What is Ultherapy?
Think of Ultherapy as a non-surgical, ultrasound face lift – this non-invasive, U.S. FDA approved aesthetic treatment uses ultrasound energy to lift skin, tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles and lines on the face, neck, and chest.
What are the benefits of Ultherapy?
- Skin tightening, skin firming, and skin lifting effects
- Stimulates the body’s natural collagen production
- Safe, U.S. FDA-approved procedure
- Measurable results after 1 procedure
- Minimal downtime
How does Ultherapy work?
- Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy to the same deep tissue planes as those treated during a surgical facelift, but without any incisions or major disruption to the surface of the skin.
Through this delivery of ultrasound energy, Ultherapy creates micro-coagulation points at 3 depths below the skin’s surface. This triggers a regenerative process under the skin by stimulating the body’s natural production of new collagen. Over a span of 2-3 months, the regenerative process gradually lifts skin and tightens skin on the face and neck as well as smoothens lines and wrinkles on the chest.
Ultherapy also uses ultrasound imaging, which allows doctors to see the tissue layers being treated. This ensures that the ultrasound energy is delivered to the skin safely and in an optimal manner.
When will I see results? How long will the results last?
Ultherapy has been proven by many clinical studies to achieve skin tightening and lifting. In 1 clinical study, 86% of patients were deemed to have achieved clinically significant lifting results.
While some patients see an initial lifting effect, the ultimate results of Ultherapy gradually build up over the next few months, as part of the collagen regeneration process that gradually lifts and tightens skin on the face, neck, and chest.
As your skin continues its natural aging process, you may want to schedule additional treatments to maintain initial results. Dr. Kok will be able to advise you on this decision during your follow-up visit.
What can I expect during the procedure?
- Like other ultrasound procedures, a water-based gel will be applied on your skin to project an image of your skin tissue, allowing Dr. Kok to target the treatment areas effectively and accurately. As the procedure begins, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being delivered into your skin at consistently precise depths.
Comfort levels will vary from person to person, but most patients generally do not feel much discomfort during the procedure. Prior to your Ultherapy treatment, an experienced therapist will help you apply a local anaesthetic to the treatment areas, and Dr. Kok will take measures to ensure that your experience is as pleasant as possible.
After the procedure, you will be able to return to your daily activities immediately without having to follow any special post-treatment measures. You will also be able to apply makeup should you wish to.
Are there any side effects of Ultherapy?
Some patients might experience skin redness, which should subside in a few hours. Others might experience minor swelling, tingling sensations, or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature.
Less common side effects include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of the skin, but should subside within a week.
Am I suited for Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is generally suited for all skin types. The ideal candidates for Ultherapy are patients with mild or moderate tissue laxity, or are just beginning to show signs of aging. For best results, it is important that your skin has not been exposed to excessive sun damage, as this can hinder the collagen regeneration process.
Ultherapy is contraindicated for the use in patients with open lesions or wounds, severe or cystic acne, existing keloids, mechanical, metal or dermal implants, implanted electrical devices, pregnant or breast-feeding women, as well as those on anti-coagulant treatment plans.
It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kok to determine if Ultherapy is the best treatment for your needs. Ultherapy can also be combined with other treatments for optimum results.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Ultrasound technology has been employed in the medical industry for more than 50 years, and is widely used for other clinical purposes as well, such as sonograms.
Ultherapy is a well-established skin tightening procedure that has been cleared by the U.S. FDA and been used safely in more than 350,000 treatments worldwide.
Are there any precautions I should take before or after the procedure?
Given the safety and minimal downtime of Ultherapy, there are no special precautions required of patients before or after the procedure
How is Ultherapy different from laser treatments or other aesthetic procedures?
Ultherapy is the only non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses ultrasound imaging, allowing for enhanced safety and precise placement of the focused ultrasound energy. For more on the difference between Ultherapy and HIFU, click here.
Furthermore, due to the properties of ultrasound, Ultherapy is able to bypass the surface of the skin to deliver focused energy at deeper depths than lasersor radiofrequency technologies without any incisions or disruptions to the skin.
While Ultherapy does not duplicate the results of a surgical facelift, it is an excellent alternative for those not ready for plastic surgery or who are showing moderate signs of aging.
At LS Aesthetic, we offer Ultherapy treatments in Singapore that can be customised according to your needs. Ultherapy can be performed on areas such as:
- Double Chin
- Drooping Eyebrows
- Under Eye Area
- Sagging Cheeks