Once upon a time the only way to combat sagging skin and wrinkles was through an invasive, expensive and time-consuming face lift. Today there are numerous quick and easy treatments available to help you achieve the firm, youthful skin of your dreams. Recently, a new anti-aging treatment has been causing a stir in the skincare world. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments are the latest in skin tightening technology, promising all the benefits of a face lift, without the surgery, downtime or price tag.
But what exactly is HIFU, and how does it compare to skin-tightening treatments already on the market? Read on to find out just how this treatment works, and whether it’s the right treatment choice for you.
What is HIFU?
HIFU uses ultrasound energy to heat cells far beneath the surface of the skin, stimulating the production of more collagen. This increase in collagen, which is the protein responsible for skin elasticity and firmness, results in tighter-looking skin with fewer wrinkles and improved smoothness. HIFU is quick, non-invasive and relatively painless. Since there is no damage done to the upper layers of skin, there is no downtime involved in this treatment, and customers can go about their day as normal post-treatment.
HIFU might be the newest skin-tightening technology on the block but there are many tried and tested choices available to those seeking youthful, bounce-back skin. Treatments such as Thermage and Fractional RF (radio frequency) are two such options that are popular for their convenience, versatility and long-lasting results.
HIFU vs Thermage
Thermage is a non-surgical treatment that uses energy-focusing radio frequency to encourage collagen production in the deep layers of the skin, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. Promising visible results after just one treatment, it is a popular choice for treating fine lines, wrinkles, uneven or dimpled skin and even cellulite. Treatments take approximately 90 minutes, making Thermage the perfect treatment for those seeking big results on a busy schedule.
HIFU vs Fractional RF
Fractional RF plumps and repairs the skin through a combination of radiofrequency and micro-needling. This treatment induces the natural healing process and stimulates cell regeneration and collagen production. Unlike HIFU or Thermage, this treatment not only improves skin tightening and targets and reduces the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin – it also improves signs of scarring, stretch marks and large pores. These added benefits make it an extremely versatile treatment for those wanting to target a number of skin concerns associated with the ageing process.
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Which is right for you?
The main purpose of most skin tightening treatments is to produce collagen in order to increase skin elasticity and firmness. As collagen production reduces dramatically after the age of 25, these treatments work to reverse the ageing process and are popular among men and women over the age of 30.
If you’re at the stage in your skincare journey where you feel the need to reduce visible signs of ageing, a skin tightening treatment might be right for you. Depending on what areas you want to focus on (face, neck, décolletage or body) and what exactly you want to achieve (reducing the appearance of fine lines, a double chin or jowls), treatments will vary in suitability.
Speak to an Australian Skin Clinics professional today to find out what treatment will be right for you. Find your local Australian Skin Clinic.