Ulthera vs. other HIFU / Ultrasound machines?
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The Ulthera device is the only FDA-cleared HIFU device in the US
What I always tell patients when asked questions like this is that this is buyer beware – we know Ulthera inside and out – we don’t know the others that well and since they are not FDA cleared, we do not use them, we do not recommend them, and in the US they are considered illegal at this time.
I only have experience with Ultherapy for facial tightening and have not used non FDA-cleared devices
I have found one Ultherapy treatment to provide some lifting and tightening to many of my patients in NYC but I also have seen series of ThermiSmooth and Pelleve treatments help.
As an aside, I don't use numbing cream for Ultherapy patients who are receiving more than the 1.5mm deep transducers, as the numbing cream won't decrease the discomfort from the 3 and 4.5mm deep transducers, which are the more commonly used tips to provide deeper tightening.
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Best of luck,
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