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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 ...

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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.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Ultherapy can be used on body for right candidate

Ultherapy was recently FDA approved for use on the chest, and it can be used off-label in other areas as well with good results. Aside from Ultherapy, other skin-tightening procedures that can be used on the body are ThermiTight and Exilis. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in skin tightening for an in-person consultation to come up with the right treatment plan for you.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Ultherapy off the face.

The use for Ultherapy goes far beyond the face and neck. It is proving to be a work horse for chest tightening, arms, abdomen and loose skin on thighs and around knees and elbows. It works beautifully for the thin wrinkled out skin that can occur from weight gain and loss.

Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, FAAD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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.

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
4.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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