All of us have heard of ultrasound. It is a high-frequency sound wave that is commonly used in pregnancy sonograms. Traditionally, doctors have used ultrasound for imaging – to examine internal organs without having to perform any surgical procedure.
However, a new use for ultrasound has emerged in the field of aesthetic medicine.
Ultherapy is a FDA-approved aesthetic treatment that uses ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin on the face and body. It is commonly coined as the non-surgical alternative to the traditional facelift, because it can achieve the effects of a facelift without the patient going under the knife.
During the treatment, focused ultrasound energy is delivered to the deep tissue layer beneath the skin’s surface to kickstart the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for the elasticity, strength and tightness of the skin. As the targeted skin begins to produce these proteins, the skin is lifted and tightened, countering the sagginess that comes with age and gravity.
One of the best properties of Ultherapy is that the result looks natural. This is because the procedure uses the body’s ability to produce collagen. The other crucial factor is the safety of Ultherapy. This is attributed to the real-time visualization of the various layers of the tissue, and the precision of focusing the ultrasound to the correct depth of the targeted tissue. This allows the practitioner to avoid injury to the underlying bone and other important structures that should not be hit by the focused ultrasound.
Patients who have just completed the Ultherapy procedure can expect to see some initial effect of skin tightening, and these improvement will get more pronounced over the course of three months. Patients often experience smoother and firmer skin on the treated areas, which helps them look younger.
Commonly treated areas are the forehead (for browlift), cheek, neck and also area around the eye to achieve a fresher and rejuvenated look(brow, neck, chin, and jaws). The results are expected to last for about one to two years.
EHA Clinic, a leading aesthetic clinic in Singapore, offers the Ultherapy treatment, performed by our resident doctor, Dr Elias Tam, who has over 20 years of medical experience and over 10 years in the field of aesthetic medicine.
Before your first treatment, you will have a 15 to 30-minute consultation with Dr Tam, who will be able to explain to you the processes that will happen during treatment. You should also take this opportunity to clarify any doubts you may have regarding the treatment.
During your treatment, Dr Tam will apply an ultrasound gel onto the targeted area. Then, he will use the Ultherapy device to deliver focused ultrasound energy to the layers beneath the skin. Patients have reported a warm and prickly sensation under the skin where the ultrasound is delivered.
There is no injection and no knives used during the procedure
The treatment time is considerably short, taking a total of about 60 minutes. There is no downtime, so you may resume your daily activities immediately.
While Ultherapy cannot duplicate the full results of the facelift, it is a great clinically proven, minimally invasive alternative for patients who would like their skin to be lifted and tightened. Moreover, it is the only non-invasive treatment in the market, which is approved by the FDA that can effectively lift and tighten the face.
Ultherapy has received excellent reviews from Singapore patients, and is approved for use in Singapore’s aesthetic clinics.
For any queries about Ultherapy or any other treatments offered by EHA, or to book an appointment with Dr Tam, call us at 6235 3325.