Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mommies, care to have a face lift?

I'm 36 years old. I've been told that I look young for my age, and that statement, while kind, always discombobulated me. What does 36 look like anyway? I mean, to me, this is what 36 looks like:

Isla Fisher

Reese Witherspoon

Ali Larter

Alicia Silverstone

That's 36. Look at them. They're my age and we're all in the same stage in our lives, come to think of it. Stable career, wives and mommies. Yep, that's what 36 feels like. But hey, if that's what 36 looks like, well, I need some improvement, starting with my tummy! But thanks, everybody, for saying I look good for 36. Whatever that means haha. 

PR maven Vangie Ruiz invited me and Inquirer's beauty columnist Kinny Salas Amparo (standing).
So speaking of improvements, I was invited to have an intimate chat with another fabulous wife and mom, Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo. She's not my age, she's older, since she's the same age as my husband's eldest sister, Lizelle. But looking at her flat tummy and slim legs encased in metallic trousers and her feet in zebra-print Gucci heels, wow, she looked really good. Especially since she has a 3-month-old baby!

Dr. Aivee is the glamorous woman at left. In other news, I just want to say this was no makeup day!
Thank you, Clarisonic! You are worth every dollar I spent on you!

I was so inspired when I talked with Dr. Aivee. She's one of the most in-demand dermatologists in the country, with a celebrity following, with the most amazing and luxurious clinic I have ever seen. But what's so cool about her is that she's built her career around her family. Her schedule accommodates her children, her clinic was designed to be a second home (with a playroom!) so her preschooler and toddler can play and she can breastfeed her baby. Wow! I'm also getting there. I am building my career around my family now and it isn't easy but I know I'm on the right path.

Anyway, Dr. Aivee invited us over to her posh clinic because she was so excited about Ulthera. It's this new treatment that uses ultrasound technology to lift saggy skin. In the old days, if you had droopy eyelids, falling cheeks, loose neck, etc, you had a face lift. Dr. Aivee says, "A face lift is when we cut your skin off, stretch it, staple it behind your ears, then trim the excess skin away." Yes. If that description didn't appeal to you either, then Ulthera is for you!

It looks like the prenatal machine!
Ulthera is a nonsurgical and non-invasive treatment for the face and neck that uses ultrasound to lift and tone loose skin. Mommies, I'm sure you know what an ultrasound is because we became good friends with that machine when we were pregnant! So we know that this is safe.

Ulthera works by using ultrasound waves to look into the layers of the skin and to stimulate collagen production where it's needed. No guessing involved, just precise targeting of what you want improved. For example, a lot of us have double chins. Or our eyelids have begun to droop, making our eyes smaller. Or you have fat cheeks. Ulthera can specifically target the problem area and in just one session. The best part? No downtime and a lot less expensive than a face lift!

So here's what to expect: tightened skin, facial muscles lifted and toned. What I like about Ulthera (although I haven't tried it) is the fact that the change is gradual. You'll never be accused with an embarrassing, "May pinagawa ka sa mukha mo, no?" Dr. Aivee says you see the effects at around 2 months after the procedure, and that as time goes by, your face looks better and younger. If you have low EQ, then that may not be good news for you. But if you're fine with delayed gratification, then Ulthera is perfect.

Actually, you don't need to wait for your face to go south before doing Ulthera. Dr. Aivee says, "What's great about Ulthera is it can be a preventive treatment. So you won't look drastically changed or stretched, unlike with a face lift. Just one treatment and you'll look fresh." Dr. Aivee also says that she has a lot of teens who come in and get Ulthera since the treatment is also great for contouring faces, you know, so that your cheekbones and jawline get emphasized.

So, mga mommies, if you feel a need to touch up here and there (I think my eyes might need some loving actually), head over to Dr. Aivee's clinic for a consultation. For locations, schedules and appointments, go to her website.

*Photos courtesy of Spectrumed. Celebrity photos are the most recent ones of the stars. Grabbed from 


  1. Thank you for sharing. I need this!

    Post-partum, so much has changed--the lovehandles were expected, but the fine lines were not. I also seem to have lost my glow. I used to pride myself that my face just needs cheappangga drugstore-brand face powder and I'm good to go. Now, even with mineral make-up, wala pa rin akong glow :(

  2. It's really like that at the start especially since your body is still recovering from the pregnancy and childbirth. These are traumatic events to our bodies! Plus the sleepless nights! Don't use makeup muna. Just care for your skin with a good cleanser and moisturizer and sunscreen. My skin was horrible from 2010! It's only now that it's become better.

  3. This is really cool. I'll send this to my mom. She might be interested. Haha. How much does each session cost? :)

  4. This is a life-saver! The answer to my double-chin! :)

  5. Hi again Frances! May I ask which Clarisonic you have? It has plenty of models right? :) Thanks!


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