Now that I’m well and truly past my mid -40’s I feel I need some extra help beyond the benefits good skincare can provide and I’ve been having some Botox and a bit of filler. This is all well and good (as far as I’m concerned) but they can’t address an area that’s been bothering me for a while and that’s the increasing lack of definition around my jawline. Since I’ve noticed myself become more jowly I’ve started paying more attention to the jawline of others and it’s fairly indisputable how a defined lower face has a big impact on how ‘fresh’ and attractive someone looks.
Everyone has different attitudes to ageing and mine is to use the best cosmetic procedures available to my advantage. However, there’s a couple lines I won’t cross which include obvious ones such as wanting any treatments to have been tried and tested as being safe and that they won’t dramatically alter the way I look. I’m also not prepared to have anything done that involves being out of action. Though this limits my options nothing is more important to me than being 100% available to my young daughter.
Going back to the jawline/jowl issue, I started doing some research online and asking cosmetic doctors which treatment would work best and, facelift aside, there’s one treatment that’s rated over everything else and that’s Ultherapy. And the best part is that it involves no downtime at all.
Ultherapy is the only non-invassive ‘lift’ that’s been cleared by FDA in the US and it also has EU CE certification. It uses Intense Focus Ultrasound (IFU) energy to heat the skin and deeper tissues which leads to new collagen formation and the tightening and firming of the skin along with deeper muscle layers. What’s special about Ultherapy is that it’s a very targeted procedure that delivers energy (heat) to where it’s needed at different levels. The device lets the aesthetician carrying out the procedure see the layers of tissue which enables them to direct the energy precisely to where it’s needed. It doesn’t effect the surface of the skin and is completely ‘colour-blind’ so it’s suitable for people of all skin tones.
It’s not a direct alternative for a facelift and will probably give about 25% of the results of one (which isn’t bad, in my opinion). Therefore it’s best for those with moderate loose skin though I’ve been told that those with more severe sagging would still get some benefit from having it done. The biggest drawback is that results aren’t instant with improvements first being seen at 6-8 weeks. As more collagen begins to develop best results will be seen at around the 4-6 month stage. As much as I like a quick result once I had weighed everything up Ultherapy still came out as my best option.
It’s not only the chin/jawline that can be improved by Ultherapy but the treatment can be carried out on other areas of the face and around the eyes which is my second big area of concern. It can also benefits parts of the body such as arms, knees and stomach.
The next stage is choosing where to have it done and going somewhere with a long standing, excellent reputation was a must for me. I hate to admit this because I feel I should now better but I have had some filler done by someone who I don’t think did a very good job. Now, I only go to the very best places and for Ultherapy I chose the Karidis Clinic. This is situated in the St. John and St. Elizabeth Hospital, NW8 and headed up by Mr Alex Karidis, a world renowned cosmetic surgeon
Mr Karidis’s approach to cosmetic medicine is to give honest advice, manage expectations and achieve natural results and this philosophy is carried forward by his amazing team (and in particular Karolina who performed the treatment on me) who are all incredibly professional but also friendly too. Though getting older is a privilege it can still be disconcerting and make women feel vulnerable (I admit to feeling this way myself). Therefore, it’s so important to go to a clinic where you get not just the best treatments but the best advice too.
In Part 2 I’ll be explaining exactly what the Ultherapy treatment involves.
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