Aesthetic surgery sure provides a dramatic shift in face shape, but it is very invasive and permanent. If anything goes wrong during the surgery, it is very difficult to undo the damage. This created a demand for relatively non-invasive, non-permanent treatment methods to provide lift. Options like Botox, fillers and thread lift are temporary, but still slightly invasive. However, most people are not a fan of needles.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound is an impressive technology that is now being used as a completely non-invasive alternative to facelift surgery. There are no incisions, bleeding or scarring involved and it is safe and FDA approved.
How HIFU works?
This treatment method uses ultrasonic waves that penetrate deep into the skin layers and trigger skin rejuvenation. Unlike laser, ultrasound waves can penetrate the deeper skin layers and thus replicate the actions for invasive aesthetic methods without actually needing any incisions. It stimulates collagen production, which gives skin tightening effect and helps in lifting up the sagging facial structures.
As it encourages the production of collagen, it helps reduce the wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. It helps tighten the skin, lifting up the eyebrows, eyelids and cheeks. It can also add more definition to your face by defining the jawline and cheekbones. It also reduces the turkey neck effect by tightening the sagging skin around the neck. These minor changes make your facial features more defined and your skin more smooth and wrinkle-free effectively rejuvenating your entire face, helping you look younger, more fresh and energetic.
Why HIFU is so popular?
It is hands-down the most popular antiaging treatment in demand in clinical practice as it is pain-free, non-invassive, subtle and affordable. It is a very effective skin tightening treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity over the age of 30. Even patients with serious photodamage can see a significant improvement after a few sessions.
HIFU is an FDA approved safe procedure that is relatively more affordable and has minimum side effects that subside on their own in a couple of days. You will experience minor discomfort from the heat but nothing that requires serious attention.
The procedure can be completed within office lunch break time and there is no downtime involved. You can walk into the clinic and go back to work right after getting the treatment. The results are immediately visible and complete results are revealed in a couple of months. The improvements and facial modifications look more natural as compared to surgery. As changes are gradual and subtle no one can tell you have work done or have found a magical fountain of youth to drink from. Results last from 6 months to a year and you can have a follow-up session once or twice a year to maintain the results.
Who Should not get HIFU?
It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating mothers and people with severe skin laxity problem. It is not suitable for people with skin infections, open skin lesions, active cystic acne, metallic dental implants.