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At a glance: Ultherapy Skin Tightening

Treatment may also be known as
Ulthera, High Intensity Ultrasound Skin Tightening, HIFU Facelift
Tighten and lift skin
How it works
Uses heat to stimulate collagen and contract fibres
Treatment time
60 minutes
Immediate, but typically 6 months for full results
6 months and ongoing
Pain level
Low / none
Depends on the size of the area treated. From $440 - $3,125 (package pricing from $308-$2,188).
Works with
Consider combining with dermal fillers/anti-wrinkle for best results
Individual results may vary
Must be performed by an experienced provider


What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy® is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment to lift and tighten the skin naturally without surgery, helping you achieve a fresher, more youthful look! The revolutionary treatment uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

How does Ultherapy work?

During an Ultherapy treatment ultrasound waves are micro-focused at precise depths in the dermis and hypodermis without disrupting the skin’s surface, friction heats the tissue forming thermal coagulation points at depth of 1.5, 3 or 4.5mm. Delivery of ultrasound energy in this manner causes contraction of fibres and  generation of collagen which initiates the body in healing response resulting in collagen and elastin synthesis and tissue repair. This new collagen growth leads to skin lifting and tightening that gradually takes place over time with results seen years after treatment.

What does Ultherapy feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the heating sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered, and is an indication that the procedure is working.

How long does it take to see results from Ultherapy?

The neocollagenesis process (production of new collagen) takes place over 2-3 months, or even up to 6 months post treatment, so your results will develop over that time. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural ageing process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside, the result should be a tightening and lifting of lax skin as well as an increase of volume created by the stimulation of new collagen.

The two most well-known and effective treatment is the American Ulthera and the Korean Ultraforma – both deliver the same type of ultrasound energy.

The effectiveness and success of the treatment depends on 3 main factors:

  1. Number of ultrasound energy lines used.
  2. Various depth that the ultrasound energy is focused.
  3. Strength that the ultrasound energy is applied.

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.

Is Ultherapy safe?

The safety and efficacy of Ultherapy have been established through clinical studies and over 800,000 treatments performed worldwide. Ultherapy is approved in over 90 countries and has been safely used for more than 50 years to lift the skin on the neck, under the chin, and on the brow, as well as to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolleté.

How long does an Ultherapy treatment take?

The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. During the treatment, ultrasound energy will be delivered using the Ulthera® System. Depending on where you are treated, the procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Is there any pre-care needed?

No significant preparations are required prior to the treatment. Some medications may make you more likely to bruise. During your consultation, talk to your practitioner about your current medications and supplements. Your practitioner may recommend that you temporarily discontinue use of some medications or supplements prior to the treatment.

Is there any downtime following Ultherapy?

With Ultherapy, there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately without having to follow any special post-treatment measures. Some patients appear flushed, or may experience slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to touch.  These side effects are mild and temporary in nature, and are not expected to interfere with your normal activities. As with any medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you during your consultation.

Are there any side effects from Ultherapy?

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 medical procedure, there is the possibility for other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you.

How much does Ultherapy cost?

The cost of an Ultherapy treatment ranges depending on the area being treated from $440 for lower eye area to $3,125 for full face, neck and eyelids (package pricing from $308-$2,188).

Unfortunately, there are practitioners who claim to treat with Ultherapy, but actually use a counterfeit device. These counterfeit devices have not been subject to the rigorous testing and standards of the Ulthera system, and may result in less effective or unsafe outcomes. To ensure you are receiving a true Ultherapy treatment, ask to see the provider’s authenticity and attend a reputable clinic. we provide a complimentary, obligation-free consultation.

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