Question: My sister recently suggested Ultherapy to me. I am 46, and I have never been crazy about the idea of plastic surgery but this treatment sounds really safe and effective. I need to make sure that it is totally safe though. Is Ultherapy FDA approved?
Answer: Yes, Ultherapy is FDA approved and, in fact, is the only nonsurgical, noninvasive device ever to be given a lifting indication by the FDA. Currently, the Ultherapy device is FDA approved for browlifting but we also perform treatments on the mid and lower face and are also starting to treat regions outside of the face and neck, such as the upper chest and arms as well as the inner portion of the knees. It is very exciting technology due to the fact that it is very consistent in the way that it places energy deep into the tissue. We know that every time we provide a treatment, we create thermal injury zones at 3 and 4.5 mm beneath the skin. This then causes new deposition of collagen, which in turn tightens and lifts the soft tissue. The deposition of collagen does take time and we, therefore, recommend followups at three and six months since, at three months, we typically will see the improvement in the area around the eyes and eyebrows and, by six months, we see the area of the jowls and upper neck area improved. Overall, Ultherapy is extremely safe, and I would recommend that you schedule a consultation at Quintessa Medical Spa so we can discuss this is greater detail.