What is Ulthera?

After many years of careful study of available non-invasive skin tightening technologies, Dr. Fechner is excited to introduce Ulthera to Massachusetts and beyond. Ulthera is an entirely novel approach to non-invasive facial tightening. This newly FDA approved treatment is based on ultrasound technology, the same sound waves used to harmlessly scan the body for medical imaging purposes. Dr. Fechner is proud to offer this one-hour non-surgical treatment for his patients in Massachusetts and beyond.

Ulthera allows for facial improvements without needles or scalpels. Just as ultrasound travels through the skin of a pregnant woman without harming it, Ultherapy™ allows deeper treatments for tissue tightening where it counts. Ulthera results in lifting effects of face and neck for a tighter and more sculpted appearance. Many patients see an improvement immediately after the treatment only to observe further improvements over the following weeks. Studies demonstrate Ulthera’s beneficial effect on droopy necks and brows. In addition, Ultherapy can improve jowling and tighten cheeks for a refreshed appearance and rejuvenated facial contours. And the best of all is the lack of a lengthy recovery – an important advantage for our busy patients in Massachusetts and beyond.

How Does Ulthera Lift the Face and Tighten the Neck?

High frequency sound waves travel easily through skin and soft tissues. Ulthera’s smart technology allows for bundling of the ultrasound’s power and precise placement of energy aliquots deep to the skin. In contrast to conventional laser treatments, Ultherapy is designed to leave the superficial skin cover unharmed but it tightens the deeper muscle layer. This tissue layer is called the “SMAS”: surgical tightening of the SMAS allows Dr. Fechner to achieve long-lasting improvements with face and neck lifts.

Therefore, Ulthera’s concept incorporates in a novel way knowledge gained from facelift surgery. The little beads of sonographic energy are placed 3 to 7 mm beneath the skin surface leading to contraction of the SMAS muscle layer. In addition, new collagen will be produced over the next 3 to 4 months which explains why patients observe additional benefits after the treatment. Because Ultherapy can treat the face and neck in a balanced way, a natural appearance is the result of this non-invasive rejuvenation avoiding lengthy downtime, both benefits highly valued by our patients from all over New England.

Is Ulthera Just Another Laser?

No, Ultherapy is not a laser. Patients and doctors alike are overwhelmed by the virtual endless array of lasers available in the Greater Boston region. Lasers work by heat delivery to the skin through high energy light waves. The laser’s heat will vaporize skin tissue which is responsible for the relatively long recovery after most laser treatments. Principles of physics limit the laser’s ability to treat deeper tissues without harmful injury to the superficial skin. Ulthera uses ultrasonic waves that travel through the skin in order to be focused exactly where we want the tightening to take effect: deep to the skin at the level of the muscle layers.

Even better, we do not guess where the treatment is taking effect, but the ultrasound allows us to actually see the important layers of the face and neck before they are treated with the bundled ultrasound energy. This “DeepSEE” technology improves confidence in Ultherapy and safety of the tightening treatment. Ultherapy is also fundamentally distinct from Thermage® which heats the entire skin using radiofrequency. Therefore, Thermage® is limited by heat damage to the skin which must be cooled during the treatment. Ultherapy in contrast is based on the gentle and focused power of focused ultrasound which treats deeper tissues but leaves the skin unharmed. In addition, Ultherapy places small droplets of bundled energy precisely where it counts: deep to the skin at the SMAS muscle layer.

Is Ultherapy Safe?

Because Ulthera uses ultrasound energy, it proved to be a very safe non-invasive option for facial tightening and rejuvenation. Data available with 12 month patient follow up demonstrate safety and efficacy of Ultherapy. Therefore, Ulthera has passed the strict FDA approval process and is indicated for lifting of facial tissues and neck rejuvenation. Dr. Fechner feels confident that Ultherapy represents a great non-invasive facial tightening alternative for his patients from Worcester, Boston and beyond.

How long do Ulthera Treatments Take?

Most commonly, the whole face and neck are treated with Ulthera for the best and most balanced improvements. Such a treatment takes usually about 1 hour. If distinct facial regions are targeted for Ultherapy (i.e., forehead, cheeks, jawline or neck) you should reserve 20 to 30 minutes for your treatment.

How much Bruising, Swelling and Downtime Should I Expect after Ultherapy?

The mild pinkness of the skin has usually normalized within an hour or so. Swelling is routinely minimal or none and there is no bruising associated with Ulthera treatments making this a truly No-Downtime non-invasive lifting procedure.

Does Ultherapy hurt?

Overall, Ulthera treatments are well tolerated by patients. Discomfort with Ultherapy is related to the small ultrasound energy droplets deposited deep to the skin surface. Although sensory response varies from person to person, Ultherapy is usually associated with a relatively mild discomfort; some over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen are used by some patient with added benefit. Prescription-strength medications are available in Dr. Fechner’s office but usually not necessary for Ultherapy. After completion of the Ulthera treatment, patients routinely have no noticeable pain or discomfort.

Call for Your Private Consultation

Not everybody is a good candidate for Ulthera facial rejuvenation. To find out how non-invasive Ultherapy may help you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fechner. Most patients come from the Greater Boston area and the rest of Massachusetts, Providence (Rhode Island), and New Hampshire.

For more information about the various non-surgical procedures, please follow these links:

Skin Resurfacing Procedures
Chemical Peels
Laser Treatments
Dermabrasion – Microdermabrasion

Cosmetic Office Procedures
Injectable fillers (Restylane, Radiance, CosmoDerm)
Skin resurfacing (Peels, Laser treatments, Dermabrasion)
Collagen Induction Therapy

* Results may vary by individual.