In recent years, a number of skin-tightening technologies have been developed. New devices have enabled patients who want to boost their youthful appearance to postpone facelift surgery or, in some cases, rule it out altogether. One of the benefits of non-surgical skin tightening is that controlled modalities provide more people with the control they want over their aging process. One of the downsides to so much innovation is that it can be difficult to determine which method of skin-tightening is right for you. Here, we discuss what Ultherapy does and how it does it.
What is Ultherapy?
The Ultherapy device is based on ultrasound technology. This differs from other treatments, such as ThermiTight (which we offer) in the use of ultrasound instead of radiofrequency. Ultrasound is used both as a guide and as the method for achieving beautiful results.
How Ultherapy Works
Ultherapy uses visual ultrasound to observe what lies beneath the skin’s surface. This is a step that sets Ultherapy apart because it facilitates the delivery of heat to the exact point at which tissue remodeling begins. Then, the device uses focused ultrasound to send two precise soundwaves through superficial tissue to the predetermined depth where friction will be most effective. The friction of soundwaves in the dermis is what stimulates heat, which subsequently increases collagen production. Collagen is the protein that heals and firms the skin so it appears tighter, more lifted, and younger.
Ultherapy targets multiple layers of tissue for maximum impact on appearance. The deepest layer of tissue that can be targeted is the sub-muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS. This is the layer of tissue that is manipulated during a surgical facelift. Above that, Ultherapy targets the low dermis and, above that, the top dermis. The deeper layers are strengthened by ultrasound so they provide better support to the top layer, in which fine lines, wrinkles, and looseness have an aging effect on appearance.
Is Ultherapy Right for You?
There is no denying the efficacy of a surgical facelift when compared to any non-surgical lifting treatment. However, for individuals with mild to moderate tissue laxity, crepey skin, and wrinkles who wish to address their concerns without surgery, Ultherapy is an outstanding option. Patience is a necessary attribute for those who choose Ultherapy because the full results of treatment occur over time. Depending on the severity of tissue laxity, a second treatment may be recommended six months after the first.