Procedure Time45 – 90 min.
Risks & ComplicationsMinor swelling, redness, tingling
Treatment PlanEvery 12 - 24 months
Treatment Recovery1 - 7 days
Vancouver Ultherapy® – the “gold standard” in skin tightening – is available at our Surrey aesthetic clinic. This ultrasound-based treatment is perfect for mild to moderate skin laxity. It is also popularly used as a preventative treatment to delay signs of aging, or the need for a surgical facelift.
In the past we carried an older version of Ultherapy®, which our patients found to be too painful to tolerate. The new and improved Ultherapy® has been relaunched at our clinic (as of 2022). It’s less painful than before, and it’s demonstrating wonderful results.*
Ultherapy® is Health Canada and FDA-approved. It is the only Health Canada licensed procedure to lift skin on the neck, eyebrows and under the chin. It is also indicated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck and décolletage (i.e. the chest area).
Ultherapy® boasts an 85% satisfaction rating, and a 93% effectiveness rate. This goes along with 50 clinical studies, and 90 peer-reviewed papers to back its technology. It has undergone over 2 million treatments worldwide, further demonstrating its safety profile. It was launched in 2009.
Ultherapy® has also been a NewBeauty award winner for ‘Best Non-Surgical Skin Tightener’ for at least 7 years in a row, and counting.
We offer this skin lifting and tightening solution to patients from Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Delta, Richmond, Vancouver, Whistler, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and other nearby cities (even as far as Washington, USA).
To find out if you are a good candidate for our Vancouver Ultherapy® treatments (in Surrey), book a consultation at our clinic. We’ll examine your case more carefully, and recommend a treatment path that’s right for you.
What is there to love about Ultherapy® skin tightening?
Ultherapy® bypasses the top layers of skin, to penetrate its deeper layers. This is where heat is delivered via ultrasound waves to induce collagen production. Leaving the surface of the skin untouched means it is suitable for any skin tone. With other skin rejuvenation technologies (such as laser, IPL or radio-frequency tools), darker skin tones require extreme caution to avoid burns, which can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Ultherapy® is completely non-invasive and requires little to no downtime after treatment.
Ultherapy® can be customized to each person’s skin and anatomy. Energy is delivered at specific depths in the skin to match your needs, not someone else’s. This is done with real time monitoring through ultrasound visualization, to see targets beneath the skin before they are ‘pulsed.’
Ultherapy® stimulates the body’s own collagen production. This provides natural-looking results, without a scalpel!
Ultherapy® can be used to prevent signs of aging, as well as to rejuvenate mild or moderately aged skin.
Ultherapy® in Surrey can be combined with other non-surgical procedures to enhance its results, such as neurotoxins and dermal fillers. In fact, this solution can even be used alongside plastic surgery. This is because, while surgical facelifts can tighten skin, they can not induce collagen production. Moreover laser treatments may be able to stimulate collagen, but not tighten and lift the skin, the way Ultherapy® can.
Of course, the best approach is almost always to use a combination of technologies, in a custom-design treatment plan, unique to each patient.
Book a consultation at our clinic, and we’ll let you know how we can treat your anti-aging concerns, using our several aesthetic technologies in Surrey.
What conditions can Ultherapy® treat?
Our Surrey Ultherapy® treatments can be the perfect solution for:
- Mildly sagging jowls and cheeks (for a jawline contour)
- Mild skin laxity under the chin (or, for removing ‘double chin’ fat, see our page on Belkyra™)
- Mild skin laxity on the neck (i.e. a forming ‘turkey neck’)
- Lowered brows (for a brow lift)
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the face, neck and décolletage (i.e. chest area)
- Boosting collagen production as a way to prevent signs of aging
It is important to note that Ultherapy® will not produce the dramatic effect of a surgical facelift. However, it can have highly satisfactory results, when expectations are realistic.
Some people may not be candidates for Ultherapy®. This is mainly because their case requires surgery to see reasonable results. If you are unsure whether Ultherapy® is right for you, we encourage you to book a consultation at our Surrey clinic. We’ll take a closer look, and let you know our honest opinion.
How do your Vancouver Ultherapy® treatments work to tighten skin?
Ultherapy® uses ultrasound in two ways during a Vancouver skin tightening treatment (in Surrey). They are:
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Ultrasound visualization with DeepSEE® transducers
Firstly, ultrasound visualization is used to see the treatment area beneath the skin’s surface. This experience is similar to receiving an ultrasound scan for a health diagnosis, or during pregnancy. It is completely painless.
The visualization devices used for the Ultherapy® device are unique in the aesthetics field, and patented. They are called DeepSEE® transducers. They emit frequencies (with no ionizing radiation – like all ultrasounds) between 4 and 10 megahertz (MHz). They can reach up to a depth of 8mm, but usually only up to 4.5mm is needed.
By comparison, a diagnostic ultrasound would use between 2 and 18 MHz. The lower the frequency, the deeper it can reach in the skin.
Energy delivery through micro-focused ultrasound (MFU)
Secondly, there is the energy delivery part.
This is when ultrasound waves produce heat. The heat is transmitted as deep as where a surgical facelift would reach (an area called the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS). It intentionally destroys collagen through a process of “thermal coagulation.” This is essentially heating up multiple, small, 1mm areas in the skin to between 60°-70°C.
Three different transducers are used and switched out to be able to target the right areas, at the right depth. They reach 1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm.
Like with all skin rejuvenation techniques, when collagen is destroyed in a controlled manner, the skin begins to produce new, fresh collagen. This results in a more youthful appearance in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps skin firm and ‘bouncy.’
What is an Ultherapy® treatment like?
Before the treatment, skin will be cleansed, and then marked with a template and ruler to guide the practitioner. Ultrasound gel is applied to the skin to clarify the imagery of the treatment area.
Ultherapy® is designed to treat the skin in segments, and in multiple passes at different depths. For example, the first round of pulses may start at a 4.5mm or 3mm depth in the skin. The second round will finish off with a pass at 1.5mm.
A technician uses the ultrasound visualization screen to determine your skin’s treatment needs. For example, some people have thinner skin, which does not accommodate the 4.5mm depth.
Some areas may only be treated with one pass, since the skin is thinner in those parts.
An entire face treatment can take roughly 45 – 90 minutes. During this time, a technician will be closely analyzing your skin on the Ultherapy® visualization screen. Only when the handpiece is positioned at the right angle, and in the right spot, will the bursts of energy be transmitted.
Is face lifting with Ultherapy® painful?
Older versions of Ultherapy® were painful. However, the newer model, which we have at our clinic, does not produce that much pain. Multiple members of our staff have had this treatment, and were able to tolerate it with no pain killers or anesthetic.
The pulses do produce a tingling sensation. And, there may be a few ‘zingers’ during your treatment. However, since the technician will be able to see under your skin with the ultrasound images, they can do their best to avoid sensitive areas, such as where nerves or blood vessels are appearing.
Ultherapy® is also pre-templated so as to avoid treating areas that are known to be painful.
Plus, the few ‘zingers’ you may get go away very quickly.
Afterwards, some residual, but mild, swelling or tingling sensations may remain for a few hours, to a few days. See below for more information on side effects.
If you wish to take over-the-counter painkillers before your treatment to avoid pain, that is a possibility. However, we recommend speaking with our doctor about it first. Some medications should not be used, such as blood thinners.
How many Ultherapy® treatments does it take to see results?
Ultherapy® requires only one treatment for most people, to see results. Some patients may need more than one treatment.
Results begin to show between 2 to 6 months after the treatment.
A typical maintenance plan would see patients come in for Ultherapy® sessions every 12 – 24 months.
This is because after the initial treatment, patients continue to age (of course). The rate at which each person ages is entirely individual. So the length of time results last can also be individual.
The frequency between treatments can be shorter, if one wishes to ‘stay ahead of the game.’
A doctor may also recommend a different treatment plan for your case.
Are there side effects with Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® comes with no downtime and virtually no side effects for most people.
The most common side effects are redness, swelling, tingling, welting and tenderness. These usually resolve within a few hours to a week.
It will be important to avoid alcohol and blood thinners before your treatment.
We will ask you for your health history before performing this treatment on you, to ensure it is safe for your case.
Pregnant women should not undergo an Ultherapy® treatment.
Ultrasound technology itself has been used medicinally for over 50 years. In fact, it can be used to treat tumours!
Does ultrasound produce harmful radiation?
No it does not. There are two types of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing. The one you should be worried about is ionizing radiation. All ultrasound devices produce non-ionizing radiation.
What’s the difference between Ultherapy® and HIFU?
The type of ultrasound used with Ultherapy® is called micro-focused ultrasound (MFU). This is a narrower, more focused type of ultrasound than high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), which is also marketed for aesthetic purposes.
The problem with HIFU technologies is that they can reach bone and fat, which can be more painful. They also do not come with imaging screens. This means their treatments must be done ‘blindly.’ Hitting the wrong areas with ultrasound can have adverse results, such as unintentional fat loss, or worse. Or, they can simply have no effect.
For this reason, Ultherapy® is by far, the safer, more effective choice.
What is the cost of skin tightening treatments with Ultherapy® in Vancouver?
Ultherapy® treatments at our Surrey clinic begin at $998 CAD. The specific treatment areas, as well as the number of treatments you’ll need, can determine your end-price. This is a general guideline for pricing, and should not be taken as a final quote.
The first step to getting an accurate estimate is to book an in-person consultation with us. We’ll take a closer look at your case, and let you know what we think it will take to achieve the results you’re after.
Before and after photos of Ultherapy® treatments:
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Prices on this website are to be used as a guide, and not a definite cost for your treatment. Prices can change at any time.
Procedure results are not guaranteed, and can vary from patient to patient.