No one likes ageing, yet it is inevitable. Wrinkles, crow’s feet and sagging jowls are just some of the woes that plague both women and men, as we grow older.
And while there might be many skin transforming aesthetic treatments available, how do you discern one from the other? Plus, is there one safe and effective procedure one can trust?
You might want to try Ultherapy, a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t use needles or scalpels, that promises to lift and tighten the skin so you look younger. See the questions readers are asking here – and the answers.
How safe is Ultherapy?
It is the only non-invasive procedure cleared by the US FDA, backed by numerous robust clinical trials to be safe and efficacious.
There are so many different skin firming treatments available. How is Ultherapy different from other skin lifting procedures?
Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen growth. Over time, this lifts and tightens skin while smoothing lines and wrinkles.
The non-invasive procedure uses ultrasound imaging so your doctor can see the layers of your skin during the session, so he or she target the ultrasound energy to where it’s most needed.
I know that there will always be a possibility of things going wrong with any aesthetic treatment, so what are the side effects of Ultherapy?
It’s worth noting that Ultherapy cones with little downtime. The skin might appear flushed at first, but this redness usually disappears within a few hours. Some patients might experience a slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary.
Is Ultherapy a one solution fix all for all skincare concerns?
It will not replace a surgical facelift but here’s what it can do:
- Lift the skin over the brow
- Tighten skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
- Reduce the appearance of a double-chin and turkey neck (also known as skin laxity at the neck)
- Improve the definition of the jawline and lower face
- Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles over the decolletage
Friends who’ve tried it tell me the treatment can be painful. Just how painful is it?
The discomfort really depends on your personal pain tolerance. However, most patients say that Ultherapy is comfortable with a slight discomfort around areas where the bone sits close to the skin surface.
Celebrity host and emcee, Jamie Yeo, describes the treatment as gentle pulses on the skin, which became more sensitive and hotter nearer the jawline – but the pain was nothing too unbearable.
Another patient, who is in her 30s, describes the treatment as mostly bearable, though she admits that areas closer to the bone, such as the jawline and brow bone, were more sensitive to the heat and felt slightly more painful.
I’m still really afraid of pain. Is there anything I can take or do to make the Ultherapy treatment less painful?
Numbing cream is always offered before any Ultherapy session. You can also request for a pain relief pill that can be taken before the treatment as well.
In addition, any time you feel the session is becoming too painful, you should let the doctor know. He/She will then be able to pause or adjust the intensity level so that it’s more bearable for you.
Will I be able to do a treatment within my lunch break?
Depending on the area to be treated, a session can take anywhere from 30min to two hours, inclusive of the time needed for the numbing cream to take effect. However, a full face-and-neck treatment usually takes from 90 to 120min.
How would I know if I’m a good candidate for Ultherapy?
There is no age limit nor gender differences for Ultherapy. But a good candidate should have mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to look less firm or tight. Examples include a lowered brow, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin and lines or wrinkles on the chest.
Many aesthetic treatments require a number of sessions over a few months to see results, how many sessions of Ultherapy would I need?
If you’re like most patients, it’s likely to be just one treatment, once a year. However, depending on the degree of your skin laxity, biological response to ultrasound energy and your skin’s collagen-building process, the doctor may recommend additional treatments.
The process of collagen growth takes place over two to three months, so what you’ll get is a gradual, natural-looking lift, leaving you looking youthful and refreshed. The results last at least 12 to 18 months, sometimes even longer for some patients.
Just remember: you won’t get as drastic a result as a surgical facelift – think of Ultherapy as great alternative, especially if you are not ready for surgery, or if you would like to extend the effects of your previous surgical procedure.
How much does one session of Ultherapy cost?
It starts from $3,000 to treat a full face, although prices may vary as the doctor will customise your treatment to your needs. But do ensure that you consult an Ultherapy-certified medical professional; the treatment is available at over 70 clinics in Singapore. For more information, visit www.ultherapysg.com
Also, check out the photos below on why Joanne Peh and Jamie Yeo turn to Ultherapy to age naturally: