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Ultherapy: Breaking-down the "Lift"

Why is Ultherapy the best treatment for sagging skin?


Ultherapy, developed by Ulthera Inc., is one of the most effective non-invasive FDA-approved treatments for skin lifting available today. This is because Ultherapy uses a combination of visual guidance to target specific sub-dermal skin layers and micro-focused ultrasound energy, to stimulate the production of collagen within the sub-dermal layers of the skin. 

During treatment, ultrasound is used to allow a practitioner to visually locate ideal treatment areas below the skin’s surface. Once located, focused ultrasound waves are delivered to specific points, which result in small lesions known as Thermal Coagulation Points. As these Thermal Coagulation Points heal, the body stimulates production of new collagen, which thickens skin tissue in the treatment areas. This collagen remodeling process is a crucial step in facial skin tightening and lifting.

In comparison, skin firming treatments such as radio-frequency, utilize bulk-heating technology to deliver energy. Bulk-energy treatments deliver heat downward through the superficial surface layers to sub-dermal skin layers. Bulk-heating does not deliver focused energy, but rather distributes heat energy throughout the skin. This means that in order to effectively treat deeper layers of skin, the surface skin layers must be heated as well. The risks with this type of energy delivery include an uneven distribution of heat, along with potential overheating of the delicate surface layers of skin, which can result in burning. Additionally, to achieve the desired result, bulk-heat procedures require multiple treatments over time.

Similarly, laser treatments only penetrate the most superficial layer of the skin. While this does stimulate some collagen production, this type of stimulation is not deep enough below the skin to facilitate a lift to sagging skin tissues. For this reason, laser treatments, such as Fraxel and CO2, are most effective for treating superficial imperfections, such as fine lines and surface wrinkles. 

In contrast to other skin firming treatments, such as radio-frequency or laser treatments, Ultherapy is able to by-pass the skin’s surface to deliver optimal energy to several specific sub-surface skin layers. Additionally Ultherapy safely targets sub-surface layers of the skin without disturbing the skin’s surface, resulting in a therapy that has very little to no downtime. 

If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy, call us at 212-535-5905. 

The non-invasive Ultherapy procedure is U.S. FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, on the eyebrow and under the chin as well as to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. For indications in your country, and full product and safety information, including possible mild side effects, visit All Rights Reserved. Ulthera® is a registered trademark of Merz Aesthetics. Merz Aesthetics and Merz Aesthetics Logo are registered trademarks of Merz Pharma GmbH& Co. KGaA. Ulthera®, Ultherapy, DeepSEE, See the Beauty of Sound, Amplify and Lifting Lives are Trademarks of Ulthera, Inc. Images provided by Ulthera, Inc 2015.