Is HIFU good for firming the skin?
What are the best methods available for firming up loose or saggy skin? Is HIFU the most effective?
The ageing process is not a straightforward one. Ageing takes place in the slow degeneration of various layers of our skin:
1. Facial bones shrink and lose volume
2. Muscles and ligaments that hold fat compartment in place become lax; these fat compartments shift downwards with gravity
3. Outer skin becomes thinner and wrinkly.
In order to reverse ageing with the aim of creating a more youthful complexion, there isn't a treatment that fits all. In many instances, a combination of treatments are exployed for optimal results.
HIFU, in short for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, delivers focused ultrasound energy into the deeper planes of the face, namely the deep skin (dermis), superficial fat and muscle layer (SMAS layer – Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System). The SMAS layer is the same site that is tightened in a surgical face lift. By stimulating focal contraction points (as shown in the image below), there is immediate collagen contraction, resulting in SMAS tightness. Delayed wound healing in the next 3-6 months will stimulate new collagen production for even greater results.
Other anti ageing treatments would include fillers, threadlift, botox and lasers.
In short, there isn't a most effective treatment per se. I would suggest getting professional opinion from a qualified doctor to decide which one is suitable for you.
Have a good day ahead!
There are many methods for firming up loose or saggy skin. They range from completely non-invasive, to minimally invasive and lastly surgical face-lift.
Aesthetic clinics offer up to minimally invasive options for those who do not want surgery (due to scarring, anesthesia risks and stigma). These include:
1. Lasers or radiofrequency (usually more for upper skin layers)
2. Threadlifts (usually for fat sagging)
3. HIFU (tightens from deep ligamental areas to fat and even surface skin)
4. Botox (relaxes the depressor muscles on the face and neck to help with a gentle lift)
5. Fillers (replaces fat or bone loss areas, supports deep ligaments to provide a gentle lift)
As you can see, which method of lifting really depends on which condition or problem an individual has. It is common to combine some of the above solutions to provide synergy to the result. There is an article on DxD that touches on the various skin treatment devices available on the market which would be useful for more reading.
HIFU can target multiple layers of the aging tissues on the face and would definitely be one of the most precise and versatile skin tightening options available. It is still important for a proper consultation and assessment by an experienced doctor to see if it is suitable, if there are any other issues to address, or if there are any better options.
Hope this helps!