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HIFU Facial Treatment

HIFU Facial Treatment vs. Facelift: Which One Is Better?

Facial treatments are all that people are looking for these days to ensure healthier, glowing, younger-looking skin. This is even if you’re not suffering from a skin issue and get pampered through facial treatment is not a harm. HIFU facial treatment was first used for treating wrinkles and sagginess in 2008. Since then, it has found many uses.

HIFU facial treatment is being touted as a non-surgical alternative to a surgical facelift. The treatment aims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face for a youthful look. Understandably, not many people are willing to go under the knife. This is especially so when they believe that they can achieve the same results with another treatment.

Moreover, they won’t have to go through the recovery period. It is something many people find difficult to take out the time for. However, do these benefits outweigh those of a surgical facelift? And are the results of HIFU facial treatment as effective as a surgical facelift? Let’s find out!

What Is HIFU Facial Treatment?

As we age, it’s only natural to experience different signs of ageing; not many are welcomed, though. The loss of skin elasticity, droopiness, wrinkles and fine lines can make a person look older than they really are.

HIFU stands for high intensity focused ultrasound and promises a solution to these problems. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive aesthetic facial treatment that can reduce signs of ageing on the face. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also cleared HIFU as a treatment for improving wrinkles and fine lines on the chest area (upper chest and neckline). HIFU facial treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which results in skin tightening.

A study on HIFU facial treatment was done on 20 Koreans, 18 women and 2 men, above the age of 30. It concluded that HIFU facial treatment was “safe” and “effective.” It did reduce the appearance of wrinkles while tightening the skin. However, it should be noted that of the participants, some experienced temporary side effects. These included swelling, bruising, erythema, and purpura.

It should also be noted that for people who have deep wrinkles on their face and sagging skin, HIFU facial might not offer satisfactory results. It is more suitable for younger people who only have few wrinkles on their faces or early signs of ageing. Those who have mild to moderate skin laxity can also benefit from this procedure.

How Does the HIFU Facial Treatment Work?

The way HIFU facial works is that it uses ultrasound energy to heat up cells in targeted areas in the layer beneath the surface of the skin. The heat ends up causing cellular damage and in order to repair it, the body produces collagen. That is the target of high intensity focused ultrasound. This helps stimulate the production of collagen that is the protein responsible for giving structure, elasticity, and hydration to the skin. The new collagen production leaves the skin firm and plump.

During the HIFU treatment, some people may experience some discomfort. Since the HIFU treatment uses focused ultrasound to heat up the cells, you may feel the heat along with a tingling sensation. They can also feel pain afterwards. However, the doctor may use a local anaesthetic to prevent that from happening.

Mild redness and swelling may occur after the HIFU treatment; however, these side effects will only last for a few hours. It has no recovery period, which is why people who are looking to see immediate results may turn towards HIFU treatment. However, there’s a problem with this non-surgical treatment. You need to get HIFU repeatedly in order to continue seeing results.

How Much Does High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment Cost?

The HIFU facial treatment costs around £1400 in the UK. The non-surgical, non-invasive procedure makes use of the HIFU device. The expertise of the surgeon, your geographical area and the number of sessions needed can also add up to the overall cost of the treatment. There are further price variations depending on the needs and desires of the patient.

Since the result of HIFU are not permanent, the person needs to undergo the HIFU treatment again. Therefore, you’ll be spending double or triple the amount on HIFU than you would when getting one surgical facelift. Facelift surgery in Turkey starts from £2250. Moreover, if you have intense sagging and facial wrinkles, the HIFU facelift will not satisfy you.

What is the Surgical Procedure of HIFU Facelift?

The surgeon might prescribe you a painkiller before the HIFU facelift. On the day of the treatment, the surgeon may use a local anaesthetic and wait for it to take effect.

The HIFU device is then placed on the skin. After that, the ultrasound energy is delivered to the target areas in the deep layers of the skin. The procedure is highly targeted. That means it doesn’t harm the upper layers of the skin and the surrounding tissues. The whole treatment takes place in an hour or so.

What Are the Differences Between HIFU Facial Treatment and Surgical Facelift?

There are many differences between the HIFU facelift and the surgical facelift. Let’s take a look at them.

HIFU TreatmentSurgical Facelift
HIFU is non-surgical, non-invasive. Surgical facelift is invasive. 
HIFU has no recovery period. Patient can return to his/her routine activities after the treatment. Facelift surgery has a longer recovery period. In most cases, the patient needs to visit the clinic a week after the surgery to remove the stitches. 
HIFU is suitable for younger people who have early signs of ageing. Its results are not that dramatic. The treatment has its limitations being non-surgical. Facelift is suitable for people who have intense skin sagging and facial wrinkles. Being surgical and invasive, its results are far more dramatic. 
1-6 treatment sessions may be needed depending on the desires of the patient.  One surgery will be able to achieve the needs and desires of the patient. 
HIFU’s results are temporary. Facelift’s results can last for a decade. The skin may sag again due to the natural process of ageing, but its results are more long-lasting. 
The cost for one session of HIFU is £1400. In that, it is cheaper. However, since more than one session is needed, it can end up costing more than a surgical facelift. One surgical facelift in Turkey can cost £2250. Although it is more expensive, the results can last for more than a decade. 

Which Treatment Is Better For You?

That may depend on your age. If you only have early signs of ageing, a HIFU facial can work for you. It’s most suitable for those who are older than 30 years with mild to moderate skin laxity. The ultrasound energy used in the HIFU facelift penetrates deeper layers of the skin. This helps boost collagen production by the body to repair the cellular damage. It won’t damage the upper layers of the skin while doing so.

However, if your skin has extensive photo damage, then you may need to undergo a more invasive treatment. Photo damage results in pigmentation, freckles, itchiness, wrinkles, and rough skin. Older people who are experiencing saggy, droopy, dry and rough skin also aren’t suitable for HIFU’s ultrasound energy treatment. They also need to undergo surgery.

But you need to make sure that before deciding on any course of action, consult a medical professional.

Concluding Remarks

HIFU treatment has been around for a while. It is a suitable treatment for those who are older than 30 for dealing with the issue of skin laxity. The treatment can work on both the face and neck. It’s considered safe, and the accompanying side effects are transient. The recovery time is also none. Therefore, many feel comfortable getting this treatment for plumping up the skin and turning back the clock on facial ageing.

The whole procedure takes no more than 90 minutes. It can help tighten the skin and is a popular aesthetic treatment among many people. The patient needs to wait for at least 3 months before seeing the final results.

However, it has its limitations. This facial lifting procedure doesn’t yield long-lasting results. A patient may end up needing up to 6 sessions, with just one session costing almost 1500 pounds. In the long run, the facelift can end up costing you less than HIFU.

With a surgical facelift, you can enjoy the results for almost a decade. Although the recovery time is a few weeks, the patient can see most of the results after 3 months. Someone who has extensive photo damage is older, and dealing with more prominent signs of ageing is more suitable for a facelift. HIFU will not work for them. To book your treatment package or free consult, contact us right now!

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