Ultherapy tightens, lifts skin

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:14:05 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 23 2013 11:00:00 PM EDT

A Delray Beach-based dermatologist uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift sagging skin.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -

"This has been one of the procedures that I've seen the highest happiness rate of the patient," said Delray Beach-based 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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