High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

What is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive skin tightening therapy that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into the skin’s SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System) layer and dermis, stimulating collagen regeneration for lifting and tightening effects.

How does HIFU work?

HIFU utilizes focused ultrasound to generate heat energy at precise depths within the skin, particularly targeting the SMAS layer. This heat energy stimulates fibroblasts, promoting the production of collagen and elastin, which lead to tightening and lifting effects.

What is HIFU best suitable for?

HIFU is best suited for treating skin laxity and wrinkles. It can effectively improve facial contours, especially in the lower face, jawline, and neck areas.

What to expect during treatment?

The doctor will first assess the skin condition, then use a HIFU device to apply focused ultrasound to the treatment area. The entire process takes about 60 minutes, depending on the scope of treatment.

What are the treatment areas?

HIFU can treat areas such as the face, neck, brow, and jawline. It is particularly effective for improving sagging nasolabial folds, marionette lines, double chin and loose neck skin.

Is the treatment painful?

Most people can tolerate the sensation of HIFU treatment, but some may experience mild to moderate discomfort during the procedure. Doctors may use topical anesthetic cream or even oral analgesics to alleviate discomfort.

How many sessions are needed to see results?

Most people see improvement after one treatment, typically three sessions are recommended for a full course, but the effects vary from person to person. Some may require multiple treatments to achieve desired results.

How soon can I see results from?

Some immediate tightening effects can be seen right after treatment, but the final results usually become evident gradually over 3-6 months as collagen regeneration takes time.

What to avoid after the treatment?

After treatment, it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight, high temperatures (like saunas and hot baths), and vigorous exercise. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid using irritating skincare products for 24-48 hours.

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects of HIFU treatment include mild swelling, redness, and tingling, which usually subside within a few days to weeks. Severe side effects like burns or nerve damage are very rare, and the risk can be significantly reduced by choosing an experienced doctor for the treatment.

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