As we age, our body’s ability to stimulate collagen production decreases, which results in droopy skin and wrinkles over time. While we certainly cannot reverse our natural aging process, what we can do however is counteract the effects of skin aging through ultherapy. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive FDA approved treatment in Singapore for lifting the skin. It uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of collagen in the dermis, which gradually tightens and lifts skin around the eyebrows, neck and chin as well as improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Further, ultherapy is the only ultrasound skin tightening device in Singapore that allows direct visualization of the tissue being treated, so doctors can precisely locate target areas. Results from ultherapy are typically seen after 2-3 months, but during this process, the new collagen cells restore your drooping skin to its original shape.
Depending on where you’re treated, the entire ultherapy procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It takes a trained and skilled doctor to perform ultherapy, and some doctors have made a name for themselves in ultherapy treatment. We share our top three picks below.
Dr Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua, who started his aesthetic journey in Australia, now leads SL Aesthetic Clinic as a mentor and practicing doctor. Over the course of 11 years, Dr Chua has since garnered a number of aesthetic procedures under his belt, such as ultherapy and Botox and filler treatments. His patients come from all around the world to seek treatment with him.
Sharon, a long time patient with Dr Chua, did a few face lifting procedures with him, including HIFU and botox. Ultherapy and HIFU are essentially the same thing — Ultherapy is a HIFU machine that counteracts the effect of aging on skin. The only real difference is that ultherapy has to be performed by a medically trained doctor. Sharon was concerned about the angular shape of her face as well as her loss of collagen. Dr Chua suggested botox to freeze her masseter muscles and HIFU for a collagen boost and more defined face. After three months of treatment, Sharon’s face looks dramatically sharper and her skin appears much more supple as well!
Dr Chua believes that facial aesthetics shouldn’t be overdone. He shares that many patients in Singapore who opt for facial aesthetics often make the mistake of getting every single drop of product just to make their money’s worth. Instead of paying for the product, patients should be paying for results. Having years of procedures under his belt, Dr Chua believes that your face is not a 2-dimensional structure but rather a 3-dimensional model. This is because of muscle interactions, varying degrees of sagginess resulting from migration of fats loss of fats in different areas. Ultimately, it all boils down to a doctor’s training and an eye for beauty and proportions.
For ultherapy specifically, Dr Chua’s ideal candidate is someone with a certain degree of laxity — think loose skin under the neck and chin or lines and wrinkles on the chest. If you’re in your 30s and find that you fall under this category, Dr Chua might be able to work his magic on you.
SL Aesthetic Clinic
SL Aesthetic Clinic has a whopping 7 outlets in Singapore, from heartland malls like Jurong Point and Junction 8 to more centralised locations like Orchard. This wide accessibility allows patients to get a treatment in without travelling too far. In terms of interior, SL Aesthetic definitely ticks all the points required for a patient to feel comfortable — warm lighting, an unostentatious layout and comfortable seating.
Dr Shane Abucewicz-Tan
Is this your first time trying Ultherapy, or facial aesthetics in general? Leave your nerves out the door, as Dr Shane Abucewicz-Tan’s patient-first approach will set your worries at ease. "My patients are my source of joy, and it's this special relationship with them that makes my work particularly meaningful,” says Dr Abucewicz-Tan on his clinic’s website, The Aesthetic Loft Clinic. In an interview with AUGUSTMAN, Dr Abucewicz-Tan shared that his biggest drive is his patients and their results.
As an executive committee member of the Society of Aesthetic Medicine in Singapore, Dr Abucewicz-Tan takes an educational approach with his patients. Despite The Aesthetic Loft being a relatively new aesthetic clinic, the clinic holds 5 stars on Google Business Listing. This can be accredited to Dr Abucewicz-Tan’s style of treatment; based on reviews, his patients have shared how he always gave detailed and authentic advice based on their problems.
With transparency at the forefront, Dr Abucewicz-Tan regularly writes on topics not commonly covered by other aesthetic doctors, including a guide on filler complications in Singapore and top tips for choosing an aesthetic clinic in Singapore based on your needs. He also tells his patients that if they want to feel pampered, they should choose a beauty spa instead. This honesty is what gives Dr Abucewicz-Tan’s patients the trust and confidence to keep coming back.
The Aesthetic Loft Clinic
True to its name, The Aesthetic Loft Clinic indeed resembles a loft, with emerald shades and welcoming carpeting. It’s also tucked away at SBF Centre, which makes it all the more cosier. Compared to SL Clinic, The Aesthetic Loft Clinic appears a lot trendier and we could see it appealing to millennials.
Clinic website: https://aestheticloftclinic.com
Address: 160 Robinson Rd, #03-13 SBF Center, Singapore 068914
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm
Contact number: +65 6242 6404
Dr Vicki Leong
Every woman possesses natural grace and beauty, and Dr Vicki Leong’s job is to bring out that beauty. She owns VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetic Clinic, a female-centric clinic that’s on a mission to help women (and even men, if you wish) age gracefully through skin solutions. As such, it’s no wonder that Dr Leong is a huge believer in Ultherapy for tighter, better fitting skin.
Here, she’s seen explaining the process of Ultherapy from start to finish.
Jenny, who did Ultherapy under Dr Leong’s recommendation, praises Dr Leong for making this slightly uncomfortable treatment a pleasant one.
To further help everyone develop good skincare habits, Dr Leong and her team at VIDASKIN developed a premium skincare line, ranging from hydrating cleansers to renewal serums. A customised skincare regimen Patients can also find a superior range of medical products at the clinic, like Crystal Tomato, a world-famous skin whitening supplement.
Aesthetic clinics are plenty, but with the correct strategy, Dr Leong could well be on her way to creating a cult beauty brand.
VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetic Clinic
VIDASKIN’s pretty in pink, aesthetically pleasing theme is what every other aesthetic clinic aspires to be. This spacious and well designed clinic definitely sets it apart from other clinics in Wheelock Place (where VIDASKIN is located), and would have no problem attracting its target audience across all ages.
Clinic website: https://www.vidaskinclinic.com
Address: 501 Orchard Road #04-05, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat: 10am-3pm
Contact: +65 6235 4429