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How Cristina Gonzales Romualdez stays young.

Former actress turned public servant Kring-Kring Gonzales, now Tacloban City councilor and wife of Mayor Alfred Romualdez, does not look a year older. She remains as charming as when she first captured the silver screen and captivated her fans in the '80s and '90s.

Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez swears that what she has discovered is better than the fountain of youth. And it is available for anyone to try.

"It's a remarkable experience," says the ever-lovely Cristina, referring to a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure for the face and neck that specifically targets the foundational layer of facial tissue that doctors address in surgery.

Ulthera lifting and firming procedure uses ultrasound to enable the doctor to see the layers of skin being treated, allowing the energy to be delivered precisely to where it will be most productive.

Ultherapy jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens the existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age, collagen loses its strength and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward.

At Dr. Jean Marquez's The Skin Specialist clinic, Ulthera is one of the most requested procedures of patients 40 years old and up, both male and female. Good candidates for Ulthera are those who want some lifting to look more refreshed and toned but are not ready for surgery, younger people who want to "stay ahead of the game," and those looking to prolong the effect of surgery. Celebrities are also usual patients availing of the treatment.

"Celebrities can age fast because they work late, they put on heavy makeup, and they're always under intense lighting," says Dr. Marquez who has been practicing Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology since 1999.

Ulthera has no downtime unlike surgery. Patients can go back to work immediately after the procedure. The result is instant and continues to improve within three months. It is a one-time procedure and results can last until two years. This procedure can hit the deeper layers of skin to get that long lasting lifting effect.

The only side effects of the procedure is slight redness for a few hours following the treatment, slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to touch for a few weeks, but these are typically mild and temporary. The majority of patients only need one treatment, but annual touch-up treatments can help slow down the rate of skin aging.

"It's not painful as other people say," says Cristina who already has a remarkable lifting of jowls, a smaller face, and lifted eyebrows within a month. Dr. Jean says she cannot wait to see the maximum results after three months.

"Although I am not on screen anymore as an actress, my line of work in public service requires me to work with, meet, and face many people. People look at me every time. If I look good, I also feel good. It boosts my self-esteem and upgrades my confidence," says Kring, who is also open to surgical and other treatment procedures.

The Skin Specialist Clinic, located at the ground floor of ESNA Building, Timog Ave., Quezon City, offers a wide range of services such as facials, anti-aging, skin lightening, laser treatments for scars and birthmarks or other skin problems, a slimming program, face firming, and lifting procedures, among others. The clinic uses advanced, effective, and safe treatments, as well as cutting-edge and state-of-the-art technology and non-invasive techniques.

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Title Annotation:Wellbeing
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Aug 18, 2015
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