Everyone’s face is unique, and faces take on all sorts of shapes. Faces with relatively wide, boxy jawlines tend to look squarish or rectangular. These shapes are typically considered less desirable in women than in men. Oval or heart-shaped faces, characterized by angular jawlines tapering down to a sharp, well-defined chin, forming a V shape, tend to be the most favoured.
Unfortunately, even the best-proportioned V shape faces tend to fall into squarishness as we age. Sagging skin brings the jawline down and reduces its definition. Fortunately, a variety of aesthetic procedures exist that can restore aging V-shaped faces to their youthful shape, or alter a face’s natural tendency toward squarishness.
These procedures can be surgical or non-surgical. Surgical procedures are characterized by the traditional facelift, a highly invasive method capable of producing dramatic and long-lasting results but involving considerable risk and post-surgical downtime.
Non-surgical treatments include threadlifting, which involves small threads inserted under the skin, pulled tight, and anchored at strategic points to provide the desired effect. Since it was first introduced more than ten years ago, threadlifting has spawned several similar methods, the most promising of which is the Ultra V Lift.
Like earlier forms of threadlifting, Ultra V Lifting uses sutures to pull skin into a desired shape. It differs in its technique and in its materials. Ultra V Lifts use a distinctive parallel-vector technique to pull skin taut, where traditional threadlifts use a perpendicular technique. Just as importantly, the Ultra V method uses super-fine polydioxanone (PDO) threads, allowing it to be used throughout the face and on other parts of the body. These threads also promote collagen growth, adding to the benefits of Ultra V Lifts.
Ultra V Lifts can be used to treat the cheeks and jawline, just as traditional threadlifts normally do, but is also highly effective in delicate areas such as the nose and corners of the eyes. It is also commonly used to treat the chin, neck, forearms, and abdomen. The procedure incurs no risk of side effects: PDO threads have been used in medical procedures for more than 30 years.
Because it is a non-invasive procedure, Ultra V Lifting is appropriate for patients of any age. In Singapore, the typical Ultra V Lift patient begins treatment in her mid-20s. This corresponds to the time in life when collagen levels begin to decline and skin begins to show the effects of age. Ultra V Lifts are especially effective against the small wrinkles and fine lines that accompany this stage in life. Later, when skin begins to sag and alter the jawline, Ultra V Lifting strikes the ideal balance among effectiveness, convenience, and safety toward preserving or achieving a V shape face.
Although it is an excellent option for most patients, Ultra V Lift treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, patients with currently active skin infections or inflammation, people taking anticoagulant medication, or patients with certain autoimmune diseases. When those conditions rule out the possibility of Ultra V Lifting, doctors can recommend other approaches.
As with any aesthetic procedure, an Ultra V treatment begins with a consultation. The doctor examines the patient, and together they discuss the goals for treatment and the ability of various methods to achieve the desired result. Once these factors are established, the areas to be treated with Ultra V Lifts are cleansed and sanitized, and a topical numbing cream applied. When the patient’s face has been anaesthetized, the doctor inserts the PDO threads using fine needles: no incision is needed.
Most Ultra V Lifts take no more than an hour; many take 30 minutes. Patients may return immediately to their normal routine after treatment, without the need for downtime. No elaborate aftercare is needed. Patients are advised not to put pressure on the treated areas, nor to take hot baths, for two days following the procedure. Some patients experience minor pain, along with some bruising and swelling. These effects are mild enough to be treated with a simple cold compress and are short-lived, usually disappearing within a day or two.
Most of the results of Ultra V treatment are immediately visible: skin appears smoother and tauter, its tone is improved, and the face’s contours adjusted to achieve the agreed-upon overall shape. The collagen-related benefits of Ultra V treatment develop more slowly, usually over the course of six months to a year. These do not alter the face’s appearance, but support the skin’s new shape.
Ultra V Lifts are long-lived but still temporary. After one to two years, the body naturally breaks down the PDO threads and absorbs them safely. The extra collagen generated by the threads helps to extend the benefits of each treatment, but patients usually return each year for a touch-up.
Ultra V Lifts address such a wide range of issues, and the number of doctors offering them is growing so steadily, that it is difficult to estimate the cost of a given treatment for a given patient. That said, as a general idea of what to expect, standard treatments for general face toning often run SGD 600-700. More experienced practitioners may naturally charge a bit more, and extensive work obviously incurs more cost. Any doctor offering Ultra V Lifts will be able to provide an estimate during the initial consultation.
The procedure requires a highly specialized technique, so experience really does matter when patients choose a doctor. Basic details of reputable doctors are easily available on the Web, and practitioners should be ready and willing to share before-and-after photos of their work. As with any medical procedure, patients should ask any questions they deem important, either during the initial consultation or earlier, as a matter of their research toward choosing a doctor. Anyone trusted with performing an Ultra V Lift should be able to answer any and all questions from a prospective patient.