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Ultherapy: What it is, How it Works and 5 Benefits

Ultherapy is a non-invasive skin-lifting treatment that tightens and lifts the skin using ultrasound waves. This procedure stimulates the production of collagen deep beneath the skin’s surface without requiring incisions or disrupting the outer layer of the skin.

Ultherapy offers a compelling alternative to achieve a lifted, firmer, and more youthful appearance without the downtime associated with surgery. This nature promises gradual, natural-looking results over time, leading to an enhanced skin texture and overall complexion.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive, FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that lifts and tightens skin without surgery. It uses ultrasound waves that target deeper layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen that allows a youthful, firm skin structure. Here’s a closer look at how Ultherapy harnesses the power of focused ultrasound to rejuvenate your appearance:

  • Focused Ultrasound Energy: Delivers precise energy to the deeper skin layers without damaging the surface.

  • Stimulates Collagen Production: Initiates a natural process known as neocollagenesis to increase collagen levels in the skin.

  • Targets Deeper Skin Layers: The ultrasound energy reaches the foundational layers of the skin that are addressed in cosmetic surgery to lift and tighten from within.

Ultherapy non-invasive treatment

Collagen is a protein in our bodies that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. As we age, collagen production diminishes, which leads to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Stimulating new collagen allows the skin to become more resilient and rejuvenated, resulting in a lifted and toned appearance.

How Does Ultherapy Machine Work?

Ultherapy treatment employs ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, leading to firmer and more youthful-looking skin. The process is meticulously designed to ensure precision, comfort, and effectiveness with minimal downtime. Key steps in the Ultherapy treatment include:

  • Initial Consultation: Every Ultherapy treatment begins with an initial consultation. The doctor will assess your skin’s condition, discuss your goals, and determine if Ultherapy is an option for you.

  • Treatment Planning: Using advanced visualisation technology, the doctor maps out the specific treatment area of your skin to ensure that the ultrasound energy is delivered with precision to where it is needed the most.

  • Preparing the Skin: Though Ultherapy is non-invasive, steps are taken to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The target area is cleansed, and for 30 minutes, a numbing cream is applied for comfort. It is then washed off, and an ultrasound gel is applied.


  • Ultrasound Energy Application: The Ultherapy device is placed against the skin, and controlled ultrasound energy is directed to pre-determined areas. This energy reaches the superficial layers of the skin, encouraging collagen and elastin production without disrupting the surface.

  • Monitoring and Adjusting: The doctor closely monitors the treatment via the device’s screen, which allows for visualization of the skin’s layers, making real-time adjustments to ensure optimal delivery of the ultrasound technology.

Safety and Side Effects

The technology behind Ultherapy is FDA-cleared, and its safety is established through clinical studies. Ultherapy safety is ensured by qualified professionals who guarantee the highest standards of safety and care.

While Ultherapy is considered safe, some patients may experience mild and temporary side effects. These effects are minor and resolve on their own, serving as an indication that the therapeutic process is underway. Potential side effects include:

  • Slight redness of the skin, which usually disappears within a few hours after the procedure.

  • Swelling in the treated area is generally mild and subsides within a few days.

  • Tenderness or a sensation of tingling in the treatment zones indicates the activation of the collagen production process.

  • Temporary numbness or bruising is rare and should resolve quickly.

Blood thinners or medications that make one bleed easily can increase one’s risk of bruising from the treatment. Although this does not affect the final results, it can cause inconvenience with the potential downtime.

5 Benefits of Ultherapy in Singapore

Ultherapy procedure is a non-surgical treatment option gaining popularity in Singapore for those seeking facial rejuvenation without the invasiveness of traditional surgery. This focuses on enhancing one’s appearance by lifting, tightening, and wrinkle reduction. Below are five key benefits of Ultherapy to achieve more youthful and natural-looking facial features.

Non-surgical and minimally invasive

Unlike conventional anti-ageing treatments that require incisions and extended downtime, Ultherapy stands out as a non-invasive procedure. This means it involves no cuts or breaks in the skin, significantly reducing the risk of infection and complications associated with surgeries.

Natural-looking results

Ultherapy stimulates collagen production within the skin, gradually lifting and tightening the treated areas. This process ensures results that look and feel natural, avoiding the drastic change in look with some cosmetic procedures.

Targets specific concerns (e.g., wrinkle reduction, sagging, lifting, tightening)

Whether it’s wrinkle reduction around the eyes, sagging in the neck, or a desire for a more pronounced brow lift, Ultherapy allows for targeted treatment. Ultrasound energy is focused on specific areas to address patient’s concerns, making it a versatile option for facial rejuvenation.

Relatively comfortable procedure

Many patients find Ultherapy to be a comfortable experience, especially when compared to other anti-ageing treatments. While sensations of heat and tingling are common during the procedure, these are generally well-tolerated, and many clinics offer options to enhance patient comfort.

Long-lasting results

The effects of Ultherapy are not only impressive but also durable. Patients can enjoy the lifting and tightening benefits for up to two years, with some noticing continual improvement over several months as collagen production is stimulated.

Targeted Concerns
Up to 2 years
Wrinkle reduction, lifting, tightening
5 to 10 years
Overall facial rejuvenation
Minimally invasive
3 to 6 months
Wrinkle and fine lines
Minimally invasive
6 to 18 months
Volume loss, wrinkles

What are The Common Treatment Areas

Ultherapy treatment areas are strategically selected to combat the visible signs of ageing, making it a popular choice for individuals noticing sagging skin, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity. This non-invasive procedure effectively targets several key areas:

  • Face: Ultherapy provides a non-surgical facelift effect by lifting sagging brows, tightening loose skin on the cheeks and jawline, and smoothing wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. It rejuvenates facial contours and enhances the overall appearance.

  • Neck: The treatment reduces horizontal neck lines, commonly referred to as “turkey neck,” and improves skin texture and elasticity in the neck area.

  • Chest (optional): For those concerned with the appearance of their décolletage, Ultherapy can reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the chest, resulting in a smoother, more youthful complexion.

Who might Consider Ultherapy? Candidates can be anyone with mild to moderate skin laxity who wishes to lift and tighten their skin without surgical procedures.

Ultherapy Treatment Process

The Ultherapy treatment begins with an initial consultation, using ultrasound imaging during the treatment process, and aftercare for potential discomfort.


During the consultation phase, discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns openly with a qualified professional. The doctor will conduct an assessment of your skin condition to determine your suitability for Ultherapy.

Treatment options, alongside expected outcomes, will be explained in detail so that you can understand the process and what it aims to achieve. It helps in setting realistic expectations but also assists in customising the treatment approach to best suit your individual requirements.

During Treatment

A handheld device delivers focused ultrasound waves to targeted areas beneath the skin’s surface. You may experience a warm, tingling sensation during the delivery of ultrasound energy, which is generally tolerable. It stimulates collagen production, leading to a natural lifting and tightening of the skin over time.

The entire process is performed comfortably in an outpatient setting, where patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment.

Recovery and Results

Ultherapy offers minimal recovery time required post-treatment. Most patients typically experience little to no downtime, an ideal option for those seeking effective cosmetic improvements without the need for a lengthy recovery period.

The stimulated collagen production results in a gradual improvement in skin tone and texture. Some patients may notice an immediate effect; however, the most significant improvements will be observed within 2 to 3 months after treatment, with further enhancements potentially continuing for up to 6 months.

To maintain the results of Ultherapy procedure, it can be repeated for every 9-12 months.


As individual skin conditions and concerns vary, a qualified professional will evaluate your medical history, examine your skin’s elasticity, and discuss your aesthetic goals to determine if Ultherapy can meet your expectations.

While Ultherapy has been proven to be a safe, non-invasive procedure with its ability to produce natural-looking results, its outcomes and experiences can differ from person to person. Understanding the full scope of the procedure, including any general considerations and how to manage them, is essential for making an informed decision.

Research and consult a qualified professional to determine if Ultherapy is the right choice for you. For more information, visit Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

Get in touch

Contact us at +65 6815 9922 or Whatsapp/SMS +65 8866 9922 or email us at [email protected] to book an appointment or to find out more!

Important Information

*prices stated are exclusive of 9% GST.

Nothing in this website constitutes or is intended to constitute medical advice and readers rely on the statements contained herein at their own risk. Treatment results, experiences and downtime (if any) may vary by individuals. Please make an appointment with our clinic for a thorough medical assessment of your condition and treatment requirements.

Dr. Kellyn Shiau
Dr Kellyn Shiau graduated from University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine from the National University of Singapore. After graduation, she practiced medicine in various major restructured hospitals and also privately with a well-established medical group in Singapore. She is experienced and has trained extensively in medical aesthetics for many years.
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