Ultherapy is a FDA approved procedure that is recommended by dermatologists the world over to improve adult acne in their patients. In this guide, we will study the basics of the therapy, the suitable candidates for it, as well as its contraindications.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non surgical method of facial rejuvenation. It targets and destroys the skin bacteria to prevent potential acne breakouts on face, neck, chest and back. Apart from improving adult acne, the therapy can also boost skin’s natural elastin and collagen layers to give a firmer, more radiant and youthful appearance.
The therapy bypasses the outermost surface of the skin and delivers very precise and focused ultrasound energy at the right depth below the skin’s surface. In men and women suffering from pimples, the procedure has been proven to be highly beneficial in improving adult acne especially in cases where the patient is not responding to topical or oral medications.
Ultherapy is the only known technology that precisely and consistently heats the skin tissue to 60-70 deg C. At this temperature, there is optimal collagen contraction. Thus, the procedure can go to the root of the cystic acne and boost the natural healing capability of the skin. The wound healing response of the body repairs the “injury” caused by the heat delivered by the Ultherapy device. This helps build new collagen layers that not only improve adult acne but also give a natural lift to the skin.
Device used in the therapy
The Ultherapy device includes a power unit, a Central processing unit with a monitor and a hand piece with transducers. The transducers deliver highly directed acoustic waves to precise focal points on the skin.
How is the therapy performed?
The best part about the Ultherapy procedure to improve adult acne is that it can be done in a single 60-90 minute in-office session under mild anesthesia after which one can go about one’ routine.
The doctor takes pre-procedure standardized photos of the patient’s problem areas. The patient is then placed in supine position. The face is also divided into sections: neck, cheeks, jaw, chin, forehead etc. Therapists often use ‘planning cards’ to mark the sections of the face so that all areas are covered with minimum overlap. These markings are used as a guide during the therapy procedure. Within the marked columns, the density of the energy needed is calculated by the device.
An ultrasound gel may be applied to the skin before beginning the procedure. The device hand piece is held perpendicular to the patient’s skin, and the procedure is started from the neck and continued upwards until all the problem areas are targeted.
Candidates for Ultherapy and Contraindications
Patients with mild to moderate adult acne can benefit greatly from the therapy to improve their condition. Younger patients tend to have more vibrant skin healing as well as inherent skin elasticity, hence show better results. Candidates who smoke or are exposed to great deal of photoaging tend to have reduced skin elasticity and overall poor skin quality; therefore, the results are less dramatic.
The contraindications of Ultherapy are:
- The therapy is not suitable for patients with severe or cystic acne on the face and neck
- It should not be used on open wounds or lesions
- People having pacemakers, defibrillators, metallic or other active implants in the or around the treatment areas should also discuss these with the doctor.
- Treatment should not be done directly on keloids (skin regions with irregular fibrous tissues) as the therapy could worsen the scarring.
Ultherapy is a relatively new therapy and is yet to be tested for use in children, pregnant or lactating women, patients taking anticoagulants, diabetics, epileptics, those with autoimmune conditions, or in patients having active or local skin diseases that may alter the skin’s wound healing capability.
- Ultherapy is a FDA approved procedure that is known to improve adult acne.
- There is little or no patient downtime
- It is generally well tolerated with proper comfort management techniques
- It can be used with other aesthetic treatments.
- It can be customized to suit a broad range of patients.
If you wish to improve adult acne, do talk to your dermatologist whether Ultherapy is right for you.