Ultherapy: The Non-Surgical Alternative To Face Lifts
What is Ultherapy?
Our faces can tell many stories, and while wrinkles might say ‘experience,’ droopiness can say ‘tired.’ Surgery has always been an option, but now there’s Ultherapy, a non-surgical ultrasound treatment for counteracting the effects of time and gravity on your skin. The beauty of this 30-60 minute face and neck treatment is that it uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue support.
The Ulthera System is considered a first-of-its-kind technology, unprecedented in the marketplace, and as such underwent a 510(k) “de novo” review by the FDA. It is substantially different than other in-office aesthetic devices because it combines visualization beneath the skin’s surface with non-invasive delivery of ultrasound energy at depths that enable significant lifting of the skin. While drawing on the same reliable ultrasound principles that physicians and patients have trusted for decades, Ulthera’s patented DeepSEE™ technology allows physicians in aesthetics to both see and treat deep below the skin without surgery.
Focused ultrasound energy triggers the body’s natural healing response, resulting in new and improved collagen support and gradual firming, tightening and actual lifting of skin tissue over time. Patients receiving an Ultherapy treatment for a brow lift, for example, report less hooding and laxity of the eyelid skin and a more “open” look around the eyes, contributing to a more refreshed look overall. Outside the United States clinicians have begun performing Ultherapy using a “dual plane” approach to create significant improvements in the lower face and neck. In one procedure patients are treated at two different depths, affecting twice the volume of tissue. Unlike other energy-based treatments used for skin tightening, Ulthera’s non-invasive approach is yielding consistent, significant changes.
Extensive pre-clinical studies were conducted at multiple sites beginning in 2004. Subsequent patient clinical trials, beginning in 2006, consisting of full-face procedures yielded safe, reproducible and clinically significant lift with no recuperation time. Ulthera is the first procedure that directs sound waves deep into the skin
The use of FDA-cleared ultrasound technology enables physicians, for the first time, to see and then treat
the deepest support layers of the skin addressed in surgery without disrupting the uppermost layers of skin. There can be some initial contraction but the ultrasound energy also triggers the body’s natural response mechanism, which is to rejuvenate tired collagen and supplement it with fresh, new collagen. This will gradually, over the course of two to three months, strengthen and tone the skin and gently shift it into a more youthful position. While the results do not duplicate the results of surgery, Ultherapy’s gradual improvements make it a compelling option for those who are not quite ready for surgery.
Ulthera, Inc. develops and markets innovative medical devices that leverage the proven power and safety of ultrasound for rejuvenation of the skin and its support structures. Treatment with the Ulthera System enables dermatologists, plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons, for the first time, to non-invasively see and treat at prescribed depths below the skin’s surface, resulting in significant, reliable outcomes. Ulthera’s technologies and clinical standards meet or exceed all FDA benchmarks for safety and effectiveness, and are rooted in rigorous, ongoing clinical and scientific research.