Ultherapy the Non-Surgical Face Lift

Ultherapy is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments on the market, and it’s been on my wish list for a few months now. Loved by celebrities, it’s gained a reputation for giving fantastic skin tightening and lifting, similar to a facelift without surgery.

Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to stimulate new collagen production which lifts and tightens the skin.

I realise the term “face lift” doesn’t sound like something someone in their 30’s would necessarily need, but Ultherapy is a fantastic preventative and can reverse some of the signs of early ageing too, meaning that Ultherapy is suitable for both those in their 30’s and also everyone older.

Sadly after the age of 20 collagen production begins to slow down. Collagen is what gives the skin it’s firmness and structure, so as you age you’ll inevitably begin to notice sagging and creasing of the skin. Ultherapy is a great option for anyone who is concerned with wrinkles, sagging around the jawline, heaviness in the brows, and anyone wanting to improve the quality of skin on their neck and décolletage.

It’s fantastic because it has proven results, it’s non-invasive, non-surgical, and there is minimal- if any down time.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy in small blasts with pinpoint precision targeting the layers of the skin which were previously only accessible via surgical incisions. These small blasts of ultrasound energy completely bypass the skins surface which means there is no broken skin, no bleeding, and other than some mild swelling, you look completely normal. Straight afterwards you can put make-up on and return to work or your other normal activities straight away.

By stimulating these deeper layers of skin and muscle (which are exactly where collagen is produced) Ultherapy ramps up new collagen production, therefore rebuilding lost collagen and giving a lifted and tightened result.

Other than the face, Ultherapy can also give fantastic results on the neck and décolletage which are notoriously hard to treat areas. It can reduce lines on the neck, tighten and tone the chin and jawline, and lift and tighten the skin on the chest. After doing my research I’ve seen some AMAZING before and afters on the neck and décolletage.

This diagram I found online shows the skin depth Ultherapy can reach verses radio frequency and laser devices.

The Treatment

I had my Ultherapy treatment with Dr Lowe at Muse Clinic in Chatswood. Dr Lowe is somewhat of an Ultherapy expert so I was confident that I was in great hands. The treatment in total took a couple of hours, this allowed for before pictures to be taken, a numbing cream to be applied to my face, and Dr Lowe to give me some mild pain medication before we started.

The first half of the treatment was a walk in the park, Dr Lowe showed me how it all worked and it was pretty much pain free. The second half of the treatment however had quite a few ‘ouch’ moments! It’s hard to explain the feeling but under my chin area it felt quite zappy and yeah, it hurt. Not crazy pain, but enough to make me squirm. I’d done my research beforehand so I knew what to expect and you know what they say- ‘no pain, no gain’ right…?

Pain meds and numbing cream prior to your treatment are a must!

Immediately afterwards I looked completely normal with a few slightly red blotches which disappeared within the hour.

Now, after a few days I’m slightly swollen and my face feels tender, but this is mild swelling that no one else could notice except me.

They say you need to wait 2-3 months for the collagen to gradually rebuild and regenerate, which creates a gradual lifting and tightening. I’m excited to see my results develop over the next few months!

The Myths

When I first googled Ultherapy I was met with a few alarming online reviews with people claiming that Ultherapy had melted the fat on their face, or left them with marks or indents. Of course this was something I wasn’t willing to risk without thorough research, and after seeking opinions from several industry experts I learnt that if the treatment is done by an experienced and correctly trained Ultherapy practitioner, and if they are actually using the authentic Ultherapy device and all its authentic parts, that there should be none of these adverse side effects. The experts I spoke to had actually never had any of these things happen to their clients and collectively they’ve performed hundreds and hundreds of Ultherapy treatments.

What I’ve learnt is that it is absolutely imperative that you are having an actual Ultherapy treatment and not a treatment using an inferior system or an inferior ultrasound device. It’s also a must to find a trusted practitioner to have your Ultherapy treatment with. Ultherapy is a system provided by Merz Aesthetics, and theirs is the only system which allows practitioners to use ultrasound to see beneath the skin, this allows them to use their device with extreme accuracy.

The Celebrities

There are many celebs who are Ultherapy clients too, Jennifer Anniston say she loves Ultherapy, Natalie Bassingthwaighte openly talks about her love for the treatment, as does Christie Brinkley and a myriad of other A-listers.

The Cost

As you’ve probably guessed Ultherapy isn’t cheap, it’s an advanced high-end technology with real facelift-like results. Compared to an actual facelift though it’s much kinder on the purse strings and much more painless. At Muse Clinic I had my jawline, cheeks and chin treated which costs $2,500. To treat the upper face at Muse Clinic the cost is $1000, décolletage costs $1200, and the full face, neck and décolletage is $4,500.

The Clinic

I’m booked in with Dr Lowe for a 3 month follow up to take some ‘after’ pictures so I’ll check back in here and update you with my before & afters. In the meantime head over to the Ultherapy page to see some of their fantastic before & afters HERE.

You can get in touch with Dr Lowe at Muse Clinic in Chatswood, by contacting the clinic HERE  or calling  02 9904 7279.

If you’re not based in Sydney you can find your nearest Ultherapy practitioner HERE