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Can Ultherapy Be Used on Your Body?

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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.

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.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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ULthera in the body

There are a few off-label areas that are being tested by a very small number of practitioners in the USA(breasts, arms, buttocks) but I do not know of any published data or safety recommendations.  Visit in person with an Ulthera provider and ask questions directly.  Best wishes. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy for use on body

Ultherapy is cleared for use on the face, neck and décolletage . It currently is not FDA approved for use on the body.

Ulthera on body

Ulthera can be used on many areas of the body where you want to build collagen support.  This can include the buttocks, arms, knees, thighs, abdomen, etc.  although this would be considered off label, it works in the same way as it does on the face - it builds collagen and hence tightens the region being treated.

Ultherapy for Body Contouring

Ultherapy has been cleared by the FDA for use in lifting, toning and tightening the forehead, mid and lower face, chin, neck, and décolletage. However, Ultherapy is now commonly used “off-label” to lift, tone and tighten areas that include the upper arms, back, abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. The treatment uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, triggering natural skin retraction. This ultrasound energy has been shown to be highly effective for both facial rejuvenation and body contouring.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy For the Face, Neck, and Chest

Currently, Ultherapy is only FDA approved to be used on the face, neck, and most recently the chest. However, the treatment does have a specific clinical indication for lifting the skin on the neck, chin and brow.

Mary Hurley, MD
Dallas Dermatologist
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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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