As daunting as it sounds, none of us are spared from the effects of aging that causes our skin to lose its elasticity and firmness. With the natural effect of gravity, daily stress, lack of sleep and an imbalanced diet, your skin is probably feeling the aftermath, contributing to further loss of firmness.
A quick test you can do is to feel your facial density – especially on the cheeks – when you apply your daily skincare product. If you feel that it is not as bouncy and perky as it used to be when you were younger, then it’s probably time to look into the HIFU treatment.
What is HIFU and how does this latest facelift treatment work?
HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – a relatively new cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that is non-invasive and some consider a painless replacement for traditional surgical face lifts. This procedure uses medical-grade ultrasound energy to encourage natural collagen production, which results in firmer skin with a more youthful complexion.
Basically, the procedure involves focused ultrasound energy waves – produced by a transducer handpiece – targeting 4 different levels of the skin;
- 4.5mm (Targets the superficial muscular aponeurotic system layer for overall lifting effect)
- 3.0mm (Deep dermis tightening)
- 2.0mm (Ideal for treating eyebags and the area around the eyes)
- 1.5mm (Superficial dermis tightening)
Heat is generated at these specific levels, starting a thermal coagulation process to stimulate your natural collagen fibres to thicken and shorten. This process produces a tightening and lifting effect of the skin by triggering collagen synthesis for a more natural looking outcome. One more thing to note, is that this treatment can also help burn stubborn fat cells, so you could opt for HIFU as a tightening procedure for other stubborn areas in the body, such as the upper arms, buttocks and abdomen.
HIFU Treatment is Dr Larry Wu’s first choice for non-invasive face lifting. Dr Wu, from iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic is a strong supporter of non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements using the latest cutting-edge technology and equipment. His clinic uses the 3rd generation HIFU machine, offering a facelift treatment with higher power, lesser discomfort, increased safety and clinically proven results.
“This treatment complies with both clinical and international regulatory standards, so it’s safe and effective for lifting and tightening the face, as well as slimming and tightening the contours of the body,” says Dr Wu.
Dr Wu has extensive clinical experience handling this device and he assures us that it’s not harmful in any way as the machine only targets specific layers of the skin without damaging nearby tissue.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), HIFU has seen a major increase in popularity over the last few years, due to the fact that the HIFU treatment has fewer risks and costs than a surgical face lift.
Which areas of the face can be treated and what are the benefits of HIFU?
Although HIFU is primarily for skin lifting and tightening of sagging skin like the neck area (sometimes called turkey neck), there are a few other added aesthetic benefits of this treatment, including:
- wrinkle reduction around neck and forehead areas
- lifting of the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
- enhancing of jawline definition
- and smoothening of the skin
Also depending on the setting used, the HIFU face lift treatment is able to "melt" facial fat while tightening the area simultaneously. This is very useful for V shaped face contouring, jowl reduction and treating double chins.
Eyebags can be targeted too, and treated with HIFU by tightening the orbital retaining ligament as well as reducing the infraorbital fat under the eyes. What’s more, HIFU treatments are also able to effectively treat cellulite, skin laxity and stretch marks, perfect for post-pregnancy mums!
Dr Wu advises that you get a full facial consultation prior to the procedure so the physician can ascertain if this is the best treatment for you and what levels of the treatment is necessary.
If these are your aesthetic goals, HIFU is an option to consider! As mentioned, you can expect minimal discomfort during this quick and effective treatment that lasts between 15-25 minutes. Pain levels could definitely vary from person to person, but according to Dr Wu, most patients tolerate the procedure well without anaesthesia or sedation.
There is no downtime after this procedure and you may only experience minor topical redness and slight swelling for a few hours after treatment. If this is the case, Dr Wu recommends applying <is there any cream available at the clinic?> to accelerate the healing process.
Clear results can be seen within 3-6 months of the procedure and a maintenance treatment should be done once every year.
So, are you ready? Read more about the HIFU treatment offered at iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic on their official website for a better understanding. Or book a consultation with Dr Wu for a full prognosis with expert advice and say goodbye to sagging skin!
Is your skin drooping and dull? Why not try HIFU that is considered safe and effective for tightening the facial skin? Read more about the HIFU treatment offered at iCare Medical and Wellness Clinic on their official website now!