A High Intensity Focused Ultrasound facial, or HIFU facial, is a noninvasive treatment for facial aging. This procedure is part of a growing trend for anti-aging treatments that provide some of the benefits of a facelift without the need for surgery.
These less invasive treatments have a shorter recovery period than surgical options, but the results they provide are not as dramatic and do not last as long. Due to this, dermatologists recommend HIFU only for mild to moderate or early signs of aging.
HIFU is a completely non invasive, clinically proven face lifting & skin tightening procedure for the entire face, neck and body.
HIFU treats the deep foundation layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, HIFU doesn’t duplicate the results of a face lift however it is a fantastic alternative and certainly the most effective face lifting procedure currently on the market without going under the knife. Especially good for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
A HIFU facial uses ultrasound to create heat at a deep level in the skin. This heat damages targeted skin cells, causing the body to try to repair them. To do this, the body produces collagen to aid in cell regrowth. Collagen is a substance in the skin that gives it structure and elasticity.
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, nonsurgical ultrasound treatments such as HIFU can:
●     tighten the skin on the neck
●     reduce the appearance of jowls
●     lift drooping eyelids or eyebrows
●     smooth wrinkles on the face
●     smooth and tighten chest skin
The type of ultrasound that this procedure uses is different than the ultrasound that doctors use for medical imaging. HIFU uses high energy waves to target specific areas of the body.
HIFU Procedure
Dermatologists usually begin HIFU facial rejuvenation by cleaning the chosen area of the face and applying a gel. Then, they use a handheld device that emits the ultrasound waves in short bursts. Each session typically lasts 30–90 minutes.
Some people report mild discomfort during the treatment, and some have pain afterward. Dermatologists may apply a local anesthetic before the procedure to help prevent this pain. Over the counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Advil), may also help.
Unlike other cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal, HIFU facials do not require any preparation. When a session is over, there is also no recovery time, which means that people can get on with their daily activities after receiving HIFU treatment.
People may require between 1-6 sessions, depending on the results they want to achieve.
●     Wrinkle reduction
●     tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
●     lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
●     enhancing jawline definition
●     tightening of the décolleté
●     smoothing the skin
Side effects of HIFU

In general, the evidence suggests that a HIFU facial has few side effects, although some people may experience pain and discomfort right after the procedure.
The South Korean study concluded that there were no serious side effects of the treatment, although some participants reported:
●     swelling
●     numbness
●     redness
●     bruising
●     a purple rash
In another study, researchers found that while some people who had HIFU treatment on their face or body reported pain right after the treatment, after 4 weeks, they reported no pain.
A different study found that 25.3% of participants had pain following the procedure but that it improved without any intervention.
A high intensity focused ultrasound facial, or HIFU facial, can be an effective way to minimize the signs of aging.
As a nonsurgical technique, HIFU calls for less recovery time than a surgical facelift, but the results will not be as pronounced. Still, researchers have found that the procedure can firm sagging skin, smooth wrinkles, and improve skin texture.
With good aftercare, the benefits of a HIFU facial can last for about 1 year.