With Ultherapy being one of the buzzwords in the anti aging and beauty world, Novasans sets out to try this fairly new skin treatment, and find out if it can actually do the magic that some physicians claim. To try Ultherapy, Novasans travels to Singapore and the renowned dermatologist Dr. Elias Tam and his clinic EHA Clinic. For one hour, Dr. Tam and his team takes excellent care of our, slightly nervous, guinea pig.
What is Ultherapy by Ulthera?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure using focused ultrasound to lift, tighten and firm the skin on the face and the neck. Through only one treatment, your body’s own regenerative process of building new collagen, will lift and tighten the skin.
How long time does the Ultherapy procedure take?
The actual Ultherapy procedure takes about 30-40 minutes, however before, the physician will usually give the treatment area a thorough cleansing followed by topic numbing cream. After the Ultherapy treatment is done, the patient can go straight back to work or enjoy every day life.
How is the Ultherapy treatment performed?
Dr. Tam directs a small ultrasound applicator directly to the skin in two different sojourns. During the first, he targets the ultrasound energy to be directed three millimeters into the skin, during the second, the ultrasound energy is directed about 1.5 millimeters into the soft tissue of the skin. The depth of the energy depends on the patient’s own skin.
Through an unprecedented precision of treating several layers of the skin at the exact depth, Ultherapy affords the physician to be in complete control of the treatment, and obtain the best results. The precision is extremely important, as the depth of the skin tissue differs in areas of the face, and to make sure not to hit the facial bones with the ultrasound energy, the Ulthera device has a big screen where the doctor can view the exact depth of the patient’s skin.
The number of shots needed for a treatment varies from patient to patient, but on average, 200-400 small ultrasound injections are sufficient for most patients. When we tried Ultherapy, about 300 energy beams were used for one treatment on the whole face and neck.
Does Ultherapy by Ulthera Hurt? Is Ultherapy painful?
While the level or pain varies from patient to patient, you will definitely feel the procedure. Ultherapy is not completely pain free, but in comparison to Fractional Radiofrequency, this is much less painful. When the energy is being delivered into your skin, you will most likely feel a burning, tingling sensation. Our test person resembles it with feeling like small needle stings into the deeper layers of the skin. Dr. Elias Tam is also very careful, and when the patient feels any discomfort, he loweres the intensity of the energy, leaving the patient at much more ease. The discomfort goes away instantly, and although not enjoying the actual treatment, this was promptly forgotten when seeing the instant results. “Just like a mother will forget all about the labor pains when she holds her little baby in her arms, I completely forgot any discomfort when seeing my face in the mirror straight after”, our test person says and laughs.
Ultherapy vs. Radiofrequency
While radiofrequency is said to deliver similar results to Ultherapy, radiofrequency will leave the patient with minimal punctuations all over the treatment area. Although the small scars wear off within a few days, the intended damage on the skin (stimulating collagen growth) is visible through Radiofrequency. When doing an Ultherapy treatment, no one will be able to notice that you had the treatment done. Ultherapy is therefore, rightfully, called a “lunch treatment”, where you can go straight back to work without any discomfort. For the Novasans test person, Ultherapy was therefore a better overall experience.
Results from Ultherapy by Ulthera
The results of Ultherapy are amazingly instant. When looking in the mirror after half the face is done, the test person could see an apparent difference. “The treated part of my face looks more plush and plump, and the fine line going from my nose wings down to the outer tip of my lips are much less prominent now. For me, there was a huge difference between the treated and non-treated area.” When checking back with the patient one week later we ask how the recovery has gone, and if the results have lasted. “The plump look that I had when walking out of the treatment room only lasted for a few days. After that, I could again see some of my fine lines. Although not as visible as before the Ultherapy treatment, I hope that they will continue to decrease within the coming months”. Since it takes time for the regenerative process, the best results with Ultherapy are usually seen about 3 months after the treatment.
Visible effects after an Ultherapy treatment include lifting and toning of loose skin, a reduced skin laxity on the eyelid, thicker skin, brow elevation and a more even skin tone.
Benefits of Ultherapy by Ulthera
The apparent benefits from Ultherapy are a brighter complexity, a more even skin tone, a smother skin texture, reduced pore size, smoother and tighter skin, reduction of lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth as well as from the corner of the mouth and downwards.
Side Effects of Ultehrapy by Ulthera
There are no apparent side effects from Ultherapy. Some patients might experience a bit of bruising or redness, but our test person did not experience any of this, and was immediately happy and satisfied with the results.
Ultherapy Treatment Areas
Ulherapy is best suited for the face and the neck.
In comparison to doing a full-face lift, the Ultherapy treatment is very affordable. Ultherapy by Ulthera usually starts on the $1,000 and up, depending on what areas of the face are being treated. A full face and brow lift using Ultherapy by Ulthera costs on average $3,500 in the US. If you receive the treatment abroad, you can get Ultherapy for a much cheaper price. For more information on Ultherapy prices abroad, Dr. Elias Tam and his practice, and recommendations for dermatologists and skin clinics performing the procedure, contact Novasans on firstname.lastname@example.org.