Can High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment Replace Face Lifts?
HIFU uses focused ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface. The ultrasound energy causes the tissue to heat up rapidly.
Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage. The damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen — a protein that provides structure to the skin.
The increase in collagen results in tighter, firmer skin with fewer wrinkles. Since the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface, there’s no damage to the upper layers of the skin and adjacent issue.
The procedure works best on people older than 30. People with photo damaged skin or a high degree of loose skin may need several treatments before seeing results.
Benefits of high-intensity focused ultrasound
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), HIFU and other nonsurgical alternatives to facelifts have seen a major increase in popularity over the last few years.
HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:
-tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
-lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
- definition tightening of the decollete