What is the average cost of Ultherapy®?
Ultherapy® by Merz Aesthetics is a non-invasive skin tightening solution for facial rejuvenation. Ultherapy® (i.e. ultrasound skin tightening) is the only ultrasound technology system approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the neck, jawline, chin, decolletage, and eyebrow area. Ultherapy® works by sending ultrasound energy deep into the dermis and SMAS layer to stimulate new collagen and elastin production. This system is considered a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift, laser skin resurfacing, and other skin resurfacing solutions.
- Average Cost of Ultherapy®: $750
- Price Range for Ultherapy®: $500 - $5,000
Candidates considering Ultherapy® treatment will find it useful to familiarize themselves with the factors that affect the total price of this facial rejuvenation procedure.
Factors to Consider in the Total Cost of Ultherapy®
|Treatment Area||Face, neck, etc.|
|Provider||Training, experience, specialty|
|Consultation Fee||May or may not be applied towards procedure cost|
|Location||Facility fees vary by region and are typically higher for larger facilities|
|Maintenance Costs||Number of needed treatments, maintenance sessions|
What affects the cost of Ultherapy®?
So, what exactly do the variables we mentioned in the table mean for your wallet? The bullet points below can give you a feel for questions to ask and factors to consider when consulting with a provider or researching an Ultherapy® treatment. Reminder, these are estimates and consultations always provide the most accurate cost assessment.
- Treatment Area: A larger area, like the neck, will cost more than smaller treatment areas, such as the eyebrows.
- Provider: A more experienced, board certified cosmetic provider or specialized dermatologist usually has higher fees for their expertise.
- Location: The 2019 American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Report generally shows that most cosmetic procedures occur along the coasts. While there is no specific data for Ultherapy®, it is reasonable to assume costs will be higher along the coasts due to the higher volume of procedures.
- Maintenance: Ultherapy® may require multiple initial sessions and ongoing sessions for result upkeep. This is an important consideration in determining the level of financial investment you will be making in an Ultherapy® treatment.
What does the cost of Ultherapy® include?
So what are you actually paying for in an Ultherapy® session? Like we mentioned, the factors we listed in our first table each have their own fees. The cost of the Ultherapy® itself will have additional costs for the provider’s time, the facility’s supplies and procedure room, and any recovery supplies provided by your facility added to create the total cost.
Ultherapy®, depending on the body area treated and desired results, may necessitate multiple sessions to achieve the final aesthetic. All costs we mention on this page are single session prices. For those considering regular treatments or those who require multiple initial treatments, costs will be higher.
How much does Ultherapy® cost?
Ultherapy® costs will vary considerably by candidate and the body area being treated. As we stated above, larger treatment areas (like a full face or neck) will require more machine time and, therefore, have higher costs compared to smaller treatment areas.
Additionally, a patient’s skin laxity, gender, muscularity, and age will have an impact on the treatment plan and cost. Again, this is due to how much time will be required during the session. Most Ultherapy® treatments require only one session, however, in some cases multiple treatments may be needed. Ultherapy® sessions run $500 to $5,000, and the results typically last one to two years.
How much does Ultherapy® cost across the United States?
It’s all about location! As we mentioned, the 2019 ASPS Report notes that the majority of cosmetic procedures occur along the coasts, and this most likely holds true for Ultherapy®. The table below breaks down Ultherapy® costs in major cities across the U.S.
Average Ultherapy® Cost by City and State
|New York, NY||$750 to $5,000|
|Chicago, IL||$700 to $4,750|
|Miami, FL||$750 to $5,000|
|Birmingham, AL||$600 to $4,000|
|Austin, TX||$600 to $4,500|
|Los Angeles, CA||$750 to $5,000|
How much does Ultherapy® cost around the world?
For those considering pursuing Ultherapy® abroad, the table below looks at average prices in a few select countries. We’ll mention here that you’ll need to consider extra travel expenses, research the reputation of the provider and facility, and add in costs related to recovery before you get too excited about the price difference. The table below reflects costs converted to U.S. dollars.
Average Ultherapy® Cost by Country in USD
|Canada||$750 to $5,000|
|Mexico||$550 to $4,000|
|Colombia||$500 to $3,500|
|United Kingdom||$750 to $5,000|
|Australia||$750 to $5,000|
|Japan||$650 to $4,750|
|United Arab Emirates||$625 to $4,500|
Does insurance cover the cost of Ultherapy®?
So, does insurance pay for Ultherapy®? Short answer is no. The long answer, if you’re in the mood for some education, requires you to read two definitions from the American Medical Association (AMA):
- Cosmetic Surgery: Reshapes normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem.
- Reconstructive Surgery: Alterations to abnormal body structures caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease.
Basically, reconstructive surgeries may be covered by and cosmetic procedures will definitely not be. Ultherapy® is cosmetic, so it will not be covered.