Everything You Need to Know About Ultherapy

From around the age of 25, the body starts to reduce less collagen as it did in its younger years. This decline causes the skin to lose its elasticity, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and a loss of definition in the jawline and brow areas. While these skin changes are a natural part of ageing, they can also affect one’s self-esteem.

To combat the signs of ageing, surgical procedures like facelifts can offer a tightening effect. For those seeking non-surgical alternatives, Ultherapy can provide the same tightening effect without the need for surgery. This article explores Ultherapy's potential benefits and provides an overview of what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Understanding Ultherapy

Ultherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin. It targets the deeper layers of your skin, stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its elasticity and youthful appearance. This leads to a gradual lift and tightening, addressing concerns like sagging brows and reducing neck and cheek laxity.

Ultherapy targets areas including:

  • Forehead
  • Around the eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Décolletage

What Are the Benefits of Ultherapy?

Ultherapy has emerged as a popular option for those seeking non-surgical solutions to address visible signs of ageing. This approach offers several advantages, including:

  • Non-Surgical, Non-Invasive Treatment: Ultherapy avoids the need for incisions or downtime associated with invasive surgeries.
  • Minimal to No Downtime: Completed within 60-90 minutes, this non-invasive approach allows individuals to resume their daily activities immediately post-treatment.
  • US FDA-Approved Ultrasound Technology: Ultherapy treatment adheres to strict standards, ensuring patients receive a treatment backed by rigorous testing and proven results.
  • Natural, Gradual Results Over 2-3 Months: By stimulating the body's collagen production, this process initiates a subtle yet continuous skin tightening, achieving natural-looking results.
  • Usually, Just One Treatment: In many cases, Ultherapy allows patients to achieve their desired outcomes in one session.
  • Visible Results Lasting 12 to 18 Months: The ultrasound technology prompts natural collagen production, resulting in lifting and tightening effects that last for over a year before a maintenance treatment is recommended.

It is important to note that individual results may vary. Consulting with a qualified dermatologist can help you determine if Ultherapy is the right choice for your specific needs and desired outcome.

What to Expect Before, During, and After Ultherapy Treatment

If you are considering Ultherapy treatment, understanding what to expect throughout the process is crucial for making an informed decision.

  1. Consultation

    In the first consultation, your dermatologist will evaluate your skin and discuss your aesthetic goals. This step is key in determining if Ultherapy is appropriate for your skin type and concerns. A personalised treatment plan is then developed, determining the optimal number of sessions for your needs and goals.

    Ultherapy is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity, especially in the neck and chin areas or those with lines and wrinkles on the chest. While typically sought by those in their 30s or older, it is also suitable for younger individuals aiming to proactively address ageing.

  2. Ultherapy Treatment

    The procedure begins with cleansing the treatment area and applying ultrasound gel. The dermatologist uses the Ultherapy device to deliver focused ultrasound energy into targeted depths of the skin. Patients may feel tingling sensations or mild, but tolerable discomfort during the treatment, indicating the energy is reaching the desired layers to stimulate collagen production.

    Most individuals only need one session. However, this depends on the severity of skin laxity and how the body responds to Ultherapy. During the first consultation, your dermatologist will assess your skin and recommend the optimal number of sessions for your needs and goals.

  3. Post-Ultherapy Treatment

    After treatment, most patients experience temporary redness, mild swelling, or tingling, which usually subside within a few hours. It is advisable to avoid intense sun and heat exposure as they can worsen swelling and redness. Additionally, refrain from harsh skincare and other facial treatments for a few months after treatment.

    You can resume your normal activities after the procedure. Over time, you will notice gradual improvements as the natural collagen-building process enhances skin tightness. Thereafter, annual follow-up Ultherapy treatments will help to maintain results. For personalised instructions, it is best to consult your dermatologist.

Dr Patricia Yuen
BA (Brown), MD (Boston), Internal Medicine (USA), FAMS (Dermatology)
Accredited Dermatologist with the Ministry of Health, Singapore
Dr Patricia Yuen is a skilled dermatologist with over 20 years of experience in Singapore and the United States. She offers a wide range of proven medical and cosmetic skin treatments, with a special interest in non-invasive facial enhancement and rejuvenation using evidence-based techniques, such as Ultherapy. Dr Yuen’s dedication to patient satisfaction and her clinical interest in cosmetic dermatology ensures that she delivers the best possible results for her patients.
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