Following on from my post on why I decided to have the Ultherapy treatment and how it works (basically it’s the best non-invasive alternative to a face-lift) I’m now going to explain exactly what the treatment involves.
It all started with a consultation with Karolina, the aesthetic nurse at the Karidis Clinic, who performs the procedure. The consultation is an important part of the process and Karolina assessed my suitability and explained the different treatment options. It was decided that having my jowls treated along with the new Ultherapy O2 Eyes treatment would best address my concerns.
The Ultherapy o2 Eyes is a new 3 stage treatment that harnesses the power of the ultrasound technology and combines it with oxygen infusion and the Obagi Elastoderm topical treatment. It’s been developed to tackle the particular concerns of the eye area and will lift, tighten and tone. It doesn’t break down Botox but can actually enhance its effects which is good as I’ve had Botox on the upper part of my face (as well as a bit in my lower half too).
I had heard that Ultherapy was really painful (more on this later) so discussing pain management was important to me.Like a lot of aspects of this treatment, the choice of painkillers is tailored to fit the patient and it was decided that an anti-inflammatory would be best for me.
Karoline went on to assure me that their Ultherapy machine has the latest software and they use the optimal number of zaps per session. Apparently, this isn’t the case everywhere which is why it’s important to have the treatment somewhere reputable such as the Karidis Clinic. On a similar note, I also like to have the reassurance that the person performing the procedure is highly trained as it’s not just about the machine but how it’s used to best effect.
Not only do I have a lot of confidence in the way the Karidis Clinic is run generally but I was especially impressed with Karolina. She’s extremely knowledgable and also very kind and patient which she demonstrated by answering all my questions fully and thoughtfully. I never felt rushed and she didn’t put any pressure on me at all.
I choose to have the treatment there and then. It was entirely my decision to do it this way and I was lucky they could accommodate this. If you think you’d also like to go straight from the consultation to having the treatment it’s probably best to check that this will be possible when booking.
The next stage was to have some ‘before’ pictures taken and wait for the medication to work. Then it was time for me to lie down on the bed in the treatment room which is light, bright and spacious. As I mentioned earlier, I was worried about how painful it would be as I consider myself to have a low pain threshold. Also, I find pain that’s centred around my head harder to tolerate than, say, my feet.
However, it turned out that I didn’t find it that bad at all. I’m not sure if this is because I was braced for something much worse or if it was due to the effectiveness of the pain medication. It could also have been that I was really excited to be getting it done and that boosted my resilience . Either way I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I tolerated the treatment and I spent the whole time chatting to Karolina. I can best describe the feeling as being a combination of heat and electric shocks. The sensation does build but the hand piece moves on before it becomes too much.
I think my treatment lasted about 40 minutes and afterwards my face was slightly flushed so Karolina applied a cooling mask to help with this. This was really the only immediate after effect and I carried on my day as normal. I even went to the gym that evening. Over the next couple of weeks my face and neck area felt tender from time to time. There was also was some slight swelling but no more than to make skin look plumped and quite a few people said I look really well. These mild after effects passed after 2 or 3 weeks and didn’t interfere with my life in any way.
They say the initial results from Ultherapy can be seen at between 3 to 8 weeks after the treatment and the optimal result will be seen after 6 to 8 months. I had my treatment just over 4 weeks ago and I can definitely see an improvement already, especially around my jawline. I’m going to wait another 6/8 weeks before I share my before and after photos but based on the changes I’ve already seen I’ve got a good feeling about how this is going to turn out.
The cost of the treatments are as follows – Ulthera Eyes: £850, O2 Ultra Eyes: £1000, Full face: £3250, Jowls only: £1700.
You can book your free consultation at the Karidis Clinic by calling 0203 819 6130.
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