Debunking urban tales on Ultherapy, laser and other aesthetic treatments

Google reviews on any aesthetic treatments, and we are sure to find some man-in-the-street opinion that ranges from the somewhat logical to the scary and even downright out of this world.

And as layman, we do not know if there is truth in any of the stories or opinions we read online.

While it is true that the Internet has enabled consumers to make better-informed decisions, it is also hard to know if what we have read are simply myths or are indeed information supported by medical evidence. Whether they are myths or facts, when this information is passed on through word of mouth, we start to believe them.

In line with this month’s theme of “Don’t be an April’s fool”, it is time to lift a veil on some things that patients often ask Halley Medical Aesthetics’ Dr. Terence Tan. These are often things that they have read on the Internet or heard from their friends.

Ultherapy

What I’ve heard: People say Ultherapy® melts fats away. I don’t want to look any more sunken than I already am.

Doctor says: There is no evidence that something like this exists. The function of Ultherapy is for skin tightening by using focused ultrasound to generate collagen. The Ulthera machine is very precise. It targets the skin’s Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System or SMAS layer to plump up and firm our skin.

What I’ve heard: There are permanent side effects to Ultherapy.

Doctor says: No, not at all. It is a non-invasive, no downtime skin tightening treatment that is safe and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).

Lasers

What I’ve heard: Laser treatments will dry my skin.

Doctor says: Certain ablative laser, which is laser used to resurface facial skin, makes your face feels dry because it peels off the external layer of skin. But it is just a perception and not a real thing. Ablative laser resurfacing helps improve ageing skin.

Other aesthetics treatments

What I’ve heard: Too much IPL or intense pulsed light will dry my face.

Doctor says: There is no medical evidence of this. IPL  uses light energy to rejuvenate the face by lightening pigments, smoothening fine lines, and tighten pores.

What I’ve heard: Dermal fillers will stretch my skin. So my skin will sag once the effect of the filler goes away.

Doctor says: The amount of filler that we inject is normally between 1 to 3ml, which is spread out over several treatment areas. The intent is to enhance the curve we want to enhance and smoothen out wrinkles that we want to reduce. Therefore, the amount that we use is insignificant compared to the actual volume within the face. Moreover, skin elasticity is more related to loss of collagen as a result of age and sun damage than anything else.

Interested to learn the truth behind some popular filler myths? Watch the video below.

Have you heard any rumours about any medical aesthetic treatments that you’ll like to clarify? Drop us an email, and we will feature the answers in future blog posts.

Don’t be an April’s fool.