Ulthera: Tighten Your Skin With Energy

Once the effects of aging start to take hold on the face, it’s pretty common for sagging skin to become noticeable. The only way to reverse the effects of slack skin is to tighten it back to a more youthful position.

Recently FDA-approved for lifting the the lower face and neck, Ultherapy (aka Ulthera) is a nonsurgical ultrasound procedure that helps to tighten, tone and lift minimally- to moderately saggy skin. The best candidates are those with some loose skin that aren’t ready for or don’t want to commit to surgery and are willing to accept more minimal correction. 

Tiny amounts of focused energy are delivered to the deep layers of skin, bypassing the surface, and stimulating collagen at the dermal level for a lifting and tightening effect during the 30- to 60-minute treatment, which most doctors perform with pain medication. The device features an imaging screen so your doctor can see how much energy is passing through the skin and where it will be directed. “The new Amplify Ultherapy utilizes a low energy level and greater density of ultrasound lines to reduce discomfort without compromising results,” says New York plastic surgeon Lee Ann Klausner, MD.

Your skin may be red or feel swollen (particularly in the first few days following treatment). Two to three months post-treatment you should notice tighter skin. The effects will continue but need to be maintained. Dr. Klausner says Ultherapy is following in the footsteps of repeat filler injections. “In some cases, patients can improve results with a second treatment.”

The bottom line: The results won’t replace those of surgery. “It provides noticeable results for those who have naturally heavy jowling or submental fat,” says St. Augustine, FL, plastic surgeon Deirdre Leake, MD.

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  • herman
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    If we buy a product we expect we can get our money back if we are not pleased. Funny how this doesnt really seem an option in cosmetic procedures like this...i wonder why?

  • Belly Wilson
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  • GIGI
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    I have had ULTHERA procedure twice. I'm 83, and hope I don't sound too egotistical,when I repeat what all say, "I look at the most, in my 60s". (It helps that I'm a curvy size 2/4). My first procedure, about 3 years ago, lasted about a year and half. It's been approximately 4 months since my second procedure - lookin' better & better. HOWEVER, it hurt like 'ell so take all the post-precedure pain meds they'll give you. I have used OBAGI SKIN CARE products (retin-A) for 15 years - so to begin with have minimal wrinkles. Everyone's skin is different, what works for some, doesn't work for others. GENES have a lot to do with your "results." Also had "volumne" filler procedure after last ULTERA. The two together have worked great for me! (p.s. Now into oil pulling - lookin' even better!)

  • 44inPhoenix
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    I paid $1500 in December to have ultherapy under my chin and along my jaw. It hurt and I see absolutely no results over 3 months later. In my opinion, it is a waste of money.

  • janedoey
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    Hmm - I thought Ultherapy was fairly new on the market - not 5 years old??? Yes, I was excited when I heard about it so like an idiot I tried it. It went to NLS Clinic in Dubai - spent about 15 mins and $900.00!! This fool of a "Dr" (Julia) placed this instrument on my face touching the jowls and upper brow area and ask do you see it - I can see the difference! Hah! Needless to say - absolutely NO RESULTS. I wish I could sue them. :(

  • Connie
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    Had this procedure a few years back. It was extremely painful, very expensive and I still can't see a difference. My advice, don't waste your money!

  • Latingirl57
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    Can't find a honest person anywhere who gives honest opinion on ultherapy

  • Latingirl57
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    Ultherapy does not work, stupid me $3,500 for nothing, this company needs to be suied for fraudulent ,unethical therapy!!!

  • sheila
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    I had thermage some time ago and did not see the results as much as I have seen with Ulthera. I received an Ulthera treatment in Mill Valley with a Nurse Practitioner Kate who was very honest and realistic about what I should expect. I was really happy with the difference in my jowls and it helped to lift my brow a slight bit. SkinSpirit in Mill Valley is the only place I know of the offers many different lasers that are specific to the treatment .... that is what I have learned makes the biggest difference.

  • drz
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    My dermatologist had it done herself to see if she thought it was worth using in her office. Her verdict: It was extremely, extremely painful, and the results were meh.

  • Medical Esthetician
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    In my office we use the Exilis machine which uses heat and radio frequency. It works great on some people but others can have more stubborn skin. Ultimately I have seen the best results with fractional lasers and injections, especially for people with more moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging.

  • Roger
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    Ulthera é o MELHOR do Mercado, todos os médicos sabem disso! Pergunte para seu médico qual é o melhor equipamento.

  • anonymousmoi
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    Yes, depending on the price.

  • Veronica Schwartz Veronica Barton Schwartz
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    It's the best and most natural procedure out there for those that don't want to go under the knife and are tired of getting filler injections to lift and tighten. Clients are happy to take 5 years off with Ultherapy!

  • clear skin always
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    I tried Ulthera in 2010. My doctor was one of the first ones to do it in Los Angeles. Honestly, I did not see much of a difference and for the money I'd say it was not worth it. I hear that Thermage CPT is really good for jowls and other parts of the body like the knees. The Fraxel laser may also be good to tighten certain areas

  • Deana
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    this treatment sounds amazing! Yes I want to try this for my jowling.....how much is it per session?

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