3D SkinMed is a new therapy launched in the UK in September 2015, purporting to 'lift and tighten' skin using ultrasound rays directed into the SMAS layer - its ultherapy in another name. Im 40 years old and aged 5 years in 5 weeks after undergoing this treatment. It destroyed fat in my cheeks leading to volume loss , hollowed my eyes so that I now have dark circles/bags down as far as my cheekbones (I had hollowed eyes prior to the treatment and could not afford for them to get any worse), it hollowed my temples, and it left me with jowls, a dimpled chin, and loose skin. My skin texture also changed, becoming uneven in many places and old pimple scars/dents have been revealed. I look gaunt, almost skeletal. Like I have lost a lot of weight when in fact my body weight remains unchanged. Over the last few weeks I have watched my face 'melt' and fall downwards and the damage is permanent - fat cells destroyed by Ultrasound are gone forever and cannot grow back.
Upon seeing my before and after pictures, the company behind 3D SkinMed concluded the clear change in my appearance in just a few short weeks was because a) I was wearing make up in one photo and not the other, and, b) my hair parting was 'not in exactly the same place'.
They also responded their machine could not be to blame for the damage I suffered because it was 'impossible' for it to cause fat loss - the energy released 'only hits the SMAS layer and nowhere else', and scientific studies have shown the machine is safe.
My damaged face, however, tells a very different story.
The ultrasound energy has to travel THROUGH the subcutaneous fat layer in order to reach the SMAS which is it target. It targets the SMAS at high temperatures in a process called 'thermal coagulation' - or to put it another way, it's designed to cause cell death in the SMAS through extreme heat.
Considering the fat layer is less than one 10th of a milimeter away from the SMAS, the claim its 'impossible' for even one ajacent fat cell to be destroyed is preposperos. Clearly the potential for ajacent cell death is there, even if only a minimal number of cells are destroyed.
Coincidentally, similar machines are marketed in Asia as "face slimming machines", designed to kill off fat cells in the lower face of young Asian woman seeking a 'v-line' look...
So ladies - please think long and hard about the potential adverse consequences of undergoing this procedure before committing to it. The possible risks will not be explained by your provider prior to your treatment, because providers themselves have not been made aware by 3D SkinMed any such risk even exists, and reviews from women who've undergone 3D SkinMed are as rare as hen's teeth since the machine itself is so new.
Lastly, my aim in writing this is not to demand "this machine should not be allowed exist, ban it immediately", its simply to help other ladies make an informed decision with all the facts. I realise 3D SkinMed/HIFU is likely to produce desireable results for many (the majority) of women, but in my case the results were disatrous and my experience thus far has been soul destroying.