High Intensity Frequency Ultrasound or otherwise known as HIFU is a non-invasive treatment that is used to combat the signs of aging. HIFU utilizes ultrasound energy in order to stimulate collagen growth, making skin become tighter and firmer. HIFU is able to target the lower layers of the skin without damaging the skin’s surface. This will reduce the signs of aging while helping your skin to boost elastin and collagen production.
HIFU is a HSA-approved technology which is widely used across a variety of medical treatments. The mechanism of action is that high-intensity ultrasound waves are focused deep into the layers of the skin, in accordance to the machine’s settings (usually at 1.5, 3.0 and 4.5nm). This allows the doctor to deliver ultrasound energy deep into the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) layer.
The tightening effect from HIFU can be instantaneous. There is also the added benefit of triggering the production of new collagen towards the upper layers of the skin, which will continue even after the treatment has concluded.
Many patients who are dealing with the signs of aging are unwilling to go for surgical options like a full facelift. Hence, HIFU is great for those patients who have wrinkles, fine lines or saggy skin.
It is important to undergo a proper consultation and communicate your treatment history to your doctor beforehand. If you have had dermal fillers or other form of implants done before, you may not be a suitable candidate for HIFU treatment.
HIFU does not require any form of incisions or surgery. A numbing cream will be applied before the procedure is conducted. You may feel a slight prickling sensation during the treatment but this is well tolerated by most.
Some patients will report a slight discoloration of the skin around the target areas, but this is temporary and will fade away quickly.
The entire procedure takes around an hour or less to complete, but this is highly dependent on which part of the body is being treated and how severe the patient’s condition is.
HIFU is a very safe technology and has been used for many years without any reports of adverse side effects within the medical community. There are no side effects to be expected when undergoing a HIFU treatment.
There is little to no downtime associated with HIFU. Patients are free to resume their regular activities immediately after the treatment is over.
Results of a HIFU treatment can be instantaneous. There will be a visible lift and toning of the skin immediately after the procedure. However, the best results from a HIFU treatment are only visible 2-3 months after the treatment concludes. This is because the collagen that is stimulated by the treatment will require time to build up underneath the skin.