Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure used to stimulate collagen production in skin on the face and neck, reports Dr. Joshua Zimm. This procedure uses ultrasound energy to tighten lax skin in individuals aged 30 years or older, but it isn't considered a replacement for cosmetic surgery.
Ultherapy specifically targets deeper layers of skin with ultrasound energy, bypassing superficial layers and providing a personalized therapy for each patient, Dr. Zimm explains. The ultrasound heats these deeper layers of the neck's skin, stimulating the production of collagen over the following few months. As of April 2015, Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-surgical therapy for lifting the skin of the neck and face. The procedure is considered safe and has been used safely in over 100,000 cases worldwide.
Results are generally seen two to three months after therapy begins, and skin laxity can continue to improve six months after, Dr. Zimm states. Most patients report significant improvements in skin tone after one procedure, but some may require a second treatment, based on the amount of skin damage they have. Ultherapy is a popular alternative to surgery because it is noninvasive, requires no recovery period and can be done in a one-hour appointment. Most patients report little to no pain during the procedure, and common side effects are limited to temporary reddening, tingling and soreness of the treated area.