Ulthera – Non Invasive Skin Tightening That is Attracting the Interest of Plastic Surgeons
To tighten one’s skin without scars, downtime, or significant risks seems intriguing to most people. Up to this point, most Plastic Surgeons have been critical of devices which have touted these claims…until now. Ulthera (short for Ultrasound Therapy) is using Micro Focused High Frequency Ultrasound to create precise one cubic millimeter lesions (Thermal Coagulation Points – TPC) in the lower skin and deeper tissues. These controlled lesions create an inflammatory response and eventually tissue contraction, leading to skin tightening. Full result will take about 90 days to appreciate, but immediate results can be seen before one leaves the office.
What has the Plastic Surgeons interested is that the area of tightening is performed at the level of the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System), which is the tissue that is tightened during a facelift. Using direct visualization of this layer using the device’s Ultrasound imaging mode, Ulthera can lay down small holes in the SMAS which then contract as the tissue heals. So theoretically, a non invasive facelift is performed.
The Ulthera technology has been around for about a year. Results have become more dramatic as the treatment protocols have become more aggressive (more TPCs) and two depths of treatment were adopted. Also some patients were given 2 treatments to achieve their desired effect. The areas which have seen the most promise are: Brow Elevation, Jaw Line, Upper Neck, Crows Feet, and Upper Cheek. There is current research for the use of Ulthera off the face. The device is safe without any noted long term side effects. Because the process takes place under the skin, besides some skin redness, there is no notable downtime.
Ulthera is available at selected Dermatologists, Facial Plastic Surgeon’s, and Plastic Surgeon’s offices. There are approximately 50 throughout the United States. Dr. Weiner and the Aesthetic Clinique have been selected for Ulthera’s initial rollout.