How Does Ultherapy Work?
During Ultherapy®, micro-focused ultrasound is delivered in a series of lines at 3 precise depths, including the skin’s foundational layer (SMAS / Platysma) at 4.5mm deep. Each line is made up of 12-23 Thermal Coagulation Points (TCP) spaced approximately 1mm apart to promote healing. A TCP is formed when ultrasound energy is focused to a point below the skin’s surface, concentrating 95% of the delivered energy to an area approximately 1mm3. Tissue at the focal point is heated to ~65°C, causing immediate collagen contraction and denaturation, and initiating aggressive collagen synthesis. Intervening tissue, including the skin’s surface, is unaffected. Over 90-180 days, the wound-healing response stimulates long-term tissue remodeling and leads to further lifting and tightening, with results that can last a year or more.
The Ultherapy System
The control unit is the heart of the system. Clinicians interact with the system through a 27” touchscreen display, and central to this display is the DeepSEE® imaging window. This window provides ultrasound visualization of tissue planes down to 8mm, so clinicians know exactly where energy will be delivered. About the size of a personal computer, the control unit is compact and requires minimal room for use and storage.
The System comes complete with the Amplify software, which is proven to increase patient comfort of the procedure without impacting efficacy.