have you heard of the lunch time face lift?
4 months ago, I was invited by Mahkota Dermatology Centre in Malacca to undergo a treatment called "Ultherapy". Ultherapy in short is a non-surgical way to take years off your face. This means no slicing, dicing or carving of any kind done to your face. I know my mom did hers 10 years ago in Kelana Jaya where she had lifting done via pulling some thread up to the sides of her scalp. It now leaves her with a small bald patch where the small surgery was done, permanently. That's really weird when I found out.
Anyway, with modern technology one doesn't have to go under the knife anymore to look younger. Ultherapy for instance is the only non-invasive FDA cleared face lifting procedure. It's fast with no down time. No wonder it's called the lunch time face lift.
Wait, what's Ultherapy?
Ultherapy uses safe, time tested ultrasound to lift and tone loose skin without surgery. It works deep below the surface of the skin without harming the outer skin layer. Besides lifting and firming the skin on the eyebrow, chin, neck; it also improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
Sharing my experience, I travelled to Malacca for a consultation with the Aesthetic Practitioner, Dr. Sharmini. She was surprisingly friendly and warm which made me feel less awkward and nervous about going through with the procedure. I had my doubts and fears like everyone else. Will it be painful? How is it done? Will there be side effects? Will I die? (joking). Years ago I went for a similar non-invasive procedure called the Liposonix which uses ultrasound to burn fat cells away on my tummy. It was really painful, I still remember the burning sensation. For an hour, Dr. Sharmini explained to me about Ultherapy, the procedures involved and my questions.
took a quick trip down Malacca to see Dr. Sharmini
Before anyone can go for Ultherapy, they first must have their skin condition evaluated to ensure they are suitable to undergo the procedure. A consent form is signed and a picture of you will be taken for reference; for before and after the procedure comparison.
me asking Dr. Sharmini questions regarding Ultherapy
she uses this guide to explained to me
I was shown the areas on my face that would be targeted
Once the green light is given, an appointment is scheduled. No need to fast or go on any special diet before the procedure. You change into the hospital gown, lay down on the operating bed in a room designated to you, and the nurse will clean and rub anti-bacterial lotion on the areas. If you're one of those sensitive creatures, the nurse is more than happy to apply numbing cream (for 30mins). This numbs your skin and sensitivity.
Doctor comes in, prepares the Ultherapy machine and marks the areas on the face to be targeted. Areas such as the eyebrow, sides of the cheeks, and chin. A small handheld device is used which basically heats small targeted amounts of soft tissue below the surface of the skin using ultrasound. The tissues targeted will be "activated" and the body will create new collagen.
During the treatment, one may feel a prickly or tingling sensation resulting from the tiny amounts of concentrated ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin. The resulting heat can be intense. This should not be taken as a negative sign because being able to feel the heat means that treatment has initiated the collagen building process.
Doctor explains that the degree and nature of any discomfort from this treatment will vary from patient to patient and from area to area on the face/neck, with bony areas being more sensitive. There can be some temporary, small areas of numbing or sensitivity to touch after the procedure, but patients are consistently comfortable immediately following the treatment and experience no downtime.
A patient can get right back to her daily activities after this procedure. There is no down time.
In short, Ultherapy is:
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical facial skin treatment that uses ultrasound to lift and tone loose skin without surgery. The treatment works deep below the surface without harming the outer skin layer for dramatic and long lasting benefits of facial firming, skin tightening and lifting. The whole procedure lasts approx. 2.5 hours. If you're a hulk like me, you can finish in time. Some may take longer depending on their discomfort level, in which case the doctor may take it slow.
On my next post, I will be sharing my Ultherapy experience. This will be a three part experience that I'm going to post up on my blog for my readers interested to know more about Ultherapy or the secrets to staying and looking young.
Which... everyone is always asking me. I just have to say collagen, collagen, collagen. From skincare, diet to treatments that helps woman over 30s (well can be younger) to look and maintain their youthfulness.
Mahkota Dermatology Centre
the range of skincare products they offer
the waiting lounge
Mahkota Dermatology Centre which provides Aesthetic & Laser services is designed for people whose hectic schedules leave them with little time for pampering therapies for their face, skin and body. We provide a complete range of medical aesthetic services for both men and women. We promise effective, safe and affordable aesthetic treatments with focused results. Our specialists, will discuss and work together with you to achieve your desired look. Using the latest machines, techniques and through a personalised treatment programme, we are commit to helping you discover a beautiful you.
Call for appointment or Free Face Analysis at 06-285-2777.
Dr. Sharmini's credentials can be found here.