After the age of 20 we lose 1% of our collagen and elastin annually and from 35 years our fibroblasts almost stop producing collagen altogether leading down a natural path to wrinkles, laxity and sagging skin.
The desire to tighten loose or lax skin without surgical intervention has an alluring appeal. Collagen is a natural protein that keeps the skin firm, toned and youthful looking. It supports the structure and foundation of the skin maintaining its elasticity and firmness. As we age collagen loses strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity pulling downwards diminish. Elastin and Hyaluronic acid, other key proteins in the skin, also deplete as we age.
Ultherapy is an innovative energy based technology that utilises micro focused ultrasound technology to heat the deep skin tissues causing controlled thermal damage to a specific layer within the skin called the SMAS layer. This is the exact same area targeted and pulled tight by a plastic surgeon during a facelift. The body responds to Ultherapy by activating the skin’s natural healing process, encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin fibres to tighten up and smooth out the skin, underpinning and supporting it in a more taut shape.
Ultherapy technology is unique in two ways:
- It uses a highly focused ultrasound beam that enables exact targeting and heating of the SMAS layer to 60-70 degrees centigrade up to a depth of 4.5mm
- With ultrasound visualisation it enables the practitioner to precisely target depleted areas of collagen and avoid unwanted thermal damage to fat cells, blood vessels, muscles and bone. No other technology enables the practitioner to actually visualise the target under the skin. All other technologies are delivered blind. This innovative ability to see the deeper layers of the skin is a treatment game changer ensuring optimum collagen stimulation, maximum safety and superior results.
For the above reasons, Ultherapy will always clinically outperform HIFU technologies, delivering safer, superior results every time.
Ultherapy is the only FDA approved non surgical skin lifting device and over 1.75 million patients have been treated globally. It is regarded by leading experts as the Gold Standard lifting and tightening treatment with over 110 studies and research papers (60 peer reviewed papers and 50 clinical studies).
This technology is ideal for lifting and tightening the skin on the face, neck, under eye area, chin, brow and decolletage. It can also be effectively used on the body to treat banana rolls and sagging buttocks.
Optimal results are often achieved by combining multiple treatment modalities in a synergistic way. These combinations are usually applied sequentially enabling you to control your clinical outcome and budget by observing smaller incremental changes until your desired look is achieved. Unlike cosmetic surgery, these treatments require little or no downtime, increasing convenience and compatibility with our ever increasing busy lifestyles.
In clinical practice, the effects of Ultherapy are often enhanced by combining ultrasound technology with cosmetic injections.
Dermal fillers can be strategically injected into the dermis of the skin to replenish the dwindling supply of natural Hyaluronic acid as we age. Over time we lose volume and deeper fat cushions shrink and boney changes occur. Injectable treatment within the middle section of the face can restore lost volume resulting in a lifting effect minimising the appearance of sagging and drooping skin. Fillers can also sculpt, tighten and lift your jawline underpinning loose and sagging skin around the neck and chin minimising the appearance of the jowls. Dermal fillers can also remodel the skin and new nourishing, injectable moisturisers such as Profhilo stimulate elastin and collagen production, hydrating the skin resulting in lifting and tightening.
Muscle relaxing injections can also enhance the effects of Ultherapy when treating the upper face. Relaxing and releasing tension within the muscle beneath fine lines and wrinkles prevents unwanted creasing of the overlying skin.
In summary, Ultherapy is the worlds leading non-surgical skin lifting technology. The lifting is accompanied by tightening and firming of lax and loose skin. The most effective treatment areas are unwanted laxity within the cheeks, jowl and neck region.