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Ultracell Q Plus Sagging Treatment Effectiveness and Reasons for Less Pain

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Ultracell Q Plus Sagging Treatment Effectiveness and Reasons for Less Pain

Ultracell Q Plus is a sagging treatment machine by HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound). It can be expected to be effective for reducing the firmness of the skin, sagging the face such as the eyes, cheeks and chin caused by loosening of the fascia under the skin, and sagging the body such as the thighs and upper arms due to the increase in subcutaneous fat .

In general, HIFU treatment is said to be highly effective because energy reaches deep into the skin, but it is also said to be painful. However, although Ultracell Q Plus is a HIFU treatment, it has the advantage of being less painful.

Treatments with less pain tend to give the impression that the treatment effect is weakened, but by knowing the effects and effects of Ultracell Q Plus, you can aim for a satisfactory improvement in sagging.

Effect of Ultracell Q Plus by HIFU

Image of skin cross section

ULTRAcel Q Plus is a HIFU machine by Jeisys of South Korea. HIFU is a method called "high-intensity focused ultrasonic waves" that collects and irradiates ultrasonic waves of 20,000 hertz or more at one point, and sags due to the action of high-temperature thermal energy generated by the concentration of ultrasonic waves. Leads to improvement. HIFU selectively irradiates high-temperature heat energy only to the target layer, so the skin surface is not damaged by heat .

Pull up the sagging face from under the skin

The structure from the skin to the muscle is layered from the outside to the epidermis layer, dermis layer, subcutaneous tissue, fascia, and muscle. Each muscle of the body is covered with a thin membrane called fascia, but multiple facial muscles on the face are covered with one fascia from the head to the forehead, temples, cheeks, and neck. The fascia of the face is called the SMAS layer (SMAS fascia).

The SMAS layer is made of proteins such as collagen and elastin, and as collagen and elastin decrease with age, the SMAS layer loosens. When the SMAS layer loosens, the fat and skin located above the SMAS layer sags .

Therefore, when heat energy is applied to the loose SMAS layer with HIFU by Ultracell Q Plus, a phenomenon called "heat shrinkage" occurs in which the SMAS layer shrinks, the looseness is improved, and the fat and skin above the SMAS layer are immediately released. You can expect the effect of raising the target. In addition to HIFU, there are irradiation treatments such as laser and high frequency in aesthetic medicine, but the irradiation treatment that reaches the SMAS layer is only the treatment in HIFU .

In addition, the HIFU treatment performed at the beauty salon has a low output, so it works on the skin layer above the SMAS layer.

Destroys fat cells in the subcutaneous tissue

The heat energy of HIFU destroys fat cells in the subcutaneous tissue. By irradiating subcutaneous fat around the chin of the face and the upper arm, abdomen, flank, thigh, etc. of the body, fat cells are destroyed, and the destroyed fat cells are excreted from the body over 1 to 3 months. .. It is said that rebound is unlikely to occur because the number of fat cells itself decreases and the decreased fat cells do not increase again .

Improves hyperhidrosis and armpits by destroying sweat glands

In some cases, Ultracell Q Plus is used to treat hyperhidrosis. The sweat glands that produce sweat include "eccrine sweat glands" and "apocrine sweat glands", and most of the sweat released from the eccrine sweat glands is water. On the other hand, sweat from the apocrine sweat glands contains many components that cause odors such as lipids, proteins, and amino acids.

By performing HIFU treatment targeting two sweat glands with Ultracell Q Plus, it is said that the sweat glands are destroyed by heat, so the amount of sweat is reduced and the odor is improved.

Improvement of fine wrinkles and reduction of pores

Elastin and collagen are present in the dermis layer of the skin to maintain the firmness and elasticity of the skin. When the heat energy of HIFU is applied to the dermis layer, collagen is produced in the process of wound healing (remodeling) to repair the part damaged by heat, and the skin becomes firm and elastic . This can be expected to improve fine wrinkles on the skin surface and shrink pores.

The effect of the treatment appears immediately afterwards and lasts for about half a year.

Immediate lift-up effect due to heat shrinkage

By applying the heat energy of Ultracell Q Plus, the proteins in the SMAS layer and dermis layer contract, so the skin is immediately lifted and the lift-up effect is obtained immediately after the treatment.

Medium- to long-term lift-up effect by collagen production

In the SMAS layer and dermis layer damaged by heat energy, collagen production is promoted to repair the damage, so it can be expected to have a lift-up effect by restoring the firmness and elasticity of the skin. Collagen production is not a transient one immediately after irradiation, but an action that lasts for a certain period of time, and is said to last for half a year to one year, peaking two to three months after the operation.

Progress after Ultracell Q Plus treatment

Immediately after the procedure to 3 months・ You can feel the firmness of the skin immediately after the treatment. ・ Collagen growth occurs and the lift-up effect gradually becomes stronger.
2 to 3 months after treatment You can feel the lift-up effect most
6 months to 1 year after treatment・ The firmness caused by collagen production lasts up to 6 months. ・ The total duration is about 6 months to 1 year.

It is said that you can feel the effect with one treatment, but if you want to maintain the effect, it is recommended to continue the treatment once every six months.

Those who are suitable for Ultracell Q Plus

  • Severe sagging and deep wrinkles on the face
  • I'm worried about the fat that accumulates under my chin and the slack and big-looking face
  • Nasolabial folds and marionette lines have become prominent
  • It feels like the face line is getting blurry
  • I can't take downtime
  • I want to get rid of the fat that I have in my body
  • I want slimming treatment without using a scalpel
  • Those who abandoned the treatment with other HIFU machines due to pain

Ultracell Q Plus can be used for face and body treatments

Some HIFU treatment machines are for the face to neck, but Ultracell Q Plus can perform face and body treatment by replacing the cartridge. From tightening each facial part such as eyes, mouth, and chin, to partial thinning of each body part such as upper arms, abdomen, and thighs. The cartridges you own vary from medical institution to medical institution.

Face cartridge with dot type and linear type

There are two types of Ultracell Q Plus face cartridges: dot type that irradiates dots and linear type that irradiates linearly. For each, multiple cartridges are prepared depending on the irradiation depth, and there are four types of dot type, 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 3.0 mm, and 4.5 mm, and two types of linear type, 2.0 mm and 4.5 mm. The cartridge allows you to change the depth at which heat energy reaches between the layer near the surface of the skin and the SMAS layer below the skin, so the depth is adjusted for each treatment site .

Areas that can be treated on the face with Ultracell Q Plus

Depth (part) Irradiation Adaptation
1.5mm
(Epidermis layer to upper dermis layer)
Dot type Tightening by collagen growth, improvement of fine wrinkles, improvement of lack of firmness
2.0mm ・ Topical
(Central part of the dermis layer)
Dot type Tightening by collagen growth, improvement of fine wrinkles, improvement of lack of firmness (especially around the eyes)
3.0mml
(Dermis layer to subcutaneous fat)
Dot type Double chin due to sagging face line, nasolabial fold, and fat
4.5mm
(Near SMAS fascia)
Dot type Deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and sagging face lines due to SMAS fascia contraction
2.0mm
(Central part of the dermis layer)
Linear type Improvement of skin firmness
4.5mm
(Near SMAS fascia)
Linear type By destroying fat cells, it leads to improvement of double chin etc. and prepares face line

Dot type pulls and tightens

The dot type is a point irradiation that concentrates energy in dots, and delivers heat of 65 ° C, which causes heat shrinkage of proteins. This causes the proteins in the dermis and SMAS layers to shrink, pulling up and tightening the skin.

Since the dot type cartridge can conduct heat with one irradiation as thin as about 4 mm, it heats in dots and locally according to details such as wrinkles and curved parts of the eyes that are difficult to treat. .. Use cartridges with an irradiation depth of 1.5 mm or 2.0 mm, especially for areas with thin skin such as the eyes.

Linear type destroys fat cells

The linear type is newly developed from the dot type, and there are two types of cartridges with irradiation depths of 2.0 mm and 4.5 mm.

The number of irradiations is converted as the number of shots, but the linear type has one shot and can transfer heat to about 23㎟, which is about 6 times that of the dot type . In addition, the irradiation speed per shot is about 0.7 seconds, which is about 1.5 seconds for the dot type, so irradiation to the entire face is completed in about 5 minutes. This is about half the time of a dot-type cartridge procedure.

The linear type, which delivers heat over a wide area by irradiating it linearly, is designed to transfer heat to the subcutaneous tissue with subcutaneous fat . The dot type aims at lift-up and tightening action, but the linear type uses heat of about 58 ° C, which aims to destroy fat cells, to destroy the fat cells of subcutaneous fat in the double chin and prepare the face line. I will.

Some medical institutions call HIFU treatment for the purpose of destroying fat cells with a linear cartridge "Errors Hyphen".

Generally, in the treatment with HIFU, it is necessary to refrain from irradiating the same site for about 3 months when collagen production is performed to repair damage after the treatment, but the linear type that can be expected to destroy fat cells is 2 weeks later. It is possible to irradiate the same area. Therefore, it is said that improvement of slack can be expected in a shorter period of time than HIFU treatment by dot method .

Irradiation type Dot type Linear type
Irradiation range Approximately 4㎣ / line
Local heating
Approximately 23㎣ / line
Wide area heating (bulk healing)
Irradiation speed About 1.5 seconds / shot About 0.7 seconds / shot
Depth (part)
* Adjusted according to the part and fat thickness
About 65 ℃ About 58 ℃
Cosmetological effect Pulling up / tightening Destruction of fat cells

Treatment effect that changes depending on the number of shots

In the Ultracell Q Plus treatment, the number of shots, which is the number of irradiations, is often set to 400 shots or 600 shots. In the case of 400 shots, the number of shots is distributed, for example, 50 shots with a cartridge with an irradiation depth of 1.5 mm, 200 shots with 3.0 mm, and 150 shots with 4.5 mm. There is no fixed distribution, and each person is irradiated according to the symptoms of sagging and the condition of the skin.

Since 600 shots can be irradiated more than 400 shots, it is said that the treatment effect will be enhanced accordingly.

4 cartridges for the body

There are four body cartridges, 6.0 mm, 9.0 mm, 11.0 mm, and 13.0 mm, depending on the irradiation depth, and the treatment is performed by changing the cartridge depending on the part and the thickness of fat.

Parts that can be treated on the body with Ultracell Q Plus

Differences between Ultracell Q Plus and Ultracell

Ultracell can also irradiate high frequencies

The predecessor machine " Ultracell " by Jasis, which is the same as Ultracell Q Plus, can receive HIFU + high frequency treatment with one machine . In addition, as high-frequency irradiation technology, the irradiation technology of intracell (SRR) that irradiates in dots and intragen (GFR) that irradiates in a grid pattern is installed, SRR is mainly around the eyes, GFR is the entire face, HIFU We will perform treatments on the forehead, temples, and cheeks.

Ultracell irradiation method Intracell (SRR) Intragen (GFR)
Irradiation image A total of 49 ultra-fine needles (microneedle) or non-needle type, 7 x 7 with high frequency flowing at the tip, irradiate in dots Irradiate while applying the 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm irradiation port in a grid pattern to the skin
Cosmetological effect Promotion of collagen growth and metabolism in the dermis layer Immediate tightening action by heat stimulation of the dermis layer and recovery of firmness by collagen proliferation
Indications Fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, mild sagging and nasolabial folds, skin quality improvement, acne and acne scars, pore openings Fine wrinkles, mild sagging, nasolabial folds, firmness and lack of elasticity
Irradiation depth Epidermis to upper dermis Dermis layer to subcutaneous fat

With Ultracell Q Plus, only HIFU can be used without changing energy, and it is possible to perform treatments on areas such as the eyes where the skin is thin and requires a small turn, as well as areas where subcutaneous fat is a wide range of concerns such as under the chin. I will.

Ultracell Q Plus has a short treatment time

When the entire face is treated with Ultracell Q Plus, the irradiation treatment time is about 15 to 20 minutes with 400 shots.

Ultracell Q Plus has three times the irradiation speed compared to Ultracell, and is characterized by a short irradiation speed per shot. By replacing the cartridge, it is easier to irradiate small areas such as the eyes and along curves such as around the chin.

In addition, because the pain is reduced, anesthesia is not essential, and cooling is not required to cool the irradiated area immediately after the procedure, so the procedure can be completed in a short time.

Compare Ultracell Q Plus with other sagging treatments

Ultracell Q Plus with less pain

Since the sagging treatment machine using HIFU strongly feels pain during the treatment, it was not uncommon to abandon the second and subsequent treatments. Although there are individual differences in pain, Ultracell Q Plus is said to have a certain amount of tingling heat and dull pain during the treatment due to the low focus density of energy and the shortened treatment time. I will. For those who are worried about pain, some medical institutions offer anesthetic creams, so it is safe to check with the medical institution receiving the treatment.

The treatment effect is mild compared to other HIFU machines with strong output and pain, but Ultracell Q Plus is still selected because it is considered to continue the treatment once every six months to one year. One reason is that you want to choose a machine that is less painful.

Sagging treatment with machines other than Ultracell Q Plus

Machine sagging treatment includes treatments other than Ultracell Q Plus. For those who want to emphasize the treatment effect even with some pain, those who are concerned about slack in small parts, those who want to reduce the treatment cost, those who have a light degree of slack, etc., a machine that suits each wish and purpose Please choose.

Ursera (HIFU)

Ursera can be used on the face and neck. Although there are fewer types of cartridges by depth that can be irradiated than Ultracell Q Plus, the output is stronger than Ultracell Q Plus and the lift-up effect is said to be high . There is pain during irradiation, and you may feel pain that resonates with the surrounding bones and teeth . Ursera may be suitable if the treatment effect is prioritized.

Sono Queen (HIFU)

It is said to be suitable for treatments on finely curved areas such as the edges of the eyes, mouth, under the eyebrows, and forehead. In particular, irradiation with a cartridge with a diameter of 5.0 mm to a depth of 2.0 mm under the skin is called "Eyeshadow HIFU", which intensively cares for sagging eyes, and can be said to be a typical treatment of Sono Queen.

Dubro (HIFU)

It can be applied to the face and body, and the treatment fee tends to be low. Compared to other HIFU machines, the duration of the treatment effect is shorter, but it is said to be less painful . Therefore, it is said that it is easy to receive the treatment by HIFU even for the first time.

Thermacool (high frequency)

It is a medical machine that improves sagging by irradiating with high frequency (RF). The old Thermacool had the disadvantage of causing more pain when irradiated, but the improved new Thermacool FLX is said to have significantly reduced pain in the machine.

The irradiation depth is about 2.0 mm to 3.0 mm, which is shallower than Ultracell Q Plus and does not reach the deep skin layer or SMAS layer. It is said that it does not have severe sagging, but has a tightening effect due to heat contraction and collagen proliferation of the dermis layer located above the SMAS layer.

Machine name energy source) Expected effect Duration
Ursera
(HIFU)
Lifting skin Improvement of wrinkles and sagging 6 months to 1 year
Sono Queen
(HIFU)
Improvement of wrinkles and sagging around the mouth, eyes, and between the eyebrows 6 months to 1 year
Dubro
(HIFU)
Lifting skin Improvement of wrinkles and sagging 3 months to 6 months
Therma Cool
(high frequency)
Skin tightening Wrinkles / sagging improvement Pore reduction 6 months to 1 year

Sagging treatment other than machine

In addition to machine sagging treatment, there are injection procedures, thread lifts, and surgical procedures using a scalpel. It can be said that it is suitable for those who seek immediate effect because it is easy to feel the effect immediately after each treatment.

Hyaluronic acid injection

Hyaluronic acid is injected into wrinkles and nasolabial folds to raise the grooves and make the slack less noticeable . Since it is a treatment that fills the groove in the skin, it has no tightening effect.

Although it is cheaper than Ultracell Q Plus, the infused drug is absorbed by the body over 3 to 6 months and returns to its original state, so regular infusions are required to maintain its effect.

Thread lift (thread lift)

Insert the thread with the protrusion under the skin and pull it, and pull up the slack with the protrusion of the thread. Since the skin is physically lifted by the force of the thread, it is said that it is easy to feel the lift-up effect immediately after the treatment . There are two types of yarns, absorbent yarns and non-absorbent yarns, which have different effects and durations.

Face lift surgery

It is a surgical operation to make an incision in the skin of inconspicuous areas such as the ears, temples, and head, remove the loose skin, and pull up the skin. Compared to machine / injection treatment / thread-based sagging treatment, you can expect a more reliable lift-up effect, but the downtime is about 2 to 4 months, which is a heavy burden on the body .

Sagging treatment Expected effect Treatment time duration
Hyaluronic acid injection Improvement of skin firmness Improvement of wrinkles and bears 5-10 minutes 6 months to 1 year
Thread lift
(Thread lift)
Lifting skin Improvement of wrinkles and sagging 40-60 minutes 6 months to 3 years
Face lift surgery Raising skin Fundamental improvement of wrinkles and sagging 1 to 2 hours 5-10 years

Ultracell Q Plus Risk Downtime and Precautions

There is a risk of facial burns and numbness

Ultracell Q Plus may cause burns and redness due to the heat stimulation of HIFU. If you feel any heat during the procedure, tell the doctor immediately. If you experience burns or blisters after the procedure, seek medical attention as soon as possible at the medical institution where the procedure was performed.

When the face is irradiated, it hits the sensory nerves, which may cause discomfort such as numbness, but it is transient and usually recovers in about 1 to 3 months.

In addition, if you irradiate areas such as the cheeks and temples that are originally thin and have little subcutaneous fat , the fat will be reduced more than necessary, and the cheeks may appear moss . If your cheeks and temples are thin, you will get the impression that you are old, so you must carefully determine the irradiation site.

Little downtime

Ultracell Q Plus is a painless and incision-free procedure, so there is almost no downtime , and you can make up and go home immediately after the procedure .

Irradiation of the SMAS layer may cause pain and discomfort similar to muscle soreness, but it usually subsides within a few days. The redness of the skin is often said to be 2 to 3 days during the day, even if it is prolonged, and it is said that swelling rarely occurs.

Those who cannot receive Ultracell Q Plus

  • Immediately after sunburn (because the skin has a fever and the risk of burns increases)
  • Those who have inserted metal threads or plates into their bodies for beauty treatments in the past, or those who use implantable medical devices such as pacemakers
  • Those with skin diseases, skin malignant tumors, precancerous lesions, keloid constitution, or infectious diseases at the treatment site
  • Those with poor glycemic control (diabetes), those with diabetic complications, those with high blood pressure
  • Pregnant people (to consider adverse effects on the foetation and sudden changes in physical condition)

Ultracell Q Plus is a medical device not approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Ultracell Q Plus is a medical device not approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Be sure to be fully informed and convinced of the risks and side effects during counseling and consultation before receiving treatment.

Ultracell Q Plus is a medical device not approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Drug acquisition route: The acquisition route is individual import from the manufacturer by the doctor of each medical institution.
Drugs to be aware of when importing personally (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare page)
With or without approval in Japan: There is no medical device that has the same performance as Ultracell Q Plus and has been approved in Japan.
Information on safety in other countries: Ultracell Q Plus is said to have obtained approval from MFDS (formerly KFDA / Korea Food and Drug Administration) and CE mark certifying safety and quality in Europe. ..
The main risks and side effects are burns, redness, blisters, numbness, and other discomfort caused by HIFU's heat stimulation, and moss.

Ultracell Q Plus Treatment Flow and Cost Market

(1) Counseling

The doctor decides the irradiation site. After receiving an explanation about the merits and demerits of the treatment, cost, period, equipment to be used, etc., sign the consent form after understanding it.

(2) Face wash

Remove makeup and wash your face to keep your skin clean.

(3) Treatment

Apply cooling gel and irradiate with Ultracell Q Plus.
At the time of irradiation, you may feel pain that resonates with the bones peculiar to the HIFU machine, but it is said that it can be tolerated without anesthesia.

(4) Face wash

After the treatment, you can wipe off the gel, wash your face and immediately make up and go home.
The total treatment time is around 1 hour.

Precautions after treatment

  • Immediately after the treatment, the skin becomes sensitive, so wash your face gently with lukewarm water so as not to irritate the treatment site, and wipe it off carefully.
  • You can take a shower from the day of the event, but swelling and redness may occur if blood circulation improves. Avoid soaking in the bath, sauna and strenuous exercise.
  • Since the inside of the skin is damaged after the treatment, it is necessary to wait at least 2 weeks after the treatment when receiving irradiation treatment such as light or laser.
  • If you feel any abnormalities in the treatment area, such as redness or swelling that lasts for more than a week, please consult the medical institution that received the treatment.

Cosmetology treatment that can be used with Ultracell Q Plus

Image of the treatment machine

Ultracell Q Plus can be used in combination with injection treatment and treatment with other machines, and synergistic effects can be expected. HIFU treatment after injection should be performed after opening for at least one month.

Treatment name (merits of using together) Features
Fat dissolving injection Inject a drug to destroy fat cells and improve sagging due to subcutaneous fat such as double chin
Botulinum injection It relieves muscle tension and prevents facial wrinkles on the outer corners of the eyes, between the eyebrows, and the forehead. Injecting into Ella also has the effect of making the face look smaller
Hydra Facial Removes excess sebum and dirt from pores, and replenishes moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients. Prepares fresh skin and improves pore opening and acne
HIFU shower By continuously irradiating the epidermis layer, in addition to the lift-up effect, improvement of firmness, reduction of pores, and improvement of skin tone can be expected.

Ultracell Q Plus Cost

Ultracell Q Plus is an unapproved device from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. It will be a free medical treatment and you will have to pay the full amount. The cost depends on the medical institution and irradiation range.

Around the eyes 30,000 yen to 70,000 yen
cheek 80,000-120,000 yen
All faces 100,000 yen-170,000 yen
All face + under chin + neck 120,000-200,000 yen

Points to avoid failure when choosing a medical institution for Ultracell Q Plus

With Ultracell Q Plus, if the irradiation method or irradiation site is incorrect, the treatment site may be burned or the nerve tissue in the face may be damaged. To avoid that risk, choose a medical institution that has a doctor who is familiar with anatomy and machines. You may also want to check in advance if you have a cartridge that addresses your worries.

Differences in HIFU treatment between medical institutions and beauty salons

Ultracell Q Plus is a medical machine that can only be handled by medical institutions, and it is necessary to perform the treatment under the diagnosis of a doctor.

Although HIFU services are sometimes provided at beauty salons, they are characterized by a weaker output than HIFU machines at medical institutions. In addition, according to the Consumer Affairs Agency, various troubles such as burns and nerve damage have occurred due to HIFU treatments other than medical institutions. [* 1] It is safe to select a medical institution when receiving treatment with a HIFU machine .

[* 1] Trouble occurs during treatment with HIFU equipment at beauty salons, etc.! (National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan homepage)

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