Ulthera is an emerging ultrasound-based medical technology company that is raising the bar for aesthetic medical procedures. While the demand and promise for noninvasive energy-based procedures continue to grow, the ability to consistently deliver safe, significant, and satisfying results has been elusive. Ulthera is a company dedicated to achieving these types of results through elective medical procedures for rejuvenation of the skin and its underlying tissue.
The Ulthera® System, and its patented DeepSEE® technology, is an engineering triumph that has adapted the imaging and therapy capabilities of time-honored medical ultrasound to address the unmet needs of the aesthetic marketplace.
What began as an exploration of image-guided cancer therapy evolved over seven years into the founding of Ulthera, Inc.
The Ulthera® System Control Unit
The control unit is the heart of the system. Clinicians interact with the system through a 27” touchscreen display, and central to this display is the DeepSEE® imaging window. This window provides ultrasound visualization of tissue planes down to 8mm, so clinicians know exactly where energy will be delivered. About the size of a personal computer, the control unit is compact and requires minimal room for use and storage.
The Ulthera® System Handpiece
The Ulthera® handpiece was designed for comfort and ease of use. Its ergonomic shape optimizes control and reduces grip fatigue, while 3 strategically placed “Treat” buttons allow energy delivery from multiple angles and hand positions. Intuitive button lighting gives visual cues on handpiece status and treatment delivery. Additionally the passive-latch mechanism makes it easy to switch between transducers during treatment.
Ulthera® DeepSEE® Transducers
Ulthera® DeepSEE® transducers simultaneously image to a depth of 8mm and deliver microfocused ultrasound. Three different treatment depths are currently available – the SMAS/Platysma (4.5mm), Deep Dermis (3mm) and Superficial Dermis (1.5mm). Transducers are multi-patient use.
The Ulthera® System Cart
The Ulthera® Cart optimizes overall system usability. Holsters for the handpiece and ultrasound gel, along with a cord management system, simplify use and storage of the system. Customized drawers help organize transducers for increased accessibility and inventory management. The contemporary design of the cart also makes it look at home in any aesthetic treatment room.
The Science Behind Non-Invasive Lift
The Ulthera® System is the only non-invasive aesthetic device that uses micro-focused ultrasound to lift skin. Micro-focused ultrasound has significant advantages over other treatment modalities because it delivers energy with the optimal Depth, Temperature and Precision necessary to lift skin.
Lifting the Skin’s Foundational Layer
Tissue laxity is largely the result of structural weakening in the foundational layers of the skin (SMAS/Platysma). These layers were previously accessible only during a surgical facelift because non-invasive modalities, such as lasers and radio-frequency, are limited to treating in the dermis (< 3mm). The Ulthera System is the only technology that non-invasively focuses energy to 4.5mm deep, targeting the foundational tissue layers where laxity begins.
The Optimal Temperature for Neo-collagenesis
Clinical studies demonstrate that collagen contraction and denaturation are optimized at temperatures between 60°C – 70°C. The Ulthera® System is the only device that reaches these optimized temperatures at depth, without causing surface effects. The ultrasound energy is micro-focused to a point below the skin’s surface, causing cellular friction and heating tissue at the focal point to ~65°C. This heat causes collagen contraction and denaturation, forming a series of Thermal Coagulation Points (TCPs) approximately 1mm3. During a full treatment, over 10,000 TCPs are created at multiple depths, initiating collagen synthesis.
Precision Energy Delivery for Consistent Results
Without precise energy delivery, it’s impossible to achieve consistent patient results. Lasers are precise, but only treat superficially. Radio-frequency reaches deeper than lasers, but imprecisely bulk heats tissue at variable temperatures. Ultherapy® is the only technology that precisely heats tissue at prescribed depths using ultrasound. Energy is consistently delivered at a specific depth and temperature, with fractional spacing between TCPs to promote healing. Real-time imaging also allows clinicians to plan exactly where energy will be deposited. While patient outcomes are partly dictated by individual healing response, treatment delivery with Ultherapy is consistent and reproducible.