High-intensity focused ultrasound is one of the newest treatments on the market that aims to tighten the skin in a non-invasive manner. Instead of suffering through the pain and dangers of a facelift, ultrasound energy is used to boost collagen production naturally. Ava Laser Clinic has put together a guide that explains everything you need to know about HIFU before you book your appointment.
High-intensity focused ultrasound was initially created to help treat and reduce tumors. The first cosmetic use was in 2008, and in 2009 it gained FDA approval as a brow lift treatment. In the middle of 2014, the FDA gave further approval for HIFU to be used in the treatment of neck, face and chest wrinkles.
HIFU has been used in several clinical trials as an alternative treatment for facelifts and wrinkle reduction on the face. All of these trials resulted in proving that the treatment is both effective and safer than traditional surgery. Though this form of treatment is considered off label, it is still effective and widely used in the cosmetic surgery industry.
The ultrasound treatment is used mainly as an alternative for traditional facelifts; however, it is also effective in body contouring, tightening, lifting, and overall facial rejuvenation. While this treatment is effective in most candidates, those with extreme amounts of sagging skin may not achieve the best results.
HIFU targets the layers of skin that are just below the surface. This layer called superficial tendon membrane system (SMAS). This targeting makes the tissue heat up at a rapid pace. At a specific temperature cellular damage occurs. Once this happens, the SMAS layer will be tighter it causes the related muscles will be shorter and also start producing collagen which helps to repair the skin.
The result is healthier-looking and tighter skin in the treatment area. The upper layers and the adjacent layers are not affected making this a safe treatment for just about everyone. The best candidates are over the age of 30 with mild or moderate skin laxity.
HIFU has a wide range of benefits. Traditional cosmetic surgery comes with a lot of risks while HIFU in comparison has a much more minuscule percentage. In the last several years, non-surgical procedures such as HIFU have increased by more than 60%. HIFU has been proven to improve skin tightness, reduce wrinkles, lift sagging facial structures, enhance jawline definition and smooth the skin.
There are many differences between a traditional facelift and HIFU. A traditional facelift lasts several years but have a higher number of risks associated with the procedure. The cost of a traditional facelift is also much higher than non-surgical procedures. HIFU has fewer risks than traditional surgery and also cost much less. While a traditional surgical face lift requires a recovery time of 2-4 weeks, HIFU does not require any. Though HIFU is highly effective, the results are not as long-lasting and the procedure will need to be repeated after a certain amount of time.
During the HIFU procedure, a patient may experience small amounts of discomfort. As the ultrasound energy is passed over the treatment area, small electric pulses or sensations may be experienced. An over the counter pain reliever may be taken before the treatment session to minimize discomfort. Once the procedure is complete, the area treated may experience mild swelling or redness. This will normalize within a few hours.
There is no special preparation required ahead of treatment, however, the skin should be clean and free of topical products or cosmetics. There is no downtime following treatment, and the patient can resume their regular activities immediately following their appointment.
High-intensity focused ultrasound is a safe and effective way to restore a youthful appearance without the pain and risks of traditional surgery. For those looking for noninvasive options for tightening their skin or banishing wrinkles, HIFU from Ava Laser Clinic is a smart choice. You no longer have to worry about scarring, long healing times or high cost when you choose our services. If you have mild-to-moderate skin laxity, are interested in a more youthful look, and are interested in HIFU in Richmond Hill, contact us today at (905) 237-2360. Our team is ready to help you look and feel your best.