As we’ve been examining different products and treatments available on the market today, we thought it would be good to include ultherapy in our discussion of nonsurgical treatments available to help patients lift and tighten skin. We will examine exactly what ultherapy is and what makes it different.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin naturally. It is most commonly used to gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and neck, as well as smooth lines and wrinkles on the decolletage (neckline). By delivering focused ultrasound technology to the skin’s foundational layer, it stimulates collagen production with results typically only found with plastic surgery. The ultrasound energy triggers a natural response, and jumpstarts the regenerative process, producing fresh new collagen. In other words, it startles slacking collagen
Results will appear over a period of 2-3 months as the new collagen does its work. How long those effects last are really up to your skin. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside but your natural aging process will dictate how long the results will last on the outside. Typically, results can last up to 2 years but multiple treatments may be needed to help keep up with the natural aging process. There is no downtime following the procedure, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after .
What Makes Ultherapy Different
The reason people often turn to ultherapy is the fact that there are no knives or needles associated with the treatment. It’s great for patients who are hesitant or scared to undergo such a treatment and essentially provides these patients a lifted and toned look without being poked and prodded. Ultherapy is especially great for patients in their thirties or older who experience a mild to moderate degree of laxity, or a feeling of “less firm,” but it is also an option for younger people who want to stay ahead of the game by boosting their collagen.
The main difference between Ultherapy and similar treatments such as Thermage and Exilis is that Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to work from the inside out. It targets the deepest layer of the skin and can target specific and precise areas. Other treatments such as Thermage and Exilis use radio-frequency to treat the skin from the outside in, targeting the surface of the skin and moving in towards the deeper layers. If you’d like to read a more in-depth discussion on the differences between these different treatments, you can check out this post for more info.
Ultherapy is just one more technique the aesthetics industry is using to help patients lift and tone their skin without having to undergo a facelift. There are many nonsurgical techniques available on the market today and it is best to talk to your medical practitioner about the best treatment option for your needs.