Have you heard of Ultherapy? I knew very little about the actual process. But I did know that Jennifer Aniston is a fan and that Christie Brinkley is the face of it. And how wonderful do those two ladies look?
I have tried a few different treatments over the past few years, with some excellent results. However, I have refused even more. But when I read up on Ultherapy I was impressed by it.
So, when the Dr. Mulrooney Clinic approached me to ask if I would like to avail of an Ultherapy full face and neck treatment, I jumped at the chance! I am already a fan of the Doctors Mulrooney soothing Seavite Skincare products formulated around the seaweed extract Fucoidin.
What is Ultherapy and the Science Behind it?
Ultherapy is the only US FDA-approved and EU-certified procedure to lift, sculpt and tighten the skin of the upper and lower face (jowls), neck and décolletage (chest).
What are the Benefits of Ultherpay?
Tighter skin in two to three months. Results appear gradually over that time and continue to improve for up to six months. And in most cases, last for over a year. It is very effective along the neck and jawline area and brows.
Over time, as we age, our own collagen fibres become weakened. These underlying changes to the skin tissue can show up as wrinkles and sagging skin. It is the sagging skin that I hate.
Ultherapy stimulates the own body’s collagen production by delivering micro-focused ultrasound with visualisation energy non-invasively, heating skin tissue at three different depths, triggering our own body’s natural regenerative response. The body then grows new collagen and elastin. Sounded exactly what I wanted.
The Ultherapy Treatment Protocol
I first had a detailed consultation with Dr. Katherine Mulrooney who took my medical and cosmetic history and concentrated on my cosmetic goals which are tighter, firmer, more youthful skin, of course.
Dr Katherine remarked that I had very good bone structure. However, due to the normal ageing process, I had lost volume from my mid-face and mouth area which was manifesting as loose lax skin along the lower face, neck and jawline. Also the brows had descended making my eyes look tired. HELP!
So Dr. Katherine recommended Ultherapy to help lift and tighten this looser lax skin and lift the brows as she felt I was a good candidate. Also, I had no contraindications such as autoimmune diseases, pregnancy, active cold sores, epilepsy or Bell’s Palsy.
What does Ultherapy Treatment Involve?
On the day of treatment, Roisin who is the Ultherapy expert, applied plenty of numbing cream to the areas being treated, while the doctor administered a pain medication to numb the pain. I sat for 30 to 40 minutes, waiting for the medication to take effect in the most beautiful, serene surroundings, sipping my tea and catching up on the latest glossies.
A little later on, once in the treatment room lying comfortably, wrapped cosily in my blanket, Roisin literally drew on my face, mapping out areas for treatment. She then applied some cool Ultrasound gel and placed the ‘transducer’ on my skin to assess the depth at which to deliver the coagulation points, all the while glancing at the screen to ensure the correct depth was being maintained and that each shot counted!! The entire treatment took about an hour and a half.
Is Ultherapy Painful?
During an Ultherapy session it gets hot, as those coagulation points can reach 60 to 70 degrees centigrade – the ideal temperature for collagen and elastin growth stimulation.
I had read that it could be very painful and initially I found the neck area particularly sore. Roisin moved to a different area as the machine keeps count of the number of lines being delivered for each region selected. Returning later to the neck, I found it much more bearable after the medication had taken effect. The rest of the face was not a problem.
Yes, there was discomfort, but honestly, I cannot say it was painful as she zapped her magic wand over my jaws, cheeks, over my lips, under my eyes and lifted through my brows right up to my hairline. There was a feeling of something like electricity, as she got nearer the hairline.