From The Straits Times    |
ultherapy treatment benefits

Before the pandemic, most of us were super busy yet we still looked after our skin, with skincare rituals at home and regular facials at the spa. But life is different now as we deal with snap lockdowns and worry about staying safe in public spaces. As much as we want and need to take care of our skin, we’ve found that we can’t enjoy professional facials as often as we used to.

With so many of us working remotely and attending online meetings, it’s become more important than ever to put our best Zoom face forward. Think fresh, taut and glowy skin that looks like we get eight quality hours of sleep every night.

Since regular facials are no guarantee during this time, it makes sense to go for skin treatments that deliver longer-lasting results, like Ultherapy, which can be done every 12 to 18 months as part of your skin maintenance regime.

Ultherapy for tighter, more lifted skin

Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that precisely directs focused ultrasound energy to specific layers under the skin, to tighten, strengthen and firm it. The treatment targets collagen-rich tissues such as the dermis and foundational layers (the SMAS) by delivering energy at three specific depths: 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm below the skin’s surface. This triggers the body’s natural regenerative process of producing new collagen, resulting in the lifting and tightening of skin, as well as the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Dr Vicki Leong, founder of VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetic Clinic, likes using this skin-lifting treatment to treat skin laxity as well as improve facial contours.

“I personally find that Ultherapy is the best treatment for stubborn sagginess, short of undergoing major surgery,” she explains. “As we age, or with sudden weight loss, the tough white protein layer (the SMAS layer) deep beneath the skin can become ‘loose’ – it is less able to keep the fat in our skin in place, and that results in a saggy appearance. Ultherapy, by creating micro-focused areas of heating, causes this protein layer to contract and tighten over time. This helps to ‘tug’ back in the fat layers, reducing their protrusion out and downwards, and resulting in a more contoured, V-shaped lower face.”

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Dr Vicki Leong, founder of VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetic Clinic

See-Plan-Treat” for a personalised treatment

The Ultherapy Hyper-Personal Lift is a personalised treatment plan that occurs in three simple and essential stages: See, Plan & Treat (SPT). It is carried out as a one-on-one session with your aesthetic doctor to see, plan and treat with one solution, personalised just for your skin.

Dr Leong is one of the practitioners in Singapore who adopts the SPT approach when performing Ultherapy. She shares that this protocol allows her to visualise and locate, in real time, the exact layers of the face to be treated. She uses this real-time visualisation capability that is unique to Ultherapy to personally customise each patient’s treatment plan, based on their facial structure and skin anatomy, and what they want to achieve.

“So for instance, if you want to address the wrinkles around your eyes and lift your saggy cheeks, the skin depths might likely differ at these two areas. By using real-time visualisation and applying the principles of SPT, we will be able to treat each facial area differently according to your needs. SPT is the only way to do the treatment – we have to make sure that every shot counts.”

She adds: “When we mention Ultherapy, there are always a lot of comparisons with HIFUs (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound). HIFUs are also skin tightening devices using ultrasound energy. However, no other skin tightening machine in the world has the U.S. FDA clearance as well as the extensive clinical evidence that Ultherapy has. Most importantly, none of them have the reliable real-time visualisation capability which Ultherapy has. And I would never treat my patient’s face blindly. It is like us firing the ultrasound energy, not knowing where it is treating.

Many of these so-called HIFUs are treated with a series of treatments, but that is only because the results are inferior and mainly, a marketing strategy. A properly done, authentic Ultherapy will require only one treatment a year.”

Expect smoother, younger-looking skin after one session

As Ultherapy bypasses skin’s surface without disruption on the surface of the skin, it can be performed on all skin types, including acne-prone, eczema-prone and sensitive skin.

During the treatment, you may experience what feels like tiny pokes in your face, over and over again, but it’s tolerable and can be managed with numbing cream and pain relief medication. After the treatment, you may notice a little soreness and swelling around the lower part of your face. This is due to the micro injuries caused by the ultrasound energy, which subsides after a week or two.

Dr Leong tells her patients to expect visible results after three to six months, as the process of new collagen production occurs gradually and naturally over time. Best of all, the result is said to last at least a year – that’s great news because who doesn’t want safe, fuss-free, and longer-lasting solutions to look our best?

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