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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Wizard is Oz

I am a working Girl, so I don't  get to spend afternoons with Dr. Mehmet Oz, the brilliant Turkish-American Cardiothoracic surgeon, who cut his T.V. teeth on Oprah.  Apparently, his credibility with  viewers is so high, that if he features a procedure related to health and beauty it is taken as Gospel. 

Recently, Dr. Oz did a  feature on Ultherapy as part of a segment called,  "How to Look 10 Years Younger in Less Than 30 Minutes"!  Ultherapy uses ‘uplifting ultrasound’ to improve skin laxity of the face and neck in a meaningful  but completely non–surgically way.  In just  one treatment,  the body’s own regenerative process of building new collagen to lift and tighten the skin is triggered ---happening gradually and naturally,  from the inside out.  It sounds too good to be true, but apparently it isn' works!!!

Even better, since Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to lift the skin, it can be done during your lunch hour (if you happen to be a working Girl),  or in between carpool pick ups.  Since the effects are gradual – taking place over the course of a couple of months, it eliminates that “getting something done” look. It’s not, however, necessarily for the mature crowd – it’s  more of a preventative treatment that helps to boost collagen stimulation, thus improving the skin over time.  There is no anesthesia or numbing required.  The only potential side effects are minor swelling and bruising. Discomfort varies from person to person and area to area, (eg. you might breeze through the jaw line but feel discomfort on the forehead, where the skin is thinner).

On the show,  esteemed New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Haideh Hirmand, (who serves on the New Technologies Task Force of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), introduced Ultherapy and said,  "while the treatment is not a replacement for traditional surgery, this new, non-surgical procedure for sagging skin is sci-fi meets beauty.” She told Dr. Oz that this is “the first time as a surgeon that I’m really excited about a technology that’s non-invasive.”  Wowza!!!  This is big...Plastic Surgeons, (who after all make their living, scalpel in hand,) are endorsing this!   I also looked on the Ultherapy website and saw that famed Dermatologist Pat Wexler is now also using it. in her practice..this is huge!!!  Check it out for yourself:

Below are impressive before and after photos, 90 days after treatment:

After the segment on Ultherapy aired on Dr. Oz,  the phones at The New York Group for Plastic Surgery rang off the hook  with patients clamoring for  information.  As a result, they are having a complimentary patient seminar next Tuesday night, December 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Both Botox and Ultherapy treatment will be raffled off to two lucky winners!  This evening of beauty will feature top Plastic Surgeons, C. Andrew Salzberg, M.D., R. Michael Koch, M.D. and  Tae Ho Kim, M.D., will be on hand to talk about the latest  non-invasive anti-aging techniques in their arsenal.  It's not too late to look younger this Holiday Season.  Call and reserve your spot at 914 366-6139,  friends and family are welcome too!

So, is Ultherapy on the Divadventure horizon???   Y'all will be the first to know.  Stay tuned...



  1. I wonder how this compares to Thermage - another very similar treatment. Do have any comparisons?

  2. Great question! I didn't realize how similar the claims were, until I went to the Thermage website and read up on it. I also didn't realize that Thermage can be effective with a single treatment and that results can be visible before 6 months. Thermage uses radiofrequency to heat the under layers of the skin and Ultherapy uses ultra sound. Here is what one Plastic Surgeon, who has used both systems, has to say about his experiences:

    By Leonard Gray, MD - San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
    I have had the Ulthera machine for 4 months and have treated approximately 60 patients.

    1.) I had the Thermage machine in the past, and, in my experience, the Ulthera machine works much better at non surgical skin tightening.

    2.) the Ulthera machine is less painful than the Thermage machine.

    3.) Local anesthetic can be used with the Ulthera machine but not with the Thermage machine.

    4.) In my office Ulthera is less expensive than Thermage was.

    ---Time will tell! Thanks for commenting!



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