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About Ultherapy: Firmer Looking Skin

Frequently Asked Questions About Ultherapy to get firmer looking skin:

With only a single treatment, your collagen is stimulated to grow anew and results can sometimes be seen immediately. For the treatment to fully take effect, it will occur gradually over a period of two to three months. Clinical trials reported results of tighter, firmer, more youthful looking skin. These studies documented changes in appearance that were significant in most patients.

There are 3 areas treated with Ulthera to acheive firmer looking skin:

ultherapy Firmer Looking SkinThe upper face, mid face, and the neck, elbows, Knees.  Each area takes up to about 15 minutes.

In general, 1-2 treatments are needed, the worse the laxity of the area needing correction, the more likely that 2 or more treatments will be needed.  If your above 60 or your skin has a lot of sun or smoker’s damage, the more likely that 2 or more treatments are needed. Although there is no limitation on the number of treatments you can have.

How does Ulthera compare to Thermage or other RF tightening devices?

RF (Radio Frequency) heats up the deeper skin by transmitted heat thru the skin and collagen fibers.  It relies on uncontrollable factors within the skin for conducting this heat.  Resistance is variable, therefore the treatment is imprecise.  In general, Ulthera will go approximately 50% deeper than Thermage and it will do it extremely precisely.  Therefore, the results from Ulthera are much more consistent than Thermage or other RF devices like Accent, Refirme, eMatrix, and IR devices like the Titan or Lux deep IR.

At What Age Should A Woman Start To Rejuvenate Her Face?

While it will be a little different everyone, changes start to show in most people by the beginning of their forties.  I believe the best strategy is to use the least aggressive options possible at an earlier stage, as issues come up.  Then when they are no longer effective, a bigger intervention can be selected.  I’d rather keep the face looking young than wait until it falls apart and try to pull everything back together.  If you wait until you’re 50 or 60 to get work done on your face, you’ll have to play catch up.

How Do You Analyze The Face To Determine What Treatments Are Necessary?

We look at three areas of the face:

THE SKIN SURFACE:  Has the sun affected it, for example?  Are there spots, wrinkles, Rosacea? These issues are usually treated with non- surgical, energy-based procedures, such as lasers as well as skin care and skin products.

THE SKIN LAXITY: Surgical lifts remedy loose skin on areas including brows, neck, eyes and face.
Non-surgical tightening includes Ultherapy, which uses sound energy, and Thermage, which uses radio frequency energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin without disturbing the surface of the skin.  This produces a smoothing and tightening of the skin.

skin rejuvenationMost of the non-surgical lifting technologies are best if used early, to maintain tightness in the face and neck. They are also best when used on a regular basis, unlike surgical lifts, which have a more dramatic result and longevity. Non-surgical treatments shouldn’t be considered a replacement for surgical procedures, but more as preventative treatments to help increase the time before a surgical intervention is required.

VOLUME LOSS: Women start to lose facial fat in their thirties, which initially provides a more sculpted look, eliminating the chubby baby face of youth.  But it’s not so nice once they reach forty plus. And when they reach fifty plus, the fat loss starts to accelerate, as do bone and muscle loss.

These changes, subtle at first, make women look haggard. Off-the-shelf fillers, such as Radiesse, can be used to increase the volume in the cheeks, fill in the sunken areas under the cheeks, fill in the depression in front of the jowl  and help build out the angle of the jaw.

Fat injections, which are minimally invasive and don’t require general anesthesia, can take up some loose skin and restore the volume, but they do have a longer period of downtime and swelling than injectable fillers, which only offer minimal, if any, bruising and swelling.


Ulthera Receives First-ever Fda Clearance To Market Ultrasound Technology For Facial Aesthetic Improvement

ultheraNew DeepSEE™ Ultrasound for Non-invasive Lift

Mesa, AZ – (September 16, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — Ulthera, Inc., a therapeutic ultrasound medical device company serving the $30 billion global aesthetics market, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for the use of its Ulthera™ System to achieve a non-invasive eyebrow lift.

The Ulthera System is considered a first-of-its-kind technology, unprecedented in the marketplace, and as such underwent a 510(k) “de novo” review by the FDA. It is substantially different than other in-office aesthetic devices because it combines visualization beneath the skin’s surface with non-invasive delivery of ultrasound energy at depths that enable significant lifting of the skin. While drawing on the same reliable ultrasound principles that physicians and patients have trusted for decades, Ulthera’s patented DeepSEE™ technology allows physicians in aesthetics to both see and treat deep below the skin without surgery.

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