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You ask a good question and all of our patients ask something similar. The answer really is, we don't know yet. The studies completed to obtain FDA clearance for the device showed that effective treatment results lasted at least one year. How long after this will patients desire to have a touch up procedure? When we evaluated the device, we investigated similar procedures that induce collagen formation and found that most of these had a longevity of 3 years or so...
Hi Minny, Ultherapy by Ulthera has only been out for about 2 years. Although many patients see immediate lifting results, the ultimate results do not happen overnight, but gradually over time. It can take up to 2-3 months for optimal rejuvenation. Ulthera has been used for close to 2 years. Some patients treated 1 1/2 to 2 years ago are now returning for second treatments. Though they still appear improved from their pre-treatment...
Ultherapy is a fairly new device in the U.S. market (Fall 2009), although it has been in Asia for several years. Here in the U.S. the initial reports (from the FDA clinical trials) examined the effects of the treatments and showed that the results lasted for a year. Of course, since it is a new technology, we need studies that go beyond one year to see exactly how long the effective results can truly last. Informal reports from physicians who have been using this device for over a year,...
Because Ulthera has a direct effect on the collagen under the skin, causing it to regenerate, the effect is not really a temporary one. That doesn't mean it suspends time, it is more like setting back the aging clock. It uses highly focused ultrasound to target the collagen layer noninvasively, and the full effects take about 3 months to develop.
Ultherapy is a high density focused ultrasound activity which can have results that last a year or longer, especially in the neck and lower face in a younger patient. If the patient has significant sagging already it may not correct the problem.
Ultherapy is a relatively new procedure and therefore there are not many very long term results. However, other procedures that cause collagen production by causing injuries to the dermis such as Fraxel Laser Resurfacing have results that last more then a few years. There is no reason to expect that Ultherapy results shouldn't last as long. Ultherapy also directs energy to the connective tissue layer causing collagen deposition there to tighten and lift the face.
To the best of our knowledge, Ultherapy lasts for around 2 years. The aging process can not be stopped, so all cosmetic procedures have limitations. You will see immediate improvement and this is unique to a skin tightening device. There will be continued tissue modeling and thickening of the dermal collagen for 6-10 months after treatment. The skin (epidermis) also improves significantly with the treatment, however, maintaining this improvement will depend on...
The tighetning from Ultherapy is visible about 4-6 months after the procedure. Patients may chose to re-treat after a year or longer because, even though young collagen has been produced, one continues to age following the procedure.
Long lasting effect of Ultherapy is dependent on each patient's age, genetic factors, intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors.. In general, patients continues to gradually improve over 6mo to 1 year. Patient satisfaction has been superb with Ultherapy in our office.
No anti-aging procedure stops the aging process; instead the signs of aging in your body are reversed or slowed based on the treatment you choose. Nonetheless, according to a study performed at Northwestern University, patients were still noticing improvement in the treatment area ten months after their procedure date. Most cosmetic service providers recommend patients attend yearly touch-up sessions to ensure their results remain fresh and to keep up with the aging process.