As the name suggests, it is a very high intensity treatment which gives quick but long lasting results. It is one of the new cosmetic treatments that tightens the skins and some people who have get it done consider it a noninvasive and pain free replacements for face lifting treatments. HIFU deals with ultrasound energy that enhances the collagen production that leads to a firmer skin.
HIFU treatment is mostly known for tumor removing treatments which shows that it uses the same high frequency in treating skin. HIFU was first used in aesthetic related treatments in 2008 and has been in the limelight since then for its efficient results.
Later on, it also got approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2009 for brow lifts. Again in 2014, it was approved by FDA for improving lines and wrinkles of upper chest and neckline. HFU has been found safe and effective for facial lifts and wrinkles after performing several small clinical trials. People approved after observing the results in a few months of treatment and that too without any surgery and related risks.
Although HIFU has not been approved by FDA yet for overall facial rejuvenation, tightening, lifting and body contouring, it has still been used and is considered as “off-label” uses of HIFU.
With time, there might come technological treatment that beat HIFU in these kinds of procedures but for now HIFU is found to be most promising treatment that has replaced facelifts. This is more favorable to younger people who avoid risking the risks associated with surgeries along with a big recovery time.
If you are dealing with the severe concern of saggy skin, HIFU might not help you in this regard yet. But what future holds, you never know.
HIFU facial. Aesthetic studio has the facility of facial treatment using HIFU. The treatment involves ultrasound energy that targets the skin layer that is just below the surface of our skin. The tissues get heat up rapidly due to ultrasound energy. And cells face cellular damage when it reaches a certain temperature. This sounds really counterintuitive but the fact is this actually start the stimulation due to which cells start to produce more collagen, the primary protein that provide structure to our skin.
The skin becomes firmer and tighter with very few wrinkles due to increase in collagen. And it doesn’t harm any upper layer of skin or the adjacent tissues because it focuses only on a specific tissue site below the skin surface.
As it uses high ultrasonic energy, it might not work best for everyone. But generally, it best suits the skin that has mild to moderate laxity i-e people older than 30. And people who already have photo damaged skin or highly loose skin might require several treatments before they can see the visible results.
The treatment is not suitable for very old people which have extensive photo-aging, lexical or very saggy skin around the neck. For such people surgery is more suitable option. We, at aesthetic studio do not recommend for people who have skin infections, open skin lesions at the targeted are, severe or cystic acne and has some type of metallic implementation in the area of treatment.
Benefits of HIFU. HIFU and related non-surgical treatments foe=r facelifts have gone to the heights of popularity over the last few years according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). According to the reports the number of procedures performed between 2012 and 2017 has increased 64.8 percent.
Asthetic benefits of HIFU include:
Reduction in wrinkles
Tightening of turkey neck (sagging neck)
Eyebrow, cheeks and eyelid lifting
Enhancement of jawline definition
Smoothness in skin
Research results are pretty promising related HIFU treatment. A research study in 2017 involving 32 Koreans showed that the skin elasticity of cheeks, lower abdomen and thighs has significantly increased in 12 weeks of the treatment. Other than that, in a larger study including a larger sample of 93 people who got the treatment done on their face and necks reported a perceived improvement in the appearance.
HIFU facial cost. According to the reports of ASAPS, as compared to surgical treatments that cost on average $7,562, the cost of non-surgical treatments for skin tightening shows a drastic difference with the average cost of $1,707 recorded in 2017. There is the difference of almost $6000 dollars and the results are also more effective as compared to surgical procedures. This is why we deal with the nonsurgical treatments like HIFU which are less costly and are more affordable than surgeries.
But ultimately, the cost also depends upon the area that is being treated, the geographic location and the total number of sessions required based on the state your skin is in.
What does the procedure feel like? Being dealing with aesthetics, we will not give you false hopes about anything. The treatment does cause a little discomfort and you may feel tiny electric pulses or light prickly sensations a described by some of the people who have got the treatment done.
But you don’t have to worry about this little amount as the doctor suggest some painkillers like acetaminophen (tylenon) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen prior to the treatment. Do as the doctor told you to do and you will be very satisfied with your treatment at aesthetic studio.
There might be some redness or swelling right after the treatment but not to worry because it will fade away in the next few hours.
Procedure for facial HIFU. The treatment is very simple and no special treatment is needed which might scare you or make you nervous. You should remove any type of makeup from the targeted are and keep your skin clean.
What you can expect at the appointment:
Cleaning of your targeted are by a trained technician or the physician
A topical anesthetic cream may also be applied before starting
Application of ultrasound gel on the targeted area
Placement of HIFU device against the skin
Adjustment of the device to the right setting using an ultrasound viewer
Delivering ultrasound energy in short pulses for roughly 30 to 90 minutes depending upon the severity for the targeted area
Removal of device
If the doctor feels the need to perform additional treatments, you will be given the next appointment
As mentioned earlier, you might feel a tingling or heat during the procedure, for that purpose ask your physician to give you some pain killer to lessen the sensation. No strict rules are to be followed after the treatment. Just go home and work according to your routine performing daily activities.
Are there any side effects? When it comes to the after effects of the treatment, HIFU is actually very safe when it is performed by a qualified or trained professional like we at the aesthetics studio have. Also no extra care is needed as you can resume to your life right away. But yes, a little redness might appear or a tingling sensation for a few days. Other than that, you might experience temporary numbness or bruising but this is very rare and it also disappears in matter of days.
Before and after. Once getting the treatment done at aesthetic studio you will feel younger than ever and it will give you a more youthful appearance
As mentioned earlier, HIFU is very safe and effective procedure as there are no cuts, scars or required no recovery time as compared to the surgical treatments. It has less cost and give immediate results.
But HIFU is not some miraculous cure for aging. Offcourse you will age but your skin will still look younger and it is suitable for people having mild to moderate skil laxity because if you have a severe laxity, the pocess might not be suitable for you because it will take years to get to the results and your skin issues might not get treated via HIFU.