High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a relatively new cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that some consider a noninvasive and painless replacement for face lifts. It uses ultrasound energy to encourage the production of collagen, which results in firmer skin. 3D HIFU is even more modern technology and effective in producing quicker results. If you’re looking for a treatment that is quick, painless, and noninvasive, HIFU is an excellent option compared to a surgical face lift.
3D HIFU has 2 major effects:
1. Immediate tissue contraction at the same depth of a surgical facelift (3-3,5 and 4 - 4,5mm)
2.Stimulation of new collagen growth. It has been proven scientifically that collagen growth happens when the skin is heated at the right depth.
What Does HIFU Feel Like?
You may experience slight discomfort during an HIFU procedure. Some people describe it as tiny electric pulses or a light prickly sensation.
If you’re worried about pain, you may be suggested taking a Tylenol or a ibuprofen (Advil), prior to the treatment.
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 a 3D HIFU procedure. You should remove all makeup and skin care products from the target area before treatment.
Here’s what to expect at your appointment:
There is no down time. You’re free to go home and resume your normal daily activities right away after the procedure.
Most people see full results three months after their final treatment.
HIFU is considered very safe if performed by a trained and qualified professional. The best part about this treatment is that you’re able to resume your normal activities immediately after you leave the provider’s office. 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.Rarely, you may experience temporary numbness or bruising, but these side effects usually go away after a few days.
HIFU is considered a safe, effective, and noninvasive procedure for tightening the facial skin.
Of course, HIFU isn’t a miracle cure for aging. The procedure is best suited for clients with mild-to-moderate skin laxity, and you may need to have the procedure repeated in one to two years as the natural aging process takes over.
If you’re older with more severe skin sagging and wrinkles, HIFU may not be able to eliminate these skin issues.
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