Your Questions Answered

For more in-depth information and a personalised Ultherapy® treatment plan, please contact an Ultherapy® practitioner in your area to schedule a consultation.

How does Ultherapy® work?

Ultherapy® is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin. Ultherapy® uses precise ultrasound energy to target the deep structural layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface. After treatment, the body’s tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a natural lifting effect.

What are collagen and elastin?

These are both important building blocks within our skin. Collagen is a protein that is abundant in our skin and is important in providing strength and stability. It is produced by special cells (called fibroblasts) but over time our skin loses some of its collagen, contributing to skin laxity and sagging. Elastin is a highly elastic protein in skin and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched. Again, as we age, our skin loses some elastin which also contributes to sagging and laxity. Since our faces are constantly subjected to movement & pressure (when we smile, sleep, talk, shout, cry, laugh or sing) the loss of elastin and collagen really can take its toll.

Is this the same ultrasound used in maternity units?

Ultherapy® uses two special types of ultrasound. The first emits parallel lines of ultrasound, just like in the maternity unit ultrasound machines. This is called DeepSEE™. These ultrasound emissions bounce back and allow your practitioner to see what is immediately under the treatment area. Once the practitioner is satisfied that he or she is in the right position (i.e. will not hit any blood vessels or bone) the Ultherapy® machine then goes into treat mode where the ultrasound waves cross over at very precise depths. This crossing creates heat and it is this heat energy that initiates the body’s natural response to stimulate the growth of fresh, new collagen and elastin.

How long does a treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure takes 60–90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Will I need to take time off?

After an Ultherapy® procedure, you can resume your usual lifestyle and activities immediately without having to follow any special post-treatment measures.

When will I see results? How long will they last?

You may see some initial lift, but the ultimate results will take place over 2–3 months, as the growth of new collagen and elastin replaces old tissue targeted by the treatment. A single Ultherapy® treatment can give a lasting effect for over a year in some people and your practitioner will advise on the likely outcomes for you.

How many Ultherapy® treatments will I need?

Most patients need one treatment. However, based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some patients benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help patients keep pace with the body’s natural ageing process.

What do the results look like?

Take a look at our RESULTS section on this website. This shows genuine photographs of patients who have been treated with Ultherapy®.

Am I a candidate?

As a result of the natural ageing process our skin becomes less elastic.  A good Ultherapy® candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to look less firm or tight. Examples include a lowered brow, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Ultherapy® results in a gradual lift, leaving patients looking refreshed. However, Ultherapy® will not have as drastic results as a surgical facelift. Ultherapy® is a great alternative, however, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

Does Ultherapy® work for everyone?

Your practitioner will advise you whether you are likely to benefit from Ultherapy® treatment. It is important to understand that Ultherapy® is not suitable for people who have extreme skin laxity.

Does Ultherapy® replace the need for surgery (a facelift)?

While Ultherapy® does not duplicate the results of a facelift, it may be used before, or as an alternative to surgery and after surgery to maintain the effects. Unlike surgery it also has the added benefit of allowing you to resume your usual lifestyle and activities immediately.

How does Ultherapy® differ from laser treatments?

Ultherapy® uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months. Lasers rely on light energy, which typically only treat superficial skin (around 1mm in depth) and are not FDA-cleared or CE mark certified to lift skin.  Lasers often result in downtime after a procedure. Ultherapy’s ultrasound energy bypasses the surface of the skin (going to depths between 1.5mm and 4.5mm), which means no downtime is required after the treatment.  Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they can be compatible. Your aesthetic practitioner will advise you what is best for you.

Is Ultherapy® safe?

The Ultherapy® procedure has been used in over 1 Million treatments worldwide. Every Ultherapy® practitioner receives extensive procedural training and tools so you can feel confident choosing Ultherapy®. Ultherapy® is the only micro-focused ultrasound technology that has been reviewed and cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, (one of the World’s most stringent regulatory bodies for healthcare). In the European Union Ultherapy® is CE certified for non-invasive sculpting and lifting of the dermis on the upper and lower face, neck and décolletage (chest). Click here for important safety information.

Are there any side effects?

The skin might appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours. Some patients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any aesthetic medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you.

Click here for important safety information.

What does the treatment feel like?

There may be some momentary discomfort (which varies from person to person), but the sensation only lasts while ultrasound energy is being delivered. Your practitioner will advise you on how to manage the discomfort in the way that is best for you.

Does Ultherapy® hurt?

In order for Ultherapy® to work it has to heat the deep layers of the skin. Everybody will have different sensitivities to this heat and your aesthetic practitioner will advise you on how best to manage any discomfort. They may recommend, or prescribe you, analgesics (pain killers) before your procedure.

Is Ultherapy® approved by official regulators?

In the European Union, Ultherapy® is CE certified for non-invasive sculpting and lifting of the skin on the upper and lower face, neck and décolletage (chest). In the US, Ultherapy® has gone through assessment by the Food and Drugs Administration, the agency regulating health, and is the only ultrasound therapy cleared for use in the US for skin lifting.

My friend had a treatment that was cheaper and virtually painless

Since Ultherapy® has become so successful (and used by some celebrities) a number of copy-cat versions have appeared. None of these have been approved for use by the FDA and none have the ability to allow your practitioner to see before they treat (which is an important safety feature). Because none of these other machines have been cleared by the FDA their ability to create the correct and precise targeted heat is unknown. If a treatment cannot create the correct level of heat to initiate the collagen and elastin production process it may feel virtually painless. You should only pay for a treatment that you feel is worth the money.

How do I know if my practitioner is using genuine Ultherapy®?

All practitioners who have purchased the genuine Ultherapy® system have been provided with a Certificate of Authenticity (like the one shown here), which they should be able to show you in their clinic. In addition they will be included on the Where can I get Ultherapy® section of this website. If you are in any doubt you can contact Merz Aesthetics Customer Services.

I have seen something similar advertised much cheaper. Is this the same as Ultherapy®?

Since Ultherapy® has become so successful (and used by some celebrities) a number of copy-cat versions have appeared. None of these have been approved for use by the FDA and none have the ability to allow your practitioner to see before they treat.