Can Ultherapy be used successfully on the abdomen/stomach? (photos)

I am skinny/fit with slight loose skin (when I bend) from birthing 2 babies. It is simply not enough damage to undergo the knife. Can Ultherapy treatments offer the skin tightening I need? Approximately how "many" would I need and the cost of each?

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Ultherapy for Loose Abdominal Skin

Thanks for your question Gems. Ultherapy can be used to treat loose abdominal skin. However, this is an "off-label" treatment. Candidate selection is crucial as is the acceptance of the fact that multiple treatments will be required to achieve adequate results. This can end up being costly for some people, but it remains an option for those who absolutely do not want to have surgery. It is important to get a consultation from a surgeon who can determine whether Ultherapy would be an option for you or if you would be better off with a tummy tuck. Hope this helps answer your question!

Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Mommy makeover or smoothing the wrinkly belly button

In the past, we would offer women limited "umbilicoplasty" = cutting out and redraping the wrinkly upper umbilical skin.  However patients and I quickly realized that surgery didn't really accomplish their aesthetic ideals.  You are like so many of my "fit" mothers, whose post-pregnancy abdomens don't have excess fat, wide splay of the rectus muscles, relatively good quality skin (i.e. not too much, not many, if any stretch marks), who I routinely "talk out" of choosing tummy tucks.  You've got to consider whether the down time, cost, risk, etc. is matched by the improvement.  My patients and I have been satisfied with Ultherapy results on face, neck & chest, however not well served, off face.  Today, I watched Dr. Brian Kinney discuss the merits of Thermi-RF, which may emerge as a good alternative.  You might consider visiting Dr. Sabina Fabi's in La Jolla, as I think she's up and running with both platforms. Good luck.

Lavinia K. Chong, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Ultherapy For The Body

Ultherapy has been used almost everywhere on the body – so treating the abdomen does not seem to be a problem. It is not FDA approved to use here, but surely can be done if you so choose. I would strongly recommend that you have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn all of the potential non-invasive treatments that are now available for tightening the abdomen – including the various radiofrequency (RF) devices that are now available – including the Alma Accent, the EndyMed 3Deep, the Venus Legacy, and others that use RF energy to help tighten the skin.

Many options exist for you – learn which will be best for you and tighten your abdomen.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Ultherapy for a loose abdomen

Although ultherapy's FDA indications are for treatment of the face, neck and chest, it is commonly used to tighten skin elsewhere on the body including the abdomen.  Another option to tighten this area is Thermage. Finally if the issue is 'crepey' skin (texture and feel of crepe paper), several treatments with the Fraxel laser may improve your results.  Any of these three treatments can be boosted by injections of a biostimulatory filler like Sculptra or Radiesse to improve the skin quality and tone.   

The key is a good evaluation from a physician who understands the parameters of what each noninvasive treatment can achieve so you can be given realistic expectations.  Neither of these noninvasive procedures will give you the equivalent results to a surgical tummy tuck, so you may want to have a consult for that procedure first just to confirm that you are not a surgical candidate.   

Finally remember that deep radiofrequency and ultrasound procedures should not be done over a hernia.  Be sure that either your obstetrician or dermatologist evaluate you to rule out a hernia of the abdominal wall or umbilicus (belly button).

I hope this answer helps.  Best wishes.

Heidi A. Waldorf, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Ultherapy on the abdomen

Ultherapy is a great skin tightening device! IT is FDA cleared for treatments on the face, neck and chest and is known for a non-surgical brow lift of upto 2 mm which is pretty significant.  It can be used off label on the abd, arms, buttocks, thighs, and knees to tighten sagging skin. Although it is rather costly, it is about the only treatment that I have seen work with consistency to tighten the skin.

I hope this helps!

Quenby Erickson, DO, FAAD, FACMS
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Can Ultherapy be used successfully on the abdomen/stomach? (photos)

The answer is yes.Ultherapy has been a reliable tool in my practice since about 2011 for woman just like yourself.Ultherapy does a wonderful job of qualitative skin resurfacing as well as tightening laxity.A recent case of a very thin skinned woman whose skin sagged to the ground when doing yoga took one year for her skin to tighten, however, she now no longer sags when doing yoga and her skin feels more firm and tight to the touch. In other words, be patient and if you are(were) a good candidate your result will come.
Your standing view differs from the slight bending view in that you wrinkle when flexed because of your loss of elasticity, therefore Profound MAY be a better option for your particular case. Profound is another well researched scientifically vetted device in my practice.
Please note that you appear to have diastasis recti. This will get worse over time of not repaired. It can be accomplished through a very small(C/S type incision) in the bikini line along with skin rejuvenation.
Hope this helps.

Andrew Kornstein, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Ultherapy on the Abdomen/Stomach

Ultherapy is not FDA approved for treatment on the abdomen. Ultherapy is only indicated for the brow, neck and decolletage. However certain physicians may be treating additional areas. Please consult with your physician.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Ultrashape and Velashape - Buffalo Niagara, NY

Ultherapy is the only FDA cleared procedure to non invasively lift the eyebrow, neck and under chin. It has also been approved to improve decolletage lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Use of Ultherapy on abdominal skin would be an 'off label' use and frankly I don't think it will help your problem. 

Ultrashape and Velashape may help you as well as Thermage.

An in person consultation with someone who can objectively treat this surgically or non surgically will be the option for you. 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Loose skin of the abdomen can respond in our NYC practice with ThermiTight, Ultherapy, Thermage, Velashape, and Pelleve

Fine lines of inelasticity can be improved with Ultherapy on the abdomen or Thermage, or the new, in between or the non-invasive ThermiTight radiofrequency.  

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Ultherapy for the Abdomen?

Ultherapy is FDA-Approved to non-surgically tighten skin on the face, neck, chin, and chest. It is not currently indicated to treat the abdomen area. There are other non-surgical treatments that are more suitable to tightening skin on the abdomen, such as Thermage and Exilis. Ask your doctor which treatment would give you the results you are looking for.

Karen Beasley, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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