What to expect from my HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment?
HIFU not only results in facial lifting and improvement of wrinkles but also improvements in skin tone, facial contour, as well as tightness or tension on the skin. You may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a single procedure. Prior to your HIFU skin treatment your Chi practitioner will consult with you to ensure an appropriate treatment plan has been determined and the experience will be as pleasant as possible.
During the treatment, you will feel small amounts of focused ultrasound energy being delivered below the surface of the skin. Some patients have noted discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being transferred, but this is a temporary and positive indicator that the collagen-building process has been initiated. There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of clients may experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. The feeling of a muscle workout soreness is normal and quickly subsides.
After your HIFU treatment you may still have fresh young collagen for up to a year following the procedure and can continue for up to another year depending on the condition of the skin. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen- building process.
What is a HIFU treatment?
The HIFU treatment has medical attention and FDA approval as a method to improve wrinkles and skin laxity. The principle of HIFU is to induce cellular damage and volume reduction of the target area selectively by means of coagulation by generating instant microthermal lesions through the accumulation of high-frequency ultrasound beams at the specific tissue site without any damage to the epidermis and adjacent issue. These zones cause gradual tightening of the skin through collagen contraction and remodeling. HIFU is a safe, noninvasive procedure for facial skin tightening which can also be used effectively improve the skin texture and contour of the upper arms, extensor knees, and medial thighs.
How does a HIFU treatment work?
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy device heats tissue with acoustic energy in a focused, controlled manner. The thermal injury within the tissue leads to focal necrosis and cellular damage, initiating an inflammatory response that leads to tissue remodeling, similar to changes that occur after ablative or nonablative laser treatments. Ultrasonic energy not only penetrates deeper into the tissue, causing thermal coagulation, but also avoids the adverse post-treatment effects of more superficial treatments sparing the overlying epidermis and intervening tissue. The system is similar to a fractional ablative laser, in that thermally injured areas are bridged by undamaged skin.