HIFU Skin Tightening – The Latest Craze!

by Phillippa Marshall

HIFU – the latest trend in skin therapy and rejuvenation!

When it comes to skin rejuvenations treatments, we’re often left overwhelmed by all the different therapies on choice, that all appear on the surface to do have the same end result.  Some are more time consuming, some are mores costly to your purse, and others, painful with a lot of down time.   When we get older, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and young glow, allowing you to appear older than your inner self.  Wrinkles are a naturally occurring part of becoming older, and there is no cause for fear. However, while you can really enjoy your skin and body at all ages, you don’t have to feel sorry for having to have those young advantages.  No ego, after all, wants to be more beautiful.  So, we got good news for you if you want to slow down the symptoms of aging on your forehead.  Alternatives that are not just cosmetic or skin care are healthy and cost-effective.  You can handle symptoms of aging in a noninvasive manner by playing your cards correctly and carefully selecting the procedure.

HIFU is a non-invasive, non-surgical facial lifting device. HIFU is a revolutionary new solution to going under the knife.   It can raise the face, neck and area of the eyes and firm and lift them, which can take years away from the face.   It’s the girt that keeps on giving, the initial benefit may be minimal, but over time the skin can tighten and strengthen its structure while promoting the development of collagen.  Results of the treatment continue to work and develop over 3-4 months and continue to work for up to 12-18 months (dpendant on your age).  You can literally do any area you want on your body that you wish to tighten your skin.   Most common areas are face and neck areas, but you can also treat arms, legs, stretchmarks, lose skin after pregnancy and more.

 

So what is HIFU?

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  This uses the ultrasound energy to focus and target specific areas of the skin.  The energy given off cause the skins tissue to rapidly increase in temperature causing cellular damage.  While you may consider this to be having the opposite effect, the damage then causes the cells to produce new collagen – an important protein that gives skin its firm structure, and that depletes as we age –  to help repair itself.  The boost in collagen then promotes tighter and firmer skin, plumping it up to reduce pores and wrinkles.  HIFU works best on those above the 30+ range with mil to moderate sagginess of the skin.  Those with more severe skin laxity may require more sessions of HIFU before seeing results.

 

How Does HIFU Work

HIFU operates by targeting the skin deep into the dermis layer, the same layer discussed during cosmetic operation. In contrast to lasers that enter the skin from without, the HIFU treatment circumvents the skin’s surface and provides concentrated energy directly in the deep, structural tissues at the optimum temperature for collagen repair during surgery, in which the collagen is generated.   The procedure stimulates the natural process, which is proven to create new and fresh collagen. The procedure itself has no creams, fillers or contaminants, it is based on the body’s own mechanism of collagen building with obvious effects.

 

How is HIFU distinct from  other laser methods?

HIFU uses tone, proven and true ultrasounds that have uniqueness that enables the skin’s surface to be bypassed in order to handle depths not matched by any other intrusive cosmetic product. HIFU induces the synthesis of collagen in the base of the skin, which leads to clinically important tissue lifting for the next 2-3 months. Lasers rely on light energy, which does not penetrate deeper skin layers at optimum temperature, and thus laser treatments treat only superficial skin. As two technologies mostly deal with various kinds of skin problems, they are also highly compatible.

 

Is HIFU painful?

The amount of discomfort varies between individuals.  Most individuals can handle the therapy well during energy supply. Treatment pain and irritation are transient and experienced only during treatment.   Slightly redness may exist as in most facial treatments; a small proportion of HIFU users may be slightly inflamed, stunted or sensitive, but these are moderate and transient symptoms with no significant irritation over longer periods of time.  However, you can experience pressure, heat or hot feeling during therapy that lasts less than a few seconds and only when ultrasound energy is being added during the pulsation period. The pain is short and a positive sign of stimulation of collagen construction.

 

Recovery time after HIFU

HIFU is completely non-invasive so there is no downtime is possible for a single HIFU therapy. After the procedure you can immediately continue your usual work without any extra post-treatment steps being taken. It is often labeled the “Lunch Time Facelift”, so you may return to work the next day. There have also been no major adverse effects reported in clinical trials and some cases have also been examined, including: neuralgia (pain related to irritated nerves), nerve palsy (numbing or paralysis) , severe swelling and blistering, to fat atrophy )loss of fatty tissues) 6 months after treatment.
However, it is important to look after your skin after the procedure. It’s recommended you use a decent sun block. You may want to use a moderate mild anti-inflammatory cream, or antihistamine if you are really red.

 

How many treatments are needed for HIFU?

The majority of people only require one treatment for the desired result, however, this will depend on your skin, it may be beneficial to do 2-3 treatments, 3 months apart, and to maintain the results you will need once per year as the natural aging process takes hold again.

 

 

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