HIFU

HIFU skin treatment in Newport Beach, Orange County CA

HIFU is a non-surgical method to lift and tighten the skin of the face and neck using high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy. The ultrasound targets different depths of the skin, working to tighten the different skin layers to produce optimal results. Specifically, the HIFU targets the Super-facial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer. SMAS refers to the deep tissue layer below the dermis. The HIFU technology encourages the cells to produce new collagen, allowing the skin to increase firmness and elasticity. Collagen building takes time, therefore optimal results are seen anywhere from 2 months to 6 months post-treatment.

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Who is HIFU Recommended for?

HIFU is intended for individuals with skin laxity, or anyone who is looking to achieve skin tightening. HIFU can renew mild to moderate sagging skin, as well as create lifting of the brow to aid in improving openness of heavy eyelids. Keep in mind, however, that HIFU is not an alternative to a traditional facelift, and therefore patients with a greater degree of skin laxity may be better suited towards a surgical face and/or neck lift.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What does HIFU feel like?
    A: The treatment is felt minimally. Most patients describe the sensation during treatment as a slight vibration, tingling, or warmth.
  • Q: Are there any side effects?
    A: The skin may feel slightly sensitive following your HIFU treatment, and may have a sensation similar to tingling or pulsating.
  • Q: How long does the treatment take?
    A: The treatment takes roughly 15-20 minutes.
  • Q: Is there any downtime?
    A: The great part about the HIFU treatment is that there is zero downtime! You may resume all normal activities following treatment.
  • Q: What areas can be treated?
    A: The face and neck can be treated using HIFU.
  • Q: How long does the treatment last?
    A: The length of results truly depends on each patient as collagen degradation and the aging process affects everyone differently and at different rates. While the treatment may be performed every 3 months, most patients will only need one or two treatments up-front, followed possibly by annual touch-up treatments to keep up with the aging process.
  • Q: Who is not a candidate?
    A: The HIFU treatment is contraindicated in patients with active or open lesions in the treatment area, patients with pacemakers or defibrillators, or those with metallic implants in the treatment area. Furthermore, the treatment has not been evaluated in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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