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How does an ultrasound face-lift procedure work?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The Ulthera system uses ultrasound -- high energy sound, to fry and shrink face skin and the underlying tissues. No anesthesia is needed and not a drop of blood is spilled. That sound energy passes right through the skin and targets the areas you want lifted. I've seen the early results and I'm impressed with this technology. This thing may actually work and might really become an option for people who just don't think going under the knife is fun. But hold on to your horses … and your money. Plastic surgeon's closets are filled with high tech devices that promise the world but don't deliver. And early results do not translate to sustained effects -- we saw that with threadlifts. Let's all slow down and let the scientists spend some time gathering data -- that's science talk for finding out if the horse will run.

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