High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment (HIFU): The Ideal Facelift Alternative

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment Hifu Ideal Facelift AlternativeHIFU treatments are a modern trend in skin tightening cosmetics treatments. High-intensity focused ultrasound is a painless and non-invasive way to achieve the results of a facelift without the risks involved with surgery. The ultrasound energy helps the body to produce collagen naturally which in turn helps to tighten the skin.

What Is HIFU?

High-intensity focused ultrasound treatments have routinely been used to treat various forms of tumors. In 2008, it was employed aesthetically while FDA approval as a treatment for brow lifts was given in 2009. The remaining FDA approval for aesthetic treatment was awarded in 2014. HIFU has been proven safe for cosmetic use in clinical trials and patients are able to see results several months after their session.

How does it Work?

HIFU treatments beam energy into the deeper layer of the skin which caused the epidermis to heat quickly. After attaining a specific temperature, cellular damage occurs. This gentle damage stimulates the organic production of collagen. The beam selectively targets the SMAS layer and deeper levels of the skin, which prevents the surface or surrounding tissues from being harmed.

The HIFU treatment is most suited to people over 30 who have mild or moderate sagging of the skin. Those with copious amounts or excessively loose skin may require several treatments before results are seen. Patients with excessive photo-aging, cystic acne, open skin lesions, metal implants and infections of the skin are not ideal candidates for this treatment.

Cosmetic Benefits of HIFU

There has been an increase in non-surgical cosmetics treatments over the last 10 years according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The increase in HIFU use can be attributed to the following benefits:

  • Reduction of wrinkles
  • Tightening of skin on the neck
  • Jawline enhancement
  • Lifting of the eyelids, cheeks, and eyebrows
  • Improved skin elasticity
  • Skin smoothing and more

HIFU vs. Traditional Facelift

There are many advantages and disadvantages for both traditional facelifts and HIFU procedures. You should choose the best fit to match your desired results and your budget.

HIFU treatments cost less than surgery, and there are also fewer risks of complications. However, these treatments have a more limited shelf life which ranges to about 2 years. A complete HIFU treatment averages out to just under $2,000 with no need for follow up visits or secondary medical treatment.

Surgical facelifts last much longer and have more noticeable effects; however, they are more expensive. In addition, a surgical facelift comes with long recovery time and the usual dangers that accompany any surgical procedure. Surgical facelifts average about $8,000 plus the cost of medications and follow up care.

What to Expect

Prior to your appointment you should remove all cosmetics from the treatment area and clean your skin thoroughly. Our aesthetician will clean the treatment area and apply a topical anesthetic prior to initiating your treatment. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, a thin film of ultrasound gel will be applied to the treatment area. The HIFU probe will then be adjusted and passed over the treatment area for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the treatment area. During your HIFU procedure, you may feel a slight sensation of prickliness. There are no side effects other than temporary swelling at the treatment site that will resolve within 2-3 hours.

How Ava Laser Clinic Can Help

For those looking for a painless yet effective way to achieve the same results as a facelift, HIFU is a great option. Ava Laser Clinic offers a range of affordable packages to match your budget. Though HIFU isn’t a cure for aging, we can help you achieve a more youthful look safely and effectively. Give one of our skilled aestheticians a call at (905) 237-2360 today to find out more.