As we age – think mid 20’s – early 30’s – the collagen and elastin in our skin starts to breakdown. Collagen is basically like the scaffolding that holds our face shape, so when it starts to naturally deplete with age, our facial features begin to droop.
Writing about all things beauty related, I have spent a large part of my working life trying a multitude of lifting and anti-ageing treatments, which have all been good fun, but the results have not always lasted as long as they promised. Nor had the ‘lifting’ effect been as dramatic as I had hoped.
ONLIft® is exclusively available at ONLY Aesthetics and is the latest Ultrasound non-surgical facelift procedure available in the market, which is why, I had to give it a go. The treatment delivers sequential pulses into the skin, from 1.5mm to 4.5mm. The higher or stronger the pulse, the deeper it penetrates and the better the effect.
Unlike traditional facial lifting treatments like HIFU, Ultherapy and Thermage which requires both numbing cream and/or a pain killer (depending upon your pain threshold), ONLIft® is said to be comfortable enough not to require any form of numbing cream altogether, although, you can always request some, should you feel the need for it.
Having experienced the treatment myself, I agree that it is painless enough to undergo without having to resort to painkillers or numbing cream.
The whole process can be completed in under an hour, making this an ideal lunch-time fix. There is no visible downtime, although you will feel some tenderness around your jawline area for a day or two tops. Unlike with HIFU, where the tenderness can last up to a week or even slightly longer.
After examining my face and the areas that needed a bit of a lift, Vivienne, who is the Group Manager, cleansed my face, applied the ultrasound gel and started the treatment. Having used no numbing cream whatsoever, I must say that it is a fairly comfortable treatment. You will feel some discomfort around the jawline since they use a higher power in this area to tighten the double chin, but it is very bearable.
Vivienne was wonderful. She was a fount of knowledge and answered all the questions that I kept throwing at her. Because she was so experienced, she knew which areas as a woman were more problematic and focussed her energy there, ensuring that all the little stubborn slack areas were tightened and smoothened out.
If however, you have zero tolerance for even the slightest bit of discomfort, I would suggest you request for some numbing cream – but if you do, be prepared to wait an additional 40 minutes or so, for it to take effect – after which, you shouldn’t feel a single thing. For me, I was perfectly fine, without the numbing cream.
What I particularly liked about ONLIft® is the fact that it can also lift the eyelids. This is not something I have experienced before, with the other treatments that I have tried, but my eyelids are one of my areas of concern, as they have started to droop as I aged.
Its been three weeks since my trial and I must say that my eyelids are still looking good and my nasolabial lines have all but vanished. My jawline while less slack is not as tight as it was immediately after the treatment, but all in all, I am very pleased with the results and would definitely recommend this treatment for those of you who are looking to tighten and lift your face.
In fact, I love it so much that I will be going down for another session soon!
ONLIft® can be used for facial shape correction, chin reduction, wrinkle reduction and post liposuction skin smoothing, amongst other things. As it offers tightening and lifting of the connective tissue, this process aids in cellulite treatment as well. It is recomended to have between three to four treatments a year, for a perfectly lifted face. To find out more, you can contact Only Aesthetics here.