Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to deliver low levels of focused heat to the tissues immediately underneath the skin. The physician is able to visualize the level of treatment on an ultrasound image screen before ultrasound energy is applied to the targeted area. Your body responds to this thermal energy by stimulating the growth of new collagen. Some patients report seeing an immediate result, but that is a combination of the body’s response to the heat energy, as well as some associated mild swelling. The regenerative process is initiated immediately, but the full effects of the treatment gradually occur over the next 2-3 months, with the ultimate results taking shape around 3-6 months.
Ultherapy is an office-based procedure. Depending on your provider, you may be given pain medication, sedative or local anesthetic blocks to make you comfortable during the treatment. The treatment takes from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the number of areas treated. It was originally FDA approved to non-surgically lift the brows, but is now used to treat brows, the under-eye area, the mid-face, jowls and sagging tissues of the neck.
While early results look promising, it is a newer technology and there is not enough evidence on how long the results last and whether patients will need repeat treatments every year or every few years.