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Ultherapy: What You Need to Know

By Megan Deem • Medical review by
on
August 20, 2020

By Megan Deem • Medical review by on August 20, 2020

Fast facts


Ultherapy is a noninvasive skin tightening procedure. It uses high-focused, intense ultrasound energy to tighten and lift skin by gently heating the tissue and stimulating the body’s collagen-building process, with visible results from a single session.

It’s cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the brow and décolletage area (the neck, chin, and chest), but some doctors also use it off label, on other parts of the body with loose skin (such as the stomach and above the elbows or knees).

“The treatment is very effective,” says New York City dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ronald Shelton. “It doesn’t duplicate the results of a facelift, but it can postpone the need for surgery for many years.”

“I tell my patients that it’s about 10-20% of a facelift result,” says Dr. Dilip Madnani, a facial plastic surgeon in New York City. He has an Ultherapy treatment himself “every few years, to keep my skin tight,” and he often suggests it for maintenance in his younger patients. While it’s not a replacement for facelift surgery, “it can delay the process. It’s also great for patients who have already had surgery and are looking for maintenance,” as well as those who want to avoid a surgical facelift.

Published November 11, 2020 Updated November 11, 2020

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