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How Long Do the Results of an Ultherapy Procedure Last?

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Ultherapy has been shown to last a year (perhaps longer?)

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, have reported effects lasting 1.5 years and more.

Having said that, it is very important to remember that neither this treatment or ANY surgery can stop time and the effects of aging. Even a face lift will have an "expiration date" (so to speak).  Of course, the fact that you "reset the stage" by lifting the skin and muscle back closer to where it used to be means that even as you age, you are still ahead of where you would have been if you did not have any treatment at all.

Hope this helps!

Dr. Y

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Do the Results of Ultherapy by Ulthera Last?

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 “before” photos, most desire further improvement, further turning back the hands of time.  Practitioners have reported that even in cases where they don’t see a big difference  in before and after photos, patients feel and notice the tightening to the point of being satisfied.   Ultherapy is ideal for patients between 35 to 60.   Older patients and those with excessively loose skin will benefit from either laser therapy or surgical face lifting.

Good luck and be well.


Dr. P


Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does Ultherapy Last?

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.  We would expect that Ultherapy results should last in this time frame.  Keep in mind that the effect of Ultherapy is permanent and you will always look better than if you had  done nothing at all.   Unfortunately, the aging process continues.  Any procedure, even the most aggressive surgical procedure, does not stop you from aging.  Much like exercise, if you want to maintain a youthful appearance, it will require a continued investment.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Ultherapy sets back the aging clock

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. 

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

How long will Ultherapy last?

Ultherapy works by reorganizing and stimulating collagen.  So you should continue look better than if you had never had the procedure.  Unfortunately, we can't stop time, though.  The technology is relatively new, so we are still learning about the longevity.  What most providers have seen is that it takes at least a year to a year and a half for gravity to catch up and for patients to want a refresher.  Large, long term studies are necessary before we can definitively answer the question, however.

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Ultherapy Results

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.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Ultherapy results you can hope for...

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 how well you take care of you skin (sun and smoking avoidance).

Curt Samlaska, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

How Long Does Ultherapy Last?

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. 

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
San Francisco Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Depends on the patient

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.

Chang Son, MD
Fort Lee Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Studies Show Patients Still Seeing Improvement 10 Months After Treatment

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.

D. Scott Karempelis, MD
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
2.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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