What is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU?

High intensity focused ultrasound also know as HIFU, is the latest clinically proven technology for face lifting and the improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles in just one session. It is the ONLY FDA approved treatment with a specific intent for improvement of lines and wrinkles on the face  It targets individually brow lifting, jowl line lifting, nasolabial fold reduction, Periorbital wrinkle reduction and overall skin tightening and rejuvenation. The highly focused energy creates thermal coagulation at 3 different depths within the skin which leads to a wound healing response, this results in the new formulation of collagen and elastin providing a longer-term tightening and lifting effect of the skin.
 
Hifu uses the power of Ultrasound to safely lift and tighten skin. Ultrasound is a form of energy that is significantly different than  Lasers or Electrical (Radio-Frequency) energy. 
Hifu, protects the skin surface, whilst precisely penetrating at deeper depths and higher temperatures than Radio Frequency, for example, treating beyond the Dermis and Foundation layers, where structural weakening starts. 
Tissue at the target point is heated, Thermal Heat is created with the skin tissue creating both spaced ‘wounds’ and cellular friction – which in turn promotes healing, immediately contracts collagen and stimulates a rapid production. Over the next 3-6 months, the wound-healing response stimulates long-term tissue and leads to further lifting and tightening, with results that can last for years. 
It also helps to improve the tone and all the features of your face such as your eyes, cheeks, mouth, chin and skin, with the benefit of being able to maintain facial expression. Excellent for a post-surgical facelift to maintain the lift and treat blood stasis, scarring, and numbness. 

What are the benefits Of HIFU Treatment?

As a completely non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound offers patients many benefits over other procedures –
Clinically Proven 
Safe and Effective 
Cost Effective Alternative to a Surgical Face Lift 
No Need for Anaesthesia or Sedation 
No Incisions or Risk of Infection 
No Downtime 
Comfortable and Painless Treatments 
Results can be seen after just one treatment 
Results can last for 2 years plus 
With the advantage of three depth cartridges (1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm), Hifu has the capability of penetrating to depths only previously possible with surgery.

FAQ's

Is It Safe?

The procedure has been cleared by the FDA after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and over 200,000 treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

How Long until I see results?

Patients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a procedure.

Will I Need More Than One Treatment?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process). Your dermatologist will be able to recommend the right treatment plan for your needs.

What does it feel like during the treatment?

What you are feeling during the treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin. Patients have noted there can be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.

Does It Hurt?

Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, but there can be some discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come! Exciting advancements have recently been implemented, including a new-and-improved treatment approach is proven to increase the patient comfort of the procedure without impacting efficacy. Of course, your dermatologist at Krasa will consult with you prior to your skin treatment to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Are there in adverse effects?

There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is always the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects, which your dermatologist at krasa will review with you.