How Long Do the Results of an Ultherapy Procedure Last?

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Most people choose to have another Ultherapy Procedure 1.5 to 2 years later

Thank you for your question.  Although Ultherapy does a good job of "turning back the clock", the normal aging process continues of course. In my opinion, the natural aging will never completely catch up to where it would have been had you not done Ulthera. At any given time your skin is still "in a better place" than it would have been had you never had an Ultherapy treatment. Most of our patients like their result and choose to have another treatment 1.5 to 2 years later.  

We tell our patients that Ultherapy is a great way to give your skin mild tightening and improvement but it does not compare to the dramatic effects of a surgical facelift or necklift. Good candidate selection for Ultherapy is paramount. If you are not a good candidate for Ultherapy, your provider ideally should inform you of that. It is ideal to be evaluated for Ulthera candidacy by a surgeon who performs Ultherapy as well as facelift/necklifts/eyelids/etc. That way you know you're always going to get an appropriate assessment. They can tell you about the expected outcome for either approach.

We choose our ultherapy candidates very carefully after thorough assessment of skin type, bone structure, tissue and fat volume, etc... In our practice, our patients are very satisfied with their Ultherapy results and most patients choose to repeat it every 1.5 to 2 years as a preventative or maintenance measure.


San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Ultherapy sets back the aging clock

Because Ulthera has a direct effect on the collagen under the skin, causing it to regenerate, the effect is not really a temporary one. That doesn't mean it suspends time, it is more like setting back the aging clock. It uses highly focused ultrasound to target the collagen layer noninvasively, and the full effects take about 3 months to develop. 

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Studies Show Patients Still Seeing Improvement 10 Months After Treatment

No anti-aging procedure stops the aging process; instead the signs of aging in your body are reversed or slowed based on the treatment you choose. Nonetheless, according to a study performed at Northwestern University, patients were still noticing improvement in the treatment area ten months after their procedure date. Most cosmetic service providers recommend patients attend yearly touch-up sessions to ensure their results remain fresh and to keep up with the aging process.

D. Scott Karempelis, MD
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
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How Long Does Ultherapy Last?

You ask a good question and all of our patients ask something similar. The answer really is, we don't know yet.  The studies completed to obtain FDA clearance for the device showed that effective treatment results lasted at least one year.  How long after this will patients desire to have a touch up procedure?

When we evaluated the device, we investigated similar procedures that induce collagen formation and found that most of these had a longevity of 3 years or so.  We would expect that Ultherapy results should last in this time frame.  Keep in mind that the effect of Ultherapy is permanent and you will always look better than if you had  done nothing at all.   Unfortunately, the aging process continues.  Any procedure, even the most aggressive surgical procedure, does not stop you from aging.  Much like exercise, if you want to maintain a youthful appearance, it will require a continued investment.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

How long will Ultherapy last?

Ultherapy works by reorganizing and stimulating collagen.  So you should continue look better than if you had never had the procedure.  Unfortunately, we can't stop time, though.  The technology is relatively new, so we are still learning about the longevity.  What most providers have seen is that it takes at least a year to a year and a half for gravity to catch up and for patients to want a refresher.  Large, long term studies are necessary before we can definitively answer the question, however.

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Ultherapy results you can hope for...

To the best of our knowledge, Ultherapy lasts for around 2 years.  The aging process can not be stopped, so all cosmetic procedures have limitations.  You will see immediate improvement and this is unique to a skin tightening device.  There will be continued tissue modeling and thickening of the dermal collagen for 6-10 months after treatment.  The skin (epidermis) also improves significantly with the treatment, however, maintaining this improvement will depend on how well you take care of you skin (sun and smoking avoidance).

Curt Samlaska, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

How Long Does Ultherapy Last?

The tighetning from Ultherapy is visible about 4-6 months after the procedure.  Patients may chose to re-treat after a year or longer because, even though young collagen has been produced, one continues to age following the procedure. 

Kathleen M. Welsh, MD
San Francisco Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Depends on the patient

Long lasting effect of Ultherapy is dependent on each patient's age, genetic factors, intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors..  In general, patients continues to gradually improve over 6mo to 1 year. Patient satisfaction has been superb with Ultherapy in our office.

Chang Son, MD
Englewood Dermatologist
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Results vary person to person, but 1-3 years is the average lifespan of Ulthera treatment results.

As with all treatments that stimulate collagen, it is important to remember that everyone ages and breaks down collagen and elastin at a different rate. Patients return to the office at 6 months. At this appointment we review photos and include a touch up treatment to target areas that that need improvement.  We love to incorporate additional treatment modalities with Ultherapy to optimize results such as micro needling, Sculptra and Retin-A. While the treatment does last 1-3 years we encourage patients to come in for minimal touchups yearly to keep the collagen stimulated. Patients continue to look younger with age!

Theresa M. Jarmuz, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

With Ultherapy, remember "correction and prevention" in Medicine.

Ultherapy is a wonderful treatment. It is noninvasive and really turns the clock back on your skin. However, the results of Ultherapy vary from one patient to the other. It depends on many factors, such as patient's age, skin condition, previous skin tightening treatment, skincare, lifestyle, intake of supplements, or concurrent treatment to stimulate more collagen.  It's important to remember the principle of "First Correction to your desired skin tightening condition, then Prevention for further loosening or loss of collagen". The effect of Ultherapy should lasts one to two years. However I recommend repeating Ultherapy every 6 to 24 months. When the patients return for Ultherapy within one year, they usually see more skin tightening results from additional treatment. 

Sheena Kong, MD
San Francisco Internist
3.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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