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Safety and Efficacy of Microfocused Ultrasound to Lift, Tighten, and Smooth the Buttocks

Goldberg, David J. MD*,†; Hornfeldt, Carl S. PhD

doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000000126
Original Article

BACKGROUND Microfocused ultrasound has been shown to lift and tighten lax eyebrows, submental, and neck skin.

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of microfocused ultrasound to lift, tighten, and smooth the buttocks.

MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-one subjects, with buttock skin laxity, were entered into the study. The right buttock was treated with microfocused ultrasound. Subjects were evaluated for up to 180 days for improvement in overall lifting and tightening of the buttock.

RESULTS Among subjects evaluated at 180 days, 89.5% showed improvement. However, when asked, most subjects would not recommend treatment to family or friends.

CONCLUSION Although microfocused ultrasound clearly can be used to safely lift, tighten, and smooth the buttocks, better subject selection and newer developed transducers may lead to greater overall acceptance of this technique.

*Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York;

Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, New York, New York;

Scottsdale, Arizona

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: David J. Goldberg, MD, Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, 115 East 57th Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10022, or e-mail:

Supported by Ulthera Corporation, Mesa, AZ.

The author has indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

© 2014 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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