Ultherapy

Ultherapy

… facial skin tightening and lifting without surgery!

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.

After carefully researching all the clinical and scientific studies on Ultherapy, the Sydney Cosmetic Clinic decided to invest in an Ulthera® system.

Q:   Why did we do this?
A:   Simply because, even though we perform Traditional Facelift Surgery, many of our patients who were concerned about their facial skin laxity were reluctant to have a surgical facelift.  Reasons given for their opposition to facelift surgery included the costs, the potential complications, the tell-tale scars and the 3 weeks of downtime. In other words, they were keen to correct the signs of facial ageing but were not prepared willing to have surgery for it.

So, the Clinic needed to come up with the next best non-surgical alternative to a Surgical Facelift but it had to be one that would actually deliver good results and not just claim to!

Prior to the introduction of Ultherapy, many skin tightening treatments were based on delivering Radio-Frequency Energy to the skin’s collagen layers. The basic theory behind Radio-Frequency treatments was similar to Ultherapy but in terms of results, Radio-Frequency treatments achieved only subtle degrees of improvement.

The Sydney Cosmetic 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 can feel assured that if we are recommending Ultherapy, it is because we truly believe that there is really no other non-surgical skin tightening treatment that can even compare.  As testimony to this conviction, two of our staff had already had the treatment themselves!

Physicians worldwide who have introduced Ultherapy into their practices are convinced that it is the most effective non-surgical skin tightening technology available today.

Ulthera® Approval & Safety

The Ulthera® system of Ultherapy is a relatively new technology which has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA as well as by the Australian Government’s regulatory authority, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a 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.

Which areas of skin laxity can be treated with Ultherapy?

The commonest areas of skin laxity suitable for Ultherapy are:

  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Under the eyes
  • Crow’s feet at sides of the eyes
  • Droopy brows
  • Fine lines on the Upper Lip & Chin
  • Wrinkles on the décolletage (upper chest)

Apart from the above commonly requested areas, other body areas of skin laxity may also be suitable for Ultherapy provided the laxity is not severe.  These include:

  • Lower abdominal skin laxity following pregnancy or weight loss
  • Undersides of the upper arms
  • Upper inner thighs
  • Above knees

The major advantages of Ultherapy with a genuine Ulthera® System are:

  • Safety: established safety profile with over 1 million treatments worldwide
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • No disruption of the skin surface
  • No ‘downtime’
  • One treatment only
  • Essentially painless
  • No chemicals or pain-relieving medications required
  • It builds collagen through your own body’s natural healing process
  • TGA-approved and registered

How does Ultherapy work?

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, and which then become micro-focussed on the deeper collagen and elastin layers.  At the very points in the skin where the ultrasound waves are micro-focused, a thermal effect is generated which essentially ‘jumpstarts’ the skin’s repair process and produces fresh, new collagen to replace the old and aged collagen.

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 required because the way in which Ultherapy works, the collagen-repair process takes time to occur and so the skin tightening and lifting is a steady and progressive process, not an immediate or sudden change. 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.

Who is best suited to Ultherapy?

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; or
  • do not want facelift surgery; or
  • cannot afford facelift surgery.

That is not to say that patients older than 55 cannot have Ultherapy – they certainly can but must understand and accept that their result will likely not be as good as someone much younger.

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 the age, one must never expect Ultherapy to achieve the same degree of skin tightening and lifting achievable with Traditional Facelift Surgery.  Accordingly, all patients considering Ultherapy must do so with these realistic expectations in mind.

How is Ultherapy done?

Ultherapy is performed in our own Clinic as a simple walk-in, walk-out procedure.

The treatment is essentially pain-free but those with a low pain threshold may wish to apply a local anaesthetic gel prior to commencing the treatment in order to be totally comfortable.

Firstly, our doctor will mark your areas to be treated and then 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 is needed and 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, 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 already delivered.

Is Ultherapy suitable for all skin colours?

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.

How many treatments are necessary?

Usually, only one treatment is necessary.  However, you should plan to have a maintenance treatment every 12 months to counteract the natural ageing process.

What results can I reasonably expect?

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 biological response to the ultrasound’s stimulation of their collagen re-building process.

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 good 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 likely be advised to consider a Traditional Surgical Facelift.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING FOR CONSUMERS

PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY

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.

Treatments with cheap, less effective copycat machines, and even counterfeit machines, are being advertised at low prices and in dishonest ways such as:

  • Using counterfeit machines with fake ‘Ulthera’ labels:

The image below is of a label on a machine we discovered 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.

 

  • Some Clinics and Beauty Salons use the scientific term ‘HIFU’:

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 screen the specific tissue layers being targeted which in turn enables the ultrasound energy to be focussed precisely where it needs to be rather than firing blindly into the tissues!  This ‘visualisation’ feature is only available on genuine Ulthera® machines.

  • Unsubstantiated claims of effectiveness and safety:

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. In contrast, the genuine Ulthera® system has an established and impressive safety profile with over 1 million treatments to date worldwide.

  • Advertising “Ultherapy” at ultra-low prices but not having a genuine Ulthera® System:

Ultherapy is a Registered Name, and legally should only be used to describe treatments with a genuine Ulthera® system. The consumer is 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 blatantly false 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!  

 

 

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