Updated: Sep 16
A high intensity focused ultrasound facial, or HIFU facial for short, is a non-invasive treatment for facial aging. This procedure is part of a growing trend for anti-aging treatments that provide some of the benefits of a facelift without surgery.
What is HIFU?
HIFU is the first and only non-invasive procedure that can improved the appearance of the skin, which increases patient's everyday comfort. Thanks to HIFU treatment, we can create visual effect of removing excess skin, sagging skin, cellulites and fat tissues.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, nonsurgical ultrasound treatments such as HIFU can:
tighten the skin on the neck
reduce the appearance of jowls
lift drooping eyelids or eyebrows
smooth wrinkles on the face
smooth and tighten chest skin
The type of ultrasound that this procedure uses is different than the ultrasound that doctors use for medical imaging. HIFU uses high energy waves to target specific areas of the body.
The effects that patients get can be seen immediately and the tissue lifting progress overtime, enhancing the effects of the treatment. Patients also observes spectacular results after body treatments. Loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy is a problem to some women.
Aestheticians usually begin HIFU facial rejuvenation by cleaning the chosen area of the face and applying a gel. Then, they use a handheld device that emits the ultrasound waves in short bursts. Each session typically lasts 30–90 minutes. This is the same with arms and body parts.
Some people report mild discomfort during the treatment, and some have pain afterwards. We may apply a local anaesthetic before the procedure to help prevent this pain.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), may also help.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal, HIFU facials do not require any preparation. When a session is over, there is also no recovery time, meaning people can get on with their daily activities after receiving HIFU treatment.
People may require between one and three sessions, depending on the results they want to achieve.
Contraindications of HIFU
Pregnant & Lactating Mother
Person who is taking Isotretinoin or Retin-A
Person with fillers
Person with Diabetes
Person with open wounds or acne
A high-intensity focused ultrasound facial, or HIFU facial, can be an effective way to minimize the signs of ageing.
As a nonsurgical technique, HIFU calls for less recovery time than a surgical facelift, but the results will not be as pronounced. Still, researchers have found that the procedure can firm sagging skin, smooth wrinkles, and improve skin texture.
With good aftercare, a HIFU facial's benefits can last about 12-18 months.
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