Ultherapy remains as the only device that is proven to tighten and lift the face and neck by the American FDA. Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure that uses focused ultrasound waves to stimulate and tighten collagen with controlled heating. The result- a mini-no downtime facelift that is natural, affordable, and comfortable. Ultherapy is only suitable for patients who have mild to moderate laxity, and are not yet ready for a face-lift.

Facts on Ultherapy treatments

  • Ultherapy is the leading non-surgical face and neck lifting treatment in the United States
  • Ultherapy is not a laser- the device uses focused ultrasound to provide controlled heating to the deep layers under your skin
  • Controlled heating contracts fibres and ligaments- this accounts for the lifting and contracting properties of Ultherapy
  • This treatment can improve skin laxity and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and neck, giving a natural non-surgical face lift
  • Dr Davin Lim often combines Ultherapy with lasers to address both skin texture and skin tone
  • Ultherapy alone only address skin tone – namely improving skin laxity
  • Ultherapy is best suited for patients who have mild to moderate laxity- and are not ready for a face lift
  • Patients with moderate skin laxity will be better suited for a mini-s-face lift as this procedure is more predictable and gives better results
  • A detailed examination will reveal if you are a suitable candidate for Ultherapy

Who is an ideal candidate for Ultherapy?

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The ideal candidate are those with mild to moderate skin laxity on the face, neck and eyelids. My patients range in age from the early 30s, all the way to early to mid 50s (if collagen strength is good). Poor candidates are patients who have had a lot of UV exposure in the past. In this case laser resurfacing combined with fillers give a better, and more predictable result than with Ultherapy. 

Where can Ultherapy be used?


Ultherapy treatments can tighten loose skin on the face, neck, sagging skin under the chin and soften lines and wrinkles on the chest. Ultherapy treatments can produce a non-surgical brow lift in patients with drooping or hooded brows. Ultherapy is also a great treatment for adults that are just beginning to see the signs of aging that include face, forehead and neck skin laxity.

Is Ultherapy painful?

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With correct sedation and pain relief this procedure is well tolerated. Patients feel warmth on their skin though out the Ulthera treatment.

How long is the Ultherapy procedure?

Ultherapy takes between 30 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the areas treated. Some patients may only need a small area treated, whilst others will benefit from an Ultherapy neck and face-lift in the same session.

How is Ultherapy performed?

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The procedure is performed using an ultrasound to first determine the patient’s facial anatomy. Once visualized on the screen, the ultrasound is precisely delivered to the deeper then more superficial layers. Ultherapy is used for lifting and tightening skin in the brow, around the eyes, jawline, neck, chest and around the mouth. Comfort and results are directly related to the skills sets of the Specialist performing the procedure.

When will I see the results from Ultherapy?

Full results are visible after 3-6 months. Patients typically only need one procedure but treatment plans are individualized depending on each patient’s skin laxity and treatment goals. As with all procedures, results may vary. Dr Davin Lim is extremely selective in regards to his Ultherapy patients. If you have mild to moderate laxity and good collagen, you maybe a suitable candidate. Patients who exhibit laxity due to UV induced collagen breakdown are best suited for laser treatment with resurfacing lasers such as erbium and CO2 laser. 

Most of my patients will benefit from combination therapy of Ultherapy and laser. Remember it is the balance of skin texture, tone and volume that gives the BEST and most natural results. In Brisbane, the majority of my patients will also have some degree of sun damage and pigmentation, and hence lasers such as Pico or Fraxel in combination with Ultherapy will deliver optimal outcomes.

What is the exact science behind Ultherapy treatment?

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Ultherapy can target three different depths: the Dermis (deeper skin), Fat + Connective tissue (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System-SMAS) and Muscle. The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is located below the fat and consists of a fibrous envelope that surrounds the muscles of the face. The SMAS is made up of collagen, elastic fibers, muscle fibers and fat cells. Ulthera produces High Intensity Focus Ultrasound or HIFU. This energy precisely heats the tissue to 65 degrees centigrade, which is the optimal temperature for contraction and denaturation of collagen. Other non-invasive devices like, Thermage, are radiofrequency devices which only heat the tissues to 40-50 degrees, which is suboptimal for the stimulation and contraction of collagen.

The results from an Ultherapy treatment work in a two-step process. The first stage is the contraction and denaturing of collagen, which causes an immediate tissue tightening, and resultant lift. The second stage occurs over time while the body’s healing response builds new collagen (neocollagenesis). New collagen production is generated over 2-3 months and often continues for 6 months after the treatment. Full results are visible after 3 to 6 months. To optimize your results Dr Davin Lim will recommend a tailored topical skin care regimen to further stimulate collagen production.

Can Ultherapy be combined with other treatments?

Absolutely. In fact, due to the extreme UV exposure in Brisbane, over half of my Ultherapy patients undertake laser at the same time. Remember, Ultherapy treats under the skin’s surface to tighten and lift. Lasers treat the upper layers of the skin to improve texture, namely pigmentation, open pores, lines and wrinkles.

Some of my favourite combinations include –

  • Ultherapy and Fraxel 1927- best for skin laxity and moderate sun damage
  • Ultherapy and CO2- best of skin laxity, wrinkles and sun damage
  • Ultherapy and BBL or IPL- best for skin laxity and pigmentation
  • Ultherapy and Picosure Focus- best for skin laxity and pigmentation in Ethnic skin types

Can all skin types and races be treated with Ultherapy?

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Yes. Ultherapy is colour blind as it is not a laser. This means all skin types can be treated- from Caucasian skin to Ethnic and Asian skin types.

What are the possible side effects following Ultherapy?

Temporary side effects of Ultherapy are flushed skin, mild swelling, tingling and tenderness. This subsides over 24-36 hours at most. Mild bruising and numbness are possible, however these side effects are rare. 

How to maximise and maintain treatment results?

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To maximize the positive inflammatory response created by Ultherapy, I advice patients to avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as Brufen and, Naproxen for 2 weeks following the procedure. This inflammatory response is beneficial to allow your body to stimulate collagen fiber formation and modeling.

To maintain and maximize the results, Dr Davin Lim will recommend a prescription strength skin care regimen. Medical grade skin care products stimulate collagen production from the outside- in, which typically potentiate the effects of your Ultherapy treatment.

How much does Ultherapy cost?

Cost will depend on the areas treated and if other lasers are used with Ultherapy. Treatments start from $2490. The average treatment is $2990, discounts apply if I employ other lasers with Ultherapy in the one procedure session. Most patients will only require one session. 

Note Ultherapy is NOT covered under Medicare as this procedure is considered cosmetic in nature.

How do I make a booking for Ultherapy treatment?

I believe that Ultherapy is a Specialist treatment, and patient selection is critical for the very best outcomes. This means a through examination is needed to see if you are a good candidate for non-surgical face and neck lifting.

Call reception on 07 3871 34 37 to make a booking for a consultation for an Ultherapy assessment.

Dr Davin Lim on Ultherapy and Ulthera

By Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist

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Remember it is the combination of balanced texture, tone and volume that gives the most beautiful and natural results. Ultherapy provides improved skin tone to lift saggy skin, heavy eyelids, and jowl lines- this is essentially a mini face lift without the surgery nor downtime. The best results following Ultherapy is dependent on 2 main factors- patient selection and treatment methods.

Firstly, the ideal patient should have mild to moderate laxity in areas such as the lower face, eyelids, and/or neck areas. For patients with marked laxity- my treatment of choice is a mini-s –face lift, as Ultherapy still has it’s limitations. The most important factor is how this procedure is performed. This determines the results. Having a Specialist Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon perform this procedure can make all the difference. In Brisbane, with significant background sun damage, over half my Ultherapy cases are performed with laser therapy during the same procedure. Remember, Ultherapy tightens the skin, whilst lasers treat the palate of the skin, removing sun damage and fine wrinkles. Combination treatments gives the best outcomes.