Are you a new mum concerned with loose and sagging belly skin?
Loose abdominal skin is a normal postpartum development, regardless of your fitness levels prior to giving birth.
During pregnancy, the skin around your stomach is stretched to its limit to accomodate for the growing baby. After the baby is born, your belly will be smaller but it is likely that the skin will be still be stretched, loose and sagging.
This is a common aesthetic concern for a lot of new mums, and many opt to undergo abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery) to remove the excess skin.
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to tighten loose skin. The focused energy stimulates new collagen growth, gently lifting and smoothing the skin.
Ultherapy is currently performed at Eastern Plastic Surgery as a non-surgical alternative to a facelift as it is effective in tightening sagging facial skin. The treatment can also be performed on the neck and decolletage areas.
Eastern Plastic Surgery and Merz Aesthetics are conducting an innovative new observational study investigating the effects of Ultherapy on loose skin in the lower abdomen post-pregnancy. The aim of the study is to determine the effectiveness of Ultherapy in aesthetically improving the body contour. Our research will contribute to international clinical understanding of Ultherapy and its lifting and tightening effects on body parts beyond the brow, chin, neck and decolletage.
How will the study be conducted?
At Eastern Plastic Surgery, the study process begins with an initial consultation with Head Surgeon Mr Frank Lin and one of our skincare professionals. Your condition will be assessed and your suitability as an Ultherapy study candidate will be determined.
Eligible subjects will undergo a one-off Ultherapy treatment using microfocused ultrasound energy on the lower abdominal area. They will be required to return to the clinic for evaluative follow-up appointments at 2, 6, 12 and 24 weeks post-procedure, and data will be collected at each evaluation visit to determine the effects of the one-off treatment.
What happens during the treatment?
Ultherapy is unique in the way it focuses ultrasound energy to an optimised point beneath the skin’s surface and delivers the energy at an optimised temperature. At this focused point, the energy heats the tissue, triggering a natural regenerative response (called neocollagenesis) that produces fresh collagen in the skin.
During the treatment, the skin is first cleansed and the specific areas to be treated will be identified by your skin therapist. Ultrasound gel is then applied to these areas, and the treatment applicator placed against the skin. Your skin professional will use the Ultherapy device to determine the optimal placement beneath the skin’s surface to focus and deliver the ultrasound energy.
Comfort levels for the procedure vary from patient to patient. You will feel the sensation of the energy being delivered into your skin as it bypasses the surface and stimulates the structural support layers that exist deeper below.
How safe is the treatment?
Ultrasound technology has been safely used in the medical field for over 50 years. Ultherapy is TGA (FDA in the USA) approved, which means that the treatment adheres to Australian safety regulations for therapeutic goods.
To avoid unnecessary risks, Ultherapy must be administered by a qualified skincare professional in an accredited clinic with medical-grade equipment. This ensures that the procedure is performed correctly and to the highest medical and safety standards.
Ultherapy can be performed on all skin types and does not have any risk of hyperpigmentation, making it a popular treatment among clients with skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation (such as Asian skin). Your skin therapist will review potential side effects with you at your consultation.
Eastern Plastic Surgery is recruiting new mothers concerned with sagging belly skin to participate in the Ultherapy study with Merz. Contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.