Ultherapy, also known as Ulthera, is the only non-invasive, non-surgical ultrasound treatment approved by the FDA and Health Canada for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin over time, without any downtime. It is basically a non-surgical face lift. At his Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Cory Torgerson finds this to be a popular alternative for patients who do not want to undergo cosmetic surgery.
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results can become more apparent over 3 to 6 months. The procedure takes only about an hour for most patients, and there is no downtime.
It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely where it will be most effective.
A recent software upgrade called Ultherapy Amplify now affords a more comfortable procedure. While comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, most patients now report that the procedure is quite tolerable. If and when any discomfort does occur, it happens while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This sensation is temporary and is a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.
At our Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we take measures to make the experience as pleasant as possible, such as premedication and a topical numbing agent. Patients tell us they leave comfortable and excited about the Ulthera benefits to come.
Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments with Dr. Torgerson can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
In Toronto, patients can expect to pay between $1,000 and $5,000, depending upon the areas being treated. Ultherapy meets the demand for something between skin creams and surgery. A complimentary consultation at our Toronto Facial Cosmetic office with Dr. Torgerson can give you a quote tailored specifically to you and your needs.
There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. Dr. Torgerson’s Cosmetic Surgery office will always provide patients with detailed post-procedure guidelines on what to expect following the treatment.
The procedure has been cleared by the FDA and Health Canada after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 100,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years. Dr. Torgerson’s Facial Cosmetic Surgery clinic also has an excellent safety record and a top reputation in Toronto for excellence in care and results.
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically, or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
During a free consultation with Dr. Cory Torgerson, patients can discuss their areas of concern and learn what the available non-surgical treatment options are that would be well-suited to their needs. During the free consultation, patients can also look through the Ultherapy Toronto Before and After photo gallery our Cosmetic Surgery office has of patients who have benefited from this non-surgical treatment.
Currently, Ultherapy is a treatment for the face and neck with a specific clinical indication for lifting the skin on the neck, chin, and brow.
How does Ultherapy stimulate the creation of collagen? Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound to generate a thermal effect under the skin. The thermal effect essentially jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
Can men have it done? Yes! Both women and men globally are receiving Ultherapy. Dr. Torgerson finds that the Ulthera treatment is equally popular amongst both his male and female patients.