At a glance: Ultraformer Skin Tightening


Treatment may also be known as
Ultraformer, High Intensity Ultrasound Skin Tightening, HIFU Facelift, Non-Surgical Facelift
Purpose
Lift and tighten skin. It can also be used for slimming
How it works
Stimulates collagen growth and fibre contraction
Treatment time
30-60 minutes
Recovery
Immediate
Results
Immediate, but typically 6 months post treatment
Lasts
Typically 6 months & longer over time
Pain level
Low / none
Cost
From $450
Works with
Consider combining with dermal fillers/anti-wrinkle for best results
Note
Individual results may vary
Caution
Must be performed by an experienced provider

FAQ's

What is Skin Tightening with Ultraformer?

Skin Tightening with Ultrasound uses ultrasound energy and is more comfortable than Thermage. It causes the same immediate skin contraction but is more focused at specific depths compared with Thermage which uses more bulk heating. Results continue to improve for up to 5 to 6 months and delay ageing for many months afterwards. Repeated treatments (ideally twice a year) obtain cumulative and additional tightening benefits but similar benefits can be done with an annual treatment of SkinTight with Ultrasound and maintenance SkinTight with Laser treatments.

Skin Tightening with Ultrasound is a non-invasive treatment that uses focussed ultrasound energy at specific and precise depths, to instantly contract existing collagen fibres and promote long term stimulation of new and stronger collagen production.

What does it do?

In a single session it:

  • Lifts and tightens sagging skin.
  • Improves elasticity to firm skin.
  • Slims down facial and body contours.
  • It restores skin back to its strength of a younger skin.

How does it work?

Skin Tightening with Ultrasound targets deep structural skin fibres with focussed Ultrasound technology. This in turn stimulates collagen growth. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to hold the facial skin structure as it did in younger years. This process can therefore be looked upon as a boost in reversing the effects of ageing and help strengthen the skin structure again. With repeated treatments it is now possible to slow down the ageing process. As with all the skin strengthening treatments, focussed ultrasound and resulting heat causes a two fazed response:

  1. Immediate fibre contraction, tightening and lifting. Collagen fibres are made of protein and when we heat protein it immediately contracts.
  2. This heating results in a typical wound injury response by our deeper cells by releasing growth factors. These in turn, start a process of collagen cell activation and multiplication. This results in extra fibre collagen growth as well as producing a healthier, younger and more supportive fluid interstitial matrix (DNA).

How long does it take?

Treatments can take between 30-60 minutes depending on the area.

When will I start to see results?

There are two distinctly different timings of the
effect:

  • Initially there is a heat contraction of the existing collagen network. This collagen
    network is made of tightly condensed strands of protein that immediately shrink when heated. This effect lasts for several months and is very apparent immediately.
  • The secondary effect occurs when the new collagen that is stimulated comes to maturity and gradually develops its full strength over a period of six or more months.

What areas can be treated?

Skin Tightening with Ultrasound is best suited to tighten, tone and lift skin on the upper face, eyebrow, lower face, chin, full neck and full body.

How long will the results last?

Maximum collagen stimulation is seen between five and six months after treatment. There is no additional new improvement after this. However the density and structure of the collagen is greater as a result of the new collagen stimulation. Therefore the condition of the skin is stronger than it was before the treatment and starting from a stronger base, there will be a slower ageing over the next 6 months or so.

How can I maintain my results?

It is recommended that 6 monthly treatments are done to maintain and get incremental improvement with each subsequent treatment. Alternatively we offer a special discount on SkinTight with Laser. We recognise the excellent cumulative benefits that this has after treatment and strongly recommend adding SkinTight with Laser to your post Ultrasound treatment. For optimal results we recommend having SkinTight with Laser every 2 months following the Ultrasound treatment.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness for a short time following the treatment. Some patients report swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary. There is the possibility for other less common side effects to occur and these will be explained to you during consultation.

Is there any downtime?

Apart from the common side effects, Skin Tightening with Ultrasound is considered noninvasive enabling you to be able to return to your normal routine right away.

Does it hurt?

The degree of discomfort basically depends on the amount of heat. For us to be able to get the best results we must be able to utilise the maximum amount of heat energy that is possible and for clients to tolerate that well we provide strong analgesic. Light treatments at low energies do not yield the same results as more effective treatments with higher energy.

How much does it cost?

To be quoted by individual assessment and will depend on treatment area. Full face and neck treatments are priced at $2500*.

How is it different to Thermage?

  • Thermage uses Radio Frequency energy. Skin Tightening with Ultrasound uses ultrasound energy.
  • The different types of energy do the same thing. The deep dermal heating created by both machines causes collagen protein fibre contraction and new collagen cell and fibre development. Skin Tightening with Ultrasound however can be tailored to be a shorter treatment involving smaller areas, especially the upper neck and the lower face. It is thus slightly more cost effective for people who only want to tighten this area of the face.
  • Many people have reported they find Skin Tightening with Ultrasound more comfortable than Thermage, so it is an alternative for those who find Thermage a challenge.
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