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HIFU or Ultherapy Face Lift
Historically,men and women have always desired eternal youth. One of the first signs of aging, is the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the facial skin. This is due to the loss in the elasticity of the skin and decrease of underlying supporting tissue brought about by cell aging, effect of sun and pollutants.
Surgical facelifts have been popular procedures for several decades.These procedures are done to tighten the skin of the face and neck, thus reducing wrinkles and making it look more youthful. HIFU and Ultherapy are new, FDA approved, non-surgical techniques used to tighten the skin and improve its tone. They use energy generated by ultrasound, to stimulate the skin tissue and promote healing, making the skin tighter, toned and smooth.It is noninvasive and effective ultrasound treatment for lifting, tightening, and toning skin on the neck, chin, and brow.This treatment, uses sound waves to gradually strengthen and tone the skin from deep within the skin's layers. It can be combined with Botox and facial fillers or used alone to help you turn back the hands of time on your face and neck with no downtime!
Ultrasound has been used for decades in the medical field and is a safe modality. Ultrasound waves generated by the machine deliver targeted energy to the deeper layers of the skin. This stimulates the growth of collagen, which provides support to the sagging skin, making it firmer and more taut. As the healing occurs by regeneration, the results continue to improve up to six months after the procedure.The biggest advantage of using HIFU ultrasound for lifting and toning facial skin, is that it avoids surgery. It can be done as an outpatient procedure, avoiding hospital admission. It can be used to smoothen wrinkles, tighten facial and neck skin and improve bags and dark circles under the eyes.
After the HIFU procedure, the skin may appear slightly red, tender and swollen, but this does settle within a few hours. There are no long term side effects of the procedure. Depending on the need ,the procedure can be repeated after few months.
HIFU face lift may not be suitable if you have significant acne on your face, any wound or infection in the area to be treated, or have metallic implants.
DR. ANUP DHIR
Plastic , Cosmetic And Reconstructive Surgeon - New Delhi