Ultherapy 

Ultherapy is an non-invasive procedure that harnesses the power of ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally—without surgery or downtime. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, the eyebrows and lines and wrinkles of the décolletage and chest.

 

How does it work?

Ultherapy is a non-surgical non-invasive microfocused ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin. Ultherapy uses precise ultrasound energy to target the deep structural layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface. After treatment, the body’s tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a natural lifting effect.

 

Ultherapy® lifts, sculpts and tightens skin from the inside out – without surgery and with minimal downtime.It’s the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared and EU CE mark certified procedure to lift the upper and lower face, under the chin, neck and on the eyebrow as well as improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. Ultherapy® has delivered over 1,250,000 treatments and has grown into a global leader in non-surgical aesthetics applications.

 

Unlike a surgical face-lift, there’s no need for needles or scalpels. Ultherapy® uses precise micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V) energy to target the deep structural layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface. After treatment, the body’s tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a gradual lifting effect.

 

No Toxins or Needles

Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other technologies, non-surgical Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature. This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen.

No Downtime. Natural Results.

Some patients see an initial effect right after their treatment, but the real results appear over 2−3 months as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin and brow as well as smooth skin on the chest. While Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, it’s a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery—and can even be an option for patients who wish to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

 

Skin Concerns Treated:

  • Skin laxity & sagging

  • Lowered brows

  • Sagging under the chin and jawline

  • Loose skin on the neck

  • Lines & wrinkles on décolletage

  • All skin pigmentation types are suitable

 

Benefits of Ultherapy:

  • Scientifically proven

  • Non-invasive

  • Stimulates new collagen & elastin

  • Long lasting effects

  • Treatment takes between 60-90 minutes

  • Minimal downtime

  • Suitable for all skin colours and types

What to expect?

Before your treatment:

You will have a one-on-one Ultherapy consultation with one of our nurses. During this session, she will assess your skin and determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the treatment.

Once you book your Ultherapy® procedure, you won’t need to follow any special preparations or skincare regimens in advance of the treatment.

During Your Treatment

After cleansing the skin and identifying the specific areas to be treated, your Ultherapy practitioner will apply the ultrasound gel and place the smooth treatment applicator against your skin. Next, your provider will use Ultherapy’s ultrasound imaging to visualise the skin and subcutaneous tissues to determine optimal placement of the treatment energy, and to deliver the focused ultrasound energy beneath the skin’s surface.

 

During the treatment delivery, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels can vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the energy is being delivered. The length of your treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face* and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

After Your Treatment

With Ultherapy, there is no downtime! You can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements. Your skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin.

 

Frequently asked questions

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.4 Ultherapy is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

 

 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.5 Some lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers.6 Typically, laser treatments also only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin

 

 How long does it last?

Since the procedure stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last depends on the individual. 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

 

Why are collagen and elastin so important?

These are both important building blocks within our skin. Collagen is a protein that is abundant in our skin and is important in providing strength and stability. It is produced by special cells (called fibroblasts) but over time our skin loses some of its collagen, contributing to skin laxity and sagging. Elastin is a highly elastic protein in skin and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched. Again, as we age, our skin loses some elastin which also contributes to sagging and laxity. Since our faces are constantly subjected to movement & pressure (when we smile, sleep, talk, shout, cry, laugh or sing) the loss of elastin and collagen really can take its toll.

Ultherapy® not only repairs skin tissue but also stimulates the growth of new collagen and elastin so that skin appears youthfully toned once more.

 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.

 

 Is Ultherapy safe?

The Ulthera® System is currently marketed worldwide in more than 60 countries, and over 1 million treatments have been performed globally.7 In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

 

How many 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.

 

 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.

Institute of Dermatologists,

10 Pembroke Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tel: 01 9123031