'I had pioneering £3,500 face treatment and I love the results!' Broadchurch star Sarah Parish, 48, reveals she went under the knife to help her career

  • The actress, 48, is a fan of Ultherapy which costs around £3,500
  • She had the 75-minute procedure at London's Cosmetic Skin clinic
  • Miss Parish credits the treatment for making her easier to film 

As any actress over a certain age will testify, landing plum roles - without going under the knife - is not easy.

But at the age of 48, Broadchurch star Sarah Parish has undergone a pioneering new treatment to keep her looking young on-screen.

The popular actress is a fan of Ultherapy, a non-invasive procedure using ultra-sound to help redefine the face - and banish jowls.

In the shadows: Sarah Parish before. She said her face was hard to light on set
Fresh face: Sarah's new look which did not need surgery

Sarah Parish before the £3,000 face treatment, left, and right, her new look

While the £3,500 therapy does not come cheap, it does not require general anaesthetic meaning celebrities can be red carpet ready the same day.

Results can be seen within three months and last for up to a year.

Miss Parish, who had the 75-minute procedure at London’s Cosmetic Skin Clinic, credits it for making her easier to film.

She says: ‘I had treatment four months ago, and it’s still working now.

‘The difference I feel in my skin is incredible; there’s definitely a tightening feeling and I’ve lost those little jowls that I had before.

‘The texture and quality of my skin feels completely different and we’re only four months in so it’s just going to keep getting better and better.

‘The reason I came to have Ultherapy was because I was noticing on camera it was becoming increasingly hard to light me in certain ways because I was losing laxity in my skin and becoming a little bit jowly, and slightly hollowed [in my cheeks].

The actress, pictured on This Morning in 2012, is currently in ITV's Broadchurch, playing Cath Atwood

The actress, pictured on This Morning in 2012, is currently in ITV's Broadchurch, playing Cath Atwood

‘I wanted a non-invasive treatment, that didn’t involve scary needles or knives or anything scary.

‘I’ve really, really noticed a difference, and it’s been much, much easier to just shove me in front of a camera and film me, rather than having lights being moved left, right and centre to negate certain hollows and nasties that I had before.’

While Ultherapy has been popular amongst the Hollywood elite for some time - Jennifer Aniston is a fan - it has only recently started to take off in the U.K.

Miss Parish, who first came to fame in The Bill in 1994, remains one of Britain’s most successful actresses. She currently appears on screen in ITV’s Broadchurch, playing Cath Atwood - best friend to rape victim, Trish, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Although anaesthetic is not required, patients are advised to take paracetamol and Ibuprofen before a session.

A hand-held machine is then targeted across certain areas of the face, neck and décolletage, delivering utrasound micro-waves focused at depths of between one to four and a half mm in the dermis and hypodermis.

It is said to penetrate the same depth of skin as a facelift - but without blood being drawn, and with no recovery downtime.

The ultrasound triggers the body’s healing response, resulting in tissue repair and the production of collagen and elastin synthesis -both of which are essential for plumper, younger looking skin.

Miss Parish, pictured in 2015, first came to fame in The Bill

Miss Parish, pictured in 2015, first came to fame in The Bill

Dr Tracy Montford, founder of the Cosmetic Skin Clinic, said she has seen a marked upturn in celebrities opting for non-invasive treatments such as Ultherapy.

It comes after a recent study found the cosmetic surgery market was down for the first time in ten years, with demand falling by 7.9 per cent.

She said: ‘Ultherapy is one of the best-kept secrets in the beauty industry.

‘We are noticing more and more actors and actresses coming for treatment because there is no downtime, and it looks totally natural.

‘It enhances the natural beauty of the face, rather than changing it, and helps recounter and refine the structure without looking fake.

‘There is no inhibition of movement in the face which is obviously vital for an actress, and although the treatment can be a little uncomfortable at times, celebrities can go out on the red carpet that night without people knowing they’ve had anything done.’ 

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