ULTHERA/Ultherapy/HIFU is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that tighten and lifting lax skin without disrupting the surface of the skin.
Unlike lasers, which penetrate the skin from the outside-in, ULTHERA / Ultherapy / HIFU bypasses the surface of the skin, specifically targeting the deep, structural skin tissues where collagen lives. Using ultrasound technology, ULTHERA / Ultherapy / HIFU actually works from the inside-out to lift and tighten skin non-invasively.
ULTHERA is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin.
Clinical studies with ULTHERA / Ultherapy / HIFU have revealed a consistent lifting of the skin will be seen after a single session. Immediate after the treatment you may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time. The skin response to this energy is to recondition tired skin by stimulating the growth of fresh, new collagen. The result is a tightening and gradual lifting—or shifting—of the skin back into a more youthful position and form-fitting shape.
The FDA-cleared ULTHERA / Ultherapy / HIFU procedure has been established to be safe and effective in clinical studies and tens of thousands of patient treatments worldwide. The FDA-cleared device used in the ULTHERA / Ultherap / HIFU procedure utilizes the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin.
An ULTHERA procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, but will depend on the treatment plan determined by the practitioner.
No preparation is required before ULTHERA procedure.
After cleansing the skin and identifying the specific areas to be treated, an ultrasound gel is applied and the smooth handpiece is placed upon the skin. The focused ultrasound energy bypasses the surface of the skin and is delivered to pre-planned depths within the tissue below to stimulate collagen growth.
Comfort levels vary from patient to patient and can depend on the area treated as well. The sensation is associated with the focused ultrasound energy as it is deposited below the surface of the skin. It is noticeable just while the energy is being delivered and patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.
Patients are able to return to normal activities right away, and there are no special measures need to be taken. Skin may appear flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear within a few hours.
Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure.