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Could ULTHERAPY Follow-up Maintenance Visits Cost About $1,000 Every Year?

Generally, it seems that a full effect from the initial visit takes 3 months and that the effect may last one year. Afterwards, yearly maintenance visits are highly likely. What happens if ultherapy falls out of demand (obsolete) and not replaced? Could that situation have a patient wish they never got involved in the 1st place?

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You're not burning your bridges with ultherapy facial skin tightening lifting

Ultherapy uses focal ultrasound to help the facial skin tighten and lift. Full effect may take six or more months for some people to realize. Usually the results I see do not vanish at 1 year but persist. that doesn't preclude performing a second treatmetn at a year should someone wish further benefit. Should a facelift or a different non surgical technique be considered in the future, the previous use of Ultherapy would not have caused a problem.

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Ulthera could be repeated to maintain effect

While the effects of Ultherapy seem to last about a year, it more like setting the aging clock back. Given the pace of technological improvements, it is not likely that there will ever be a single technology that isn't eventually replaced with something new. However, focused ultrasound like Ulthera and Liposonix is a fairly new technology and seems likely to be around for a while.

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Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Ultherapy Maintenance

Thank you for your question. Ultherapy is an excellent option for skin tightening and rejuvenation, and does generally last for a year's time. Even if Ultherapy were to fall out of demand, it is likely that a new treatment would be introduced that you could benefit from. Therefore, this should not discourage you from receiving the treatment in the first place, as I have seen excellent results at my practice.

Ultherapy Maintenance


Peak results of Ultherapy are anywhere from 3-6 months and results last around two years.  Of course every person is different but with the new treatment protocol of more lines, you should expect even better results that the first release of Ulthera.  From talking to a lot of the researchers, they are moving to new body indications so it is unlikely it will be obsolete.  They are going to take body tightening to a new level.




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Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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