A new ultrasound device for use in face smoothing and lifting procedures has recently been introduced to the cosmetic surgery industry. Ulthera, as the device is known, works by targeting and heating the connective tissues beneath the facial skin, causing them to shrink and tightening the overlying skin. The device is able to target tissues at several specific depths beneath the skin, allowing doctors to use the same ultrasound delivery method to stimulate collagen production that can effect smoother, healthier looking skin.
Ulthera has been used as a non-invasive treatment for falling cheeks, sagging jaw lines and hooded eye lids, and has at least some proven credibility. A clinical evaluation of the technology performed at Northwestern University claims that test subjects showed a “clinically significant” lift of the brow line in just one treatment. Patients who have undergone various other treatments with Ulthera have reported firmer, tighter feeling skin and a general satisfaction with the procedure.
Ulthera procedures are very fast (30 – 60 minutes) and continue to deliver firming results for two to three months after the initial treatment. They are, however, rather uncomfortable and can produce burning, tingling or needling sensations in particularly sensitive patients. While Ulthera is certainly an exciting step towards the future of cosmetic procedures, its makers admit that “there isn’t a replacement for the dramatic effects of surgery.”
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