High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
What is HIFU?
HIFU is a non-invasive treatment for skin aging and sagging. The procedure reverses signs of skin aging and enhances skin tightening. It can be used on almost every body part (e.g., on the face, called ‘HIFU facial’), even on the genital area. HIFU is part of a growing trend for anti-aging treatments that provide some of the benefits of a facelift without surgery. It is recommended only for mild-to-moderate or early signs of aging.
How does it work?
HIFU uses high-energy waves that create heat deep in the skin. This heat damages targeted skin cells, causing the body to try to repair them. To do this, the body produces collagen to aid in cell regrowth. Collagen is a substance in the skin that gives it structure and elasticity. By increasing collagen, HIFU improves the appearance of wrinkles and causes skin tightening.
Which are the indications?
HIFU can tighten the skin on the neck; reduce the appearance of jowls; lift drooping eyelids or eyebrows; smooth wrinkles on the face; smooth and tighten chest skin.
How is HIFU performed?
The skin area is cleansed, and a topical anesthetic cream is applied for 30 minutes. Then the anesthetic cream is removed, and a cooling gel is applied. Afterward, the aesthetic provider uses a handpiece emitting ultrasound waves in short bursts. Each session typically lasts 30–90 minutes. Some participants report mild discomfort during the treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil), may help significantly. For individuals with low pain tolerance, a prescription pain medication, such as Percocet, can be taken 3 hours before the procedure. There is no recovery time, meaning people can continue their daily activities after receiving HIFU treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
The number of sessions depends on the severity of skin aging and skin sagging and the individual’s desired results. It can be between two and six sessions.