Ultherapy utilizes ultrasound energy on the face and neck to lift and tighten the skin in a short, 30-minute procedure.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 23, 2010
Facial plastic surgeon Wayne F. Larrabee, MD, FACS is among the first in the nation to offer Ultherapy™, a new non-surgical cosmetic procedure utilizing medical ultrasound. The Ulthera System is considered a first-of-its-kind technology because it utilizes ultrasound energy on the face and neck to lift and tighten the skin in a short, 30-minute procedure.
With the increasing demand for non-surgical aesthetic procedures, FDA’s recent clearance of an ultrasound device in September 2009 has come as great news to consumers, especially those in the Seattle community, home to one of the first of these Ulthera™ Systems in the nation.
While drawing on the same reliable ultrasound principles that physicians and patients have trusted for decades, the Ulthera System is considered a first-of-its-kind technology because it utilizes ultrasound energy on the face and neck to lift and tighten the skin in a short, 30-minute procedure.
This non-invasive procedure, called Ultherapy™, has been available in Europe, Asia and elsewhere since early 2009, but Wayne Larrabee, MD at the Larrabee Center in Seattle is pleased to be among the first physician innovators adopting the technology in the U.S.
“We now have the ability to use ultrasound imaging to SEE the layers of tissue we want to treat below the surface of the skin, and then focus the same ultrasound energy to TREAT just the targeted tissue,” says Dr. Larrabee. Because this is accomplished without disrupting the epidermis, or top layer of skin, patients experience no downtime whatsoever.
The treatment triggers the body’s own regenerative response, which in turn results in a firming, tightening and actual lifting of skin tissue over time. Dr. Larrabee explains, “While it’s not a replacement for a surgical face or eye lift, patients like that the process is non-invasive. Once they understand that the results rely on rebuilding the supportive collagen fiber network within the skin, they also appreciate that the effects take place naturally and gradually.”
About Dr. Larrabee
Dr. Larrabee practiced Facial Plastic Surgery at the Virginia Mason Clinic for ten years where he was Head of the Section of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head of the Section of Otolaryngology, and President of the Board of the Virginia Mason Research Center.
He is a past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Vice-President of the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies. Dr. Larrabee currently is President of the American Board of Otolaryngology, is a past President of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is Board Certified by both organizations.
Dr. Larrabee has published two medical books and over one hundred scientific articles. He is a founding editor of the journal Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America and is the editor of the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of JAMA, the world’s largest circulated medical journal.
In 2008, Dr. Wayne Larrabee established Global Surgical Outreach, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery around the world for children with facial deformities. Most of these children were born with cleft lip/palate deformities; others have suffered injuries from war and other forms of violence.
A dedicated husband and father of eight, Dr. Larrabee’s non-medical interests include photography and poetry. He has published both in numerous literary journals.