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Beware of Facial Fat Loss From Ulthera

Posted: 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I just read your honest article on Ultherapy and fat loss. My face was mauled by Ultherapy. I lost my beauty and all of the fat on my face. Worst of all, my eyes became smaller and the lids are super tight. I don’t recognize myself anymore. I wish this company would be honest about their side effects and not take such an aggressive approach. If you know how to reverse the damage, especially the small eyes, please let me know?

Answer: Ulthera was developed with the concept of “the deeper the better”. We now know that Ultherapy and similar devices can cause fat loss when they penetrate too deep.

Ulthera has fixed depths of 3.0 and 4.5 for deeper tissue heating, as we age, facial skin thickness decreases. Ultherapy treatments can penetrate deep to the skin to damage our fatty layer, resulting in loss of fat and facial volume.

Unlike Ulthera’s deep tissue penetration levels, Infini has a highly adjustable depth range of 0.5 to 3.0. Thus, Infini can be tailored to your unique skin thickness with less risk of deep tissue damage and volume loss.

For your facial volume loss, a volumization filler may effectively restore your appearance. Temporary fillers as well as long term fillers like Bellafil are options.

Minimally-invasive tissue tightening devices are not fool proof but require a level of skill and knowledge in order to achieve desired results. I hope that other patients can learn from your unfortunate experience. 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. 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? Log on to ABFPRS.org.


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