Focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-surgical medical procedure that utilizes high-intensity sound waves to create controlled tissue damage, applying high heat precisely to the targeted tissue in the sublayers of the skin. It is named “focused ultrasound” because it is an application performed on the targeted tissue.
One of the most commonly preferred non-surgical treatments for facial lifting, focused ultrasound stimulates cells to start producing collagen, which is a protein used by the skin for self-repair. By increasing collagen production, this treatment can prevent the decrease in collagen production that occurs with aging. Aging-related effects that stem from collagen reduction, such as skin loosening, sagging, wrinkles, dull and matte skin tone, and pigmentation issues, can be addressed.
Focused ultrasound (HIFU) is an FDA-approved technology used to safely tighten and firm the skin by initiating a process that reverses the effects of aging. It is primarily used for treating lines and wrinkles in the face and décolletage area. Non-surgical focused ultrasound has several advantages, which can be listed as follows:
- It can be applied to all skin types and tones, and the individual can quickly return to their daily activities.
- It allows intervention directly targeting the desired tissues in different skin layers using various depth cartridges.
- It is a painless procedure that does not require anesthesia.
- It can be performed in any season, including the summer months.
- It is a single-session treatment.
- There is no need for downtime.
- It affects the skin without causing wounds or damage, resulting in no scars, changes in skin color, or risk of infection.
- It provides a natural outcome without causing a loss of facial expressions.
The effects of focused ultrasound on the skin are as follows:
- It triggers a process that stimulates collagen production, rejuvenating the skin’s appearance.
- It repairs the connective tissue, increasing the skin’s elasticity.
- It tightens and firms the skin, giving it a more vibrant and radiant look.
- It improves blood circulation, resulting in a healthier complexion.
How is Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Applied and How Does It Work?
The procedure can be performed without the need for anesthesia. A gel specifically designed for this procedure is applied to the cleansed skin, and the treatment begins by adjusting the necessary settings on the device. The device offers three different applicator depths, starting with the 4.5mm applicator for deeper layers of the skin. The 3mm applicator targets areas closer to the surface, while the 1.5mm applicator is used for the most superficial layers. By completing these targeted shots, the treatment allows for improvement in three different layers of the skin. Similarly, in other areas of the body, achieving the same effects is possible by using applicators with different thicknesses.
During the procedure, no incisions are made, and the skin remains undamaged on the surface. Controlled tissue damage is created in different layers of the skin, initiating collagen production in the targeted area. The production of new collagen leads to skin tightening and firming.
Who Can Benefit from Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment?
Focused ultrasound treatment is suitable for individuals who desire overall tightening, firming, and lifting effects without the need for surgery. It is commonly performed for both men and women; however, the treatment approach is planned and executed considering the differences between the genders.
Which Areas Can Be Treated with Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)?
Focused ultrasound (HIFU) can be applied to the following areas:
- Sagging of the arms and legs
- Facial, neck, and chin sagging
- Wrinkles around the eyebrows and eyes
It is an effective treatment for sagging and wrinkles that typically occur in the facial area due to aging. Additionally, it is often preferred and considered the most effective solution for cheek sagging.
What Sensations Are Experienced During the Procedure?
The sensations experienced during focused ultrasound treatment may vary from person to person, but the pain is generally described as small needle pricks.
Are There Any Side Effects of Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment?
Focused ultrasound treatment is FDA-approved and considered a safe procedure. Temporary redness and swelling may occur on the skin after the treatment. In rare cases, individuals with sensitive skin may experience mild irritation. Apart from these normal and temporary effects, no other side effects are observed.
How Long Does the Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment Take and How Many Sessions Are Required?
The number of shots and treatment duration can vary between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the treated area, the individual’s skin condition, and the treatment plan. Focused ultrasound treatment is typically performed as a single-session procedure, similar to most non-surgical lifting treatments. For individuals with mild to moderate sagging, one session is usually sufficient. However, those with advanced sagging and excess skin may require surgical intervention.
When Can the Results of Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment Be Seen?
After the focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment, tightening and firming effects on the skin can be observed. However, since the initiation of collagen production is a targeted process, the final results will become visible within 2-3 months as the body produces collagen. Complete results can be seen between 2-6 months as collagen production is finalized.
How Long Do the Effects of Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment Last?
The effects of focused ultrasound treatment last for a long time. As a single-session treatment that provides complete results in approximately 6 months, its durability is around 2 years on average. However, aging is an ongoing process, and depending on an individual’s suitability for non-surgical procedures, repeat focused ultrasound treatments may be required after 2 years. The longevity of the effects can vary depending on the individual and factors such as smoking, sleep irregularities, and unhealthy eating habits.
Prices for Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
Prices for focused ultrasound (HIFU) can vary depending on various factors. The size of the treated area is one of the most significant factors affecting the price of the procedure. Additionally, the experience of the doctor, the equipment of the clinic where the procedure is performed, and the satisfaction of previous patients who have undergone the treatment are other factors that can influence the price. Providing prices on websites for aesthetic and health-related matters is considered illegal according to the Ministry of Health regulations. The most accurate price information can be obtained by visiting the clinic where the aesthetic procedure will be performed and consulting with the doctor. After a thorough examination, the necessary procedures for the individual will be determined, and the most accurate price will be provided accordingly.
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