Within the last few years there has been a large demand for no downtime, non-invasive alternatives to common plastic surgery procedures. Many companies, researchers and medical experts are now rediscovering an age-old technology for state-of-the-art skincare treatments – ultrasound. An Arizona-based therapeutic medical technology company, Ulthera, is introducing a ground-breaking device called Ultherapy® that is designed for full face and neck skin-tightening treatments; and is currently the only in-office aesthetics device approved by the FDA for a lift indication.
“I am enthused about bringing Ultherapy to my patients. It represents a new category of treatment that is both safe and effective in producing reliable and cosmetically pleasing results. Patients will especially appreciate that there is no downtime. There’s no magic bullet, but doing things earlier could eliminate the need for surgery. It could at least push the process back”
What does collagen do?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens your existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses advanced ultrasound technology to target the deep layers of the skin to promote collagen growth. Ultrasound provides a visual of where we are treating, which allows the energy to be delivered precisely to where it will be most productive.
Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?
There is a broad range of people who can benefit from Ultherapy, but typically those in their thirties and older are candidates. While this is not a replacement for surgery, there are many people who want some lifting, in order to look more refreshed and toned but are not ready for surgery (mentally, financially, or logistically). And then there are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effect of surgery.
What about treating anatomical regions other than the face?
Ultherapy is FDA approved for the face, neck and chest.
How long does it last?
Patients treated with Ultherapy continue to have fresh young skin for 3 to 5 years. Everyone ages differently so individual results may vary.
Is it safe?
Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in medical imaging for over 50 years. In addition, the procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide without any significant adverse events.
How many treatments are needed?
The majority of patients only need one treatment, while those with a fair amount of laxity may need more than one treatment. Annual touch-up treatments can help slow down the rate of skin aging.
Does it hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the energy is being delivered, which is temporary and a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. We take measures to make the experience as pleasant as possible and patients tell us they leave comfortable and happy given the benefits to come.
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for a few hours following the treatment, and it’s not uncommon to have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch for a few weeks, but these are typically mild and they are temporary in nature. There can be other post-procedural effects such as bruising and small areas of numbness but these are less common and, again, temporary.
Dr. Ariel Ostad performs all cosmetic procedures at his New York City office, which is a fully certified operating facility approved by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). If you think Ultherapy is right for you, call Dr. Ariel Ostad’s office to schedule a consultation