Sep 14, 2016

Ultherapy Review

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Physician Review of Ultherapy Procedure by Merz

  • 5.8/10 Overall
  • Marketing Claims

    6.4

  • Peer Reviewed Literature

    8.0

  • Consistency of Results

    6.4

  • Comfort Level

    2.4

  • Overall Satisfaction

    5.9

Editorial Review

Pros:

  • Non-surgical treatment for non-surgical lifting.
  • There is no downtime post-procedure and results develop gradually over 4-6 months following the procedure.
  • Individual patient results may vary however modest results can be achieved in many patients.
  • Some skin laxity reduction especially in the lower face and neck area.
  • Good treatment of horizontal neck lines that are hard to address with other devices.
  • Can also be used on many other body areas.
  • Cons:

  • Painful for many, especially thin skin patients (four experts mentioned this point).
  • Sometimes only subtle results can be achieved.
  • Large percentage of non-responders in patients that look like good candidates (20-30%).
  • Things You Should Know:

  • Results may be subtle, It's difficult to assess your results on a day to day basis.
  • Pain control is required.
  • Results take 3-6 months to see and can’t always be predictable.
  • Many patients need multiple treatments.
  • There is a possibility of some numbness in treated areas that can last up to a month post procedure on the areas treated.
  • Can be used in conjunction with volumizing agents and other tightening procedures
  • Most Common Use Cases:

  • Patients who don't yet need a facelift are best for this treatment.
  • For non-obese Patients under 65 years old, 35 to 50-year-old patients are best responders.
  • For patients with jowl, neck and brow sagging.
  • Physician Testimonials

    "Results may be subtle for some and it's uncomfortable but can be managed with pain medication."Lorrie Klein M.D

    Additional Information

    Procedure Description:

    The Ultherapy® procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery—without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. 

    Typical Clinical Applications:

    Lift skin on the neck, chin and eyebrow. Also to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. 

    Best Patient Candidates:

    Patients of any age or skin type with acne scarring and/or resistant cystic acne. Middle age or older with lax skin, moderate to deep wrinkles on and off the face. 

    Other Patients Considerations:

    Ultherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won't duplicate the results of a facelift. Results will take place over 2-3 months. 

    U.S. Procedure Price Range:

    $3,000-$4,500

    Average Number of Treatments Needed:

    Usually 1 to 2.

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