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Uncomfortable Experience, Painful, But Very Happy With Current Appearance - Vancouver, BC

I had my Ultherapy this afternoon with Dr. Charles...

I had my Ultherapy this afternoon with Dr. Charles Cheng and his assistant. Things were a little upside down as they have recently moved into new improved premises. I was asked if I wanted vicodin and said yes, after reading about the experiences here.

The treatment is extremely uncomfortable, a bit like needles going into the face, very quickly, one after the other. Each becomes more painful but the worst is the last and then that particular touch is over and another follows. I found it bearable with only a few really painful moments on my neck. Dr. Cheng came in and chatted a couple of times during the more painful moments. His assistant is amazing and very capable and experienced.

I learned that burns can indeed happen during treatment - if something is actually amiss with the transducer - or if it is not held close enough to the skin, so that the heat is created closer to the surface of the skin.

When I saw myself in the mirror afterwards, I literally did look "ten years younger" with my face looking firm and full but this of course is swelling. Dr. Cheng said that if I felt a firmness three days on, it would be a good sign for future improvement. I was a little pink, especially on my neck, but nothing too strange.

So now, I have to wait and see before I post that this treatment was successful or not. I am very, very happy with how I currently appear. All in all, a very positive experience.

I forgot to mention that I had the treatment on my...

I forgot to mention that I had the treatment on my lower jaw and neck, to prevent sagging. I had noticed a softness there lately. I am 60. I rated this as "worth it" but will chage if that is possible, if things do not continue to look good, or regress.

Day 2 and I look the same as yesterday. My face is...

Day 2 and I look the same as yesterday. My face is not sensitive or numb. I really can't feel that I have had anything done. I am also taking a collagen-supporting supplement (Neocell Fish Collagen) and making sure I get enough protein - which is a huge problem for me being vegetarian and highly reactive to anything soy-related. I feel these two things will encourge collagen development.

One week on and I look the same so far but after...

One week on and I look the same so far but after four days, my neck and jawbone are very sore. It seems rather strange that I felt nothing afterwards. Will update with pics in a couple of months.

Almost a month and no change at all.

Almost a month and no change at all.

Six weeks almost and no change at all.

Six weeks almost and no change at all.

I saw the doctor yesterday and he told me that in...

I saw the doctor yesterday and he told me that in his opinion, I would be unlikely to see any change if I hadn't already seen any. He said that the very rare person may see a difference even after six months but stressed that this is unlikely to be the case for me. What a waste of money. I still believe that this doctor is among the best but the procedure is not worth the price.

Update: well over three months now and I see no...

Update: well over three months now and I see no change.. Perhaps collagen has been generated "behind the scenes," perhaps not. There wasn't much to complain about to begin with but I expected a little tightening, not none at all. I have started using a red light (on my face...although I should probably put one outside my window as well to pay for the procedure). Also taking fish collagen capsules, both of which should aid the regeneration of collagen. We'll see...
Charles Cheng, MD

Outstanding service at all times. The technicians and other staff are all fabulous and Dr. Cheng always has the time to talk and educate. His bedside manner is wonderful.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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