Make-up artist Tina Young, 53, tried Ultherapy, an ultrasound skin-tightening and lifting treatment at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, to give her skin a boost, making her look almost ten years younger.
By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM on Ultherapy®
The Cosmetic Skin Clinic is the No 1 Ultherapy Ultra Premier Treatment Provider for the UK and Ireland for the 5th year running.
Ultherapy® is the leading ultrasound non-surgical lifting procedure for tighter, better fitting skin – in less than an hour and without any downtime.
Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for lifting and tightening the skin on the face, neck, chin and brow and, more recently, for the improvement of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. It uses a tried-and-tested ultrasound technology to gradually strengthen your skin from deep within.
*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.
Ultherapy® is a non-surgical skin lifting and tightening procedure for the upper and lower face, neck and décolletage. It uses micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V) energy to the same depth of skin targeted by surgeons, to generate a thermal effect under the skin. This stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin which can reverse the signs of ageing.
Ultherapy® is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin. It uses micro-focused ultrasound (MFU-V) energy to target the deep layers of the skin without damaging the skin’s surface. This effect essentially jump starts a repair process; it strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen, putting structure back into your skin.
Collagen is a natural protein that keeps skin firmed, toned and therefore youthful. As you get older, collagen loses strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward.
Ultherapy® is a non-invasive treatment that can treat sagging skin, jowls, skin laxity, ‘turkey neck’, drooping eyelids, sagging bottoms and the lines and wrinkles on a crepey décolletage.
Ultherapy is currently an FDA-cleared treatment for the face, neck and décolletage with a specific clinical indication for lifting skin on the neck, chin and brow. If you’re concerned about other areas of the body that need tightening, please ask about our butt lift and breast lift procedures.
Ultherapy treatment applied to the forehead can produce a natural lift to the brow, creating a clear and refreshed look. This is perfect procedure for anyone looking to correct bunching around the brow without the need for surgery.
Ultherapy is FDA approved for this procedure.
Ultherapy is FDA-cleared for use of the face, neck, décolletage and eyes. The ultra-sound treatment stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin, kick-starting the body’s own repair process, creating a lifted effect. When used on the brow, it lifts and tightens the skin and improves the appearance of drooping eyelids.
It can be safely and effectively used under the eyes, as long as it is on the bone. For skin immediately under the lash line, Ultherapy is not advised. If, however you are just looking to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes areas, other more suitable treatments such as dermal fillers, BOTOX® and Thermage Eyes are more appropriate.
Yes, of course. Many treatment at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic are ideal for both women and men, and all of our patients are treated with the utmost discretion.
Ultherapy® is unique as it is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound imaging to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. Results can be more effective because your practitioner can see the layers of tissue targeted during your treatment and ensure the energy is focused to precisely where it is needed. This results in the jawline looking sculpted and the cheekbones looking lifted.
No. Ultherapy uses pulses of ultrasound to create a thermal effect that encourages the production of collagen. Thermage targets collagen in a similar fashion but employs radio waves to stimulate under the skin. The Thermage procedure tightens existing collagen prompts the production of new collagen.
Some patients see an initial lift after their treatment but real results can become more apparent over three to six months as new collagen builds, gradually lifting the skin and this can last over a year or more.
Patients treated with Ultherapy® at our London or Bucks clinics still have fresh young collagen even after a year. Although nothing can put a stop to the ageing process, Ultherapy® touch-up treatments will keep rebuilding collagen. Every patient is different and your medical practitioner will give you all the advice you need.
This is really down to the individual. The new collagen produced during treatment helps to gradually lift the skin for up to a year or longer. The natural ageing process, however, cannot be halted and so you may wish to eventually have more.
Younger skin tends to produce more collagen, so age will play a factor when you might wish to have another treatment.
We will explain everything in detail, and make you feel at ease and relaxed on the day of your treatment knowing you’re in safe, expert and medically qualified hands.
The procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes depending on how many areas are treated (for example, the chest takes around 30 minutes). There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so afterwards, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch. This effect is mild and only temporary.
Ultrasound imaging has been safely used in medicine for over 50 years. Over 1 million treatments have been performed worldwide so far and Ultherapy® is the only micro-focused ultrasound technology that has been reviewed and cleared in the US by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), who are one of the world’s most stringent regulatory bodies for healthcare. In Europe, it is CE certified for non-invasive sculpting and lifting of the skin on the upper and lower face, neck and décolletage.
Unlike a surgical face-lift, there is no downtime: you can return to your normal activities directly after treatment.
Through the natural ageing process, the collagen and elastin in our skin starts to breakdown, making our skin less elastic. If you have mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin is starting to look less firm or tight, for example, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest, Ultherapy® will give a natural, gradual lift leaving you looking refreshed.
Thresholds vary from person to person. Discomfort may only happen when the ultrasound energy is delivered, but this is a temporary sensation and a positive sign that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Your practitioner will advise you on how best to manage any discomfort and they may prescribe you pain killers before your procedure to make your treatment more comfortable.
Ultherapy is only available in doctor-led clinics. The procedure can be performed by a qualified aesthetic medical practitioner, including nurses and experienced aestheticians who have extensive hands-on experience. At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, our experienced nursing team perform Ultherapy every day and achieve positive results.
All clinics and practitioners who have purchased the genuine Ultherapy® system have been provided with a Certificate of Authenticity, which they should be able to show you in their clinic.
Given the success of Ultherapy® and the endorsement of the treatment by a number of high profile celebrities, there has been an increase in the number of copy-cat versions that have become available. It is essential to to be aware that none of these treatments have been approved for use by the FDA and none have unique visualisation technology which allows your practitioner to see before they treat, which is an important safety feature.