WHAT IS ULTHERA / ULTHERAPY
Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment that focuses on skin tightening and lifting. As we age, collagen breaks down, resulting in loss of skin strength and elasticity. Through time-tested ultrasound technology, Ultherapy helps produce new collagen growth.
Ultherapy makes use of ultrasound energy to target deep layers of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. It is an FDA-Approved Treatment for the face, chin, neck, and chest. It uses a device allowing your doctor to see underneath the top layers of skin to help them properly treat targeted areas at the proper depth.
Collagen is a protein that holds the skin in place. It forms a fibrous network of cells in the dermis called fibroblasts, where new cells can grow to replace and restore dead skin cells. Collagen production naturally reduces as part of the aging process – this results in the drooping and sagging of skin.
Ultherapy uses ultrasonic energy to heat up tissues and muscles in the deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. This leads to skin regeneration called neocollagenesis. It triggers the body’s natural healing process which causes us to use our own collagen to rebuild the skin’s framework. While results are seen 2 to 3 months after treatments, the new collagen cells are what restores your drooping skin to its original shape, making it firmer.
Lift and tighten your skin naturally with Ultherapy! Ultherapy, an FDA approved treatment, has successfully helped millions around the world to fight saggy, aging skin without the need for surgery. With its Micro focused Ultrasound technology that is able to generate a thermal effect deep into the skin, allows our body to jumpstart our own collagen production – this results in a gradual improvement of overall skin laxity that can last up to a year or more, giving a noticeable, yet natural-looking lifted & tightened skin!
HOW DOES ULTHERAPY WORK?
Though Ultherapy® treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, it won’t duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. However, it's a great alternative for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery. Plus, it's perfect for making slight "tweakments" in targeted areas like the brow, face, neck, or décolletage.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ULTHERAPY TREATMENT?
Treats Collagen Loss in the Deep Layers of Your Skin
Ultherapy targets one of the most challenging signs of facial aging which is collagen loss at the deep layers of your skin. Collagen loss at the deep layers of your skin manifests as saggy jowls, double chin and droopy eyelids. This deep layer of your skin are known as the SMAS layer (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system). The SMAS layer is the same layer of skin that plastic surgeons tighten in a face lift surgery.
Under ultrasound guidance, Ultherapy treatment directs micro-focused ultrasound energy precisely into the deep layers of your skin to encourage collagen production. With minimal to no recovery time, you can go about your normal routine. Depending on where you are treated, the procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some patients see an immediate result, but you should expect to see the final results appear gradually and naturally over 2-3 months, or even up to 6 months post-treatment.
With more than 100 research papers and more than 10 years of clinical use since US FDA approval in 2008, Ultherapy is a trusted brand for non-surgical skin tightening treatments. In fact, more than 1,250,000 Ultherapy treatments have been performed around the world since.
We use the official Amplify 2 protocol for Ultherapy. The Amplify 2 protocol is the updated protocol that enhances the skin tightening and face lifting effects of the treatment using more ultrasound shots with more optimal energy levels. The strict standardisation of protocol means that you are getting the same treatment that has benefited numerous patients around the globe.
HOW DOES ULTHERAPY WORK?
Builds New Collagen -
Ultherapy encourages collagen production by using focused ultrasound energy to penetrate deep into the skin, without causing any damage to your skin’s surface. Collagen is a structural protein of the body and it’s what holds your skin in place. A healthy amount of collagen in the body helps maintain your skin’s elasticity and firmness. But as we age, collagen production gradually decreases. This causes the cheeks, jawline, neck and eyebrow area to droop and sag.
Treats the Deep Layers of Your Skin -
Ultherapy delivers ultrasonic energy to the deep layers of your skin to help with the production of collagen at these foundational layers. The device delivers heat in the deep layers of the skin, which heats up the tissues and muscles, stimulating the production of collagen. This skin regeneration process is called neocollagenesis – wherein the body uses its own collagen to help heal and rebuild the skin’s structure. This leads to the lifting and tightening of sagging skin and improvement of fine lines and wrinkles on the chest.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIFU AND ULTHERAPY TREATMENT IN SINGAPORE?
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Ultherapy are commonly mistaken as the same treatment.
Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure that has been cleared by the FDA for lifting and tightening the skin.
Many HIFU machines claim that they can achieve the same result as Ultherapy, but as a fraction of the price. However, these brands are not FDA-cleared and they lack adequate clinic studies to support their claims.
Ultherapy has over 50 clinical studies and 40 published peer-reviewed papers. This indicates that Ultherapy has undergone rigorous testing to provide its efficacy and safety.
Copycat machines do not have real-time imaging and the doctors are not able to see clearly the areas to be treated.
Complications may include discomfort during treatment and poor result. In some serious cases, patients have experienced skin burns due to poor development of HIFU machines that led to uncontrolled temperature when administered on patients.