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Ultherapy: Moderen Ultrasound Lift Without Surgery

Ultherapy is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin. Ultherapy is the latest buzz in beauty, it has been featured on shows like 20/20 with Barbara Walters, Dr OZ, The Doctors, Today Show, Rachel Ray, Good Morning America and The View.

Whats The Big Deal?
Ultherapy is a very exciting advancement to those of us in the world of aesthetics for several reasons. First, we are talking about LIFTING and TIGHTENING, not just tightening. An Ultherapy treatment tightens the skin and gives the face a vertical lift. Just incase you missed that, I said “LIFT”! Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging and ultrasound energy. The ultrasound imaging allows us to see exactly where we are treating. We are able to be very specific in where the ultrasound “energy” or Thermal Coagulation Points are delivered in the skin. The most exciting thing is the depth we are able to treat. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. I can’t forget to mention that there is NO down time, which is very convient for those who can’t spare the time to recover from surgery.

Where does it go?
To achieve skin tightening you need to target the skin at a fairly deep level, the dermis and superficial muscle. Procedures that treat the epidermis will not tighten or lift the skin. The Ulthera works at three separate levels, the upper dermis, lower dermis and the SMAS/ Platisma. The area where the facial muscles are connected to the dermis is refered to as the (SMAS). This superficial muscle is something that would be addressed by a facial plastic surgeon during a facelift to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls, cheeks and neck skin. With the Ulthera we are able to address this area without surgery.

Why so specific?
With the Ulthera the “energy” is delivered in a very specific way. This is important because in the past if we wanted to tighten the skin we were mostly limited to devices that use Radiofrequency (RF). Radiofrequency works by delivering heat ( volumetric heating ) deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin. The challenge with RF devices is that they are not very specific. Unlike lasers, RF devices do not precisely reach targeted areas and they are not absorbed by a specific chromophore. Simply put, radiofrequency does not know where to go on it’s own, so it is not as precise as Ulthera or laser treatments. Lasers on the other hand are very precise, they use a single wavelength to target specific chromophores at specific depths of the skin (selective heating). Lasers however do not reach the necessary depth in the skin to achieve skin tightening or lifting. Lasers are not used specifically for tightening, they are more appropriate for treating skin discoloration, vascular lesions, unwanted hair, tattoo removal, acne treatments, peeling and resurfacing treatments to treat scars, lines and wrinkles. Ulthera is in a class all it’s own, it uses (focused ultrasound heating) to precisely target the deep structural support layers of the skin.

Radiofrequenc / Volumetric heating / No Precision
Lasers/ Selective heating / No depth
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Ulthera / Focused Ultrasound Heating / Precision & Depth

Benefits include:
Tightens and tones the deepest tissues of the skin
Stimulates new collagen production for lasting skin tightening effects
Lifts and brightens the brows and eyes; achieving a non-surgical brow-lift
Defines and contours the neck and jowls
Adds volume to the surface of the skin; reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

What to expect
Ultherapy will addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin, by tightening and gradually lifting the skin. After your treatment there are not any special post treatment instructions or down time. The results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months. As impressive as the results are, you should always have realistic expectations. You will not achieve surgical results with a non-surgical treatment .

If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy call Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic to schedule a consultation.

Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701
wwwshapiroplasticsurgery.com

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8:40 pm - Posted by Kristy

4 Responses to “Ultherapy: Moderen Ultrasound Lift Without Surgery”

  1. Suzanne Salmons says:

    how would you compare this treatment with a lifestyle lift as far as results vs cost?

    • Kristy says:

      Great question! First, a non-surgical treatment will alway give a no-surgical result. Ulthera can lift and tighten skin , but it will not remove excess skin. With that said, it is as good as it gets without surgery.

      I have not seen great results with the life style lift, real plastic surgeons do not do that procedure. In all honesty it will not even save you much money compared to a real face lift.
      A good face lift will reposition fat pads, tighten mussels, address lax & excess skin. It can be combined with fat transfer and deep resurfacing when needed. It will be done in an licensed/ insured surgery center with a full surgical staff. – If you are not ready for a full face lift there are some smaller procedures that can be done, some can even be done in the office. You can read reviews of life style lift here – http://www.consumeraffairs.com/doctors/dr_lifestyle_lift.html

    • Kristy says:

      Ultherapy would be less expensive than a lifestyle lift ( about $3000). A non surgical treatment will always give a non surgical result, if you are looking for a surgical result you should consult with a surgeon.

      I would advise you to google reviews and complaints on the lifestyle lift. Lifestyle lift is something I would advise against, we see a lot of people that come in our office for revisions after lifestyle lift, which means you pay for the lifestylelift then you pay to have a real plastic surgeon do what should have been done in the first place. You end up spending more in the long run. Also, the infomercials always show improvement in lower face, but I have not seen that area improve on lifestyle lifts. A plastic surgeon doesnt simple staple your skin behind you ears, they go in and reposition fat pads, tighten muscle, remove fat pads when needed and replace volume if that is needed. To do this you will to be sedated by an anesthesiologist, which means a full surgical team. Plastic surgeans are extensive training to do this vs a oral sureon who took a weekend class ( or what ever they do)

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