What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is short for ‘ultrasound + therapy’. It is one of the latest and most reliable ammunition in defending against the sagginess of one’s face / jawline / neck. It is a FDA-APPROVED technology for face and neck lifting. It is also effective in the tightening of underarms and decolletage.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound has been in use for decades for medical diagnostics (e.g fetal scans, abdominal scans) and medical therapeutics (e.g shockwave for destroying kidney stones). The research scientists at Ulthera had a breakthrough when they managed to focus this harmless energy source into a concentrated ‘bullet’ of ultrasound energy. Not only that, they even managed to perfect the technology such that every ultrasound ‘bullet’ fires into the same depth of tissue everytime, at the exact energy levels required. The targeted tissues are the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system, the layer targeted by plastic surgeons in a surgical facelift) and the subcutaneous tissue and skin( where collagen and elastin are produced and deposited).
Lasers only reach the skin layer. Ulthera provides a 3 layered targeted approach to lift the right tissues without excessive heat to surrounding structures.
The beauty of sound with Ultherapy
How does this ultrasound work in Ultherapy?
When this focused ultrasound ‘bullet’ hits the SMAS layer, its energy causes an instant focal contraction of the SMAS layer, resulting in a tightening effect. In one treatment, many ultrasound ‘bullets’ are fired all over the SMAS layer and the whole contracted SMAS layer results in an instant ‘face / neck lifting’ effect. This energy also stimulates the subcutaneous tissue and skin to produce collagen over the next 6 months, resulting in further improvement over time after treatment.
Why Ulthera ?
The fact that there are more than 120 Ulthera machines in S. Korea is testament to Ultherapy’s results. This is because the technology is backed by more than 13 clinical research papers and is intensely precise. The results are reproducible everytime. Our doctors have used Ulthera many a time to delay facelift surgery for his patients.
Besides lifting, he also uses it on chubby areas of the face ( e.g sides of cheeks, jawline, upper neck) to burn off a little bit of the fat deposits and tighten those areas, giving a more sculpted definition to those areas. It enhances the V-shaped facial silhouette that equates to a younger, more attractive face.
Is there any downtime or pain?
The whole procedure (of Ultherapy for neck and full face) takes around 30 minutes and there is no downtime at all. There may be some discomfort during the treatment but that can be managed well with painkillers taken 1 hour before therapy and strong numbing cream (BLT) applied 30 minutes prior to treatment.
What is the recovery like?
The recovery for Ultherapy is typically very simple. Patients are able to return to their regular day to day activities immediately following the procedure, and there are no special measures that must be taken. Immediately after the procedure, some patients have reported redness, but this typically goes away on its own within a few hours. There will be effective anti-wrinkle and neck-firming creams prescribed by our doctors for you to apply at home.
It is also highly recommended to undergo Stem Cell Reverse therapy, a course of 4 sessions of stem cell serums electrophoration to penetrate deep into the face and stimulate new collagen production and even more face-lifting, neck-tightening effect.
What will the results be like?
Following the Ultherapy procedure, most patients will notice a noticeable lifting effect. Many patients experience firmer, tighter skin that has a smoother texture and more even skin tone. While some results are apparently immediately following the procedure, the full effect develops over the course of two to three months and typically lasts for ten to twelve months. To maintain the full results, many patients may require annual touch-up procedures.
After defeating sagginess of the face and neck with Ulthera, Dr Wong has good results with underarm and decolletage tightening with Ulthera as well, because the technology is precise and our doctors have developed his own set of treatment protocols based on his experience treating many patients with Ulthera.
Can I combine Ulthera with Thermage?
Yes, our doctors use advanced protocols that maximises the effects of Thermage with Ulthera with his 3D Total Facelift Treatment. Thermage is first performed to re-organize old collagen and stimulate new collagen production, before Ultherapy is used to sculpt the jawline, neckline and chubby sides of the face. The 3D Total Facelift Treatment stimulates anti-aging signals in the skin tissues ( collagen-remodelling and collagen-production) while Ulthera HIFU creates the instant lift, thus giving a complete all-round deep-to-superficial complete lifting and tightening effect.