High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a relatively new cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that is non-invasive facial and body lifting procedure. This is done by producing focal thermal coagulation points (TCPs) and the SMAS layer, all in the deep dermis and subcutaneous adipose tissue.
It uses ultrasound energy to encourage the production of collagen which results in firmer skin.
- Skin tightening for skin laxity for all ages.
- Lax neck, jowls, double chin, brow, face lifting and body areas tightening.
- Wrinkle reduction around the eyes and forehead.
- Size reduction and waist tightening post baby or weight loss.
- Rejuvenation and tightening of sagging breast, inner thighs and arm.
- Enhancement of jawline.
- Tightening of décolletage.
- Smooths the skin.
- Body skin tightening and smoothing.
HIFU uses focused ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface. The ultrasound energy causes the tissue to heat up rapidly.
Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage. While this may seem counterintuitive, the damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen, a protein that provides structure to the skin.
Since the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface, there’s no damage to the upper layers of the skin and adjacent issue.What does HIFU feel like?
You may experience slight discomfort throughout the HIFU procedure. Some people describe it as tiny electric pulses or a light prickly sensation.
Immediately after the treatment, you may experience mild redness or swelling, which will gradually recede over the next few hours.
There’s no special preparation needed before having an HIFU procedure.
If additional treatments are needed, you will schedule the next treatment.
The best part about this treatment is that you’re able to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure. Some slight redness or swelling may occur, but it should subside quickly. A light tingling sensation of the treated area may persist for a few weeks.
HIFU is considered a safe, effective, and non-invasive procedure for tightening skin.
If you’re looking for a treatment that is quick, painless, and non-invasive, HIFU is an excellent option compared to a surgical face lift.