The ultrasonic facial is a non-invasive medical procedure that works to give the skin a tighter, more youthful appearance. It uses a technology known as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to target different layers of the skin to produce the skin lifting and tightening at various depths. Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved brand of HIFU machine that is used worldwide to lift, tighten the neck, chin and brow, and improves lines and wrinkles on the chest.
HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including wrinkle reduction, tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck), lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids, enhancing jawline definition, tightening of the décolletage and smoothing the skin.
HIFU is a one-time treatment with enduring results lasting from one to two years depending on your skin condition. Unlike RF technology, it can reach the deeper dermis, the papillary dermis as well as SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer under the fat which is the layer worked on when surgical facelift techniques are employed. There is some immediate improvement to the contours of the treated area, and the result and improves progressively for three to six months after the treatment. This ongoing improvement is due to the ultrasound energy triggering the skin to rejuvenate itself at the collagen-producing layer.
Procedure and Treatment
An experienced medical doctor will be able to give you an injection, numbing cream, or oral medication to help minimize any discomfort and pain. The intensity of the treatment can also be adjusted based on each patient’s pain tolerance.
During the procedure, your medical doctor will use the ultrasound technology to look at the deep layers of skin that they're heating to ensure you're getting lift exactly where you need. The inaudible, high-energy ultrasound waves penetrate into the deep layers of the skin, heating the tissues. This creates a controlled micro-injury which stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to speed up collagen production. The procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes.
There is no downtime because the ultrasonic energy is delivered into the deeper layers of the skin, thus sparing the surface of the skin, which looks normal after the treatment. Patient may experience mild swelling, bruising and tenderness on the area, but there are no restrictions after the treatment. Although you will get an immediate lift, but it takes three months to see the best result.
Face Sculpting and Contouring
Facial contouring, also known as face sculpting, is an elective cosmetic surgical procedure that aims at improving the proportion of the face and facial features, as well as make the face appear generally smaller or more chiselled. It can improve facial outline and make a person’s facial features look more balanced.
The non-invasive, subtler options include thermage, using patented radiofrequency (RF) technology to tighten the skin, contour the face, and smoothen out fine lines, Ulthera which uses a High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, resulting in tightening, contouring, and even improvement of skin texture, or by injecting Botox for the masseter (this is the muscle that makes your face look more square or angular) to make the face appear smaller and more V-shaped.