The Science Behind Ultherapy

imageMore often than not, cosmetic treatments aimed at addressing unaesthetic aging signs only target the loss of fullness or the facial line, not both. The same cannot be said about Ultherapy, a pioneering non-invasive procedure that utilizes micro-focused ultrasound to lift skin. Unlike other facelift treatment options, the technology incorporated in Ultherapy presents significant benefits in terms of precision, depth and temperature necessary to lift the skin. Ultherapy constitutes the best alternative to surgery at this point and it owes its tremendous success and popularity to the science behind it. Let’s explore the technologies that make this treatment unique.

Ultherapy acts at the foundational layer of the skin

Skin laxity and saggy tissue is often the result of structural weakness in the foundation layers of the skin. Therefore, it is easy to understand why until recently addressing the laxity issue couldn’t have been done properly via non-surgical treatment options. In other words, non-invasive procedures such as RF and lasers can’t penetrate for more than 3 mm under the skin, unlike surgical facelifts that allowed full access to the base of the skin. Ultherapy has changed all that, as its technology permits the focused energy to penetrate up to 4.5 mm under the skin, namely in the area where the laxity problems begin.

Ultherapy provides the optimal temperature for neo-collagenesis

Various clinical experiments indicate that the denaturation of collagen is optimal at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius. This is where Ultherapy really shines, as it is the only available treatment able to reach these temperatures without damaging the skin surface. What makes this treatment stand out in the crowd is the ability to micro-focus the ultrasound energy to a precise point underneath the skin. The same studies show that the energy is responsible for cellular friction as it heats the epidermis to a focal point of around 65 degrees Celsius, thus initiating collagen synthesis.

Ultherapy employs precision energy

Even though lasers are fairly precise, the problem with using then for skin tightening purposes is that they only treat the superficial layers of the skin. RF treatments have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin, but unfortunately they can’t heat the tissue evenly, but rather in bulks. Ultherapy is the only cosmetic procedure that combines the benefits of the previous two skin lifting procedures. In addition to ensuring precise pulses of ultrasound energy at the desired depth, the Ultherapy also implies the use of real-time imaging which adds to the accuracy of the technique.

Ultherapy provides gradual, but consistent results

Although the results can vary depending on the individual healing response of the patients, it is necessary to mention that the outcomes are consistent and reproducible. Moreover, Ultherapy only kickstarts the rejuvenation process and allows it to occur naturally and hence, gradually. As most patients report, while they notice a plumping effect immediately after the treatment, it takes approximately a week before the skin tightening happens. The actual lifting of the skin usually occurs over the next two to three months.

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    • doctorgerstman

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Ulthera is a wonderful procedure.