With more than a million successful treatments performed worldwide, Ultraformer micro-focused ultrasound (MIFU) for non-invasive face and neck lifting was recently registered with the TGA, only the second device in Australia (Ultherapy being the first) to be so acknowledged.
“Ultraformer targets the SMAS for more natural and durable skin tightening. (SMAS is a layer of tissue which covers the deeper structures of the cheek area and is linked to the superficial muscle covering the lower face and neck, called the platysma. Some techniques for facelift surgery lift and reposition the SMAS along with the skin),” says Sydney dermatologist Dr Adrian Lim, who has been trialling the device.
“The ultrasound waves generate heat to contract collagen and skin connective tissue down to the muscle level and also stimulate skin rejuvenation and regeneration.
“The delivery of the MIFU is not associated with any epidermal injury and so does not entail any recovery or downtime.
“At uRepublic (Dr Lim’s practice), in 85 percent of patients we treated, skin contraction with improvement in facial and neck contours could be seen immediately post procedure.
“At least half of the non-responders will show improvement with time.
“Blinded physician assessment of the before -and-after photos indicated a noticeable change post procedure (one to 4.5 months).
“Ultraformer is well received by patients and fills the gap in the market for a well-tolerated and consistently effective procedure for non-surgical face and neck tightening.”
The device features seven transducer cartridges to select precise depth and energy for maximum lift with less pain than early generation MIFU technology.
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