Ultherapy tightens, lifts skin

Therapy uses ultrasound energy, costs up to $3,000

Published On: Oct 07 2013 09:13:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2013 10:10:00 PM EDT
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -

Some dermatologist now using ultrasound energy to tighten and lift sagging skin.

"This has been one of the procedures that I've seen the highest happiness rate of the patient," said Dermatologist Dr. Janet Allenby.

Allenby uses Ultherapy which utilizes ultrasound energy to tighten and lift sagging skin.

"This ultrasound energy that is going through the skin, through the fat, into the muscle, so when you're hitting the muscle and it's contracting, you're also hitting a little bit of the fat," she said.

Ultherapy was first FDA approved for tightening skin on the face and neck, but doctors have found more uses for it.

"We started using it on knees to make knees look tighter because I have a lot of people who are actually really thin who have loose skin around the knees," said Allenby. "Then, we're like well, okay, that got nicer, how about doing it a little bit in the buttocks area and it has been phenomenal."

Carla Busick underwent Ultherapy to tighten her arms.

"It was instant. They say it's supposed to take three months. It's instant," she said.

Depending on the target area, Ultherapy can cost up to $3,000. Effects of the treatment can last up to two years, although patients with heavy sun exposure may see less improvement.

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