November 9, 2015 // Style

Ultherapy Non-Surgical Facelift Really Is SOME BENJAMIN BUTTON TYPE Stuff

‘Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional,’ a wise woman called Dr. Christiane Northrup told Oprah on a recent Super Soul Sunday. We believe it, but our face isn’t as convinced. Maybe you’re not feeling a session under the knife to regain your youthful good looks, but you would at least like to preserve what you have, amirite? That’s reasonable. And uh, maybe lift it a little?

We’d been hearing about Ultherapy a lot, or as it’s widely known: The non-surgical facelift. Having read a bunch of successful before/after testimonials we made an urgent appointment with Dr. Colbert at New York Dermatology Group to discuss.

Dr. David Colbert is nor your average dermatologist. Firstly, that day he was wearing an NPR T-shirt and jeans, and we just kind of shot the breeze and gossiped for a minute. Then we started chatting Ultherapy. Get it on the lower part of your face he said, it will lift the jaw, around the mouth and neck. Cool. Hit us!

About 20 minutes before our session, a medical assistant gave us a Vicodin and a Valium. Woohoo! You don’t need to remove any makeup as it’s an ultrasound treatment that targets the deepest layers of skin. How it works is that the ultrasound stimulates natural collagen production, which then dramatically lifts everything over the course of several months. Basically, IT’S SOME BENJAMIN BUTTON TYPE SHIT.

Wait, why is there a stress ball in here?

The doctor carrying out the treatment is a surgical resident at New York Presbyterian, so we were in extremely good hands. The ultrasound wand is taken over each specific area of the face and neck a total of three times. It doesn’t quite feel like a laser, in that you feel the heat deep inside. When it goes close to the bone or tendon, it hurts. There’s no two ways about it. It’s slightly uncomfortable the first two times and by the third time, you’re gripping that stress ball like a mo’ fo.

If you’re unable to take the pain, you can ask for a lower setting but what’s the point in that? ‘DON’T LOWER THE INTENSITY’ we yelled, with a tear rolling down our face. Actual tears. ‘Keep going,’ we said.

In addition to the neck, jaw and cheeks, we opted to have the area around the mouth treated, and the area above the eyes. WWhile the area surrounding the lips is a little sensitive, the forehead and under eye area was a walk in the park. No tears here.

We’d read reports of post-treatment bruising, welting, swelling etc in some cases, but right after our treatment we looked exactly the same.

As swelling can occasionally happen the day after, Dr. told us to take a Benadryl that night before going asleep, which we did. The next day we were nothing more than a little puffy and felt some tenderness under the chin. After a week, there was slight tenderness in the lower cheeks. After 10 days, we were fully back to normal.

So, did it work? YES. You have NO idea how well.

They say it takes four months for the results to be fully apparent, but within a just month or so we started to see the most amazing changes. Firstly, we looked less tired in general. Secondly, we looked dramatically less busted when we wake up every morning. And the skin! We didn’t expect this change but our skin regained so much plumpness it felt soft and spongy to the touch.

It definitely took around six years off our face and the best part is, there was no fillers, nothing. It’s all our own body’s work. We look like ourselves, only better, fresher, younger! Seriously, if you are considering Ultherapy, run, don’t walk. It’s the most amazing thing ever.

An Ultherapy session costs around $5,000 at the New York Dermatology Group

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