4 Factors to Consider When Choosing HIFU Treatments​

The popular facelift treatment HIFU has been the star of the medical aesthetics industry. With clinics offering different discounted deals,  many women who want a more defined face without double chin are flocking to try this technology. Therapies are currently performed with different models of HIFU machines on the market, including Ultherapy, Ultraformer, Doublo, and UltraSkin. Each offers different price ranges, lifting effect and produces different side effects.

HIFU is a high intensity focused ultrasound facial treatment. Just by choosing the lowest price treatments and choosing because of trends and rumours could affect your experience entirely. In order to get the most bang for your bucks, you need to fully understand the principle, efficacy and side effects of the treatments. Before starting a HIFU treatment, the following 4 factors should be considered.


1. Is the lifting effect comprehensive?

At present, most HIFU instruments output energy in the form of fixed points, enter the preset subcutaneous depth (3.0mm or 4.5mm), perform fascia lifting, and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen. It’s important to note that the range between the fixed points is not activated, so the lifting effect is thus incomprehensive. On the other hand, many machine models have uneven energy output, resulting in areas that are tight while some are loose.


2. Is the process really painless as it claims to be?

The reason why many brands claim that HIFU treatment processes are painless or only cause mild discomfort is due to the use of anaesthetics prior to treatment. HIFU treatment sends energy directly to the bottom of the muscle, while anaesthetics only work on the surface of the skin. Imagine how effective would analgesia be? In addition, many customers will be prescribed “super painkillers” after the treatment. There is no doubt that the drugs can relieve pain, but they cannot deal with the soreness and paralysis caused by the treatment which is noteworthy.


3. Would the recovery process last indefinitely?

HIFU releases high-energy focused beams. A poorly executed treatment could leave energy trapped on the surface of the skin, forming raised stripes, commonly known as “cat’s claws”. These side effects may last for a short period of time, while some may not be able to subside naturally and will require additional treatments to resolve the situation.


4. Are packages that include unlimited treatments better worth your money?

Some treatments offer attractive cheap treatment prices, but the number of threads included in the treatment is only enough to lift the double chin. Would you be able to accept a partially tightened face? Treatments that offer an unlimited number of treatments at one price and once every two to three weeks have a treatment frequency higher than laser hair removal. You should be sceptical about whether the energy beams can reach the fascia if the process has to be repeated so many times. Although price is an important factor to consider, priority should be placed on assessing the efficacy and whether the number of threads included is enough to meet your needs, ultimately everyone is looking for optimal results by regaining a firm and youthful look.


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