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Nothing like a little lift

Sep 18. 2019
Dr. Sabrina Guillen Fabi, a double board-certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon from San Diego, California.
Dr. Sabrina Guillen Fabi, a double board-certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon from San Diego, California.
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By The Nation

Chicago-born international speaker, trainer, author and medical correspondent for Fox5 News San Diego, Dr Sabrina Guillen Fabi is an internationally recognised leader in cosmetic dermatology.

 The double board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon, assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Diego and associate research director at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, she is actively involved in multiple injectable, laser, and sclerotherapy clinical studies, including Phase III FDA clinical trials and a leading authority on the Ultherapy, a rejuvenating treatment that has gained popularity in Thailand in recent years. She recently came to Thailand to talk about Ultherapy and how it fits Asian people.

Ultherapy takes two ultrasound waves to precisely heat tissue at three depths – 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm. It tricks the body to create collagen production and the only nonsurgical treatment approved by the USFDA for lifting and tightening the skin on the neck, chin, and brow and improving lines and wrinkles on the chest area.

“There are many devices but Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved treatment. There are similar devices claiming more or less similar technology as Ultherapy but Ultherapy is the one and only treatment with visualization, showing and ensuring the right skin layer to treat for a best effective outcome,” Fabi says. Ultherapy is different from other cosmetic procedures, she adds, in that it’s micro-focused and uses depth, temperature, precision, and imaging to provide effective and lasting results.

“It’s good for Asian people who usually have rounder faces. Ultherapy lifts the fat they already have up,” she says.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves which create points of heat by using magnifying glass. Cross beams of ultrasound energy then precisely heat tissue at the meeting point of these beams to the optimal temperature to denature collagen. Normally when you create a precise injury, the body starts delivering collagen to heal. The ultrasound energy stimulates collagen and elastic tissue, which should result in firmer skin, less sagging, and fewer wrinkles while increasing the skin’s ability to create collagen.

“Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity,” she explains, adding that the lasting results from Ultherapy varies according to the individual but is usually a minimum of a year and often 2 years.

For Asian people, she recommends the treatment is done once a year for the whole face including the upper neck. Since the procedure stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last depend on the individual. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural ageing process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

Dr Fabi adds that in the US, Ultherapy is being used for butt lifts, as well as to firm up knees, thighs, butt, the abdomen and inner arms.

She also cautions that Ultherapy should only be administered by qualified doctors using a certified Ultherapy machine. A check list is available at

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