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.

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