Patient satisfaction and our clinical experience with 459 microfocused ultrasound treatments

Yunyoung C. Chang, Jennifer Croix, Srimanasi Javvaji, Shannon Hernandez, Anne M. Chapas, Jennifer MacGregor

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Purpose: Microfocused ultrasound (MFUS) is a safe and effective method for noninvasive skin tightening. Previous clinical studies demonstrate a 60–100% patient satisfaction after MFUS. We used an anonymous online platform after MFUS to assess patient satisfaction. Design: Patients treated with MFUS between January 2013 and 2016 were invited to complete an anonymous online survey at least 4 months post-treatment. Patients were asked to rate improvement in skin tightening as none (0%), mild (0–25%), moderate (26–50%), significant (51–75%), or dramatic (76–100%) and treatment satisfaction as disappointed, neutral, satisfied, or extremely satisfied. Summary: Between January 2013 and 2016, 253 patients received 459 MFUS treatments at our center. A total of 83 surveys were received with data. Nearly 80% of responders reported at least mild improvement, with 14.5% indicating significant improvement, 27.7% indicating moderate, 37.3% indicating mild, and 20.5% indicating none. In addition, 53.1% of responders reported being satisfied or extremely satisfied with the results. 44.6% of responders did not feel treatment results met expectations. Conclusion: Patient satisfaction with elective cosmetic procedures is an important indicator of success. Our current study demonstrates a high response rate, with almost 80% of responders indicating at least mild tightening with MFUS treatment. Interestingly, only 53.1% of patients reported satisfaction after treatment, a lower satisfaction rate than reported in previous non-anonymous studies and lower than patients report in our office follow-up appointments. This discrepancy may be due to gratitude bias. Anonymous surveys likely provide a more accurate assessment of patients’ perceptions and will improve physician's future counseling efforts. Lasers Surg. Med. 51:495–499, 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-499
Number of pages5
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • anonymous survey
  • intense focused ultrasound
  • microfocused ultrasound
  • noninvasive skin tightening
  • patient satisfaction
  • skin lifting
  • skin tightening
  • ultherapy


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