If you spend some time researching about skin lifting treatments in Singapore, you will likely come across “Ultherapy”. For those unaware, Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin lifting treatment that many aesthetic doctors offer to treat mildly sagging skin.
Just like any non-surgical cosmetic procedure, rumors and untruths can circulate the internet, portraying inaccurate information about the treatment to consumers. It can be dangerous to undergo a treatment with unrealistic expectations of the outcome.
Hopefully this post will help to clear the air and dispel any myths associated with Ultherapy.
We sat down with Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics to discuss the truths and myths surrounding Ultherapy.
To start off, we asked Dr. Siew to list some salient facts about Ultherapy:
- Ultherapy is non-invasive which does not require cutting of the skin.
- Downtime is very minimal. Mild skin redness will subside within a few hours.
- Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the neck, chin, and brow, and improves lines and wrinkles on the chest.
- Ultherapy works by stimulating the natural collagen production in your body to lift and tighten the skin.
Myth 1: Ultherapy is a substitute for surgical facelift
Ultherapy treats the same foundational layer of the skin as a surgical facelift. However, it does not duplicate the results of a surgical facelift. Ultherapy stimulates collagen production in the skin tissue at the various layers of the skin.
A surgical facelift may be good if you have obvious sagging or loose skin in the face or neck or deep wrinkles that may be difficult to get rid of. Although the results are more obvious than Ultherapy, a surgical facelift requires general anaesthesia and, on average, a 2-week recovery period. This means that you need to stay away from social activities and rest at home.
Ultherapy is a great alternative for people who are not ready to undergo a surgery and for people with mild or moderate case of saggy skin.
Myth 2: Ultherapy is extremely painful
When Ultherapy was first introduced, treatments were often painful because doctors were not familiar with the treatment protocol. Clients provided feedback that they felt a burning sensation during the procedure.
Over time, experienced doctors have devised new, improved methods of performing the treatment. With the improved way of administering the Ultherapy, the collagen-building process gets better with lower frequency and incidence of pain.
A well-equipped medical clinic should have various pain relief solutions to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Some options include administering local anesthesia, nerve block, or sedation.
Myth 3: Multiple sessions are required to see visible results
Most people only need one session of Ultherapy. It depends on the degree of your skin laxity and how your body reacts to the high intensity focused ultrasound after the treatment.
Our skin continues to undergo natural process of aging, therefore future touch up treatments can help to maintain or even prolong the longevity of the skin lifting result.
Myth 4: Ultherapy does not have a long-lasting skin lifting effect
Unlike dermal filler treatment, Ultherapy typically takes several weeks to fully develop as it induces the body to produce collagen. People often report that they see the full benefits after 2 to 3 months.
Ultherapy usually lasts for about 18 to 24 months. Just like derma filler treatment, the more you repeat the treatment, the longer the results will last.
Myth 5: Ultherapy is not as affordable as a surgical facelift
Depending on the extent of the surgery, you can expect to pay between S$8,000 and S$20,000 for a surgical facelift. The range can be very wide depending on several factors such as the doctor’s experience, type of surgery etc.
On the other hand, the cost for Ultherapy is between S$2,000 and S$4,500.
Although a surgical facelift can last for a longer time, it cannot stop the natural aging process and your face will continue to age. This means that a touch up or a repeat may be required to sustain the result.
The affordability of both treatments can be a contentious one because it depends on several factors including your body’s natural response to the respective treatments and the doctor’s skills.