With the ageing process, our skin and subcutaneous tissues gradually lose their elasticity, and we experience a downward volume shift that makes our lower face and neck fuller than our cheek area. Parts of this transformation are due to outside factors like sun damage and gravity. The other major player is internal: collagen loss.

Collagen is a natural protein that keeps our skin taut and toned. As we grow older, collagen fibres break down and aren’t easily replaced, resulting in a loss of skin and tissue strength and firmness. Reversing this process is a powerful way to restore a youthful appearance.

With Ulthera, we can do exactly that.

What Is Ulthera Therapy?

Ulthera is a noninvasive device that stimulates collagen growth and skin tightening, a.k.a. neocollagenesis. The treatment, commonly referred to as Ultherapy, is approved by the TGA for lifting and tightening the skin and deeper tissues without surgery or downtime. Ultherapy doesn’t involve any serums or medications — it simply enhances your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, yet noticeable, results.

What Does Ultherapy Do?

The Ulthera system is powered by ultrasound (sound energy). The device delivers focused ultrasound energy to the deep SMAS layer below the skin surface, the same area addressed in a surgical facelift. The energy generates a thermal effect in this tissue that triggers the collagen growth process. As new collagen develops, the skin and underlying tissues tighten, creating a lifting effect and smoothing lines and wrinkles. Ulthera is the only device that allows ultrasound visualisation of the anatomical layers of the skin and tissues to provide accurate and focused treatment.

Where Can Ultherapy Be Used?

Currently, Ultherapy is utilised for the face, neck and upper chest area. It is TGA-approved to:

  • Lift the browline
  • Tighten sagging skin along the jawline (jowls)
  • Reduce loose skin under the neck (turkey neck)
  • Improve lines and wrinkles on the chest

What Age Is Best for Ultherapy?

What determines someone’s suitability for Ultherapy is not their age; it is the elasticity of their skin. A good candidate for Ultherapy has some degree of skin laxity, to the point that their skin looks noticeably looser and less firm. For example, there may be extra skin resting on their eyelids due to a lowered eyebrow line.

Ultherapy can be an excellent choice for those who want some skin tightening and lifting, but are not ready for surgery. While Ultherapy is not equivalent to a surgical facelift, many people feel more comfortable avoiding or delaying surgery and the accompanying discomfort, downtime and cost. There also are those who use Ultherapy as a maintenance treatment after having facelift surgery.

What Is Involved in the Ulthera Procedure?

In a one-on-one consultation, Dr Khinda will assess your skin, discuss your concerns and confirm that you are a candidate for Ultherapy. There are no pre-treatment skin care requirements associated with Ultherapy, so you don’t have to worry about any preparations.

An Ultherapy procedure takes between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on which area is treated. After cleansing your skin and applying a special ultrasound conductive gel, Dr Khinda will place the smooth Ulthera treatment applicator against your skin. She will carefully pass the applicator over your skin while it transmits the ultrasound energy to specific layers of tissue.

Is Ultherapy Painful?

You may feel tiny amounts of ultrasound energy being deposited into the deeper layers of your skin, stimulating the collagen growth process. Comfort thresholds vary from individual to individual, but the sensation only lasts while the device emits the ultrasound energy. Most people report that the treatment is tolerable.

Is There Downtime After an Ulthera Treatment?

You can return to your normal routine immediately after your Ultherapy procedure. There are no post-treatment restrictions or requirements. Your skin may initially appear flushed, but the redness should fade within a few hours. Some people temporarily experience mild tingling, swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch. Less common post-treatment effects may include temporary numbness or bruising in localised areas of skin.

How Long Does it Take to See Ultherapy Results?

Ultherapy has a gradual effect. Because it relies on your natural collagen growth process, it takes two to three months for your results to evolve. During this time, your body builds new collagen that lifts, tightens and smooths your skin. Your results may continue to improve over the following three to six months.

How Many Ultherapy Treatments Are Needed?

The majority of patients achieve their goals with a single Ultherapy treatment. However, some may benefit from more than one procedure, depending on how advanced their skin laxity is and their body’s natural response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process.

How Long Does Ultherapy Last?

Ultherapy’s skin tightening effect can last up to a year or more. Because its benefits are due to your own collagen production, the longevity of your results depends on how your body responds to the procedure. Your individual ageing process will also influence how long you notice visible results. Ageing cannot be stopped, but future touch-up sessions can help give you more control over your appearance.

Meet With Dr Parvin Khinda for Ultherapy in South Melbourne

If you’re looking for a solution to the ageing skin you see in the mirror, Ultherapy could be the answer. We encourage you to book a consultation at Kaya Cosmedica to meet with Dr Parvin Khinda and learn more about this treatment. Dr Khinda will compose a custom treatment plan designed to address the cosmetic issues that concern you most. With her clinical expertise and her artistic eye, she is able to provide natural and aesthetically pleasing results for her patients.

Creating confidence at every age is our passion. Get in touch today to find out if Ultherapy is suitable for you.

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