In any case, “going under the knife” is still a dreadful prospect for fat reduction or a facelift. Thankfully, in recent years, non-surgical alternatives have sprung up to make such procedures less invasive, more effective, and pain-free.
Likewise, the HIFU machine targets specific points on multiple layers of the skin using high-intensity-focused ultrasound to make the skin more firm and tight. Also known as a “lunchtime facelift,” a single session of HIFU may produce noticeable results, or so people claim.
But, when you’re just starting to know about this procedure, it is natural to wonder if it works. However, since this cosmetic technology is already being deemed the ‘Golden Age of Beauty’ in Australia, it is worth exploring its benefits.
Some Top Benefits of HIFU
Why is HIFU becoming so popular among people these days? A peer-reviewed journal called Wiley revealed that in a survey of 32 Korean people, HIFU showed significant improvements in skin elasticity after 12 weeks of treatment.
The improvements were noticed on the thighs, lower abdomen, and cheeks. Given below is an extensive list of what HIFU is capable of –
- Smoothening of the skin
- Décolletages tightening
- Healing turkey neck or skin sagging of the neck
- Enhancing the definition of the jawline
- Lifting of the eyebrows, cheeks, and eyelids
- Reducing wrinkles and fine lines
Is HIFU Safe?
This is the most natural question before you experience the HIFU machine on your skin. Most people are asking two things here – is there any pain involved in HIFU, and will it be safe and effective in the long run?
The short answer to both the questions is no and yes (in that order). The procedure in itself may involve slight discomfort. It’s not generally painful, but people describe the feeling as electric pulses (tiny). So, a prickly sensation is to be expected.
Immediately after the procedure, you can expect mild swelling or redness in the targeted areas. The same should recede within a few hours of treatment. Thankfully, the recovery time is none, and maximum results can be noticed within three to six months of treatment.
The results generally last six months, after which you might need a follow-up. Also, there are no significant side effects of the procedure.
What is the Procedure Like?
HIFU doesn’t involve any special preps. All your aesthetic doctor might ask is for you to remove all makeup and coating of skincare products (if any). Here’s how the procedure goes –
- The targeted areas are first cleaned
- A topical anaesthetic cream will be applied before the procedure
- Then comes the application of the ultrasound gel
- The doctor will now place the HIFU device against your skin
- The device is then adjusted to the right setting using an ultrasound viewer
- Ultrasound waves are administered to the targeted areas in brief pulses of 30 to 90 minutes
- The HIFU device is removed
Besides the general procedure, follow-up treatments may be involved if the doctor perceives their need. The best part about getting a facelift from the HIFU machine is that it is non-invasive and allows you to resume daily activities within a couple of hours of treatment.
Compared to a surgical facelift, HIFU is exceptionally safe, effective, and non-invasive. Considered a miracle cure for ageing, it works best for mild to moderate skin laxity.