I've Heard There is a New Protocol for Ulthera, Can You Confirm And/or Explain It?
- Asked by Megan P
- 1 year ago
As I understand, purely from a layperson's understanding, the newer protocol (implemented within perhaps the last 4 months?) adds 40% more passes and uses two different depths. I really would like to find out exactly what the differences are since earlier reviews are not so great and some of the more recent ones are.
5.0+Protocol For Ultherapy
Doctors may be advancing even beyond this second protocol that was promoted by Zeltiq for improved Ultherapy effectiveness. There are two main transducer depths at this time, 4.5mm. and 3mm. The use of these together target different connective tissue layers to cause and additive tightening effect. Increased lines of ultrasound energy should translate into a better clinical response. Ultherapy is not a replacement for a facelift and will not give the same amount of lifting, but for those individuals who refuse to or can not have surgery, Ultherapy may be a good alternative.
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com/ultherapy/index.html
Interesting how things change
I have no specific experience with Ulthera but have been interested in all these non-surgical skin tightening procedures over the years which first come onto the market highly hyped, then when the results aren't as impressive as promised, the response is always to go with more passes, more depth etc. This usually costs more and there are only so many passes you can get without changing equipment (more costs to the doctor translated on to you). My general attitude about all these is to wait 5 years and see if the technology is still around. If it is and the results are good, go for it. If not, you saved your money and weren't a guinea pig.
New Ultherapy Protocol
Yes, there is a new Ulthera protocol. The newest depth is 1.5 mm which we can use in the more superficial and sensitive areas around the mouth and under the eyes. They have also increased the number of lines in the Treatment Guidelines. These guidelines were developed to provide the best possible outcomes. Although these guidelines are provided to practitioners, the company does recommend using the planning card to determine the appropriate number of lines for each patient's needs. A more experienced practitioner will customize the treatment to each patient, providing the adequate number of lines for their face size, amount of laxity, amount of fullness, and to target their problem areas. No two treatments we administer are the same as no two faces are the same. These customized treatments provide the optimal results.
Ulthera New Protocols
Like most evolving technologies, many devices make advancements in treatment protocols through modifications in actual device, modifications in device sofware, modifications in device handpieces, and finally modifications in various treatment endpoints. Ulthera has continually evolved its technology, showcasing various capabilities of its unique platform. For example, the 5.0 Plus protocol evolution has added various enhancements, including some more passes. There has also been the development of the 1.5 tips, allowing for options especially in the midface, periorbital, perioral, and forehead regions. Futhermore, they are doing alot of research on new software displayes and treatment modalities for release in the near future.
To this end, you will see a continuing improvement in the application of the technology, leading to more patient comfort and improved outcomes. Hope this helps.
Ulthera protocol updates
Ulthera has recently updated protocols for facial treatments and the primary change is an increase in the number of lines of treatment for each area. I have used this technology with good success for well over a year. I determine the number of treatment lines for each patient on an individual basis depending on the size of the face and skin thickness. It is important to understand that this treatment does not replace surgical facial rejuvenation, however, it is an excellent option for those seeking meaningful improvement who are not yet ready for surgery.
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