Ultherapy: How Does It Work?

Posted by Dr Theva in Anti-Aging, Skin.

Firstly why would you use Ultherapy treatments?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive facelift that addresses sagging and skin laxity.  Skin laxity is the single biggest factor that makes you look older than you are.

Clinical studies have shown that

If you …

  • have loose, flabby skin under your chin and on the neck
  • have wrinkle lines on your chest that could make you look older, and prevent you wearing V-necks
  • have droopy eyebrows

And you want…

  • a non-surgical facelift and look as good as you feel in a natural way
  • have more chin and jawline definition, but not wanting people to notice you had anything “done”
  • look the best for your age with full confidence
  • prevent skin laxity
  • slow down your aging process
  • look brighter with elevated eyebrows

Then Ultherapy is definitely a treatment should you consider.

How does Ultherapy work?

Ultherapy uses time-tested ultrasound energy for lifting and skin tightening naturally, without surgery or downtime. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, along the jawline, and on the eyebrows. It is also FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. Ultherapy harnesses the power of ultrasound to transform the brow, chin, neck, and chest and relies on ultrasound therapy to deliver its collagen-boosting treatment. It also incorporates traditional ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to see the layers of tissue they are treating, ensuring the treatment energy is delivered to where it will be most beneficial.

The main advantages of Ultherapy


For those who are not ready for a surgical facelift, Ultherapy treatment is non-invasive and provides proven results in a single treatment for most patients, with no downtime.

As a natural protein, collagen works to give skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity. 

Ultherapy uses microfocused ultrasound to generate a thermal affect under the skin. This effect essentially jump-starts your body’s own process to create fresh, new collagen.

The proven results of Ultherapy are clear, appearing over two to three months as new collagen works to lift skin on the neck, chin, and brow—as well as smooth skin on the upper chest.

Is Ultherapy safe?

Ultherapy is a proven treatment with a well-established safety efficiency profile. It is currently marketed worldwide in more than 75 countries, with over 1.5 million treatments performed globally to date. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

Can Ultherapy replace a facelift?

Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. Ultherapy is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery.

Can Ultherapy treat turkey neck?

As the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, Ultherapy is designed to treat “turkey neck,” one of the common signs of aging skin. Ultherapy can help you achieve a fresher look without surgery or downtime.

What is décolletage, and how does Ultherapy treat it?

Décolletage is the French term used in reference to a woman’s upper chest area that is visible when wearing low-cut necklines of clothing. It’s one of the areas that show signs of aging first, along with the face and neck. And Ultherapy is the only treatment FDA-cleared to improve lines and wrinkles in that area.

How does Ultherapy differ from laser treatments?

Ultherapy uses sound energy—tried-and-true ultrasound—which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device. Ultherapy ultrasound stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over two to three months. Some lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers. Typically, laser treatments also only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift the skin

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery, whether mentally, physically, or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game,” as well as patients wanting an aesthetic maintenance option.

How long do Ulterapy results last?

Since the Ultherapy treatment stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last depends on the individual. While results appear over two to three months, they can last up to a year or more. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside. Future touch-up treatments can help provide more control over the aging process, which varies by individual.

What does the Ultherapy treatment feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you may feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, stimulating the collagen-building process. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness that typically resolves within a few hours following the treatment. Some patients may have slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

Will I need to take time off?

With Ultherapy, there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any post-treatment measures.

How many Ultherapy treatments does it take?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment, depending on how much skin laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process. Follow-up Ultherapy treatments each year may help maintain results.

Want to find out more?

You can begin by booking your free, no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.

During your free, no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.

Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.

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