Ultherapy® is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses time-tested ultrasound technology to stimulate the formation of new collagen deep below the skin’s surface. The production of new collagen takes time, so results can become more apparent over two to three months, even up to six months. The procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area treated, and there is “minimal to no downtime” (Georgette Oni, Ron Hoxworth, Sumeet Teotia, Spencer Brown, Jeffrey M. Kenkel, Evaluation of a Microfocused Ultrasound System for Improving Skin Laxity and Tightening in the Lower Face, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 34, Issue 7, September 2014, Pages 1099–1110.) afterward. It is also the only non-invasive procedure to use Micro-focused Ultrasound imaging, which allow aesthetic physicians to actually see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most beneficial.
Lasers rely on light energy that is unable to reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature. This means laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin and are not FDA-cleared to lift the skin. Lasers also work through the surface of the skin, often resulting in downtime after a procedure. Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they are actually very compatible.