Ultherapy is a non-surgical technique that utilises micro-focused ultrasound energy to produce controlled heating of collagen within the deeper tissues at a depth of up to 4.5mm, to lift and tighten loose skin. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure with American FDA approval proven to tighten and lift loose skin of the face, neck and chest. ULTHERA® (the Ultherapy machine) is also TGA registered in Australia for lifting and sculpting of skin.
Ultherapy is ideally suited to those individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity who are not yet ready for a surgical lift, and for those who want to maintain their lift after cosmetic surgery.
Elysium Skin Centre has the latest version of the authentic Ulthera® machine. Our device has improved computer precision, more control over the ultrasound energy and a significantly improved comfort level during treatment compared to the previous generation technology.
Our staff are trained and certified in the Ultherapy procedure, ensuring the highest level of results, comfort and safety.
Dr Csilla is a trainer for Merz (the company that supplies Ulthera® machines in Australia) and works closely with them to ensure that our technology and treatment protocols are always at the leading edge.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening technique that uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to produce controlled heating of collagen both within the skin and in the layers beneath the skin. It penetrates significantly deeper than lasers do (up to 4.5mm) and can be precisely focused in these deeper layers without any adverse effects on the skin surface. This means less recovery time for the Ulthera® procedure.
During the treatment, ultrasound imaging is used to identify and treat the layers of tissue that will produce the best tightening and lifting effect. The system precisely heats tissue at three discrete depths (1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm). The deepest of these layers targets the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system or SMAS, the same foundational layer that is targeted during cosmetic surgery for a face lift.
Ultherapy causes heating of the tissueat a temperature range proven to be optimal for stimulating new collagen production (60-70℃). There is initial thermal coagulation and denaturation of weak collagen, and contraction of collagen fibrils, whereby an immediate tightening effect may be visible. Synthesis of new collagen progressively increases over the next 3-6 months resulting in subtle, natural looking skin tightening and lifting.
Ultherapy does not replace a full surgical facelift procedure. It is designed to treat mild to moderate skin looseness. Patients with more severe skin laxity will benefit more from a surgical procedure and can be referred to a qualified plastic surgeon.
Ultherapy does not get rid of fat, nor does it alter skin pigmentation or treat redness in the skin. It can be combined with other treatments including CoolSculpting, fat dissolving injections, laser resurfacing, IPL and laser skin toning, fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to further enhance the overall rejuvenation and anti-aging effect.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that is losing its elasticity and looks less firm. Typically, those in their thirties and beyond who have mild to moderate skin laxity around their eyebrows, their jowls and neck will benefit from this procedure. Ultherapy is also a good option for those who want to prevent future skin sag and droop, and for those who want to maintain the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Any area on the body with mild to moderate skin laxity or crepey skin can be successfully treated with Ultherapy.
These areas include:
You will have an initial consultation and assessment with either Dr Csilla or Nurse Fay to ensure that Ultherapy is the right treatment for you.
On the day of Ultherapy treatment you will have baseline photographs taken to allow objective assessment of results.
The treatment is performed as you lie on a comfortable treatment bed. Your skin will be cleaned and a cool ultrasound gel is applied to the skin of the area to be treated to allow good contact and penetration of the ultrasound energy. The area is then visualised with ultrasound (just like any ultrasound procedure with a radiographer) to view the skin thickness and precisely identify the optimal target level for collagen stimulation, tightening and lifting.
The handpiece is then guided across the skin surface, firing pulses of focused ultrasound energy into the skin. As the energy is delivered a sensation of building heat is felt momentarily. Many patients do not find this uncomfortable at all. Some patients will feel brief discomfort or even pain (lasting less than 2 seconds) with each ultrasound pulse.
The new Ulthera® machine has a vastly improved comfort level compared to previous generation machines, and many patients are amazed at the difference. Discomfort is most noticeable at higher energy levels, over bony regions and in the vicinity of nerves. Oral pain killers (paracetamol) can reduce discomfort. For those who need it, we have laughing gas (nitrous oxide) available which is usually sufficient to provide a comfortable treatment experience.
The treatment time varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the areas to be treated. A simple browlift including treatment around the eyes takes 30 minutes whereas a full face and neck may take 1.5-2hrs.
As Ultherapy has no downtime, you can return to normal activities immediately.
Discomfort varies from patient to patient, and on the region being treated. In some areas there is mild to moderate discomfort associated with each ultrasound pulse. This is usually well tolerated, however, discomfort can be lessened with oral pain medications prior to the procedure and use of localised vibration during the procedure. We also have laughing gas (nitrous oxide) for those who need it.
Our latest generation Ulthera® machine has vastly improved comfort and patient tolerance compared with previous generation machines.
Some patients see an immediate result post-procedure due to collagen coagulation and contraction, however, this varies and may disappear over a few days.
Collagen production with associated tightening and lifting will start to become visible at 2-3 months post-procedure, and continued improvement can be seen for up to 6 months.
Most patients need only one treatment. Results vary, however, depending on the degree of skin laxity, accumulated sun-damage, individual biological response to ultrasound energy, and the individual’s collagen-building ability. Anti-inflammatory medications may also affect new collagen production. Some patients benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help patients keep ahead of the body’s natural aging process.
Typically the benefits last for about 2 years, but this does vary between individuals. Some patients may need a maintenance treatment yearly.
Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin’s deeper layers, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over 2-3 months. Lasers rely on light energy, which typically only treats the superficial skin layers (epidermis and dermis) and are not FDA-cleared to lift skin.
Lasers also usually affect the surface of the skin, often resulting in some downtime after a procedure. Ultherapy’s ultrasound energy bypasses the surface of the skin, hence no downtime is required after the treatment.
Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin problems they can frequently be used together.
No. You can return to normal activities immediately after Ultherapy treatment, and there is no specific aftercare needed.
Some patients experience minor flushing or redness, including welts, for a few hours after the procedure. It is also not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days.
Mild, temporary tingling or tenderness might persist for a few weeks after the procedure.
The cost of the procedure depends on the area to be treated, including the time and number of ultrasound pulses required.
Treatment areas include:
Treatments start at $880 for Brow only.
An accurate quote will be given to you during your initial consultation and assessment.
The safety and efficacy of authentic Ultherapy has been established through clinical studies and over 1 million treatments performed worldwide. Ultherapy is approved in over 90 countries and is the only non-invasive procedure with US FDA approval proven to tighten the skin of the face, jawline, neck and chest. Ultrasound energy is time-tested and has been used safely for more than 50 years.
Side effects are uncommon and temporary. They usually resolve within 2-6 weeks and include:
No permanent nerve injuries have been reported with Ultherapy.
Contraindications to Ultherapy include:
Ultherapy complements all of the other anti-aging and beautifying procedures that we offer at Elysium Skin Center Brisbane. It is the only non-invasive technique that has the proven ability to lift and tighten loose skin on the face, neck and chest without any downtime. I particularly like the ability to now offer a subtle brow lift, jaw lift or neck lift to my patients who have already benefited from improved skin tone and texture. And to have a treatment for those patients keen to prevent future facial sag and droop.