Fat loss from Ultherapy
Posted: 12:43 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m interested in Ultherapy for my sagging face but heard it causes fat loss. If this is true, how can I prevent it?
Answer: There are reports of fat loss in the face and neck after Ultherapy. Fat loss from Ultherapy can actually make the face appear more hollow and aged and in the neck, the platysmal neck bands can look worse.
Risks of fat loss from Ultherapy can be minimized if the surgeon does not treat too deep. Patients who get too frequent or aggressive maintenance treatments can also experience volume loss.
Ulthera technology has been based on the premise of “the deeper the better.” However, going deeper does not necessarily give a tighter, more lifted face. In extremely thin skin, the risks of fat volume loss from Ultherapy may be even higher.
Unlike Ultherapy which is limited to two deep pulse depths, 3 mm and 4.5 mm, Infini has a broad range of settings not only for pulse depth but also pulse time and power, giving greater flexibility in treatments which are more easily tailored to the individual’s unique skin thickness. Infini’s flexibility also allows treatment of many aging concerns and skin conditions in addition to face and neck sagging. Fine lines, wrinkles, droopy eyebrows, acne scars, surgical scars, large pores and irregular skin texture can all be improved since the Infini can target all the skin layers from superficial to medium to deep.
Although the risk of fat loss may also exist with Infini, it is less likely since the Infini depths can be manipulated with great flexibility.
It is a misconception to think you should only seek a surgeon for surgery. Facial Plastic Surgeons have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise in both non-surgical and surgical facial aesthetic treatments. An alarmingly growing number of doctors, not board certified in plastic surgery, are performing cosmetic treatments. Each time you have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure by a less qualified doctor, you increase your risk of complications and poorer results. When it comes to your face, why would you consider less than a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Go to www.abfprs.org to verify that your doctor is board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery.