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Why does the price of Ultherapy in Singapore vary so much?

Vicki Lew
SL Aesthetic Clinic Ultherapy Certificate of Authenticity

TL;DR 

  • Ultherapy is an advanced skin-tightening device that requires authentic transducers and an experienced operator for best results
  • The price of an Ultherapy treatment can vary widely due to
    • A non-authentic imitation device and/or transducer
    • Insufficient number of shots used
    • The experience of the doctor and follow-up care

Table of Contents

Ultherapy Treatment Singapore

Generally speaking, the average price tag for Ultherapy treatment in Singapore ranges from $2,000 to $5,500, depending on your personalised treatment requirements. 

If you are quoted a price that’s below this range, it may be prudent to question the legitimacy of the treatment you are receiving. After all, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Ultherapy Facelift Price in Singapore
Beware of ads for unusually low-priced Ultherapy treatments

Our clinic’s prices range from $2,500 for lower-face Ultherapy treatment to $4,500 for full-face Ultherapy treatment. Let’s dive into why Ultherapy prices differ so much in Singapore. 

Case in point, gadgets, clothing and furniture have different price points – even if they look similar.

Think street fashion vs high fashion and a bona fide iPhone vs a knockoff. Every worthy product has its fair share of imitators, and Ultherapy is no exception.

Real vs. Fake Transducers

A transducer is the removable part of the Ultherapy handpiece that comes into contact with your skin and delivers the lines (or shots) of energy. Unfortunately, there are cases of clinics using unlicensed counterfeit transducers in the market. Such counterfeits are cheaper, but they come with significant risks.

These transducers are complex devices that require high precision and tight quality control in their production. Defective or low-quality counterfeits can expose you to complications such as burns, blisters and skin injuries. Therefore, you should not only look out for certified practitioners, but also certified authentic transducers. 

Here are four key ways to confirm if your provider’s Ultherapy machine is authentic:

  • FDA-cleared authenticity sticker decal 
  • CE-marked certificate
  • Real-time ultrasound visualisation (counterfeit products usually feature only static images or generic ultrasound footages on loop)
  • Certificate of Authenticity issued by distributor
Ultherapy Certificate of Authenticity for SL Aesthetic Clinic

If you want to be extra sure, you can locate active and non-active Ultherapy practitioners on the official Ultherapy SG website.

Number of lines (or shots) delivered

As a guideline, a full face tightening treatment requires around 600-800 lines and full face and neck tightening requires around 800-1000 lines. This strict standardisation of protocol means that you are getting the same treatment that has benefited millions of patients around the globe. 

This also means the price of Ultherapy in Singapore should largely be from $2,000 to $5,000; anything lower could indicate that you are not getting enough shots for effective treatment.

It is not uncommon for clinics to fire only 600 lines for a full face and neck treatment. At our clinic, we fire an average of up to 1,100 lines. After treatment, we do our due diligence and show customers how many shots we fired so they know what they’re paying for. 

Experience of your doctor and track record of clinic

Dr Lau Advanced Ultherapy Certification from Dr Dissapong
Dr Lau receiving his Advanced Ultherapy Certification from Dr Dissapong, Ultherapy trainer

Ultherapy is a non-invasive energy treatment that delivers high powered ultrasound energy under the skin and, therefore, requires skilled handling. Remember: No downtime does not mean no risk.

To prevent the risk of complications and poor outcomes, you should always look for a doctor who:

  • Listens to you
  • Recommends treatments that are appropriate to your treatment goals
  • Is familiar with a wide range of Aesthetic treatments, which includes Ultherapy, other energy-based devices such as Thermage, Fotona 6D, Sylfirm X, filler injections and threadlift
  • Has a good track record, with positive reviews and good treatment outcomes
  • Knows the ins and outs of the machine, as well as its limitations and safety precautions. If not performed properly, energy treatments can result in severe skin burns
Photo credit: The Sun UK Edition
  • Is trained and certified in Ultherapy’s See, Plan, Treat (SPT) protocol
  • Clinic has a good track record of being in the market for a long duration

An experienced doctor who has an arsenal of premium skin-tightening treatments will be able to choose the best one to meet your needs. Therefore, be cautious of a clinic that offers a one-size-fits-all treatment approach.

More experienced doctors usually command higher rates. Just because someone has access to a device doesn’t mean they’ve been trained to use it well, so pay close attention to provider credentials, patient reviews and clinic track record before booking an Ultherapy appointment at any clinic.

Complexity of Ultherapy technology

Doctors must make critical modifications and adjustments when tailoring your Ultherapy treatment plan, which contributes to why the prices of treatments can vary significantly.

To dive deeper, there are 3 different treatment depths of 1.5mm, 3.0mm, and 4.5mm, each used for a specific purpose at different parts of the face and neck. The choice of depth affects the complexity and duration of the treatment, influencing the cost. Then, there are four adjustable energy settings to suit treatment goals and individual patient’s comfort level. Selecting the optimal settings requires skill and time, further adding to the variability in price.

Another important aspect of the treatment is the real-time ultrasound visualization, where the doctor has to position the transducer accurately and apply the appropriate amount of pressure in order to deliver energy to the correct skin layer for optimum treatment outcomes. This level of precision demands significant expertise and affects the time spent per session, which then impacts the cost. Each treatment is highly customized to the patient’s needs, adding another layer of complexity to the pricing structure.

Follow up & miscellaneous treatments

After completing an Ultherapy treatment, prompt follow-up care is important to ensure a smooth recovery. Although rare, potential side effects such as mild pain, swelling or wheals can be easily dealt with by experienced doctors who have completed many treatments. Low-cost clinics may not provide this quality aftercare which is essential for best results from your Ultherapy treatment.

Is there a cheaper alternative to Ultherapy?

Of course! But note that different types of skin laxity will require different types of treatment. So even though another treatment may be cheaper than Ultherapy, it may not be effective for your particular skin type and skin condition. Remember; undergoing an effective treatment that is more costly is a better use of money than undergoing a cheaper but ineffective treatment.

Ultherapy: Final Thoughts

The significant variation in Ultherapy prices can be attributed to many factors. Taking them into consideration will ensure the best outcome for you from your Ultherapy treatment and justify the investment in the long run.

If you are looking for a trustworthy doctor to tighten and lift your skin non-invasively, contact us for an Ultherapy appointment today.

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