You lift me up…
No pain, no gain? Nonsense. With Ultracel at Medispa Wilmslow and
Crosby, the gain can be marvellous and the pain...what pain?
They say that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, and this is never more true than when it comes to skin. Oh, if only I had known how precious those years of taut, plump skin were! Now, gravity and age are busy doing their thing and mirror gazing is becoming something to avoid. I don’t have any problem with ageing, it does, after all, come to us all; but I would like to slow things down a little.
I am too fearful of pain to risk anything invasive, however, no matter how high-impact the results might be. I am also keener on the idea of a reset than a re-modelling, so I visited Dr. Nyla Raja at Medispa in Wilmslow to see what she might recommend.
After a long chat about my skin and ageing concerns and my preference for minimally invasive plus minimally painful, she recommended Ultracel.
Ultracel is a ‘next generation’ skin tightening system, which uses a combination of ultrasound and radiofrequency to tighten the skin around the brow, face, jaw and neck. Using a narrow hand-piece, the therapist follows a carefully mapped grid pattern across the skin, first heating the epidermis with radiofrequency. This stimulates the breakdown of old collagen while triggering production of new, more tightly packed collagen and elastin in the epidermis, smoothing and plumping for a more youthful effect. The same handpiece is used to fire short bursts of highly targeted ultrasound through the dermis, the epidermis and the fat layer and into the SMAS layer of the skin, which sits on top of the musculature of the face and is the layer manipulated during plastic surgery – tighten this layer and everything above tightens too. The ultrasound pulse creates
thermal damage in the SMAS that, as it heals, causes the fibres to contract. Some people see an almost immediate effect as the SMAS reacts to the ultrasound, then continues to heal and tighten further over the next two to three months. At the same time collagen production has increased, resulting in firming of the skin on face and neck.
I signed up immediately. Low pain, visible gain? Bring it on.
The treatment takes about 50 minutes and there is only a little discomfort, occasionally. It feels like sparkles under the skin; I found myself tensing up and waiting for the strike, but more often than not felt nothing more than a little fizz. Trust me, I have an extreme pain-avoidance protocol – and I would happily do this again.
Why? Because it works. After 10 weeks my skin looks and feels wonderfully smooth and more taut, while the slight sag along my jawline and from my nose to my mouth has absolutely tightened up. In fact, I have had so many compliments I have had to start confessing to taking action, rather than just being good at make-up. The results can last for 12 months, setting back my ageing process just nicely, thank you. For older skin, with more visible wrinkles, Dr. Nyla recommends that you have two treatments, three months apart, and there are photos showing quite dramatic results in this scenario. For me, the results have been subtle, but none the less thrilling. I call it my secret facelift, although the cat’s out of the bag now.