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What Is Focused Ultrasound?

If you are fed up with the tired-looking face, if your wardrobe is full of creams called "miracle creams" and if you have tried all kinds of methods to create tightness on your face, but you could not achieve a desirable result, Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)might be the suitable option for you. High intensity focused ultrasound or as itscommonly called, focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a remarkable technology that offers a valuable alternative to the surgical methods in terms of a non-surgical facelift and non-surgical face rejuvenation. Ultrasound face rejuvenation (HIFU) is an approved treatment by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) for the treatment of wrinkles in the face and décolleté area. Nowadays, you might have heard of the Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology under different names.

Ultherapy, Ultraskin, Ultraformer, Duoblo are devices produced by different companies that provide services under different names but using the same technology for the purpose of ultrasound facelift. Focused Ultrasound uses the power of ultrasound to lift and tighten the skin safely. An ultrasound effect is a different form of energy from the devices that use energy generated from light, such as IPL and other lasers or Radio-Frequency.

Is Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) really efficient?

Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is accepted as a reliable, efficient, and non-surgical procedure for the tightening of the skin. (There is no incision, no scar, and no need for a recovery or healing period).

Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) protects the skin surface and creates a prominent effect with higher temperatures at the deeper parts than the radiofrequency method. Ultrasound facelift does not pierce the skin like the lasers used for skin rejuvenation and creates its effects directly in the deep tissue without damaging the skin. HIFU heats the target tissue in the form of millimetric spots up until about 65°C. Since it heats the tissue in the form of millimetric spots in a row, it does not damage the tissue and does not cause thenormally expected pain. Healing and collagen production is stimulated and accelerated with the controlled heat created with focused ultrasound. Stimulated healing and increased collagen production induced by the generated heat will provide “lifting and tightening” for a period of 2-6 months. Those who underwent focused ultrasound treatment emphasize that they maintain that satisfying result for about 2 years.

Focused Ultrasound treatment can also be applied around the eye and between eyebrows. Focused Ultrasound in Turkey (HIFU) applications are among the most effective non-surgical methods to protect face tone against the sagging and loose skin in the eye area, laugh lines, cheeks, neck, décolleté area,and under the chin. In the ultrasound facelift (HIFU) procedure, there are no risks of nerve damage, numbness, hematoma, and scars as in the facelift surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Face Rejuvenation with Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)?

  • Focus Ultrasound is a non-surgical procedure and provides many advantages to the patients compared to other procedures.
  • It is an FDA approved method with clinically proven efficacy.
  • It is a reliable and comfortable procedure.
  • It does not require anesthesia and it is a painless procedure.
  • Patients can resume their business and social life after the procedure.
  • It is applied in a single session, and its effects can last for about 2 years.
  • With three different depth cartridges (1.5mm, 3mm, and 4.5mm),it is efficient on different skin layers and different facial structures.
  • It does not cause scarring, discoloration, or infection since it shows its effects without causing any damage or wounding on the skin.

What is done before focused ultrasound procedure?

In the first consultation, it is evaluated whether you need focused ultrasound treatment. It is examined if there is excess skin, and tissue tonus and conditions of muscle and connective tissues are controlled.

Focused Ultrasound Cost, HIFU Cost

Focused Ultrasound Cost will vary according to the extent of the procedure area. Focused Ultrasound cost differsdepending on whether only a facial application will be performed or facial and neck procedures will be performed together. The other factor that determines Focus Ultrasound Cost or ultrasound facial rejuvenation cost is the number of shots required according to the deformity level in the face. As you will often encounter in the comments about focused ultrasound, the shots that will be made in the right direction, in the right areas, in the right amount will determine the result. Focus ultrasound is an application that should be done by the doctor. Especially the knowledge of surgical anatomy is the distinctive factor for the correct definition of the deformity, and the direction, vector, and the number of the shots to be made. Choosing the correct patient and correct application is very important.

Who are suitable candidates for focused ultrasound (HIFU)?

Suitable candidates for Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) are those who had their facial skin to get loose over time, who want a general tightening and recovery without a surgical procedure, and who want to get rid of some fat in the jowl area with a non-surgical method.

How long does focused ultrasound (HIFU) last for?

The number of shots and treatment duration change between 30-60 minutes according to the procedure area and treatment plan.

Which changes are seen after focused ultrasound (HIFU),face rejuvenation with ultrasound?

  • It increases the production of elastin and collagen, thus rejuvenating the skin.
  • It provides a reduction in nasolabial lines and tightness in the skin.
  • It might ensure tightness in cheeks, jaw edges,and neck, reduction in the jowl area, and regression in the fine wrinkles on the face.

When does focused ultrasound show its effect?

Slight effects are seen initially after the focused ultrasound (HIFU) procedure. However, the real results are seen within 2-3 months when your body naturally produces collagen again. Since focused ultrasound stimulates collagen production in your own body, results can be seenclearly in 2-6 months.

How long does the effect of focused ultrasound last?

“How long does the effectof focused ultrasound last?” is a frequently asked question. According to our clinical observations, it stays effective for about 2 years. However, there might be some individual differences.

How many sessions are made for focused ultrasound?

Focused ultrasound is a one-session application. One session is sufficient for people with mild and moderate skin loosening. It is not a suitable method for those with excessive sagging and excess skin, and facelift surgery is recommended for these people.

How does focused ultrasound (HIFU) work?

HIFU transmits deep ultrasound energy to different layers of the skin in focused ultrasound application. Millimetric point heat energy is delivered attemperatures between 65°C and 70°C to different layers of the skin such as SMAS, deep dermis, and epidermis. Different layers are reached with headers that can work at different depths. This precise targeting is specific to Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments.

Other non-surgical skin tightening treatments cannot target tissues in this way. Since sound waves bypass the surface of the skin, it rapidly heats the dermal and sub-dermal tissues without damaging the skin and stimulates collagen production in the tissue. The tissue stimulates the production and organization of collagen fibers in the self-healing process, whichprovides the skin to be tightened in the treatment area and lifted upwards for a long time. New collagen formation is an important factor for the skin to maintain its youthful appearance. In order to have a significant difference in the before-after photographs and to create a considerable effect on the patient, the appropriate amount of energy (number of shots) should be delivered properly to the required area.

Are there any disadvantages of focused ultrasound (HIFU)?

Disadvantages of focused ultrasound or side effects of focused ultrasound are the commonly asked questions. Focused ultrasound does not cause a scar, incision, etc. on the skin since it functions without damaging the skin. Immediately after the focused ultrasound treatment, there may be a slight redness on the skin that lasts for a few hours. Again, those who have focused ultrasound will have pleasant edema that makes their cheekbones more prominent. It makes the skin look brighter and more beautiful. This state of beauty is caused by edema; the main effects shall be seen within 2 months. All these conditions mentioned here can be considered as the side effects of the early period.

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Update Date: 06.03.2023
Assoc. Prof. Tarık Çavuşoğlu
Assoc. Prof. Tarik Cavusoglu
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