I have had a few flair ups in 2 specific locations on my chin before of cystic acne where my dermatologist gave me a cortisone shot to clear it up. It happens if I'm under a lot of stress and hasn't occurred in almost a year. I'm concerned that since my body has had a history of it that Ultherapy would "awaken" it in other areas and that would be awful under my chin or jawline. I'm of East Indian skin tone and color so scaring/hyper pigmentation from chin/neck lipo is a concern.
Can Have Ultherapy Done Under my Chin and Neck if I've Had Cystic Acne Before?
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Ultherapy and Acne
We have not had any patients complain of increased acne or flare up of acne after Ultherapy. There can always be possible reactions to anything, however, it is not currently flared up and doesn't happen often, I would not be concerned. Also, an important point to make is that we don't actually treat the chin with the 3.0 or the 4.5mm. The treatment starts about 2.5 cm outside of the lip line due to the mental foramen that exists in that area. However, If you are getting the 1.5 mm transducer as part of the treatment, your provider may pass under the lower lip with that applicator.
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Dr. Grant Stevens
Ultherapy with cystic acne - Los Angeles
You may have a flare up of cystic acne with any procedure. Ultherapy is not indicated for those patients with severe acne scarring due to poor penetration of the ultrasound. I would pursue treatment but ask your surgeon to customize your Ulthera session. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
Cystic Acne Scarring and Ultherapy Effectiveness
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Ultherapy is not known to have as a common complication flare up of cystic acne
ultherapy has not been tested to see if it helps or exacerbates a condition of cystic acne. The Ultherapy with the 4.5mm deep transducer is delivering energy well under the level of most cystic acne but the 1.5mm. transducer might traverse the plane of acne involvement. It is not known if this ultrasonic energy would help or worsen the acne as it was not a condition investigate during the FDA trials for approval in facial skin lifting and tightening.
I would be cautious having ultherapy with active cystic acne.
I would be cautious having ultherapy with active cystic acne. If you have a history of it, but no current pustules or cysts, then it might be possible but I would definitely consult with your treating physician.
Ulthera in patients with prior cystic acne is no problem
Ulthera can safely be performed in patients which have had cystic acne. As Dr. P has said, we don't do it in the case of an active infection. In the long run, it might actually help the acne by partially destroying the sebaceous glands which are the source of the acne problem. There is an active clinical trial to see if Ulthera can actually be used for acne treatment.
Ultherapy in Patients With Cystic Acne
Ultherapy can be safely performed in patients with a history of cystic acne. We do not perform Ulthera on patients with active infections on their face or neck. It should not "awaken" other areas and stimulate acne outbreaks. There are actually ongoing studies of Ulthera helping acne improve. Good luck and be well.