As we age, production of collagen in the body slows down and this, along with degradation of existing collagen, results in lax facial contours, drooping skin under the brow bone, lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, neck and décolleté. If you’re looking to slow the effects of time without having to undergo painful, invasive surgery and weeks of recovery downtime, Ulthera is for you.
This FDA-approved non-invasive, non-surgical treatment uses ultrasound technology to lift and tighten skin for a refreshed and rejuvenated visage. During your session, concentrated ultrasound waves bypass the surface of the skin and once inside the body, turn into heat energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. What makes this treatment so effective is that it has real time visualisation, which gives this non-invasive treatment surgical precision. It allows the practitioner to direct the concentrated ultrasound waves to the precise depth of 1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm—with the latter being the same depth at which a surgical face-lift is performed and the former for areas with thinner skin. The real time visualisation along with three treatment tips of varying depths allows the treatment to be customised so you get the best results as each one of us has a different subcutaneous pattern. It also ensures the treatment is safe and comfortable as the practitioner can avoid directing energy to a bone, which can be painful.
Here’s exactly how Ulthera can be used to lift and tighten different parts of face.
Eyes: The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate and is one of the first places to show signs of ageing. The loss of collagen, along with repeated squinting, blinking and applying and removing of making can lead to lines, wrinkles, crepey and sagging skin. Using the right treatment tip along with the right intensity, Ulthera can help tighten and firm the skin under the eye, lift and “open” the area under the brow bone, smooth the look of fine lines and crow’s feet by boosting collagen around the area.
Double chin: Not all double chins are a result of accumulation of stubborn fat. Sometimes, what looks like a double chin is just lax skin at the chin. Those who don’t have a very defined jawline or chin are usually more susceptible to this type of double chin. In this case, Ulthera can help kick-start the production of collagen and elastin to help tighten and lift the area. The real time visualisation is especially helpful while treating this area as it allows the practitioner to see exactly which tissue layers are being treated to ensure the ultrasound waves don’t hit the bone and cause any discomfort.
Neck: The skin on your neck is as delicate as the skin on your face and is just as prone to lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Boosting the production of collagen and elastin with Ulthera will not only help tighten the skin, avoiding the dreaded “turkey neck” look, it will also smooth “tech neck” wrinkles that can develop as early as your 20s.
Cheeks: Sagging cheeks or jowls are one of the most noticeable signs of ageing. Thanks to the effect of gravity and lower levels of collagen, the cheeks lose elasticity and start sagging. In this case, depending on the skin of the client, the focused ultrasound waves can be directed to go as deep as 4.5mm to target the deep SMAS layer of skin and kick-start the production of collagen that will lift and tighten the cheeks for a more defined and chiseled jawline.
Forehead and temples: The collagen-elastin matrix is the thinnest at this area and combined with the repetitive movement of the brows, you’re likely to see lines on your forehead while the temples can start to look sunken. Ultrasound waves can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to smooth wrinkles and fill out sunken temples giving the face a more youthful look overall.