Ultrasound Facial Treatment with IDS

Birthday month means there is an extra reason for self-care. While I always mentioned that birthday doesn’t really make a difference to me, but apparently I tend to pamper myself (sometimes to the extent that I question if it’s too much haha) during this month.

Following up with my skincare journey with IDS, and knowing that they also provide many other treatments, I decided to book myself the ultrasound facial treatment. So, before I carry on with the rest of my journaling, let me briefly explain what ultrasound facial treatment is and how ultrasound can help your skin.

Ultrasound has been a popular skin tightening treatment among those who have anti-ageing concerns such as loose and saggy skin, as it generates a thermal effect to help lift and tighten any skin laxity on our face and neck. It is definitely helpful if you are experiencing mild saggy of the neck and chin, or even wrinkles (I know you guys are damn concerned when you see wrinkles start to appear on your face, I mean after all your mask only cover the bottom part of your face but not enough to cover the wrinkles on appearing around your eyes 😢). For those who aren’t really keen on going under the knife to get your skin tightened, then ultrasound treatment is a proven best alternative.

Ok, this part’s going to sound like a full-fledged research paper, so feel free to skip if you aren’t very interested in the science part of things. But of course, I do enjoy learning about the processes of how things work so that I know what to expect and how beneficial such a process is for me. So here a snippet from IDS’s website (with some minor editing by me to make it slightly clearer):

Ultrasound therapy delivers sound waves about 5mm deep under the skin, penetrating into the papillary dermis as well as SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer of facial muscles under the fat, gently heating the dermis. Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature (briefly reaching greater than 60°C), they will experience cellular damage, and this triggers the dermis to begin producing new collagen. This essentially creates a thermal effect thereby causing a controlled micro-injury which stimulates the body’s natural healing and repair mechanisms to speed up collagen production (a protein that offers structure to the skin). With fresh new collagen, saggy skin then appears firmer and tighter, and there are lesser wrinkles. As the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface, there’s no fear of damage to the upper layers of the skin and the surrounding tissue.

Alright, enough of the very technical parts and it’s time to share my first ultrasound treatment experience!

So firstly, since the therapy involves the delivery of sound waves penetrating 5mm deep into the skin to heat the papillary dermis, means there is bound to be some pain and, to some, an unbearable level of discomfort. Thus, in order to greatly reduce any pain one might encounter, a layer of numbing cream was applied after a round of facial cleansing.

MINIMISING DISCOMFORT: Application of numbing cream

In order for the numbing cream to take effect, it will require a 40-minute waiting time before we get into the real action. Transparent foils were wrapped on my face to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the numbing cream.

WAITING: Ensuring that the numbing creams take effect before we start the treatment.

Once 40 minutes is up, I was then ushered into the treatment room. Markings were made on my face so that the treatment can be more targeted at places that require more attention. I definitely am more interested to see how my eyebags can be tightened after the treatment.

MARKINGS: To ensure a more targeted treatment.

I was told to lay back down and the treatment started, with the ultrasound handpiece being placed on my face. The handpiece was just being brought around like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. While it felt smooth (partially also due to the gel used during the course of treatment), I also felt some tingling sensation. The discomfort got a little unbearable when my left cheek was under the treatment. But then again, I am the least accurate person to give anyone a rough gauge of pain level. I am just… inaccurate. Oopsie.

It took about 30-45 minutes for the entire treatment to be completed. I didn’t really take note of the time taken because I was just so comfortable lying on the treatment bed (apart from that unbearable moment). Everyone’s condition is different so the time needed for each individual will vary as well. As a rule of thumb, the treatment will take about 30 to 90 minutes, so if you are going for ultrasound treatment, I would recommend not to squeeze it in your lunch break, unless you are working from home and no one actually bothers about what you are actually doing remotely.

There is no downtime to the treatment so basically after this, I could proceed to head down to Tangs or Isetan to do my window shopping. Oh, did I say I was trying out the ajitama egg recipe I found online? Ok this is a little random. I shall share more about it in my next update (I guess?)

For those of you who are more concerned about whether the effect is immediate, I would say that unless you really took a before and after photo immediately prior and after the treatment, you won’t really be able to see the difference. Of course, there are people who do experience that obvious change — especially if your collagen reproduction rate is faster than the refresh rate of the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz monitor. But for many, it will take about 2-3 months to see the best results and more improvement after 6 months. I’ll probably check back in before Chinese New Year (eh can we take off our mask by then?). Really can’t wait to see the improvement (oh especially my eyelids and my going-to-be saggy chin).

So here’s my experience of my first ultrasound treatment with IDS, I shall update you guys with more of my facial journey!