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Can Ultherapy Be Used on Your Body?

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Ulthera for the Body

FDA approval has been for the brow, but many doctors have been seeing some good results on other areas on the body.

No studies have yet been published to describe optimal selection/parameters for body treatments.


Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy results on the body promising

There are a number of physicians that are trying Ultherapy for other areas of the body.  These results are preliminary and as far as I am aware have not been published.  The photographs of treaments that I have seen are very impressive but unanswered questions remain.  Foremost in my mind being what percentage of these patients obtain impressive results after one treatment and are there any adverse reactions.  I suspect we will have data presented within the next year.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy for the inner thighs, buttocks, abdominal wall

FDA clearance is for the brows, face, neck lips, crow's feet, decolletage and under eyes for Ultherapy.

We do use it off label for many other areas - inner thighs, arms, abdomen, buttocks ...

Read the Ultherapy book that we have written.

Ultherapy Can Be Successfully Used Everywhere on Body Off-Label

Yes, Ultherapy can be used on your body. This treatment has FDA clearance for lifting the eyebrows, lifting the face, lifting the neck, and now lifting the décolleté. Physicians can use this therapy and all therapies “off-label,” and they should let you know it is off-label when they do something that is not in the FDA label.

Botox has clearance in the glabella and crow’s feet — but we use it cosmetically all over the face and it is safe.  Ulthera has been used almost everywhere on the body, and we recently published a paper on its use on the knees. Others have also published on its use on lifting the buttocks. So there are many areas that have been studied and can be used successfully off-label.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Can Ultherapy Be Used on Your Body?

Ultherapy is only FDA approved for face use but can be used in other areas as long as you know the actual approval status. 

See link below for more info. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy and the Body

Ultherapy is only FDA approved for the décolleté and above. It wasn't approved for the décolleté until recently and we have already seen impressive results for that area.

As far as any other area, no published studies are available.

Retna A. Billano, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
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Ultherapy for Body

Ultherapy uses micro focused ultrasound to heat deep into tissue resulting in skin tightening and lifting.  Research is being performed for use off the face.  A recently published article demonstrated that it can be and effective treatment for the chest.

Jerome Potozkin, MD
Danville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Awaiting data regarding effectiveness of ultherapy off the face

i believe studies are ongoing to investigate ultherapy on body areas such as the upper arms. it would not be surprising to find out it is helpful. at present, it is off label to use it for off the face indications. 

Bruce K. Barach, MD
Schenectady Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy for the body

Ultherapy has not been FDA approved for the body.  Although there are ongoing studies for this application, we do not yet have data to base treatments or estimates of results for patients yet.

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, Ulthera is used elsewhere than the brow

Ulthera, although approved for brow and now neck tightening, has been shown through clinical studies to improve skin tightening on the body.  Areas of improvement include the chest or decolletage, arms, and knees.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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