Ultherapy - “a non-invasive lift technique”
The Ulthera system is an exceptional and unique advanced technology for the natural treatment of skin ageing. It is the only non-surgical procedure, *approved by the very stringent Food and Drug Administration USA (FDA) allowing **lifting of the eyelids/eyebrows, face, neck, and the reduction of neckline wrinkles. This micro-focused ultrasound treatment makes it possible to firm the face skin and redefine its contours without any recovery time needed.
* Link to FDA
** Link to scientific publications
Frequently asked questions
Q: What are the clinical indications of this technology?
A: Ultherapy cannot be a substitute for surgery when the slackening is excessive, but it is certainly a beneficial solution for people with moderate slackening and for those who are not ready to undergo surgery.
Ulthera is a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
The method is also suitable for patients having undergone a facelift surgery and who wish to maintain their appearance.
Q: How does Ulthera work?
A: Thanks to an ultrasound module, the device helps precisely target the deep layers of the face and neck. The patented “DeepSEE” technology helps view areas up to 8 mm deep and thus make the treatment effective and safe. The micro-focussed ultrasound is then delivered up to 3 mm and 4.5mm deep and creates thousands of tiny coagulation points to initiate the process of neocollagenesis. Ultrasound is directed below the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis to target the SMAS, the deep structure that supports the face and neck. The tissues are heated to an optimum temperature between 65 and 70°C. The focused energy avoids the upper layer of the skin and leaves it intact. The procedure has an excellent safety profile, is very well tolerated and the patient can return to his or her daily routine immediately.
Q: What happens during a treatment session?
A: After having defined the areas to be treated such as the forehead, eyebrows/eyelids, neck and neckline, the areas are specially marked. A hand-piece equipped with an ultrasound probe is then placed on the skin to see the subcutaneous layers on a screen and deliver the ultrasound energy safely. The pulses emitted have a more or less intense tingling effect depending on the depth and sensitivity of the patient. A 1 g paracetamol before the session can help soothe the discomfort during treatment. The procedure usually takes between 45 to 120 minutes, or the time taken to treat all the intended areas.
Q: What are the possible side effects?
A: There are no or very mild side effects; the patient can return to his or her daily routine immediately after the treatment. Some patients may have transient bruising and numbness in some cases.
Q: How many treatments are needed?
A: *Only one treatment is needed, although getting more than one is not contraindicated. While the process of regeneration and retraction of collagen is triggered by a single treatment, the results will appear gradually during the next 3 to 6 months. In some patients, it may be useful to take a second partial treatment.
* Link to scientific publications
Q: What are the contraindications?
A: Permanent and non-absorbable fillers, disruptions in the coagulation system or anticoagulant medications.
Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Autoimmune and connective tissue diseases.
Presence of electrical implants in the body.
Q: How does ultherapy differ from radio frequency?
Ulthera’s ultherapy is the only existing procedure that has led to rigorous clinical studies and has been approved by the FDA for face and neck lifts without surgery.
In addition, ultherapy is the only procedure that allows you to “Deepsee” and decide on the depth of the impacts throughout the treatment.
Although Thermage is also a high-energy radiofrequency device, the Ulthéra device allows you to work with more precision and ensure deeper treatment.
Low-energy radiofrequency devices also help maintain the result obtained with Thermage or Ulthéra.
Q: How much does this treatment cost?
A: A full treatment of the facial areas amounts to 2800 Euros. It is however possible to divide the treatment and treat only the forehead with the eyebrows/eyelids (1100 Euros), the lower face (1800 Euros), the neck (1000 Euros) and the neckline (800 Euros).
The results of treatments may vary from one person to another and are therefore not guaranteed.
Therefore, they represent no binding commitment on the part of the office, the personnel or any third party.