“Ultherapy is THE Game Changer.”

– Dr. Catherine Durboraw, Guest Speaker Merz National Sales Meeting 2014

Dr. Durboraw is a nationally recognized innovator in, and national lecturer on, the Ultherapy technique. 

Ultherapy is a powerful treatment option for people who are looking to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery. Researchers found scientific evidence to support the use of Ultherapy for skin tightening and lifting, in a clinical study of 70 people, Ultherapy improved skin laxity and elasticity in the majority of participants. 

We understand the search for non-surgical, anti-aging services can be overwhelming; rest assured, the Center for Aesthetics in Idaho Falls is known for setting the standards for non-surgical aesthetic medical treatments in Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming for decades. It is our hope that this article will be of help to our Idaho Falls community and surrounding neighbors.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is an FDA-approved, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten skin on the face and neck areas. It is often referred to as a non-invasive facelift because it is commonly used to firm and lift sagging skin in the lower and middle parts of the face. Ultherapy also delivers results for the non-invasive treatment of double chins, as well as sagging skin and wrinkles of the neck and chest. 

The procedure is performed by a trained healthcare provider and involves the use of a special device that delivers the ultrasound waves to the deeper layers of the skin. The waves stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that helps to strengthen and support the skin, thus leaving the skin looking firmer and more youthful. Ultherapy is considered a safe and effective treatment option, with minimal downtime and few side effects. As individuals differ, results may vary from person to person.


How Does Ultherapy Work?

Ultherapy offers a unique and effective treatment option for non-surgical skin tightening and lifting with its ultrasound technology. Ultherapy uses safe ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally without the need for invasive surgery or downtime. 

Ultherapy bypasses superficial skin layers to affect the deepest layers of your skin’s foundation, delivering a targeted amount of ultrasound energy at the correct depth and temperature to produce the desired results. It is the only cosmetic procedure of its kind to use ultrasound waves to enable practitioners to target precisely where it will be most effective. 

The ultrasound energy heats the deeper layers of the skin, causing the collagen fibers to contract and stimulate the production of new collagen over time. As the collagen fibers contract and new collagen is produced for a firmer, more youthful skin appearance. This makes it different from many other non-invasive skin tightening treatments, which focus on the surface layers of the skin.

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment specifically indicated by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. This service can either be a stand-alone Ultherapy treatment or included as an add-on to the Ultherapy lifting treatments administered on the face and neck. With a 30-minute treatment, Ultherapy can stimulate the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin’s foundation to gradually smooth chest wrinkles.

Furthermore, soundwave-based treatments are safer for individuals with dark skin. 

While Ultherapy is not the only treatment option available for skin tightening and lifting, its advanced technology offers a highly effective and unique treatment that can produce noticeable results with minimal downtime and few side effects.

What to Expect with Ultherapy Treatment

The Ultherapy treatment is performed by a trained healthcare provider using a handheld device and typically takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area and the specific goals of the patient. 

With no downtime typically required after the procedure, patients can resume their normal activities immediately. Some people may experience mild redness, swelling, or tenderness in the treated area, but these side effects should resolve on their own within a few days.


Here’s what you can expect during an Ultherapy treatment:

  1. Consultation: During a consultation with a healthcare provider, you will discuss your treatment goals and medical history. The provider will assess your skin and may use imaging technology to visualize the underlying layers of your skin.

  2. Preparation: Before the treatment begins, the provider will clean your skin and apply a gel to the treatment area.

  3. Treatment: The provider will use a handheld device to deliver ultrasound energy to the deeper layers of your skin. The energy is directed at specific areas of the face and neck to stimulate collagen production.

  4. Aftercare: There is no downtime required after an Ultherapy treatment, and you can resume your normal activities immediately. You may experience some mild redness, swelling, or tenderness in the treated area, but these side effects should resolve on their own within a few days.

It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your healthcare provider to help ensure optimal results from your Ultherapy treatment. This may include avoiding certain activities, such as strenuous exercise, or using certain products, such as exfoliants or alpha hydroxy acids.

How Long Do the Ultherapy Results Last?

How long the results of Ultherapy last can vary from person to person and may depend on factors such as your age, skin type, lifestyle habits, how well you care for your skin, and your overall health. On average, the results of treatment last two years. Some people may notice a significant improvement in skin laxity and elasticity that lasts for several months and may find that they need to have additional treatments to maintain optimal results.

The results of Ultherapy are not permanent and will gradually fade over time, and it may not be suitable for everyone. If you are considering Ultherapy, it is important to have realistic expectations and to discuss your goals and concerns with a qualified healthcare provider. They can help you determine whether Ultherapy is the right treatment option for you and can give you an idea of how long the results may last.

What are the benefits of non-surgical Ultherapy? 

It doesn’t take long

One session of Ultherapy takes approximately 30-90 minutes. Moreover, one can return immediately to their normal lifestyle immediately after the procedure. It’s ideal for people with busy life routines looking to return to work immediately.

Natural-looking results

Ultherapy utilizes the body’s natural collagen production and healing process. This non-invasive and non-surgical treatment doesn’t rely on external stimulations. The Ultherapy device only produces energy to stimulate collagen production in specific areas.


It is a non-invasive procedure that produces results close to surgical treatments such as a facelift. Although it doesn’t produce the exact results, it’s the best alternative. It works by transmitting ultrasound energy to the structural tissues deep in the skin. 


This treatment can be customized by the provider, depending on the patient. You can have it address the areas that you most want to see approved. It can be used in any part of the neck, face, or chest.

FDA approved

Ultherapy is an FDA-approved treatment for counteracting aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles. It’s recommended to undergo this procedure with a trained professional. The physician or laser technician needs to be certified as well. 

Satisfying results

Ultherapy slows down the aging process by stimulating collagen production. This helps the skin to maintain a youthful appearance for at least 2 more years. Ultherapy is a natural procedure with very few side effects.

After the treatment, your skin will feel smoother and tighter. You will start to notice real results as collagen production increases. Most people are satisfied with their results after the first sessions. 

And the benefits of non-surgical Ultherapy compared to a surgical facelift include: no incisions and no recovery time, a non-invasive and safe procedure, cost-effective, and long-lasting results. Ultherapy also boosts natural collagen production to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while a facelift only treats sagging skin and deep creases.

How to Prepare for Ultherapy Treatment

Since Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment, preparation isn’t hard. It uses heat emitted by soundwave energy, so there is no need for general anesthesia and the 12 hours of fasting that is required before general anesthesia. In fact, you can eat, drink and exercise just like you do every day, including on the morning of your treatment.

The most important thing you can do to prepare for treatment is to remove any cosmetics you may have applied to the treatment area before you come in. If you are coming in on your lunch break, remove any makeup or moisturizer you may be wearing. You may reapply your makeup immediately after your treatment. If you are sensitive to heat, you may take ibuprofen as you normally do an hour before your treatment.

What to know before you receive an Ultherapy treatment? 

Before receiving an Ultherapy treatment, it’s important to have a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if the procedure is right for you. 

Here are a few things you should consider:

  1. Ultherapy is generally safe, with few side effects. However, as with any medical procedure, you should discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before proceeding with treatment.

  2. The results of Ultherapy are not immediate. It can take a few weeks or months for the full effects of the treatment to be apparent as new collagen is produced.

  3. Ultherapy is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions, such as a pacemaker or certain types of implants. Your healthcare provider will review your medical history to determine if Ultherapy is safe for you.

  4. The cost of Ultherapy can vary widely, depending on the size of the treatment area and the specific goals of the patient. You should discuss the cost of treatment with your healthcare provider and consider all of your options before making a decision.

Is There More I Can Do?

The Center for Aesthetics is always innovating to give you better results. Ultherapy works by encouraging your skin to produce collagen and elastin. To make the results of treatment last far longer than two years, you need to keep your skin producing extra collagen. If you’re young and have sagging skin due to your lifestyle choices, it isn’t too hard to change your lifestyle and improve the health of your skin.

A HydraFacial is a great way to rejuvenate your skin and help it produce extra collagen and elastin. We recommend scheduling one at least once a year.

Contrastingly, if you’re in your 50s or 60s, your skin just doesn’t produce new collagen at the same rate it did when you were in your 20s. You need to give your skin a boost, our providers will make recommendations of combination therapies to deliver more powerful, faster rejuvenation like our CFA Trifecta, which adds Vivace Radiofrequency Microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma to the treatment.

In addition, Dr. Catherine has also created a proprietary age-defying innovation with her powerful CFA Evernal Series. The Evernal Series powerful arsenal rejuvenates unlike anything else available; it’s a proprietary combination of treatments that refreshes, restores, and invigorates your face and neck. The result is age reversal without any unnatural and invasive surgeries. If you want to look natural and fresh, then the Evernal Series is for you.

Discover If a Non-Invasive Ultherapy Lift Is Right for You Today

Ultherapy will not work for everyone, so we recommend you schedule a consultation to see if you are a good fit. Contact us, and let us help you get started on a self-care journey you’ll love.