ULTHERAPY AND FAT REDUCTION
There is no research evidence to support claim that Ultherapy reduces facial fat; however, focused transcutaneous ultrasound energy has been used for many years to reduce torso and limb fat through cavitation causing lipolysis. Any energy source strong enough to cause subcutaneous trauma and subsequent inflammation and collagen production is strong enough to cause fat destruction. Ultherapy can and does cause some adipocyte cavitation and fat destruction.
Volume loss is not seen with Ultherapy performed by experienced providers
Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy and using B mode visualization, the focus of energy delivery is visualized. I don't believe that Ultherapy done by physicians or qualified providers (physician assistants) under the supervision of doctors cause such injury to the fatty structures of the face or neck.
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Fat and volume change with Ultherapy
According to the manufacturer, no--the power and settings used on the face do not alter fat and volume.
In my opinion, I do believe that I am able to intentionally reduce the fat in the neck by using the 3-mm handpiece at high energy settings. This has not been confirmed by pre- and post- ultrasound studies to see if the fat has actually been reduced, but clinically I have seen reduction in fullness on the neck as one can appreciate in my photos and many of the photos presented.
In all of the patients that have been treated in my office, no one has complained of a change in the shape of their face or cheek volume. That being said, we customize treatments for every patient and I do not do extra passes on the mid face, only on a full neck.
Ultherapy does not damage fat
There is no evidence to support that Ultherapy damages facial fat.. Ultherapy can target three different depths: the Dermis (deeper skin), Fat + Connective tissue (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System-SMAS) and Muscle. The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is located below the fat and is a strong tissue that envelops the face. It is made up of collagen, elastic fibers, muscle fibers and fat cells. The ultrasound energy produced during an Ulthera treatment, precisely and consistently heats the targeted tissue to 60-70 degrees centigrade, which is the optimal temperature for contraction and denaturation of collagen. Your body responds to the pinpoint thermal injuries placed in the deep tissue by creating new collagen fibers. Collagen fiber formation can take several months, so the final results from Ultherapy may take up to 6 months. Ultherapy stimulates collagen production which does not lead to fat loss.
Does Ultherapy damage fat and volume in the face
There have been years of research and nothing indicates Ultherapy damages fat. The Ultherapy treatment stimulates your own collagen to produce more making the volume more.
Does Ultherapy damage the fat and volume in your face?
No, Ultherapy does not damage fat anywhere! This is a bogus rumor that was likely started by competitors peddling an inferior device, such as Lutronic or ThermiRF. Ultherapy is an extremely safe
treatment that carries little to no real risk when the treatment is performed
by an experienced professional. Ultherapy is,
without question, the best collagen-inducing device for facial rejuvenation. RF
devices, such as Thermal, only heat the tissues up to 50-55 Celsius while a
minimum of 60C is necessary for new collagen growth (Neocollagenesis). Thermi is, in my opinion, a very poor tool that has limited to no use in facial
aesthetic. There is no
other non-surgical device that does what Ultherapy does, despite their claims
otherwise. Furthermore, Ultherapy has the first, and the only, FDA approval for
non-surgical lifting. We feature Ultherapy as the basis for our Non-Surgical
Face-Lifting program and we have achieved amazing results by combining
Ultherapy with treatments such as toxins, fillers, fractional resurfacing,
modified phenol chemical peeling, stem cell rich fat transfers, micro-needle
radiofrequency treatments (the only useful RF based treatment available today),
and excellent skin care regimen management.
Ultherapy and Fat Loss -- there IS NO EVIDENCE of fat loss or skin thinning
there is no data to support that ultrasound or RF treatments cause fat atrophy or skin thinning. Although I have seen patients report this on realself.com this has no been confirmed through years of research. Best, Dr. Emer.