Philippine Daily Inquirer

Don't fall for a fake lift

Em­brace the au­then­tic you, the au­then­tic way with Ulther­apy

- By Han­nah Pal­ima

Defin­ing means ful on to your be what beauti- own it terms goes hand-in­hand with how you do it. Ulther­apy®, a skin lift­ing pro­ce­dure that lets you en­hance your fea­tures as you choose, is US FDA-cleared for use above the brows, un­der the chin, on the neck and dé­col­letage to stim­u­late through sound. It’s mi­cro-fo­cused earned col­la­gen rave re­views growth ul­tra­around the world, from top beauty pub­li­ca­tions to high­pro­file celebri­ties swear­ing by it. It’s been dubbed ‘the lunchtime lift’, due to the 90minute (or less) length of the pro­ce­dure, which lets you jump right back into your daily ac­tiv­i­ties—and can last up to a whole year. How­ever, the treat­ment’s suc­cess has led to high-fre­quency ul­tra­sound (HIFU) treat­ments to claim that they em­ploy the same tech­nol­ogy at lower prices, while us­ing com­pletely dif­fer­ent de­vices. Some even try to pass their de­vices off as Ulther­apy® ma­chines, which could lead to dras­tic re­sults for pa­tients. aes­thetic physi­cian Award-win­ning Dr. Ting Song Lim, who has worked at var­i­ous hospi­tals and clin­ics around the world, from Malaysia to Ja­pan to the USA, shares why it’s im­por­tant to make sure you’re get­ting your Ulther­apy® treat­ment the au­then­tic way. Be­cause of its mi­cro-fo­cused ul­tra­sound with visu­al­iza­tion (MFU-V) tech­nol­ogy, Ulther­apy® is pre­cise in both the the as in skin’s visu­al­iza­tion the amount in­ner lay­ers, of it ul­tra­sound al­lows as well of en­ergy needed for the pro­ce­dure. Un­like HIFU treat­ments, it can ac­cu­rately dis­tin­guish be­tween the dif­fer­ent depths of skin that need to be tar­geted for lift­ing, such as 3.0 mm be- neath the sur­face of the skin, just above the su­per­fi­cial mus­cu­lar aponeu­rotic sys­tem (SMAS) that holds the var­i­ous lay­ers to­gether, and even as deep as 4.5 mm be­neath the sur­face and onto the skin’s foun­da­tional layer. Lasers and ra­diofre­quency ma­chines, how­ever, only tar­get up to the der­mis or 3.0 mm be­neath the skin’s sur­face, mak­ing them less ef­fec­tive. “What we’re try­ing to do is strengthen the foun­da­tional area of the skin,” said Dr. Lim. “Back when we needed to use surgery, we had to cut to get to that level and ac­tu­ally co­ag­u­late and give en­ergy to that level to tighten the SMAS layer to give bet­ter qual­ity to the skin. When Ulther­apy® came in, we man­aged to do that with­out cut­ting the skin.” ma­chines, the Coun­ter­feit same level how­ever, of pre­ci­sion Ulther­apy® don’t have as the au­then­tic de­vice. Most of the time, these de­vices don’t give enough en­ergy to cre­ate an ef­fect at best, and at worst, can cause se­vere dam­age to the face. “Some­times the en­ergy goes hay­wire and that can cre­ate a dis­par­ity,” said Dr. Lim. “The most dan­ger­ous part about it is when you have a de­vice that runs through dif­fer­ent lay­ers. It can ac­tu­ally burn the skin.” That’s where the im­por­tance of the US FDA clear­ance comes in. Dr. Lim said, “In the USA, it’s the FDA that de­ter­mines if the de­vice is safe and ef­fec­tive. By hav­ing the de­vice FDA-cleared, that means that they went through a strin­gent ex­am­i­na­tion to make sure that this de­vice is safe for con­sumers and at the same time is ef­fec­tive for cer­tain in­di­ca­tors.” Aside from hav­ing au­then­tic de­vices, Ulther­apy® also pushes pa­tients to seek out ac­cred­ited part­ner clin­ics. Much ef­fort goes into train­ing doc­tors in car­ry­ing out the pro­ce­dure to en­sure that those in­ter­ested in Ulther­apy® re­ceive proper treat­ment. “Even with the best de­vice, if you put it in the wrong hands, it’s not gonna work and you can do harm,” said Dr. Lim. “But if you take a good de­vice and put it in the hands of a skilled per­son, you get great re­sults.” ULTHER­APY is a regis­tered trade­mark of the Merz group of com­pa­nies. Im­ported by: Merz Philip­pines Health­care Inc. Boni­fa­cio Global City, Taguig. For more in­for­ma­tion, you may visit: real­mat­ter­sa­sia.com, www.merza­es­thet­ics.com. Clinic lo­ca­tor: real­mat­ter­sa­sia.com/philip­pines

If you take a good de­vice and put it in the hands of a skilled per­son, you get great re­sults. Dr. Ting Song Lim Award-win­ning aes­thetic physi­cian

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 ??  ?? Au­tho­rized Ulther­apy de­vices and skin­care cen­ters are given this Seal of Au­then­tic­ity to mark them as real Ulther­apy® providers
Au­tho­rized Ulther­apy de­vices and skin­care cen­ters are given this Seal of Au­then­tic­ity to mark them as real Ulther­apy® providers
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Gen­uine Ulthera® sys­tem
 ??  ?? Ask to see your clinic’s Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity
Ask to see your clinic’s Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity
 ??  ?? Look for this Am­plify II Soft­ware seal in all Ulther­apy de­vices
Look for this Am­plify II Soft­ware seal in all Ulther­apy de­vices
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Of­fi­cial prod­uct la­bel on the back of the sys­tem

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