I scheduled an exploratory consult with Dr. Shanthala. Her office is lovely. Indian inspired decor and very peaceful and calm. Dr. Shanthala took time in explaining the various options available to me, their course of treatment, expected outcomes and cost. She really took her time learning my needs and my comfort level. I consider myself to be pretty natural in my approach to beauty treatments, and I didn't want anything that would look like I had "work done," so with the Dr.'s guidance, I settled on Ultherapy.
I was able to schedule an after-work appointment on the evening before a 3 day weekend. I took Arnica for the week before my treatment (having read reviews, I was prepared for possible bruising, and didn't want to go to work looking like I had been beaten up).
The treatment rooms at Shanthala MedSpa are very clean, with a few lovely Indian touches to make them feel serene. Dr. Shanthala explained the procedure to me, showed me the equipment and gave me a few squeeze balls just in case the pain got too bad. I appreciated her describing everything she was doing as she performed the procedure, and also appreciated her frequent check-ins regarding my pain level. Honestly, this was not a painful procedure. I was offered the chance to stop for a break and some water or herbal tea, but there was really no need. I don't think I have any superhuman tolerance for pain, but I can honestly say it was not bad at all. We did my face and neck, and the procedure itself lasted for roughly 1.5 hours (maybe + / -).
I was sent home with a sheet outlining potential problems as well as the Dr.'s phone number and instructions to call her if I felt any discomfort or had any questions.
I experienced no bruising (yay), and for the first few weeks only some mild soreness in my neck (and occasional weird twinges in my scalp).
I'm now roughly 2 months in, and the ultimate compliment was having a co-worker tell me I looked "terrific" and ask me if I had been doing some new workout routine (ummmm, no….).
I am very happy with the early results of my ultherapy. My under eye bags are gone, my jowls have almost vanished, and I feel like I can see my cheekbones again.
I totally credit Dr. Shanthala for my awesome transformation - she's a board certified MD, and combines that high level of credibility with the skill of an artist. Thank you Dr. Shanthala!!