Body+Soul beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak puts her chin on the line to see if the high-tech Ultraformer treatment is all it’s cracked up to be. Can it tighten, tone, sculpt and define a sagging jawline?
We all know the skin below our chin ages considerably faster than that on our face. Gravity, thinner skin, genes and constantly looking down at our phones are all to blame. But what do you do when it starts to bug you? I for one look after my skin and have also extended my skincare routine past my jaw (to my boobs to be exact), but sagging, and loss of definition is no match for serums and creams.
After some research, I came across Ultraformer. A high-tech, pain-free treatment with no downtime that promised to tighten, tone, contour and sculpt my jawline and chin, so I had to put it to the test.
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What is Ultraformer and how does it work?
First things first. Using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), this treatment has been dubbed the ‘non-surgical facelift’ for it’s tightening, lifting and sculpting capabilities.
The technology delivers concentrated waves of ultrasound into layers of the skin through heat to promote neocollagenesis. New collagen is formed, plumping out wrinkles while firming and tightening the skin. It can be used all over the face, or along the jawline to target sagging skin and undefined contours.
“When you have laxity issues and there’s jowling or drooping present, the Ultraformer is so good in being able to contour because it’s working on the SMAS level,” says Jessica Ross, Director at Unoit Beauty.
“The SMAS level is a tiny thin sheet that sits between the muscular tissue and the fat layer, if you were to have plastic surgery like a face lift this is the area the surgeon would work on – that’s where you’d be getting the lift from. With this treatment, we’re also targeting the dermal level by creating trauma via HiFu (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound).
“The body responds like there’s a wound and influxes huge amounts of collagen and elastin to the area, Ultraformer offers an instant improvement as it shocks the SMAS level – similar to putting a wet woollen jumper in the dryer, it’s shrinking and tightening the skin, and then as we build the collagen and elastin over the top at the dermal level you get plumping and a more youthful appearance,” she explains.
“In most treatments, there’s three levels, the 4.5mm cartridge works on the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), the 3mm works on the dermis and collagen and the 1.5-2mm is focusing on the surface of skin in what we call ‘skin ironing’, and works on re-texturizing and smoothing fine lines and dehydration.”
There’s also a 6mm cartridge that focuses on fat reduction, before sculpting and contouring.
What does the treatment feel like?
There are three rounds to go through, each target different layers of skin and become more intense. Depending on your pain level you may only feel a slight warming and tingling sensation (particularly when the machine is targeting shallow levels of skin), to a more deep ache (when it’s working further down and around areas where the skin is thinest over bone).
“The sensation feels like a deep vibration, there is some heat involved but all-in-all it’s quite tolerable. We don’t have to numb the skin and you don’t have to take anything before you come in. We manage the pain throughout the treatment in the way we apply the tool and work the skin to create the right amount of pressure in certain areas because it varies for each individual,” explains Ross.
“Generally we find clients feel more pain on their second side, but there are lots of things we can do to change the speed and delivery to help limit pain.”
What kind of results can you expect?
“There’s an instant improvement (even if it’s minuscule), but best results will always be 12 weeks later. The collagen induction and healing can take 12 weeks to get to the very best result. I do find the four-week mark to be where you start to visually see a little bit of change to skin,” says Ross.
Depending on your skin or the area you’re targeting you may only need one treatment with an annual upkeep appointment. However, if fat reduction is involved you’re looking at three fat reduction treatments every four to six weeks and on the third treatment the final contour, with annual upkeep. “With hypermobile areas like the eyes and mouth you need three treatments are your skin is moving a lot, but you will see incremental benefits each time,” she adds.
After seven weeks I went back and had a spot treatment under and above my jawline to help sculpt and lift cheekbones and define the jawline.
It’s been nine weeks since my first chin and jaw treatment and two weeks since the spot treatment, and you can see my jawline is beginning to look more defined – from my earlobe all the way round, and my chin continues to improve. I’ll update you with my final photos soon so you can see the finished result.
“I recommend this for anyone on an anti-ageing skin regime as a starting point. Because if you can re-sculpt and tone and re-texturise you’ve got a really good base to then move on and do maintenance like skin peels, colour clarity work,” says Ross.
Price: Ultraformer, from $200, unoit.com.au