Ultherapy®: Common Questions
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a procedure that uses ultrasound to lift and tighten loose or sagging skin. The treatment is non-invasive and requires no downtime.
What makes Ultherapy unique?
Ultherapy is the only procedure that can target the skin’s foundational layer—the layer commonly addressed in cosmetic surgery—while bypassing the skin’s surface. And thanks to ultrasound imaging, it is also the only treatment that allows us to deliver focused ultrasound energy to the precise areas where it will be most effective.
What kind of technology is used in Ultherapy?
Ultherapy uses FDA-cleared ultrasound technology.
How does Ultherapy work?
Ultherapy works by delivering focused ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature to stimulate the skin’s natural regenerative process. This results in the production of new collagen, which is the protein that keeps skin firm and elastic.
Is Ultherapy surgery?
No. Ultherapy lifts and tightens skin without cutting or disrupting its surface.
Is Ultherapy a replacement for a face lift?
No; however, Ultherapy can be a viable option for patients who feel they are not ready for, or want to prolong the effects of, cosmetic surgery. We like to think of it as an “uplift” instead of a face lift.
Is Ultherapy the same as laser treatment?
No; however, the two types of treatments are complementary. Ultherapy targets the skin’s foundational layer to stimulate collagen production, while lasers target the skin’s superficial layers to address issues like fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Yes. It is an FDA-cleared treatment that has been proven safe in clinical studies and performed safely and successfully on more than a million patients worldwide. Ultrasound technology has been used in safely in various medical applications for over 50 years.
Am I a good candidate for Ultherapy?
If you are in your thirties or older and have mild to moderate skin laxity, you may be a good candidate for Ultherapy. Most patients who sign up for Ultherapy are people who want some lifting but are not ready mentally, financially, or logistically for cosmetic surgery.
How long does the Ultherapy procedure take?
Partial face treatments (such as a brow lift) take around 30 minutes. Full face treatments take 45 to 60 minutes.
What problem areas can Ultherapy address?
Ultherapy targets mild to moderate loose or sagging facial skin. When performed on the brow area specifically, it has a lifting effect, which opens up the eyes and makes people look younger and more refreshed.
How long until I see results from Ultherapy? How long will they last?
Some initial effects can be immediately noticeable; however, the actual lifting and toning results take place over two to three months, with further improvements appearing up to 6 months following treatment as the skin keeps producing new collagen.
Fresh collagen can still be produced beyond a year following treatment, but your skin will continue to age. Your practitioner may recommend future touch-ups to help keep signs of aging in check.
Will I need more than one Ultherapy treatment?
One treatment is enough for most patients; however, depending on your skin’s laxity and your body’s biological response to the ultrasound, you may benefit from further treatment.
Will I need downtime?
No. You will be able to resume normal activity straight away, without any special measures.
Does Ultherapy hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary between patients, but most note some discomfort during the procedure. You will feel the focused ultrasound energy being deposited under your skin’s surface; however, any discomfort will be temporary, and is a signal that the collagen-building process has been triggered.
We will consult with you prior to your treatment to make sure your Ultherapy experience is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Does Ultherapy have any side effects?
Slight redness for about an hour following treatment is common, with a small fraction of patients noting a slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness. These effects are mild and temporary. Your practitioner will go over the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects with you prior to treatment.
Learn more about Ultherapy by visiting these pages:
- How Ultherapy Works
- What to Expect
- Is Ultherapy for Me?
- Before and After Ultherapy