What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is an FDA approved, non-invasive facelift procedure that aims to lift and tighten your skin naturally, from the inside out. It utilises advanced ultrasound technology to penetrate the deep foundational layers of the skin, the same ones typically addressed by a traditional face-lift. With FDA approval for the neck, chin and brow, Ultherapy is one of the best treatment options on the market for those looking to reinvigorate their look.
How does it work?
Over time with age, our body's natural collagen and elastin proteins lose their elasticity and strength, resulting in saggy and lax skin. Ultherapy works by sending waves of ultrasound energy to heat to heat the deep layers of our skin. This heat aids the breakage of links between collagen fibres, kickstarting the body's natural collagen renewal process. This renewal process consists of two key parts: contraction of existing collagen fibres and the creation of new collagen. This regenerative process will naturally tighten and lift the skin, resulting in youthful, rejuvenated look, all without having to go under the surgical knife.
What treatment areas can it target?
Ultherapy is FDA approved to target multiple areas of the face and body:
How is it different to Thermage or RF?
Compared to Thermage and other Radio-frequency (RF) treatments, Ultherapy utilises ultrasound energy to deliver its treatment. This is an important distinction, as ultrasound energy is able to reach the deeper skin layers with Thermage and RF are unable to address. Additionally, Ultherapy provides a greater level of control for the treatment provider, as it uses ultrasound energy to visualise the underlying skin layers, providing critical visual feedback so that the clinicians can adjust the treatment for the appropriate depth, thus yielding better results. In contrast, Thermage and RF rely on bulk volumetric heating, which allows them to disperse heat evenly over the target area, but lacks the precision which Ultherapy's ultrasound imaging feedback provides.
How to ensure you are receiving authentic Ultherapy treatment
The popularity of Ultherapy as resulted in the spawn of many counterfeit machines which aim to fool consumers into paying the premium cost of Ultherapy in exchange for a subpar un-authentic treatment. Whenever receiving an Ultherapy treatment from any provider, ensure to check the following:
- The clinic is listed as an authentic Ultherapy provider at https://www.ultherapy.com.au
- The ultrasound treatment visualiser is happening in realtime
- The clinic has a Ultherapy authenticity crystal and/or certificate which is only issued to authentic Ultherapy clinic providers
Additionally, you may see advertisements and promotions promoting HIFU treatments. HIFU refers to High Intensity Focused Ultrasound which is the scientific term of how Ultherapy works. However this does not direclty correlate to genuine Ultherapy treatments and could potentially be associated with a counterfeit machine as well.
Who is a suitable patient?
Ultherapy works best for patients in the 30-55 age range, who have moderate skin-laxity. This age range is typically when our body loses its optimal collagen-rebuilding process resulting in loss of skin elasticity.
Is it suitable for all skin colours?
Yes, Ultherapy is safe to perform on all skin types.
How many treatments will I need?
Optimal results can be achieved by Ultherapy in only one treatment. Maintenance treatments may be carried out every 12 months thereafter to re-trigger the collagen rebuilding process.