Ulthera is short for Ultherapy, a non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment that targets the most common issues regarding the skin, such as sagging, wrinkles, loss of skin tone and elasticity. Ulthera treatment is being hailed as the latest alternative to challenge common skin treatments such as Botox, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Ulthera treatment involves the use of ultrasound. This is sound vibration at higher pitches that is inaudible to the human ear. Ulthera treatment focuses on small skin areas to deliver ultrasound at a specific frequency and duration. Sound enters through the skin to work at the dermis layer, causing a minor vibration that also produces a small amount of heat. This action stimulates the skin to produce collagen, a substance responsible for improved skin tone and skin tightening.

So how exactly does collagen work to improve facial appearance and bring about a more youthful look? Collagen is a protein that is found in the dermis. It is responsible for the overall structure of the skin, providing support and cushioning. As people age, normal production of collagen in the body gradually declines, which explains why the epidermis begins to change in appearance as people age.

What makes Ulthera different?

The most telling sign of aging is the loss of skin elasticity, something that is quite obvious in before and after photos that accompany most skincare product ads. In before and after photos, purported effects of these treatments often show improvements in how the skin looks based on its appearance and texture.

Although treatments such as Botox, fillers, peels and lasers are effective, the Ulthera treatment seeks to offer a different approach. Not only is it a non-surgical technique that rejuvenates the skin, it is also a relatively comfortable procedure to go through and is not associated with a downtime. Individuals who undergo the technique experience an immediate difference in their skin.

Is Ulthera safe?

People considering the treatment will be glad to know that indeed, there is an Ulthera FDA approval, which shows that the technique had been submitted for examination and assessment and has been considered safe to use. The Ulthera FDA approval was released in September 2009 and the treatment has become widely used since then.