It breaks down unwanted facial fats— from chubby cheeks to double chins—through ultrasound, as it tightens loose skin through radio frequency. It sounds too good to be true, but that’s the promise of Facial Care Center’s newest noninvasive lunchtime procedure called UltraFace.
Clients can see immediate results as early as their first visit, said Shyla Valdez, one of Facial Care Center’s resident cosmetic and pathologic dermatologists.
“And a typical 40-minute session is not painful,” she said. “You will feel a bit of heat, but since the heat is administered in a constant circular motion, you won’t feel any pain on your face.”
A typical program consists of 12 visits or more, depending on the person’s needs. Ideally, there should be a 10-day interval between visits to allow the body to “heal” and gradually get rid of broken-down fats through the lymphatic system. Whatever passes through the lymphatic system is eliminated through natural processes.
A product of Israeli technology, UltraFace is exclusive to Facial Care Center. Valdez calls it “one machine with two heads”—one “handpiece” works by using ultrasound wave to selectively target and break down fat cells.
Applied outside the body, high-frequency ultrasound waves pass through the client’s skin to gently destroy fat cells. The second handpiece has eight lymphatic rings that work to help further drain facial fats.
“If you leave it at that,” said Valdez, “the face would be rid of unwanted fats, but you would have to deal with loose skin.”
And no beauty junkie would want anything, especially their skin, hanging. That’s where radio-frequency energy comes in. It functions to gradually heat the dermal tissues on the treated area, causing collagen fibers and connective tissues to contract. Result? A more “recontoured” and tightened facial skin.
Although UltraFace also works using radio frequency, it’s not the same as Refirme, an older face-tightening procedure also offered at Facial Care.
“Some experience a bit of reddening because of the minor trauma caused to the skin,” said Valdez. “It’s normal and temporary. You won’t experience that bronzy effect common among clients who just underwent Fraxel. With UltraFace, there’s no downtime.”
But UltraFace isn’t for everybody, Valdez said. Ideal candidates are people from their late 20s to early 50s. But those with thin, bony and angular faces need not bother. UltraFace is not for them.
People in their 60s and 70s are also better off exploring other procedures to achieve more dramatic results. UltraFace’s ability to contour faces and lift sagging jowls has its limits.
“Although the machine has been proven safe and effective here and in most countries abroad, it hasn’t been tested on pregnant women and people with cancer and pacemakers,” said Valdez. “To be on the safe side, we’re limiting the procedure to healthy people.”