Ultherapy, as recommended by Christie Brinkley


Ultherapy® is an exciting new development in advanced skin improvement that uses non-invasive ultrasound technology to achieve facial lifting. Rejuvalase and Dr. Keller were the first in Santa Barbara, and one of the first in the country to provide Ultherapy treatments. Today, we perform more of these treatments than anyone in the Santa Barbara area. Keller Facial Plastic Surgery and Gregory S. Keller, MD received the Ultherapy Visionary Award: “in Recognition of your Dedication to Advances in Aesthetic Medicine and Your Role as a Leading Ultherapy Provider” from Ulthera. We are also an Ultherapy “Ultra” provider and Rejuvalase providers are trained in the latest Ultherapy techniques.

What is Ultherapy: Sound Waves Do the Work (rather than RF or Laser)

Ultherapy is HIFU, which is short for high intensity ultrasound. Sound waves can be diffuse (not aimed to a point) and low energy to image a heart or a baby. Sound waves that are high energy and focused to a point (HIFU) produce a lot of energy to a small area and can dissolve a kidney stone or a prostate or liver tumor. Ultherapy at Dr. Keller’s Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara uses this HIFU to put spots of energy that are aimed both at the skin and underlying muscle. The Ultherapy operator can observe on the ultrasound monitor exactly where the dots of energy are going.


How can Ultherapy® improve my appearance?

Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive FDA-approved procedure to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, and on the eyebrow, as well as to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage or upper chest region.  Ultherapy® can help you diminish the appearance of fatty deposits as well as lines and wrinkles from your eyebrows down to your chest!

How does Ultherapy® work?

Ultherapy® uses the established power of ultrasound energy to rejuvenate the brow, chin, neck and chest. Ultrasound technology has been used safely throughout the medical field for decades, and Ultherapy® has proven its safety and efficacy in clinical studies and in over half a million treatments worldwide.  Ultherapy® uses ultrasound therapy to trigger increased collagen production. The treatment also incorporates traditional ultrasound imaging, which allows our specialists to actually see the layers of tissue they are treating, ensuring the treatment energy is delivered precisely to the areas where it will provide the greatest benefit.

What makes Ultherapy® superior to other treatments?

Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery, and other technologies, Ultherapy® does not affect the surface layer of the skin but instead delivers the precise amount of ultrasound energy at the precise depth using the precise temperature to break down fat cells and tighten skin. This energy triggers the body’s natural production of collagen, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new skin.

Is there any downtime with Ultherapy®?

You may resume normal activities immediately after your procedure without any recovery or post-treatment restrictions. Your skin may initially appear somewhat flushed, but all redness will subside naturally within a few hours. Some patients experience minor swelling, tingling, or tenderness to the touch, but these symptoms may only last for a few hours.

What can I expect after Ultherapy®?

Some patients see noticeable results immediately after their treatment, but the real results appear over two to three months as increased collagen production works to gradually and naturally lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin, and brow, as well as filling in lines and wrinkles skin on the décolleté.  While Ultherapy® doesn’t quite deliver the same results as a surgical facelift, it’s a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those who don’t want or need surgery, or those who wish to extend the results of past cosmetic surgery.


How many Ultherapy® treatments are required?

Ultherapy® delivers dramatic results after only one treatment with no downtime.

If you’re not quite ready to undergo plastic surgery, consider a non-invasive lift with Ultherapy® treatments at Keller Plastic Surgery.  Led by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory S. Keller, our practice serves residents of Southern California who live in and around Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. Contact one of our convenient offices today to schedule your complimentary introductory consultation!