What is HIFU? (High Intensity Focused UltraSound)
HIFU is a highly precise medical procedure, using an ultrasound with high intensity. The technology was first used for high intensity heating and destroying pathogenic tissues and as a physiotherapeutic approach.
In the last decade a new use of the HIFU was adopted for lifting, firming and rejuvenating the skin in dermal and deep structural levels.
The energy reaches the needed depth of the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue and as a result tightens and firms the skin of the face and neckline.
Unlike other devices for firming and rejuvenating the skin such as lasers, radiofrequencies and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which affect the different layers of the skin, HIFU technology reaches the superficial muscle aponeurotic layer, also known as SMAS. It’s made of collagen and elastin fibres and graphically can be compared to a supporting structure (frame), supporting the face’s soft tissues. In time the collagen in the SMAS layer decreases and as a result the skin starts to sag and wrinkles and lines form. Here is why, to achieve an effective lifting of the skin, the collagen fibres should be affected on a level of SMAS structure.
History of the HIFU technology
The high intensity focused ultrasound was presented for the first time in 2010 and since then has gone through three modifications in order to perfect the technology. In September 2011, the company Hironic launches its first improvement of the innovative appliance with the debut of HIFU Doublo. Except for modernizing the technology, the new high intensity ultrasound offers to the patients a lower price, better clinical results and the components with the best quality.
At the end of 2016, HIFU Doublo underwent serious changes and reached its golden standard for innovative medicinal appliances. HIFU Doublo Gold is a medicinal breakthrough in ultrasound lifting of the face and body, reaching the muscle itself. The technology gives out energy two-way, without interrupting the wave activity, and in this way speeding up the regenerative process and makes the procedure tolerable for the patient.
How does HIFU Doublo Gold work?
The ultrasound energy goes through the skin and the adipose tissues without damaging them and it gradually gives a visible pulling up of the face’s skin, as after surgery. Thermocoagulation provokes a firming of the collagen fibers that have stretched due to aging, and it provides lifting of all of the face’s soft tissue layers.
Doublo Gold puts HIFU energy under the skin’s surface to stimulate the collaged synthesis. As a result, the skin starts to tighten and tone with time.
Collagen in a natural protein which gives the skin its vitality and it keeps it firm, toned and elastic. With age, collagen loses its elasticity and its properties to counteract gravity, which pulls the skin downwards. HIFU Doublo Gold provokes a heating in the tissues, similar to a subcutaneous burn which releases the defense mechanisms of the human organism – the production of new, fresh collagen starts, which aims to heal the old and already damaged by age layers.
In three to six months, which are needed to make a new collagen matrix, the inoperative HIFU face lifting reaches its maximum. The lifting effect from the procedure lasts from 1-2 years, depending on the patient’s individual characteristics.
How many procedures are required for an optimal result?
Most patients need just one procedure; others need more (depending on how much the skin has sagged and the biological reaction of the body to the ultrasound and collagen production.)
More than one procedure can be done only if the doctor thinks it is required.
What are the advantages of HIFU Doublo Gold to the surgical and other laser lifts?
HIFU Doublo Gold is the recommended therapy for patients who prefer the gradual and accumulating result from the noninvasive therapies rather than the drastic change after surgical manipulation. The high intensity focused ultrasound gives the skin a better appearance and improves the skin texture. When the anti-aging products are not enough and surgery is not desired, HIFU Doublo Gold is the effective solution.
A suitable patient for HIFU Doublo Gold is such with a slight to a more visible sagging of the skin of the face or other area, and without other damages to the surface of the skin, no unhealthy processes on the skin and the mouth’s mucous membrane. The patients who want to undergo such a lifting procedure should clearly understand the gradual effect the technology has on the skin and to not expect results right away.
The inoperative lifting with the HIFU technology is recommended for people who have reached thirty years of age, as well as older people with slight to medium sagging of the skin, loss of contour, deepening of the nasolabial lines, sagging of the eyebrow and lids.
How is Doublo Gold HIFU different than the laser systems?
Usually laser systems are aimed at the issues on the outer layers of the skin (for example fine lines, wrinkles, and pigment changes). The HIFU technology’s job is to reach the deepest layer of the skin while stimulating the production of collagen and to reach the already sagged tissues.
Are there any side effects?
It’s possible for some redness to occur after the procedure or a few days after it, however, it passes quickly. The patients could very rarely experience swelling, numbing, and on the more sensitive parts of the skin (in most cases the forehead and the eye zone) white or red spots or blisters could occur because of the heat treatment, which afterwards become scabs. It is possible after a few days after the procedure to feel pain in the soft tissues and bones, as after a hit. This, however, is not accompanied by visible changes on the skin’s surface.
Is the procedure safe?
500 000 procedures have been done worldwide with Doublo without having any problems or complaints. In addition, the ultrasound energy has been used in medicine for over fifty years with multiple well documented data for the safety profile of different appliances, based on this technology.
Is the procedure painful?
What the patient feels during the procedure varies, and it depends on the individual sensitivity to the procedure. It is possible to experience slight discomfort while the ultrasound is being emanated, but as a whole it is described by the patients as completely bearable.