Ultherapy is a brand of High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU). This is a technology that works below the surface of the skin to lift and tighten it and Ultherapy has FDA clearance for its claims to do just this. Where the beam is focussed, it damages the skin tissues to create a tightening, lifting and wound healing response. That means you get a small, initial tightening effect, then a greater lifting effect over the next six months as the collagen within the skin is remodelled and tightened.
Pain level: High
Cost from: £1500
Recovery time: 1-3 Days
Where is it used for:
All over the face and down over the jaw. Also on the neck and decolletage, and even on saggy elbows and knees.
How does it work:
High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound is a technology that concentrates a beam of ultrasound waves at a point well below the surface of the skin. Where the beam is focussed, it damages the skin tissues to create a tightening, lifting and wound healing response. Usually, the beam is aimed at the depth of the SMAS layer in the skin (this is a muscular layer of tissue within the skin, around 4.5mm below the surface) and repeated at a shallower depth, perhaps 3mm below the skin’s surface. These two ‘passes’ at different depths provide an overlapping, greater degree of tightening.
How long does it take:
Around 45 minutes to cover most of the face
Ibuprofen; diazepam may be offered, too.
A measurable lifting and tightening of the skin. Ultherapy is the only brand of HIFU with FDA clearance for its device. How much of a result you might get varies from person to person. Immediately after treatment, you will see a small tightening effect, which will improve over the next six months as the new collagen is formed within the skin.
Your skin will look a little red for the rest of the day.
Things to bear in mind:
Have a proper frank discussion with your practitioner about this treatment.
Ultherapy can help you with these concerns: