What is HIFU? Definition, Side Effects, Cost
Have you been dumped in applying for jobs for looking old and incompetent because of your wrinkles? Or even spending so much money and effort in buying facial creams and beauty items to bet on ‘not so sure if it will work‘ products just to get rid of loosened skin on your face to look younger? Well, a HIFU clinic in Bangkok offers an immediate solution for aging and any skin problem on your face.
Recently, increasing public concern about wrinkles and face skin sagging due to aging has brought up different products and treatments available in any means of services. There have been chemical peeling, various treatments, fractional laser, radiofrequency, and microdermabrasion to cure facial wrinkles and laxity.
One of these mentioned treatments includes the safe and effective process that sought a promising result! HIFU is highly used for medical approaches but is now available for cosmetic purposes like a nonsurgical facelift. It works to kill your cells directly and encourage regeneration for a better outcome. HIFU is best in redefining faces and adjusting saggy and drooping skins in any part of your face and jaw.
Several studies have been published in testing the efficacy of the treatment, and it has shown success to almost every patient. Results are seen as seamlessly beautiful since HIFU encourages natural regeneration and zero surgery at all.
What is HIFU?
HIFU facial stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Facial rejuvenation, non-invasive treatment for facial aging. It is considered a new and advanced cosmetic technology for skin that significantly tightens and lifts several areas of the face. It is known as a painless replacement for facelifts surgery.
HIFU is known to treat tumors in medicine and was later first used for aesthetics in the year 2008.
HIFU has undergone several clinical trials and has been found to be safe and effective for facial lifting and refining wrinkles. A few months after the treatment, results were visible without any risk associated with surgery. HIFU could replace facelifts, especially in younger people who don’t want surgery’s risks and recovery time.
Ultraformer 3 is one of the HIFU device brands: Korea FDA, Europe CE, and HSA Singapore approved ultrasound skin tightening treatment specifically for the face and skin lifting.
HIFU is suitable for most patients concerning skin laxity. It is most common for those over 35 seeking a lift or tightening who refuse a surgical facelift. It is also sought by those looking to prevent skin laxity or slow down the facial aging process.
What is best about HIFU is that there is no surgery, therefore, no incisions, unlike surgical facelifts. Only a natural procedure is to be done in HIFU facial treatment, so clients only look like an enhanced version of themselves and look so much more natural rather than being edited.
How it Works
HIFU uses direct heat at a deep level in the skin. This heat damages the targeted skin cells, causing the body to repair them with your body’s collagen. This collagen then aids in cell regrowth and gives your skin a structure, elasticity, and more supple. Collagen is a type of protein responsible for providing structure to the skin.
Since the procedure uses high-frequency ultrasound beams to target specific tissue sites below the skin’s surface, there is no visible damage to the upper layers of the skin and the adjacent tissue. HIFU facial treatment is an effective way to minimize the signs of aging and improve skin tone in a single session. It is not a miracle that immediately makes you younger, but just this perfect procedure lessens the aging process for several months.
HIFU facial results include the following:
- tighten the saggy skin on the face,
- lift drooping cheeks, eyelids or eyebrows,
- smoothen the skin,
- reduce the appearance of jowls, defines the jawline, and
- wrinkle reduction on the face.
This procedure can be done in only 30 to 90 minutes in each session, depending on the state of your facial skin. It requires no preparation other than cleaning the chosen area of the skin and applying a gel. The procedure uses a handheld device that emits ultrasound waves in short bursts directly to the targeted skin.
What is to like about the HIFU facial is that it does not have a recovery time. Unlike any surgical facelifts, HIFU calls for less recovery time. This simply means that after a treatment, your beauty can get on with your daily activities or even go to work! No downtime at all.
People can undergo between one and six sessions each, depending on the results they want to achieve. The benefits of HIFU facial can last for about a year with good aftercare. Most people could see visible results in three months after their final treatment.
HIFU’s magical results may not be suitable for everybody. Generally, the procedure works best on people older than 30 with mild to moderate skin laxity. Older people experiencing extensive photo-aging, severe skin laxity, or very saggy skin on the neck may not be good candidates and may require surgery.
HIFU is not recommended for people with open skin lesions at and with infections on the targeted area, severe or cystic acne, and metallic implants in the treatment area.
Effects are almost as satisfying as it is with facelifts surgery. In a study in Korea, 94% of the treated individuals have achieved satisfying results with the HIFU facial and 97.8% with individuals who have undergone facelift surgery.
Despite experiencing mild pain and discomfort during the procedure, HIFU facial has only a few side effects. It is considered very safe if performed by a trained and qualified professional. The pain is eased with anesthesia before the procedure. These side effects are not serious, and that is as follows:
- bruising, and
- a purple rash.
Some slight redness or swelling may occur during or after the treatment, but it should subside quickly. Nonetheless, it is said that after four weeks, there will be no more pain, and just the fine result itself is visible.
The cost of HIFU facial rejuvenation varies from the area to be treated and the number of sessions required to achieve the desired results. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the average cost for one session of a nonsurgical skin-tightening procedure such as HIFU was $ 1,707 in 2017. It greatly differs from the $ 7,562 on average of the surgical facelift.
HIFU facial rejuvenation is a state-of-the-art procedure that offers natural-looking beautifying results without downtime. This is safe since our very own body’s regenerative ability is utilized to obtain magnificent effects on our skin.