What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a treatment using focused ultrasound waves to tighten the skin and lift sagging muscle layers of the face, neck and décolletage. It can be used also to permanently reduce sweating under the arms (axilla hyperhidrosis) by 80% or more. Ultherapy works by pulsing ultrasound waves to various depths, based upon the desired results and the extent of ageing. This is usually 1.5mm, 3mm or 4.5mm. At the deepest levels it causes damage to the collagen around the muscles by generating heat. At the 3mm and 1.5mm levels it results in similar destruction to the dermal collagen. The body reacts to create inflammation and then replace the damaged collagen with new, tighter collagen. The result is a lifting effect to the treated area and a smoother, less wrinkled skin. It has no effect on pigmentation as would be seen with light devices that work in the more superficial layers of the skin.
This state of the art technology is rapidly reaching a half a million treatments worldwide. Even the rich and the famous have had treatments, including Jennifer Aniston who has publically advocated for Ultherapy.
In the USA the Ulthera is the only machine that has been approved by the FDA for non-invasive neck and brow lift, and is also approved for improvements in wrinkles and lines in the décolletage area. In fact the areas commonly treated by Ultherapy include brow, lower face, full face, neck and décolletage. It can reduce double chins. Ulthera is suitable for all skin types and ages since we continue to make collagen for our entire lives.
The popularity of Ulthera comes from the fact that it uses the body’s natural collagenation processes and has virtually no downtime. Ultherapy also creates a backdrop of smoother tighter skin to maximize the effects of other cosmetic medical treatments such as wrinkle relaxers and fillers. It is a fantastic treatment for those who oppose injecting to improve aesthetic appearance. So if you are seeking an improvement in your skin quality with tightening or a lifting effect then Ultherapy can help you.
Is it safe? What are the side effects?
Ulthera has been deemed safe by the strict FDA in America, which has been supported by the hundreds of thousands of cases already performed worldwide. Patients may experience mild discomfort, short-lived temporary redness and virtually no downtime. The only true contraindications to treatment are patients who have active implants such as pacemakers or defibrillators or metallic implants in the area of treatment and those who have active severe acne at the time of treatment. A detailed consultation will be able to answer any additional concerns that patients might have.
How long will the results last?
Ulthera causes a resetting of the skin to return it to a younger age. Results thus only fade as a part of the natural aging process and can be prolonged with healthy lifestyle and avoidance of sun damage. After treatment collagenation, begins at about 6 weeks to peak at 3 to 6 months and continues to improve for up to 12 months. This is why we suggest that patients wait 18 months to 2 years before retreating. The earliest they can retreat is 6 to 12months. This would only be done if a patient wanted to build on the improvements already seen.
Results can vary due to patient’s physiological individuality but our doctor has over 20years experience in cosmetic medicine and knows how to get the maximal results out of skin and aesthetic machines without compromising on safety. She trains all clinical staff to the highest of standards and ensures they must pass quality assurance tests before they can treat patients. Staff are also encouraged to have the treatments themselves to understand the “patient experience”
What is the cost?
The cost of Ultherapy depends upon the size of the area being treated. A full face and neck treatment is comparable to other skin tightening procedures such as Thermage-CPT and a small fraction of the cost of a surgical lift. Costs start from as low as $1500 depending upon the desired area. Given treatments on average occur yearly to 2 yearly, then it’s a very economical cosmetic medical procedure.
How is Argera's treatment different?
The ARGERA Centre is also a WA Health Department approved day hospital, which means that we must maintain the highest standards in all treatments, not just our surgical options. For this reason, our premises contain state of the art technology which is regularly serviced an updated, our principle doctor has been practicing cosmetic medicine since 1996 and is constantly updating her skills at an international standards level, our nursing staff are highly trained and always have the backup of our doctor whilst our reception staff are friendly, warm people who genuinely want you to have a positive experience at the clinic.
ARGERA also keeps a wide range of treatments to solve nearly every cosmetic concern depending upon the problem, the patient’s personal preferences and budget. We have the knowledge, experience and technologies that can thus tailor to your needs. This makes the ARGERA Centre a great choice, when considering cosmetic medical treatments.
What is the difference between thermage and ultherapy? How do I know which on is right for me?
All skin colours and types are suitable for both treatments but as a general rule the following information may be helpful in aiding you decide which treatment is for you. But don’t worry if your not sure our doctor and nurse will be able to guide you once they have assessed your skin in the consultation process. Thermage-CPT prefers crepe-paper like skin (often the fairer skin types) as the radiofrequency waves target specifically the dermis layer to focus their energy and collagen producing abilities. Heavier skin types (European, Asian and darker skins) with sagging as a their definite feature will benefit from the Ulthera’s ultrasound waves that focuses their energy all the way down to the muscle layer to provide more extensive lifting as well as the dermal tightening. In general for full face and neck treatments, Ulthera is slightly more expensive than Thermage. It is however proportionally less expensive when opting for selected areas such as a brow lift, lower facelift, upper facelift, neck lift or double chin treatment. This is because the transducer in Ultherapy can be used on multiple patients before it expires whilst in Thermage it is one tip per patient only.
The results will last the same whether Thermage or Ultherapy is used (provided maximal treatment are performed) since results depend upon the patient’s ability to make collagen and finally break it down again as we continue to age.