Non-surgical face lift uses ultrasound technology


by KING 5 HealthLink

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Donna is about to get a new treatment that used to require surgery: a brow lift. Dr. Richard Baxter explains what to expect.

"We're talking about elevating the brow just to give that nice little arch over the outer part of the brow. We don't want you to have that startled kind of look, just more of a refreshed kind of look," he said.

She'll also get some tightening in the cheek area.

"It's a really exciting technology because it's so different from everything we've had before," said Dr. Baxter.

That's because Ulthera is the first anti-aging device to use ultrasound. The ideal candidate?

"It's a patient really in their 40s to early 50s maybe," said Dr. Baxter. "They're seeing some signs of early aging, but they're really not ready for something as invasive as a face lift. That's really someone who's going to get the best result out of something like Ulthera."

Unlike laser treatments there's no guesswork - the doctor can see and target the collagen layer directly without affecting surface skin.

"It goes right through harmlessly on the surface," said Dr. Baxter.

The entire face can be treated in about an hour.

"We've seen some pretty impressive results in cheeks and in this area right underneath here," said Dr. Baxter.

"Actually the real reason this appeals to me is that this technology is stimulating my skin to rejuvenate, so it's not something that's going to make me look different. I'm just going to look younger again," said Donna.

Patients get one treatment and will see full results in two to three months, the time it takes for new collagen to build.

Dr. Baxter says the cost ranges from $1,200 to $2,400, depending how many areas are treated. 

The treatment works for all skin types. Keep in mind that it will not produce the same dramatic results as a surgical face lift.