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In an ongoing series of product overviews entitled A Quick Look, this is the third installment. In this article, we will be taking a look at Ultherapy. Firstly, what is Ultherapy? Secondly, what does it do? Thirdly, what can you expect from a treatment?

What Is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a safe and non-surgical ultrasound treatment. The procedure’s goal is simple: Revitalize the skin at the area of treatment. That is to say, the procedure uses your body regenerative response to gently and gradually lift the skin. Ultherapy is commonly used under the chin, on the neck, on the eyebrow, and the chest.

An Ultrasound Treatment

The United States Food and Drug Administration says “ultrasonic therapy . . . produce[s] high-frequency sound waves that travel deep into tissue and create gentle therapeutic heat.” Simply put, the sound in ultrasound means that sound waves are used to create friction between the layers of skin. On the other hand, the “therapy” in Ultherapy aids in the restoration of healthy skin.

What Are The Risks of Ultherapy?

Ultherapy poses no danger at all to your health. In fact, the risks associated with the procedure are minimal to non-existent. “The sound waves are transmitted through a round-headed wand that the therapist applies to the skin with gentle, circular movements,” continues the FDA. Moreover, “Ultrasonic therapy does not hurt if the therapist keeps the wand moving continuously [though there may be a bit of a tingling sensation and/or a sensation of warmth]. If, however, [your therapist holds the] wand in [one] place for more than a few seconds, it can become uncomfortable at higher energies.”

Who’s A Good Candidate?

Anyone man or woman who is over the age of 18 and would like a nonsurgical facelift or skin tightening, is a great candidate for Ultherapy. The procedure requires no downtime, minimal effort on the patient’s part, and has virtually no side effects.

Therefore, you are not a good candidate, if you are pregnant or have

  • a cardiac pacemaker;
  • a malignancy in the area to be treated;
  • a healing fracture in the area to be treated;
  • an implanted medical device, other than a pacemaker, such as an implanted deep brain stimulation device.

What You Can Expect

Ultherapy does treat the skin’s deep layers similar to a traditional facelift, but, it won’t provide the exact same results. Why?

To clarify, a traditional facelift is invasive, requires downtime, leaves scars, and requires multiple follow-up visits. These visits are to ensure that there was no nerve or muscle damage, that no infection developed, and that the results are as expected. Tough, with Ultherapy, visible results may take some time, there’s no scarring, bruising, downtime, or risk of infection.

Yes, the two methods of achieving the same results are vastly different. Nonetheless, Ultherapy remains an amazing alternative for individuals opting out of surgery or who seek to extend their surgery results. There are few cosmetic procedures that can make

Some Details to Note

Above all, Ultherapy is not the same as a laser treatment. Laser treatments involve light and are somewhat invasive. However, Ultherapy uses sound waves and has one simple goal: Stimulate collagen production in the foundation of the skin. The length of the procedure usually depends on the treatment area.

In conclusion, do you qualify for Ultherapy? Have any questions? Schedule a consultation to have any concerns eased and all your questions answered.


The information provided herein has been reviewed for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infallalacy. A consultation with a doctor is always needed before receiving treatment of any cosmetic product.

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Published: 20180302
Revised: 20190802

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.