ultherapyUltherapy techniques are a great alternative to surgical procedures that can, over time, provide lasting results on the face or neck.  Rather than rely invasive procedures for tighter skin, Ultherapy is based on ultrasound energy to improve the structure and components of skin around the face, neck, chest, and other skin on the body.  Many patients have commented on how seamless the process was using Ultherapy techniques, and, in general, it is a great option for those who are not looking for invasive procedures.


For the dermatologist it’s a different story. Ultherapy work can be accomplished using a variety of different techniques.  Each dermatologist will have their preferred method for getting to the bottom layers of skin and tightening up the chin, cheek or neck.  With Ultherapy, every dermatologist will benefit from the exceptional skin mapping technology that the ultrasound technology provides.  Never before have dermatologists been able to get such an accurate depiction of skin.


This makes sense once the basics of Ultherapy are understood.  The simple description of the procedure is that heat is harnessed from sonic waves and directed towards collagen in the base of the skin that has become weak.  The focused heat enlivens the collagen for more rapid and robust growth and gives it the jumpstart it needs to have less laxity.


For those interested in learning more about Ultherapy (the only FDA-cleared device to offer lift and tightening), below are the most common techniques used for face:


The Standard- The makers of Ultherapy technology provide three depths in the layers of the skin into which energy can be delivered.  There is actual ultrasound imaging of the skin itself to see the collagen density in these layers and from what is assessed a treatment plan is then created by the doctor.  The most popular treatments are the ‘brow lift’ and lower face treatment for improvement along the jawline for sagging skin. An average treatment in each area of the face requires that a set amount of energy be delivered as a minimum for improvement. This can vary widely from person to person because Ultherapy can be a treatment of prevention or correction in the anti-aging spectrum of skin-tightening. Results can be expected in 3-6 months.


Advanced Techniques and Treatment – The use of more depths in Ultherapy treatment are the additional lines of energy that most dermatologists will now use for an enhanced result. Currently there are three layers of depth: 4.0mm, 3mm, and 1.5mm.  Some doctors will decide to use one, two, or all three of these levels at the same time, depending on the severity or complexity of the skin in any given area. While Ultherapy is intended to be a one-time treatment with long-term results, many patients repeat the process in 3-6 months to see more dramatic improvements. In this case, skin laxity is a major factor in determining the need for a follow-up treatment. Most patients repeat Ultherapy to maintain results about every two years. The determining factors are each individual’s natural progression of the aging process and rate of collagen production. It’s a simple question of strengthening the procedure and bringing longevity by increase the amount of support.


Experience Is A Plus – Much like Botox injections, Ultherapy work in Sterling Heights varies from office to office. The possibilities of Ultherapy are still in the early stages so there are bound to be a lot of differences of opinion on technique.