Ultherapy is a non-invasive facelift procedure that uses ultrasound energy to tone, lift, and tighten loose skin on the neck, brows, and under the chin. The company behind the service was founded in 2004 and is currently based out of Mesa, AZ. The company claims that the technology was developed via a research partnership in 1998 and was initially intended for the treatment of liver cancer. The specialists decided to use aesthetic possibilities for the technology we are discussing today. Thus, Ultherapy even received FDA approval in 2009. According to the company, the technology was so worthy that the FDA designated it as a "new category of non-invasive technology."
At present, there are more than 1,500 Twitter followers, 35,000 Facebook likes, and even Ultherapy YouTube channel. Its parent company called Ulthera has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau. There is one complaint in three years. However, from a customer satisfaction standpoint, not everything is so good. Online reviews have a mixed character, since while some patients are satisfied with the service, the others say that the procedure was more painful than expected and their Ultherapy results were mediocre. They claim they would not recommend it to anyone. But to have a wider idea of what Ultherapy let's see how it works.
According to the official website of the company, the technology works by delivering some ultrasound energy under the skin heating the tissue. It is expected to have a lifting and tightening effect. The company claims that its special technology is able to reach foundational layers of your skin. They say that earlier these layers were only accessible via traditional surgical facelifts. Actually, this is a transportable and self-contained unit that contains four components. The first one is the so called System Control Unit that features a 27" touchscreen display, which helps clinicians to see minute details of the tissue planes of each patient. The next component is the Handpiece that houses the transducers and can be used at different hand positions and angles. The third group of the system's components is the Transducers responsible for delivering the ultrasound energy to the skin. It can be used at three different depths based on the patient's needs. The last component is the Cart that makes the system mobile and includes a customized storage system and handpiece holsters.
According to the company, the ultrasound energy is delivered during 60-90 minute session. The official website claims that there is no downtime after a procedure, and that you are expected to see your first results within 2-3 months, but you can continue the course for up to six months. The system promises to show a lifting effect and boost collagen production. What about side effects? Most Ultherapy patients report experiencing swelling, redness, general discomfort, bruising and numbness after the procedure, with a downtime of 2-3 days. It should be mentioned that this medical device is only permitted for purchasing and using be licensed physicians only. The cosmetic physician decides who needs the procedures and who doesn't. This promotes safe and effective use of the device. Although Ultherapy is considered to be safe, some side effects may occur. In addition to the upper mentioned adverse reactions, you may experience tingling, swelling, or tenderness of your skin. Some patients may experience numbness in small areas of the skin and temporary bruising.
As it was already mentioned, online customer reputation has a mixed character. One patient reports that Ultherapy aged her very bad. The woman even posted her pics online. She says that she needs eye surgery now, since she looks like a drunk. Initially, the woman was told the procedure would tighten up her sin and it would help boost collagen production. But the treatment made her face sag even worse. Her eyes really droop and the patient needs an upper and lower eyelid surgery, which would cost her more money. The woman is very upset. She feels disappointed and cannot believe how stupid she was as to damage her own face. She has posted her pics in hope to help someone not make the same mistake. Another customer reports that her doctor said Ultherapy is nonsense and ineffective, since it is impossible to lift face skin in this way. Three months after the procedure she looked 10 years older. The treatment made her eyes sunken. Let us take a look at the actual patients' testimonials about the procedure left online.
"Ultherapy ruined not only my face but my life. The results of this technology are as follows: significant vision loss, mass fat loss, sunken eyes, dry eye, tight eyelids, lacrimal tear, and jaw and cheek bone loss, muscle atrophy, ringing in my ears. My doctor thinks that it burned my underlying tissues. I look twenty years older than I am in reality. Women, please beware, Ulthera, Inc is scamming the cosmetic industry. This device burns your face"
"Ultherapy turned my life into a horror movie. After the procedure, my face tightened so much that my eyes shrank and I lost all the fat I had on my face. Now I have an ugly face with small eyes. I also have nerve damage on my head and vision issues. This is the biggest mistake I have made in my life. In addition, the company lies and never reports negative patients' reviews"
"This device is for a physician, business owner, or a nurse practitioner. Ultherapy will sell you the unit and provide you with one-day training, despite they initially promise two full days training session! They just forget about it. Another vital thing you need to know is that if you decide to sell the unit later, the buyer will have to pay them a $30,000 "certification fee" to get the transducers! Think hard before buying this machine"
The Ultherapy system can be bought from the official website of the manufacturer only. It can be purchased by a physician only. The overall price depends on a number of factors, but the average cost ranges between $3,000 and $5,000. Most patients require three treatments, and follow-up sessions each year in future.
Even though the Ultherapy system provides a non-invasive technique that promises to lift and tighten skin on the neck, face, and chin, it has a lot of disadvantages. The majority of real users' reviews are negative. The patients regret doing the procedure, since it has ruined their look and health in general. Some people complained that the procedure was much more painful than claimed by the physician. A number of patients have faced severe reactions, such as nerve damage. Many doctors deny the technology saying that it is unable to bring any benefits to the human skin. It should be mentioned that one procedure is very expensive. The treatment process usually involves three procedures. Taking into account all pros and cons of the service, Ultherapy cannot be recommended.