Can Ultherapy Be Safe for Dark or Tan Skin?

Can Ultherapy Be Safe for Dark or Tan Skin?

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Yes, Ultherapy is safe for all skin types

One of the biggest advantages of Ultherapy, in fact, is that it is generally safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones, without causing much concern about hyperpigmentation.

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 151 reviews

Ultherapy for dark or tan skin

The beauty of Ultherapy is that it does not cause problems with hyerpigmentation, which is a concern with treatments using laser energy.

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

Ultherapy Safe For All Skin Types

Ultherapy is an ideal solution for individuals of any skin type with mild to moderate sagging in the face and neck who are not yet ready to undergo more invasive surgical procedures, such as a full facelift or Mid Face Lift.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Yes, Ultherapy is safe for all skin types

Ultherapy can be used safely with all skin types. Unlike lasers, you do not need to take caution with tanned skin. The ultrasound energy bypasses the more superficial layers of skin, leaving them intact and unharmed.

Theresa M. Jarmuz, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Yes, It is safe for darker skin tones.


Yes, Ultherapy is colorblind, meaning it can be safely used in patients with skin of any color without pigmentation changes.



Felix Bopp, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Ultherapy is one of safer treatments for darker skin type

One major advantages of Ultherapy is that it is safe for darker skin types.  Ultherapy has been extensively used in Asian countries without significant side effects for longer period that in the U.S. In our office which has a sizable patients with ethnic skin, the system as been one of safest treatments.

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

Ultherapy is safe for all skin types

Yes, Ultherapy is safe for all skin types as it delivers the energy in the deeper skin and connective tissue layers bypassing the more superficial layers where the pigment cells are.  

Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

Ultherapy is indicated for all types of skin color

As Ultherapy is not a laser, and its focus is to heat the dermal tissues, there is no injury to the epidermis that normally occurs during the treatment.  The focused ultrasound energy travels through the epidermis and is absorbed a few to several millimeters below the epidermis, in the dermis heating up this collagen.  The body then produces more collagen as a response to this injury.. There can be a risk of a thermal burn, although this would be very rare, and this could induce a temporary, and in unusual circumstances, long term or permanent, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If this were to happen, treatment is available to lighten such pigment and it is often successful.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Ultherapy safe for all skin types

Unlike laser-based treatments, Ulthera uses micro-focused ultrasound to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen in the deeper layers. Ultrasound is not affected by different colors of skin so it is suitable for all skin types. It works best on people in their 40's-50's and is not a replacement for a facelift.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Ultherapy Safe on Dark Skin

Ultherapy is a very safe procedure on any skin.  Melanocytes - cells that give the skin color- are located above the treatment zone so are  unaffected by the ultrasound wave.  Ultherapy is a wonderful way to treat skin laxity.

Rondi Kathleen Walker, MD
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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