Powered by state-of-the-art Korean second generation HIFU (High- Intensity Focused Ultrasound) technology, the DOUBLO is a more cost-effective choice to patients wanting tighter, more rejuvenated skin.

Dr Michael Kim from AEON Medical, one of the first doctors to use DOUBLO, answers your pressing questions.

What is DOUBLO and how does it work?

DOUBLO (pronounced “dub low”) is a breakthrough Korean aesthetic treatment for non-invasive facial contouring, skin tightening and skin rejuvenation. DOUBLO utilises HIFU energy which is a highly precise medical procedure. HIFU uses ultrasound energy – which many are familiar with when having a scan of their liver or gall bladder, or baby inside a womb! This ultrasound energy is completely safe and harmless. However by increasing the power and focusing it the ultrasound can be delivered accurately to a specific area. After HIFU is generated by the DOUBLO device, it is then delivered via the DOUBLO transducer to a pre-set depth. This HIFU energy then induces a vibration in the molecules of the targeted area which leads to thermal (heat) energy being produced and thus creating a “thermal coagulation zone”.

What areas can I treat?

DOUBLO can be used almost anywhere on the face and neck but by treating strategic key areas using certain vectors for lifting; we can achieve more satisfactory results. For example, treating areas around the eyes and above the eyebrow can produce tighter skin and less “droopy” eyebrows giving a more alert and youthful appearance. Other treatments include: mild double chin reduction, V-line contouring for ill-defined jawlines, lifting of sagging cheeks/jowls, eyebrow lifting and of course general skin rejuvenation.

How long does the DOUBLO treatment take?

It depends greatly on the severity of the condition and area to be treated. A full face and neck treatment can take 45-60 minutes. To reduce pain, numbing cream is usually applied for 30-60 minutes before the procedure but there is no need for time-consuming immediate-post treatment care.

What kind of results do you get and how long will it last?

You should be able to see tighter and firmer skin immediately after the procedure, but the results will continue to improve over the next 4-6 weeks as the wound healing process on the SMAS (fibrous layer just above the muscle layer) produces more contraction/tightening and remodeling of collagen in the dermis produces more elasticity and rejuvenation of the skin. The result should last for about one year, however it is dependent on the patient’s severity of condition and tolerance to discomfort during the procedure.

What does the DOUBLO treatment feel like and is there any downtime?

Patients may feel a slight prickling, poking, and/or heat sensation during the procedure. After application of numbing cream, the discomfort is usually very tolerable. If not, there are different settings and methods, which can be utilised and adjusted to minimise discomfort without compromising efficacy. There is usually no “downtime” and patients can resume their activities immediately. Some patients may have mild redness for 1-2 hours but this will subside on its own. There also may be some mild “dull” pain in the treated areas for 1-2 days after the treatment in the SMAS treated areas.

For more information, contact AEON Medical And Aesthetic Centre: 9 Scotts Road, #06-02/03 Scotts Medical Centre @ Pacific Plaza Singapore 228210 Tel: 6733 2002, email: info@aeonmedical. com.sg, website:www.aeonmedical.com.sg.

Written by Pearlin Siow.