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HIFU therapy benefits and its side effects

2021-06-29 10:50:49

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

What is HIFU Therapy?

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a relatively novel cosmetic procedure for skin tightening that is a non-invasive treatment and it is a painless replacement for facelifts. It utilizes ultrasound energy to promote producing collagen fibers, which results in firmer skin.
At first, HIFU was used for the elimination of tumors but in 2008 trusted source reported its effectiveness for aesthetic usage.
After that it was approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for brow lifts, improving lines and wrinkles and necklines.
This method of treatment was a great chance for people to see improved results in few months after their HIFU sessions and they would not be concerned about risks associated with surgery.
HIFU is a promising treatment especially for younger patients who suffer from wrinkles and they don't want to tolerate risks and recovery time associated with plastic surgeries.
Although HIFU seems to be very effective it won’t work as well for people with more severe cases of sagging skin and deep wrinkles.

kind of HIFU therapy

Where is HIFU usually used in the body?

· Full facelift tightening

· V-shape facelift

· Double chin reduction

· Body contour & sculpting

· Mini HIFU

· tightens and reduces saggy jowls

· Brow lift

· Neck lift

Everyone can do HIFU on different parts of body like: abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms and back fat.

HIFU generally can melt fat, shape the body by contouring and tighten the body. It also can destroy fat cells and decrease cellulite. The results of this treatment seen after 4 to 6 weeks when fat removal is complete, the new elastin and collagen will be formed. By going through this steps, your body will be shaped and improve skin elasticity, tone and texture.

HIFU for small and sensitive areas such as under the eyelids and eye bags, lip lines, and corners of the eyes is usually done with small device That called Mini HIFU.

In HIFU therapy the energy released during this treatment makes heat in the deeper layers of the skin. Collagen production is stimulated during the recovery process that follows. The skin becomes stronger and tighter due to this collagen and takes back its elasticity.

The process of collagen formation takes about 3 months so that the skin gently tightens. So the result is achieved in a natural way. Your environment will notice that you look younger and fresher without appearing artificial.

HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:

    • Wrinkle reduction
    • Tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
    • Lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
    • Enhancing jawline definition
    • Tightening of the décolletage
    • Smoothing the skin
      facial HIFU

What is Facial HIFU?

The HIFU procedure includes focusing ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface and then superficial tissues heat up rapidly. After getting certain temperature cellular damage happens. This stimulates other cells to produce more amounts of collagen (collagen is an important structural protein). The production of collagen makes the skin tighter and firmer and at last fewer wrinkles.
You should not be afraid cause there’s no damage to the upper layers of the skin and adjacent tissues.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most common and abundant form of a structural protein in the body. It is found in all tissues of the muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, and digestive system. However, the time people talk about the importance of collagen, they are generally referring to its benefits for the skin. Aging will cause decreasing the amount of collagen production. lack of collagen results in the common signs of skin aging. Wrinkles, sagging skin that has lost its elasticity, and stiff joints are all signs that the body is not producing enough collagen. When collagen levels are high, the skin is soft, smooth, and firm. The basis of HIFU is the stimulation of cells to produce collagen.

different parts of the body for using HIFU

Who can't use HIFU as a treatment?

HIFU isn’t recommended for people with infections and open skin lesions at the target area, severe or cystic acne, and metallic implants in the treatment area.
It's not a good option for patients with deep wrinkles and severe skin laxity. Their only choice is lifting surgeries.

What does HIFU feel like?

Patients feel slight discomfort during treatment sessions. This is described as tiny electric pulses or something like a slight prickly sensation.
In some cases that patients are really worried about its pain, a doctor will prescribe acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Advil).
A short while after HIFU treatment mild redness or swelling will be experienced. It will be decreased after some hours.

What should you expect during treatment sessions?

A technician first cleans the target area
• They may apply a topical anesthetic cream before starting the procedure
• The physician then applies an ultrasound gel on the area
• The HIFU device is placed against the skin
• Using an ultrasound viewer, the physician adjusts the device to the right setting
• Ultrasound energy is then delivered to the target area in short pulses for roughly 30 to 90 minutes
• Then device is removed

What are the Side effects of HIFU?

Generally, the evidence has shown that a HIFU facial has few side effects, though some patients may experience pain and discomfort right after the HIFU procedure. serious side effects of the treatment, although some participants reported:

  • swelling
  • numbness
  • redness
  • bruising
  • a purple rash


HIFU vs. facelift

Although HIFU doesn't have facelift risks, its results don't last for a long time. So you should repeat HIFU sessions. Facelift results are long-lasting. In one research, 68.5 percent of people rated improvement as very good or beyond expectations after an average of 12.6 years following the surgery.
HIFU costs $1,707 on average while facelift surgeries are much more expensive, $7,562 on average.

Iran is a perfect country for all cosmetic procedures. The most novel techniques and technologies are being used for cosmetic purposes. In comparison with other countries, you can utilize services of the best quality by paying affordable prices.

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