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.
Ultherapy costs in Toronto can vary depending on the clinic you choose to have your procedure done at. At our Facial Cosmetic and Laser Clinic, we have only registered nurses who perform the treatment, not just technicians. Our Ulthera costs are competitive with other Ultherapy treatment providers throughout Toronto and Ontario, however, we believe the level of expertise and service quality that our registered nurses can provide is excellent and above the norm. The price of Ultherapy is adjusted depending on the area you would like to treat- areas can include full face and neck, brow only, mid-face or lower face only or simply the neck. If you would like a customized Ultherapy cost priced out for you, we would love to book you in for a complimentary consultation to tailor a treatment to your needs.
Ultherapy has been a popular treatment because it is non-surgical and one of a kind. Ulthera is the only treatment that can harness ultrasound power to non-invasively lift the skin and promote tightening. Combining depth, temperature, precision and imaging, Ultherapy is capable of delivering consistent results that improve skin laxity. Unlike radio-frequency or laser treatments, which are limited in the depth to which they can treat (the dermis), the ultrasound waves of Ulthera can target not only the dermis, but also the structural and foundations layers of tissue, normally only addressed in facelift surgery. Collagen synthesis and tissue remodeling occurs and a gradually lifting of the facial areas treated will continue to be seen over the next 90 days or so. These results can last more than a year.
The Ultherapy system is unique in its’ ability to reach optimal temperatures that cause collagen contraction and denaturation. Studies have demonstrated that this process is optimized between 60-70 degrees- Ulthera is the only type of non-invasive energy device that can achieve those temperatures without heating the skin’s surface. The precise delivery of this energy also increases the consistency of the results impacting collagen stimulation and production.
The Ulthera technology has 4 main components. The first is a control unit with a touchscreen that enables the nurse to visualize the tissue and track the treatment progress. In recent years, Ultherapy added an Amplify software which was developed to increase patient comfort while maintaining the efficacy of the treatment. This is part of the control unit. The second vital portion of the system is the Ulthera handpiece. There are 6 transducers that interface with the handpiece, each one providing different treatment depths. The transducers help with visualization of the area and target different tissue depths- from 4.5 mm, 3mm and 1.5mm. These make up the 3rd component of the technology. Lastly, everything is stored on the Ultherapy Cart. It’s compact, portable and doesn’t require a lot of storage space- great for any sized aesthetic treatment room. If you’d like to learn more about how an Ultherapy treatment in Toronto could assist you, we’d love to hear from you via phone or email!