High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU is a non-surgical method used to lift facial tissues and remove excess fat. Ultraformer III is a high-performing ultrasound device used to perform HIFU treatment. Your skin doctor at an aesthetic clinic, JB, can offer HIFU treatment with Ultraformer III to help with face tightening and lifting. This blog will discuss how Ultraformer III can help tighten and lift your sagging facial skin.
What is Ultraformer III HIFU?
Ultraformer III is a non-invasive ultrasound that helps lift and tighten your face. Your skin doctor will use this method to remodel collagen to remove your wrinkles, sagging skin, or excess fat for a slimmer face. This method uses macro and micro-focused ultrasound technology to rejuvenate different levels of your skin’s structure. It targets specific skin layers without harming nearby tissues. Therefore, skin doctors consider this treatment method to be safe and comfortable. You may notice the results immediately, which continue to improve months after receiving the treatment.
How Ultraformer III HIFU works?
Your skin has multiple layers with unique characteristics, each performing critical functions. The visible uppermost skin layer is called the epidermis, which is responsible for protecting the body. The dermis is the thick second skin layer composed of sweat glands, nerve endings, hair follicles, and structural proteins such as collagen and elastin. Finally, the bottom skin layer is called the hypodermis or subcutaneous layer that connects skin to muscles and bone structure lying underneath. These skin layers play a critical role in keeping your skin firm and maintaining a youthful appearance.
Ultraformer III HIFU delivers concentrated ultrasound waves into multiple skin layers to tighten, lift, and contour your face. The bursts of ultrasound energy travel to specific skin depths to stimulate collagen regeneration during this process. It heats the targeted area to a specific temperature, which causes the contraction of collagen fibres. Over time, new collagen forms in the skin. Collagen regeneration helps patients experience tighter and firmer skin without any wrinkles.
Conditions that Ultraformer III HIFU helps treat
Along with tightening and lifting sagging facial skin and removing wrinkles, your doctor at a skin clinic in Johor Bahru might recommend Ultraformer III HIFU for the following purposes.
- Help you get a well-defined jawline
- Remove frown lines and wrinkles around the mouth
- Get firm cheeks
- Tighten ‘Jowl’s Face’, i.e., the sagging skin between jawline and chin
- Remove nasolabial folds – the skin creases extending from both sides of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- Lifting drooping eyebrows
- Removing double chin
- Removing fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve skin tone and firmness
Ultraformer III HIFU treatment – how to prepare before, during and after the treatment?
Like other treatment procedures, multiple stages are involved in Ultraformer III HIFU treatment. Let’s discuss them further.
The first stage of any form of treatment is consultation. Ultraformer III HIFU is no different. Before the treatment, your dermatologist Johor Bahru will evaluate your skin concerns to offer you a customised treatment to achieve the best results. It is a critical stage during which your skin doctors will diagnose your skin concerns to offer appropriate treatment.
For the best Ultraformer III HIFU treatment results, your doctor is likely to advise you to follow certain precautionary measures. These are listed below-
- You should avoid anti-wrinkle/filler treatment for 4 weeks before the treatment
- Avoid facial peels for 4 weeks before your treatment appointment
- Avoid microdermabrasion procedure 2 weeks before the treatment
- Refrain from getting any laser treatment for 2 weeks before the treatment
- Protect the supposed treated area from excessive sun exposure for 2 weeks before the treatment
- Avoid application of skincare products with active ingredients, such as Vitamin A, C, AHAs, and BHAs, for 3-5 days before the treatment
- Pregnant or nursing women should avoid this treatment
- Doctors also advise patients with dermal or metal implants, including chin implants, to not get HIFU. The reason is metal attracts HIFU energy, which further causes the treated area to become hot and painful
- Skin doctors also avoid using HIFU on patients who are taking acne, skin thinning or photosensitive medication as it increases the risk of burning
- Doctors cannot use HIFU on skin with open sores, infections, acne, etc.
During the treatment
On the day of the treatment, your skin specialist in JB will likely advise you to avoid all skin care products, including makeup, moisturisers, etc. You may arrive early at the clinic to feel relaxed and avoid possible anxiety. Sometimes, patients might feel anxious about the impending treatment and take the anti-anxiety medication. If you consume such medications, it is better to bring someone with you on the day of treatment, to drive you home later.
Your doctor will likely use local anaesthesia about an hour before the procedure. They might use oral or other analgesics otherwise. The Ultraformer III HIFU will emit warm pulses of ultrasound energy. Due to the heat needed to achieve the best results, you may feel discomfort to a certain degree. The level of discomfort varies based on your tolerance level. The whole treatment procedure takes place within an hour.
Post Treatment results
Patients are likely to experience a feeling of warmth in the treated area immediately after the procedure. Your skin may appear red, flushed or tingly. The results from Ultraformer III HIFU take place in two phases.
In the first phase, you will notice tightening of your skin in the treated area. The reason is that the heat from the treatment causes the contraction of collagen fibres in the skin, causing a natural tightening effect. You will notice the changes once you complete the treatment.
In the second phase, you will start noticing more visible changes. The reason is that this treatment stimulates new collagen production. As a result, it strengthens your facial skin, gives you a youthful appearance, and reverses various signs of ageing. You can expect maximum benefits after six to nine months of receiving the treatment.
The changes this treatment procedure causes in the epidermis and dermal collagen are permanent. However, sun exposure, etc., will affect your skin. Therefore, your skin doctor might recommend follow-up treatment every six months or annually to maintain the Ultraformer III HIFU treatment results.
Your doctors at the skin clinic in Johor Bahru will likely advise you to follow aftercare tips to make the most of the treatment. Neglecting aftercare Ultraformer III HIFU treatment can lead to possible complications such as hyperpigmentation. Let’s discuss the various aftercare tips you should follow after the treatment.
Avoid sun exposure
Post-Ultraformer III HIFU treatment, doctors usually advise avoiding sun exposure for a few weeks. Excess sun exposure post-treatment increases your risk of hyperpigmentation, sunburn and skin damage. To prevent possible damage to your facial skin, avoid stepping out into the sun when it is at its brightest during the day. In addition, use a wide-brimmed hat to protect your facial skin from the sun’s harsh rays. In addition, wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or more regularly to prevent sun damage. You can consult your skin doctor to determine which sunscreen will be best suited for your skin type. Doctors advise following these precautionary measures till the face lifting and tightening process completes.
Avoid alcohol consumption
Doctors also suggest avoiding consuming alcohol post-Ultraformer III HIFU treatment. It causes the liver to work extra hard to break alcohol and fat. Moreover, alcohol can reduce the density of your blood. As a result, it may cause difficulty in blood clotting, increasing the risk of bleeding. Hence, under no circumstances you should consume alcohol post-treatment.
Avoid scratching your skin
It is normal to give in to the temptation of scratching your skin when itching. However, the doctor advises you to avoid scratching your skin after the treatment. This treatment makes your skin very sensitive, and scratching it further can cause skin damage. If you develop scars, let them fall off naturally. If you try to remove them forcefully, it might cause large wounds that may lead to skin infections. Therefore, avoid scratching your skin post-treatment.
Drink plenty of water
Your skin specialist in JB will likely advise you to drink plenty of water after Ultraformer III HIFU treatment. Water helps boost collagen production, which is necessary for proper recovery after the treatment. So drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Avoid hot sm
It is in your best interest to avoid hot showers and baths post-treatment. Instead, use cold water when bathing or showering. It will help maintain the natural protective oil on your skin and prevent skin irritation. If you need to use hot water, use lukewarm water as an alternative. It will help support the faster recovery of your facial skin.
Other preventive measures
Along with the aftercare tips listed above, you must maintain the following precautions to get the best results from your treatment and avoid any other complications.
- Avoid waxing the treated area for 3-5 days
- Avoid laser treatment for the treated area for 2 weeks
- Refrain from exfoliating your skin for 2-3 days
- Avoid performing strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours
- You should not use skin care products, including Vitamin A, C, AHAs, and BHAs, for 3-5 days after the treatment.
- If the skin on the treated area feels hot or sensitive, you can apply a cold compress or aloe vera gel to your skin.
- Your doctor may ask you to come for a follow-up checkup after 12 weeks to evaluate the treatment results.
Along with following these aftercare tips, your dermatologist Johor Bahru may advise you to practice a good skincare routine to keep your skin clean and healthy. Moreover, use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more regularly to protect your skin from external damage. Finally, if needed, consult your doctor to learn about the various skin care products you should use post-treatment according to your skin type for better results. These aftercare tips reduce the risk of complications and improve and extend the results.
These tips (pre-treatment and aftercare) can help you get optimal results from your HIFU treatment.
Sometimes, your skin doctor Johor Bahru might also use combination therapies with Ultraformer III HIFU treatment to address various skin concerns. Combination therapy allows doctors to customise your treatment to offer you the best results according to your skin condition.
For Face lifting and rejuvenation
Filler and anti-wrinkle injections help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while covering the deep fold in your facial skin. The purpose is to help you get a fuller and younger-looking appearance. Your doctor might use dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections with Ultraformer III HIFU to address skin concerns such as sagging, dull or ageing skin. It helps treat the signs of ageing, lifting and tightening your face, making you look younger. We have mentioned earlier that doctors recommend avoiding fillers or anti-wrinkle treatment for 4 weeks before treatment. Hence, if they combine both therapies, they are likely to keep an adequate time gap between these treatments. You can ask your doctors about your concerns regarding these treatment procedures.
Improving skin tone, texture, and tightness
Sometimes, your skin doctor might combine the non-ablative laser treatment with Ultraformer III HIFU treatment to address various skin concerns such as freckles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, etc. However, they recommend avoiding laser treatment 2 weeks before and after the HIFU treatment. Hence, when developing a treatment plan for you, they will maintain enough time between the procedures to provide optimal results. This form of combination therapy helps in collagen remodelling in the dermis. As a result, it will help improve your overall skin tone and texture and rejuvenate ageing skin.
Dermed Clinic is an aesthetic clinic JB that helps treat various hair and skin-related conditions. Dr Muniandi of this clinic evaluates the patients’ skin concerns to develop an appropriate customised treatment plan to maximise results. For example, if you are concerned about sagging and ageing skin and aim to appear younger, you can seek Ultraformer III HIFU treatment.