The secret of youthful skin


Our skin is aging every day as we grow older. Although we don’t want to admit it, this is a law of nature that cannot be violated. In fact, to a large extent, the aging and sagging of the skin are mainly caused by the reduction of skin collagen. The loss of collagen in the epidermis and dermis of the skin will cause the skin to sag, to get loose, and cause wrinkles. The loss of collagen in the subcutaneous fascia layer will cause the sagging of the muscles and fat. If you want your skin to regain its youthful brilliance, the key is to retain the collagen in the skin’s fascia layer because sagging is the primary source of skin aging. So, if you want to lift the fascia layer and make the skin look younger and firm while avoiding the pain from the treatments, then Ultherapy is an ideal choice.

What is the principle of Ultherapy?

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Based on the principle of focused ultrasound thermal energy, Ultherapy bypasses the epidermis through a lattice heat transfer method and uses a beauty probe to emit matrix molecular energy waves that vibrate up to 6-12 million times per second to penetrate 1.6-4.5 mm under the skin. This process is all done without cutting or damaging the surface of the skin. The energy of Ultherapy directly acts on the fascia layer that can only be reached during treatment and forms a focal surface of the radiofrequency electric field in the fascia layer. This will strongly impact the dermal tissue and produce an electric field concentration effect on the dermal tissue. Using high-intensity focused ultrasound technology, ultrasound can focus the local temperature to about 60-75 degrees. This technology results in minor thermal freezing points, shrinking each layer of tissue, generating effective thermal damage to the dermal tissue, and triggering the body to repair and regenerate damaged cells and fascia. The life and quality of all cells under the skin will be affected by external stimuli, the surrounding environment of the cells, and the nutrition and quality of the cells themselves. Skin damage is the result of changes occurring in the superficial and deep parts of the skin cells. Damaged cells lose their instincts and cannot function normally. Therefore, the human body needs to repair damaged cells quickly and intensively to help the cells complete the stress response. They also need to repair damaged cells, stimulate the regeneration and arrangement of collagen in the dermal tissue, increase the density of an intercellular substance, improve the subcutaneous structure that supports the skin, build a new collagen fiber network, and restore the elasticity of the bottom of the skin to get a better lifting, wrinkle removal and firming effect. This process of repairing cells can form new collagen, increase skin elasticity, improve wrinkles, and have no epidermal trauma and scars, no radiation, no electric current, and no electrophysiological interference. The skin is immediately firm, exuding a youthful glow and it will be soft and elastic.

High-intensity focused ultrasound directly delivers heat energy to the skin and subcutaneous tissues to stimulate the renewal and production of skin collagen, thereby improving skin texture and reducing the skin sagginess. The point is that it can achieve facial lift and body lift without any invasive treatments or injection, and there is no recovery period after Ultherapy. It will not delay daily work and tasks in your life.

Ultherapy uses 1.5 mm, 3.0 mm, and 4.5 mm treatment probes. Different treatment probes can be selected according to different skin textures and depths. The first probe is a full-scale skin scan and high-energy ultrasound. The purpose is to locate the area to be treated accurately. The second probe acts directly on the fascia layer of the eyes and neck. The third probe is used to scan the dermis.

What is the fascial layer of the skin?

The fascia layer is located below the epidermis and dermis of the skin and above the fatty muscle layer. It is the foundation of skin elasticity and firmness and the pillar of our facial contours. If our epidermis has problems, acne, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone will appear on the face; the loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the dermis will cause wrinkles. The downward movement of surface fat will make people look old. However, if there is a problem with the fascia layer, then the face will lose its distinct contour!

Since the fascia layer is located 4.5 mm below the skin, all non-surgical skin tightening devices in the past cannot reach this depth and cannot fundamentally solve the aging problem. However, the exception is Ultherapy, which focuses on the temperature and depth of this technique.

The treatment depth of ultrasound treatment is 3.0 to 4.5 mm, directly to the fascia layer, which is the critical part of the previous surgical skin lift treatment.

How to convert ultrasound into heat?

Every energy point of Ultherapy has an intense temperature under the skin. Human tissue has a particular ability to absorb ultrasound energy. When ultrasonic waves propagate in human tissues, their energy is continuously absorbed and converted into heat energy, increasing the kinetic energy of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and skin temperature. It is a process of converting mechanical energy into heat energy in a medium. Thermal effects can activate deep tissue cells and enhance local metabolism. Simply put, when the temperature rises, the specific structure of the polymer on which life depends will change. Since the structure of the molecule is necessary for biological activity, these changes eventually become denaturation, leading to thermal coagulation, thereby achieving the effect of wrinkles and skin firmness.

What is the role of collagen? How does Ultherapy stimulate the production of collagen?

Collagen is a natural protein that maintains the firmness and elasticity of the skin and makes the skin look youthful. 70% of human skin is composed of collagen, and 80% of dermal tissue is composed of collagen. The aging process of the skin is the process of decomposition of the collagen in the skin. As we age, collagen will decompose, and results to a decrease in skin strength and elasticity. In other words, collagen will gradually be loss as we grow old. At the age of 30, collagen completely ceases to be secreted. This is when crow’s feet wrinkles start to appear and on the cheeks, it means that the collagen in the body is lost. The only way to start new collagen formation is to damage our existing collagen. We prompt the body to alert the brain, asking the brain to produce more collagen. Therefore, maintaining collagen is the natural way to stay young.

Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound to produce a thermal effect under the skin. The thermal effect essentially initiates a process of producing fresh and new collagen, which can shrink aging collagen fibers, stimulate the proliferation and reorganization of collagen, gradually establish a new collagen fiber network, and restore the elasticity of the bottom of the skin.

What is the role of Ultherapy?

    1. By promoting collagen contraction and elastic fiber regeneration to lift, tighten the skin and improve facial contours
    2. Eliminate wrinkles
    3. Eliminate nasolabial fold wrinkles
    4. Eliminate expression lines
    5. Eliminate forehead wrinkles
    6. Eliminate eye wrinkles
    7. Firming, whitening, and rejuvenation

What are the advantages of Ultherapy?

    1. Safe
      Ensure the optimal temperature, about 65-70 degrees, which is the most suitable temperature for effective collagen denaturation. Focused ultrasound does not need to heat the skin, so it will not damage the skin. Especially for those patients who are not ready for treatment or hope that the effect of cosmetic treatments can be prolonged, Ultherapy is a perfect choice.
    2. Short service time for the treatment
      Facial and neck treatments usually takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment takes about 30 minutes.
    3. Accurate application point
      It can accurately locate the energy application point to ensure that the energy is delivered to the part that needs the most treatment.
    4. Does not affect daily work
      Unlike laser, radiofrequency, and other technologies, non-surgical Ultherapy can bypass the skin surface and be treated with ultrasound, so there is no rest time needed. After the treatment service, you can resume normal activities immediately without taking any post-treatment measures

Which parts of the body are suitable for Ultherapy? What is the treatment process?

Ultherapy is mainly used to lift the face and the front chest (the part where the collar will be exposed). It is also commonly used around the eyes and loose skin under the jaw, but it can also be used in different locations depending on the patient’s condition.

Before Ultherapy treatment, our technicians will communicate with you about your health condition or suggestions in advance.

At the beginning of the actual treatment of Ultherapy, we will first simply clean the skin of the treated area and then apply ultrasound gel to make the ultrasound imaging and reach the bottom layer of the skin rich in collagen.

After the technician has thoroughly checked the condition of the treatment area, the treatment will begin, and you will feel a slight tingling. The entire treatment process lasts an average of 30-90 minutes (depending on the treatment range, the treatment time will also change)

How to care for the treated area after Ultherapy treatment, what side effects are there, and who is suitable for the treatment?

One of the biggest benefits of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime. Many patients can return to work immediately after treatment without any post-treatment care at all.

The side effects of Ultherapy are not noticeable and vary from person to person (most people have no side effects). Still, it is common to have mild swelling on the treated areas, occasionally numbness and there will be some redness on the treated area within a few hours after the treatment. There may be bruises or tingling sensations after treatment, but it rarely occurs.

If you want to know whether Ultherapy is suitable for you, please consult our technicians. Here are some rules of thumb for testing whether you are ideal for Ultherapy treatment:

    1. Your skin doesn’t look as tight as it used to be due to sagging.
    2. There is a noticeable accumulation of excess skin on the margin of your jaw and chin, and the neck wrinkles are apparent.
    3. You are over 30 years old, and your skin’s elasticity is significantly weakened.
    4. Although you are still young, you have begun to look for ways to stay young and healthy
    5. There are no open wounds, severe acne, no pacemaker, or other electronic products in the body.

Patients who choose to do Ultherapy are preferably those with a certain degree of relaxation. Less tight skin, sagging under the neck and chin, or wrinkles on the chest are all possible signs for the patient. People in their 30s with mild to moderate skin sagging are suitable for Ultherapy. Although Ultherapy is not a substitute for cosmetic treatments, if the patient is not mentally, physically, or economically prepared for the treatment, they can also be suitable for Ultherapy treatment.

Who is not suitable for Ultherapy?

    • Pregnant and menstruating women
    • Patient with coagulation dysfunction
    •  Patients with hypertension, asthma, cancer
    •  Severe heart disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism
    •  Patient with advanced cancer
    • Patient with unhealed external wound
    • Have been injected with botulinum toxin within one month
    • Open trauma or injury to the face
    • Patient with severe cystic acne

The efficacy timeline of Ultherapy

Skin lifting and firming:

    • 1-60 days: Patients generally feel that their fine lines and wrinkles are unfolding, and the face feels “plump”, accompanied by continuously visible skin lift.
    • After 60 days: With skin tightening, sagging is reduced, and the effect is noticeable.

Skin texture:

    • 1-60 days: Skin feels firmer, smoother, and skin tone is more even.
    • After 60 days: The skin is visibly firmer and smoother.

The effect of Ultherapy can be maintained for one year or more, and most patients only need one treatment to get significant results.

What is the difference between Ultherapy and Thermage?

People often compare Ultherapy with Thermage, and it is difficult to distinguish between the two on the tightening effect of the skin. The main difference is that the two treatment methods use different heat conduction technologies: monopolar radiofrequency and ultrasound. Ultherapy can penetrate the dermis to reach the superficial fascia, so it has a better lifting effect. But Thermage has a more noticeable impact on more extensive areas and superficial skin, so it is mainly used for tightening. Thermage is also used on larger areas than Ultherapy, such as on upper eyelids, arms, abdomen, thighs, and other loose skin parts on the body.

How is Ultherapy different from other beauty treatments?

Ultherapy stimulates collagen production at the bottom of the skin, resulting in a significant facial lift within two to three months. Laser treatment relies on light energy, and light energy cannot reach deeper skin layers. Laser treatments only treats the superficial epidermis. Thermage relies on radio frequency to act on the epidermis and dermis of the skin while Ultherapy directly works on the deep layers of the skin. Radiofrequency is an electromagnetic wave that concentrates energy on a surface (non-focused), which can effectively stimulate dermal collagen production. Unlike laser treatements, radiofrequency, and other techniques, Ultherapy bypasses the skin surface to provide ultrasound energy at the proper depth and temperature. This energy triggers a natural reaction under the skin to initiate the regeneration process and produce fresh, new collagen.

The comparison of several treatment methods is as follow:

Ultherapy Facelift Laser Radio Frequency
4.5, 3.0, 1.5mm
Facial Injury
Depends on different situations
Recovery Period
1-2 months
2-4 weeks
Reach the temperature of the desgnated skin layer
60-70°C (Initiate collagen regeneration)
100 °C (May cause the epidermis to fall off)
<55°C (Not the best temperature for collagen regeneration)

What are the precautions when receiving Ultherapy?

    1. Choose a qualified medical institution

      Ultherapy requires dividing different areas of the face for targeted treatments. Based on rigorous requirements for the strength and depth of the machine, Ultherapy also has high aesthetic requirements for nurses. Ultherapy penetrates deeply, and there are many blood vessels and nerves on the fascial layer. If the service technique is improper, it will damage the blood vessels and nerves in the area, and there may be possibilities of abrasions and facial crookedness. Only experienced professional nurses can make a flawless treatment and minimize postoperative side effects, so a qualified nurse is critical for the success of a Ultherapy treatment.

    2. Ensure machine safety

      Ulthera Ultherapy is the only skin firming treatment device certified by the US FDA. It penetrates the skin fascia layer in a non-invasive way. It can be thermo-coagulated, tightened, and lifted, thereby improving the subcutaneous structure that supports the skin. This will build a new collagen fiber network and it will restore the elasticity at the bottom of the skin. Achieve the effect of relieving skin slack, tightening facial contours, smoothing various wrinkles, and restoring skin elasticity.

    3. Supplement enough Acmetea

      The skin has dense blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, and other important features. It is necessary to supplement enough cellular food after treatment for the skin in these areas. Acmetea’s unique tripeptides and 31 unique nutrients are the sources of cell repair, regeneration, and thermal damage to the skin structure after rupture. It helps dense blood vessels, nerves, tissues, and other damages. Ultherapy will only work when the wound is healed.

How many treatments are needed?

Most patients only need one treatment. However, some patients may benefit from multiple treatments, depending on the degree and area of their skin and their body’s biological response to the ultrasound and the process of collagen formation.

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