What is HIFU Facelift?
HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. It is a relatively popular procedure for patients who want to tighten and lift their skin without the risks of surgery. First discovered in 2008, it has come a long way in aesthetics medicine. Now, HIFU has been approved by FDA for use in brow lifts and improving lines and wrinkles over the upper chest (décolleté). Several clinical studies has shown that HIFU treatment is safe, effective and most patients are able to see results in 90 days after treatment.
How does HIFU work?
As its name suggest, HIFU uses ultrasound energy to target layers of our skin just below the surface. It gently heats up the underlying tissue without causing damage to our superficial skin. At the same time, this stimulates our skin cells to produce new collagen, a protein which provides structure to our skin. Therefore, the increase in collagen production results in a tighter and firmer skin, with lesser wrinkles. Besides treating the face, HIFU is also a popular treatment for body skin tightening and contouring (see picture below).
When will I see results from HIFU Facelift?
It takes time for our own body to regenerate collagen. You should see gradual skin tightening effect over a period of 2 to 3 months. Some patients continue to see improvement up to 6 months.
HIFU treats the deep foundational layer in our skin – SMAS layer (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system). This is the same layer of skin that plastic surgeons tighten in a face lift surgery. However, it does not replicate the results of a surgical facelift. It is a great alternative for those who are not ready for surgery or those who want to extend their results after a surgical facelift.
Call us now for more information on HIFU Facelift and see if it is the right treatment for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What brand of HIFU machine are you using?
We use Ultraformer 3 at Arium Clinic. Compared to Ultherapy (a well known brand of HIFU), Ultraformer 3 is known to have higher patient comfort, produces good consistent results and more versatile in treating both face and body.
How do I know if I am the right candidate for HIFU Facelift treatment?
The best way to know is to consult a doctor who is familiar with HIFU Facelift. He or she should be able to assess your skin, customize your treatment according to your needs and provide advice on your expected results.
What happens during the HIFU Facelift treatment?
We will apply numbing cream to the skin about 30 minutes before we begin. You may also be given some oral painkillers to take to reduce any discomfort. During the procedure, you may feel a gentle heating sensation when the ultrasound energy is being delivered to precise layers of your skin. This is an indication that the procedure is working and is generally well tolerated by most patients.
How long does one treatment session take?
It depends on your treatment area. A face and neck procedure typically takes 30 – 45 minutes, while a body treatment may take about 45 – 60 minutes.
What are the side effects from the treatment?
Most patients do not experience any side effects. Some patients may see a mild skin reaction such as redness or hives which lasts a few hours. You may encounter slight swelling, discomfort, skin sensitivity or mild bruising over the treated area. These symptoms resolve on its own within one to two weeks. A doctor can better assess and explain the potential side effects to you in person.
How often do I need to repeat treatment?
Most patients will see results after a single treatment. However, patients with more obvious skin laxity may benefit from additional treatments in 3 to 6 months. As our skin continues to age, future touch up sessions may be needed. On average, most patients repeat treatment in 6 to 12 months’ time.
Can I undergo HIFU Facelift treatment if I had other cosmetic procedures?
HIFU Facelift treatment can complement other cosmetic procedures depending on the outcomes you are trying to achieve. At the same time, you can discuss your expectations with our doctor. Then, we will be able to design a treatment plan to meet your personal goals.