The Ulthera® is the non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure that uses the deposition of micro-focused ultrasound energy at depths between 1.5 and 4.5 mm. beneath the skin especially, the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer, which doctors address in surgery. To ensure the effectivity of the treatment, the energy is delivered to where it will be most beneficial. According to the technology of Ulthera® system, it is the only device that can present the image of the deep foundational layer of tissue on the screen that allows practitioners to see the specific layers of tissue they are treating. The deposition of ultrasound energy stimulates the growth of new collagen and elastin as part of the healing process. The clients will then see the results of the natural lifting, tightening and firming in the treatment areas gradually occur.
The ability to treat not just the skin but its underlying support very precisely, from the inside out, helps to ensure both safe and satisfying results, with no downtime.
The Ulthera® is a new technology for aesthetic practices and is the only one that is US FDA-cleared for non-invasive lift. The effectivity of the ultrasound lift will last for about one year.
The Ulthera® System is indicated for use as a non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment to:
• Lift the eyebrow
• Lift lax submental (beneath the chin) and neck tissue
• Improve lines and wrinkles on face and chest
Moreover, the Ultherapy is able to treat the axillary hyperhidrosis.
Potential Side Effects
There are no serious adverse effects during the clinical treatment by specialized physicians, but the clients will have the following mild and transient effects during and after the ultrasound energy treatment:
1. Erythema: The treated area may show redness immediately, but this typical side effect will disappear few hours after the treatment.
2. Edema (swelling): This typical or common symptom resolves within a few days after the treatment.
3. Pain: A discomfort or tenderness may be experienced during the procedure. This can be reduced by administering a local anesthesia and applying ice compression on the treated areas.
4. Bruising: Mild bruising may occur occasionally and it is very common, but it will be resolved within a few days after the procedure.
5. Nerve effects: Some patients experienced transient local muscle weakness and numbness results after the procedure that lasted for a few months but it was resolved with no permanent injuries to facial nerves as reported.
The Ulthera® is not recommended in patients with:
• Open wounds or lesions on the treatment areas
• Severe or cystic acne on the treatment areas
• Pacemakers and electronic device implants
• Pregnancy or breast feeding women
• A hemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunction
• Local skin disease
• Herpes simplex
• Autoimmune disease
• Diabetes (Patients should tell the physician before doing the energy treatment)
• Bell’s palsy
The energy should be avoided during treatment at:
• Thyroid gland, thyroid cartilage, and trachea
• Major vessels
• Breast tissue or breast implant
• Metal stents in the treatment area