Ultherapy: a non-surgical skin tightening, firming and lifting treatment.
The doctors in SW1 Clinic are the pioneers for Ulthera in Singapore which is FDA-approved for treatment of the upper face.
Ultherapy is a breakthrough procedure that uses medical ultrasound for non-surgical cosmetic improvement of the skin. It works deep below the surface – without harming the outer layer of skin-for dramatic and long-lasting benefits of facial firming, skin tightening and lifting.
Improvement around the eyes include lifting of the brow line to reduce droopiness on the eyelids, smoothing of crows’ feet, and a more open, refreshed look to the eyes in general.
Sagging skin on the cheeks can be tightened and lifted, which in turn can improve folds from the nose to mouth, folds from the mouth to jaw, and drooping corners of the mouth. Often, a more defined jaw line and overall improvement in skin texture and evenness of colour are known additional benefits.
How does it work?
As with other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator placed upon your skin projects an image onto a screen. This same applicator is then used to deliver low levels of focused heat at just the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect, leaving the surface of your skin undisturbed.
Your skin’s response to the energy is increased growth of new collagen. A gradual tightening occurs, ultimately resulting in a natural lift and conditioning of the skin over time.
How is this procedure different from other non-surgical skin tightening procedures?
Ultherapy is the only skin rejuvenation procedure that uses ultrasound to image and treat the skin. The ability to utilize an established technology – to both see below the skin and then treat it with great precision – helps ensure both safety and satisfying results.
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What is the procedure like?
Ultherapy is a comfortable procedure. No anaesthetic injection is required. Patients may feel a warm prickly sensation beneath the skin when the ultrasound energy is being delivered into the target tissue. This is how Ultherapy tightens and lifts the skin from deep within, delivering dramatic and long-lasting results.
Ultherapy takes approximately 60 minutes. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and you can apply makeup if needed. Your skin may appear slightly flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness will subside within a few hours.
How many treatment will I need?
Most patients will see visible results after 1 to 2 treatments. This will be determined by your doctor. In addition, your doctor at SW1 Clinic will schedule follow-up visits to photograph results and track your progress.
What areas of the face and neck are treated?
Ulthera can be done on any part of your face including the forehead, temples, mid and lower face, and jaw line. In some cases, the neck is also treated. During your consultation at SW1 Clinic, your doctor will tailor a treatment plan for you.
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What kind of results can I expect?
The regenerative process is initiated right away so some patients may be able to see lifting of the skin. However, the full effect will build gradually over the course of two to three months and some patients will see optimal results only after a few months.
An amazing 95% patient satisfaction one year after treatment.
In the FDA clinical trial, nine out of ten patients had a noticeable, significant lift of the brow line. This resulted in opening up of the eyes and a more youthful appearance overall. Patients also reported firmer, tighter, better-fitting skin in other areas of the face and neck as well. Smoother texture and a more even skin colour are also possible side benefits.
What can I expect afterwards?
Ultherapy treatment takes around 60 minutes to perform. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and you can put on makeup if needed. Your skin may appear a bit flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear in a matter of hours.
How long do the results last?
Of course, your skin will continue its natural aging process, so you may need to schedule additional treatments over time to maintain the results. Some patients may want to repeat their treatments every year; others may want to repeat the treatment after a longer interval. The doctor at SW1 Clinic will be able to advise you on that decision during your follow-up visits.
Can anyone have the treatment?
Ulthera is safe for all skin types. Any patient who has experienced some sagging of their skin will benefit from this treatment. It is likely that if your sagging is severe, you may need a repeat treatment for optimal results. A good candidate is someone with skin that has ‘relaxed’ to the point of looking less firm. A lowered brow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. The doctors will evaluate if you are an appropriate candidate at the time of your consultation.
Is Ultherapy safe?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy, which has been used in medical imaging and therapeutics, such as sonograms, for over 50 years, and clinical studies have confirmed the safety of this latest application. As with any medical procedure, there are general safety considerations, which your physician will review with you.