Ultherapy is the latest and most effective cutting-edge technology for non-surgical face-lifting and tightening that requires no ‘downtime’ and surpasses all previous technologies in terms of safety and results.
How is Ultherapy different from the Traditional Facelift Surgery?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that tightens and lifts the skin without surgery or any ‘downtime’.
After carefully researching all the clinical and scientific studies on Ultherapy, Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic decided to invest in a genuine Ulthera® system. We did so because, even though we do perform Traditional Facelift Surgery, we could see that many of our patients who were concerned about their facial skin laxity had only early skin laxity and didn’t yet warrant a surgical facelift.
So, our Clinic needed to come up with a non-invasive alternative that would actually deliver worthwhile results and not just claim to!
Prior to the introduction of Ultherapy, many skin tightening treatments were based on delivering pulses of Radio-Frequency Energy to the skin’s collagen layers. The basic theory behind Radio-Frequency treatments is similar to Ultherapy but using the technology of targeted ultrasound energy, Ultherapy promises even greater degrees of skin tightening.
The Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic has always had a reputation for the highest of professional standards and for recommending only those treatments that we truly believe can deliver worthwhile results for our patients.
Accordingly, you may rest assured that if we are offering Ultherapy, it is because we truly believe that there is currently no better non-surgical skin tightening treatment.
Physicians worldwide who have introduced Ultherapy into their practices are convinced that it is the most effective non-surgical skin tightening technology available today.
The Ulthera® system is an approved and safe, non-invasive treatment for lifting and tightening the skin on the face, neck and décolletage.
To date, over 1 million treatments worldwide have confirmed the safety of the Ulthera® system.
The commonest areas of skin laxity suitable for Ultherapy are:
Collagen and elastin are natural proteins that give skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen and elastin fibres lose their strength and our skin starts to develop laxity and sagginess.
Ultherapy works by very precisely sending waves of ultrasound energy through the skin without causing any disruption of the surface. These waves of ultrasound energy are then focussed on the deeper collagen and elastin layers. At the very points in the skin where the ultrasound waves are focused, a thermal effect is generated which essentially ‘jump-starts’ the skin’s repair process to produce fresh, new collagen to replace the old and weakened collagen fibres.
The end-result of this collagen replacement process is a firming, tightening and lifting of the skin without any downtime.
In other words, it tightens from the inside out!
However, patience is essential because the way in which Ultherapy works, the collagen-repair process takes time to occur because the skin tightening and lifting is a steady and progressive process, not an immediate or sudden one. Although some patients may feel some minor and temporary tightening immediately after treatment for 24 hours, the collagen replacement process that will deliver your ultimate results takes time to be completed. Improvements are usually first seen starting around 2-3 months after treatment but the skin then continues to further improve for up to 6 months after treatment as the old and weakened collagen continues to be replaced with new and more elastic collagen.
As the skin’s collagen-building processes are better the younger we are, Ultherapy produces the best results for those patients in the 30-55 year age group with only early to medium degrees of skin laxity, and who don’t yet warrant a surgical facelift.
That is not to say that patients older than 55 cannot have Ultherapy – they certainly can but must understand and accept that their end-result will likely not be as good as someone much younger.
Generally speaking, those in their 60’s and 70’s with advanced signs of facial ageing and a marked loss of skin elasticity would not be offered Ultherapy but instead be advised to consider a Traditional Surgical Facelift.
Realistically, whatever one’s age, one must never expect Ultherapy to achieve the same degree of skin tightening/lifting achievable with a Traditional Surgical Facelift or a ‘Thread Lift’.
Therefore, all patients considering Ultherapy must keep these realistic expectations in mind.
Ultherapy is performed in our own Clinic as a simple walk-in, walk-out procedure.
We always apply a local anaesthetic cream for 1 hour before commencing treatment. Although this usually suffices for most patients, for those with a low pain threshold we can add an analgesic medication prior to the treatment in order to make you totally comfortable.
Our doctor will then mark the areas to be treated and scan your skin’s layers onto the computer screen – similar to the images you may have seen at a normal medical ultrasound examination.
PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that the doctor or nurse operating the Ulthera® machine has been well-trained and is capable of correctly reading the ultrasound images displayed on the screen in order to deliver the ultrasound energy precisely at the depth in the skin where it will produce the best result. Untrained personnel who do not possess this skill and knowledge should not be performing Ulthera® treatments.
Before you decide to proceed, always check the credentials of whoever is going to perform your treatment.
Once the depths of the various skin layers in need of tightening have been determined from the scanned images on the computer screen, our doctor will select the appropriate transducers that will focus the delivered ultrasound energy precisely at those required depths.
Each time the ‘trigger’ is pressed, one ‘line’ of ultrasound energy is delivered precisely to the required depth. The transducer is then moved very slightly onward, the next ‘line’ is fired and so on until the required total number of lines have been delivered. Being such a sophisticated system, the Ulthera® machine’s computer displays the number of lines required for each skin zone and the number of lines that have already been delivered thus eliminating any guesswork.
Yes. As the Ulthera® system targets only the skin’s deeper layers without any disruption of the skin’s surface, it can be used on any skin colour.
Usually, only one treatment is necessary. However, you should plan to have a maintenance treatment every 12 months to counteract the natural ageing process.
The degree of tightening and lifting achieved does vary from person to person depending on how much laxity they have to start with as well as their own body’s response to the ultrasound’s stimulation of their collagen re-building processes.
Generally, best results are seen in those with mild to medium degrees of skin laxity which usually are found in the 30-55 year age group.
That is not to say that patients older than 55 cannot have Ultherapy – they certainly can but must understand that their result will likely not be as pronounced as someone much younger.
Those in their 60’s and 70’s with advanced facial ageing and marked degrees of skin laxity would not be considered suitable for Ultherapy and would most likely be advised to consider a Traditional Surgical Facelift or ‘Thread Lift’.
As Ultherapy is such an effective treatment, many cheap ‘copycat’ machines have been produced overseas and brought into Australia, some illegally!
ULTHERA® BY MERZ IS THE ONLY GENUINE ULTHERAPY MACHINE.
Unfortunately for patients, treatments with cheap, less effective copycat machines, and even counterfeit machines, are offered in Australia in the following ways:
The image below is of a label on a machine we discovered being used in Australia blatantly pretending to be a genuine Ulthera® machine but which, in reality, is a fake! If you look carefully, you will see two spelling mistakes in the label wording. This just shows the extent to which some dishonest manufacturers will go to capitalise on the popularity and effectiveness of the genuine Ulthera® system.
HIFU is an acronym for High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound and suggests that their machine uses a system as sophisticated as the genuine Ulthera® system. However, in reality, the Ulthera® technology – described as MFU-V (Micro Focussed Ultrasound with Visualisation) – is superior in that unlike other machines, it allows ‘VISUALISATION’ – the ability to see on the ultrasound screen the various tissue layers to be targeted. This visualisation (which other machines don’t have) enables the ultrasound energy to be focussed precisely where it needs to be rather than firing blindly into the tissues! Currently, this ‘visualisation’ feature is only available on genuine Ulthera® machines.
Some of the cheap copycat machines are not only far less effective, they have also been reported as causing adverse outcomes. You may happen to read on Google some alarmingly negative reports on Ultherapy but, in reality, these bad outcomes are believed to have occurred at the hands of inexperienced ‘therapists’ using cheap copycat machines without visualisation. In contrast, the genuine Ulthera® system has an established and impressive safety profile with over 1 million treatments to date worldwide.
Ultherapy is a Registered Name, and legally should only be used to describe treatments with a genuine Ulthera® system. The consumer may be misled into believing that the “Ultherapy” will be delivered by a genuine Ulthera® machine but in reality, another cheap, copycat machine is used. This is false, misleading and and illegal advertising but the promoters rely on their ultra-low prices to attract unsuspecting consumers. Genuine Ulthera® systems cannot match these low prices because of the high cost of the system’s transducers – consumables that are expensive but necessary to deliver the precise amount of energy required. Cheap copycat machines don’t have such costs. So, always be wary of ultra-low prices for “Ultherapy” that sound too good to be true – because they usually aren’t!
Yes. Ultherapy has an established safety profile with over 1,000,000 treatments to date worldwide.
Owing to the popularity and effectiveness of the genuine Ulthera® system, a number of cheap ‘copycat’ and fake machines, have been produced overseas and brought into Australia. These machines lack the sophistication of the genuine Ulthera® system and do not allow the operator to actually visualise the tissue layers to be targeted – the result being that they are delivering ultrasound energy ‘blindly’ which can injure unwanted targets.
All Ultherapy treatments at our Clinic are performed by a Doctor, not by a Nurse or Skin Therapist because we believe it is essential that the person performing the treatment has the ability and knowledge to accurately interpret the various tissue layers on the ultrasound screen.
One only. Thereafter, a yearly top-up is recommended to counteract the natural ageing process.
No. You can resume your normal work and social activities immediately after without any post-treatment restrictions.
Some areas may feel an occasional twinge of discomfort at the very moment the ultrasound energy is delivered but for most patients this is minimal and easily tolerated. Nevertheless, to make the entire experience as comfortable as possible for every patient, we apply a Local Anaesthetic Cream 60 minutes prior to your treatment.
This will depend on the areas are to be treated. Our doctor will advise how long your Ultherapy session will take once he/she has assessed you.
You must be patient. Ultherapy works by stimulating your own skin’s biological response to replace old and tired collagen with new and stronger collagen. Naturally, this cannot happen ‘overnight’. The improvement usually starts to appear 2-3 months later and then continues up to 6 months.
Ultherapy has an established and impressive safety profile with over 1,000,000 treatments to date worldwide. Any side-effects are usually mild and transient.