Ultherapy Face and Nerve Damage

Ultherapy is marketed as a “non-invasive face lift” with “no downtime” and “natural results” that uses ultrasound technology to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest.  Unfortunately, many Ultherapy patients are reporting “botched” procedures resulting in permanent side effects and worsened appearance.  Cases of severe nerve damage, eye damage, and disfigurement have been reported following the treatment.

Ultherapy is marketed as “FDA cleared” but, in fact, the FDA has not determined that the procedure is either safe or effective.

According to the marketer of Ultherapy, Ulthera, Inc., the procedure works by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer to stimulate collagen production.  Collagen is the main structural protein that helps skin appear firm.  Collagen is widely used in cosmetic surgery for treatment of wrinkles and skin aging.

Following Ultherapy, many patients are reporting nerve damage.  Ulthera warns that the procedure may cause muscle weakness, numbness, pain, paresthesia, and tingling that “typically” resolves within 6 weeks.  Many patients, however, have reported permanent pain, numbness, tingling, and disfigurement.  To this day, Ulthera maintains that “no permanent injuries to facial nerves have been reported” from Ultherapy procedures.

Ultherapy users have also reported eye damage following the procedure.  Although Ulthera warns that the device should not be used directly on the eyes, they nonetheless market Ultherapy for use around the eyes. As a result, ultrasound energy may reach the eyes during the procedure, causing permanent damage.

Still other patients are reporting disfigurement due to Ultherapy.  Ulthera acknowledges that scarring can occur, but maintains that it is caused by incorrect technique of the physician performing the procedure.  Ultherapy has also been found to cause fat atrophy, resulting in a sagging, sunken, “skeletal” appearance.

If you are looking for a lawyer due to your experience with Ultherapy or are considering an Ultherapy lawsuit, contact the experienced medical device and medical malpractice attorneys at Harman Law LLC.  We offer a free initial consultation at no cost and with no obligation. To schedule your consultation, and determine if you may be eligible for compensation, contact us online or call 404-554-0777.


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