.
Who is a Good Candidate for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin treatment that uses the energy from an ultrasound device to penetrate the deeper layers of skin to tighten, firm, and smooth the skin. In this webinar, our own board-certified dermatologist Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose explains how ultrasound can be used to firm up loose skin without surgery.
Because this is a skin-tightening procedure, those who are 30 years or older with some level of skin laxity (sagging skin under the neck or chin, wrinkles or lines in the chest area) are prime candidates for Ultherapy. The procedure can also be used on other areas of the body where tightening is needed. The procedure is non-invasive, and is ideal for those who are not ready for surgery, or for those who want to stay ahead of the aging process with a method to maintain younger-looking skin.
Conditions and Areas Treated
Ultherapy treats skin that has started to sag as a result of collagen loss. Additionally, Ultherapy can target fine lines and wrinkles in some areas. Ultherapy can be used to treat the face, neck, jowls, under the chin, and the chest area (known as “decollete” or “decolletage”).
Does an Ultherapy Treatment FROM A DERMATOLOGIST Hurt?
Ultherapy uses a special ultrasound wand to deliver energy to the deeper layers of your skin to aid in the production of collagen to smooth and firm your skin. The handheld wand is moved across your skin to deliver the ultrasound energy into the targeted areas. Your Ultherapy session will last approximately 30 to 90 minutes, based on the size of the treatment area.
Most of our patients find the Ultherapy treatment to be relatively comfortable. There is a sensation as the ultrasound energy is delivered into the dermal layers, but it is temporary and not painful. Our dermatologists will take every step necessary to ensure your treatment experience is both comfortable and positive.
When Will I See Results?
You might see some initial improvement in the days and weeks following your treatment. However, your full results will not become evident for 2-3 months as collagen levels slowly increase.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
There is no recovery after an Ultherapy treatment. Patients can return to their regular activities right away. Some may experience mild redness or swelling after the procedure, but these side effects subside without intervention within 24-48 hours.
Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York offers more lasers and devices than nearly any practice across the globe. While we often recommend Ultherapy for skin tightening, it is not our only choice. We also use Sofwave, which is another device that uses ultrasound technology to firm up skin at a cellular level. Sofwave is a more comfortable treatment than Ultherapy for most patients and works best for patients who have mild to moderate skin laxity in the lower face and neck. Our own Dr. Geronemus was involved in the clinical research, helping to obtain FDA approval and establish best practices for using the Sofwave device.
ThermiRF is another skin tightening treatment available at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. This procedure delivers radiofrequency energy deep into the dermal tissue via tiny probes. The treatment is performed with local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort and like other skin tightening procedures, results appear over time as collagen levels increase.
We also offer additional radiofrequency procedures, including Thermage, Genius and Morpheus. All of these devices use RF energy to change skin at a cellular level, boost collagen production, and refresh skin from the inside out.
Ellacor, a revolutionary skin-tightening treatment that uses micro-coring technology will also be available at Laser Skin & Surgery Center of New York very soon. This device removes micro-sized areas of skin to stimulate the body’s healing processes and boost collagen. Patients see results without surgery or thermal energy. Three days of healing time are needed after this procedure, which leaves no visible scarring behind.
Real Patients Before and After photos
Ultherapy to treat sagging skin, lines and wrinkles on the face and neck
Ultherapy and Sofwave for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction
Ultherapy and Sofwave for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction
Ultherapy In The News
ULTHERA RECEIVES FIRST-EVER FDA CLEARANCE TO MARKET ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY FOR FACIAL AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENT
Can Men undergo ultherapy treatments?
Yes. Ultherapy is an excellent choice for men that want to maintain the smooth, youthful vitality of the skin. This treatment helps to keep skin firm while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are different approaches when treating men versus women, and our dedicated dermatologists take these real differences into account during every treatment.
Questions and Answers
Q: How Does Ultherapy Differ From Other Skin Tightening Procedures?
A: Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound to stimulate the growth of collagen below the skin’s surface. Collagen continues to grow over time, and patients may notice results becoming more obvious over a 3-6 month period.
Q: Is Ultherapy Safe?
A: Yes. Ultherapy was first approved by the FDA in 2009. Since that time, the device has shown a long track record of safety and success. In 2018 alone, more than 335,000 people have undergone nonsurgical skin tightening, including Ultherapy. Our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience and training in using this device and will customize your treatment to ensure you enjoy an optimal outcome.
Q: What Is Ultherapy Treatment Like?
A: Typically Ultherapy treatment takes only about an hour, and has little to no downtime after. It is a non-invasive procedure with minimal risk of side effects. Most patients report very little discomfort during the procedure. Our dermatologists work to make patient treatments as comfortable as possible.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects of Ultherapy are mild and temporary. Patients might experience some slight skin redness and swelling for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: Ultherapy results take some time to develop, but they can also be long-lasting. Once your full results are apparent, you should enjoy your refreshed appearance for at least 1 year. Maintenance treatments can also extend your improvement indefinitely.
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