How Do HIFU and RF Skin Tightening Technologies Differ?
HIFU and RF are common skin laxity treatment technologies, but how do they vary and is one better than the other?
Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are among the most common complaints among patients. These symptoms are unavoidable when the skin lacks collagen and becoming less elastic.
The dermis layer of the skin is composed of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and fibroblasts, with Type I collagen accounting for at least 80% of this layer. Any of these components gives structure, firmness, and elasticity to the skin, and without them, the skin begins to sag.
When we hit the age of 25, our body’s collagen synthesis slows. In reality, collagen levels will fall by up to 2% each year. Two of the most important influences that influence how quickly collagen levels decrease are lifestyle and genetics.
Surgical facelifts have been a last resort for overcoming these common symptoms of ageing, thanks to advances in cosmetic science. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Radiofrequency (RF) therapies are currently the favoured alternative for patients seeking a less invasive and more accessible treatment option.
The Differences Between HIFU and RF
HIFU is an abbreviation for High-In
High-intensity directed ultrasound-based equipment heats tissues under the skin’s surface with ultrasound energy. This procedure stimulates the formation of new collagen, which eventually tightens and tones the targeted region. Because of the tightening of the skin’s underlying mechanisms, the long-term effect is a young, lifted look.
HIFU therapies are often used to treat areas like the jawline, collar, brows, and forehead. Basically, any region where loops, folds, and wrinkles occur often due to a loss of elasticity can be handled.
The computer used during each session has a visual aid to allow better accuracy. Treatments are often simple and painless when done by a trained skin care technician.
The number of sessions needed is determined by age and skin condition. In certain cases, patients will maintain their desired result for up to two years after only one HIFU procedure.
Radiofrequency processing heats the dense layers of the skin using electromagnetic waves. The body releases proteins that promote the development of new collagen fibres as a result of this procedure. Temperatures are tracked and maintained throughout the session to prevent affecting the skin.
By – collagen and elastin levels, RF therapy may tighten and raise the skin on both the face and the body. Patients should begin to see a significant difference in their appearance within a few appointments.
Each session lasts less than an hour, is relaxing, and does not require any downtime.
Which is a Better Fit: HIFU or RF?
All ages differently and has varying symptoms of ageing. While genetics play a significant role in how your skin ages, lifestyle also plays a role in how quickly your skin ages.
Sinking is one way the skin responds to volume loss, particularly in the mid-face, cheeks, and temples. This gives the impression of being gaunt, weary, and old. This form of volume reduction can be treated with RF sessions along with cosmetic injections.
The second way the skin will respond is to sag, which is caused by a lack of elasticity and collagen. HIFU therapies aim to tighten the skin’s SMAS coating, which helps to reverse a sagging look. It may also remove excess fat and tissue in the lower face that is exacerbating the sagging effect.
Finally, wrinkling occurs as a result of a decline in collagen, especially around the eyes, cheeks, jawline, and brows. Where wrinkles are the main concern, combining RF , HIFU , and cosmetic injection therapies may be beneficial.
In certain cases, patients will develop wrinkles and sagging, in which case a combined therapy is strongly recommended. However, HIFU and RF therapies cannot be done together, necessitating a customised treatment schedule.
ULTRAcel Q+ is an abbreviation for Ultracel Q+.
HIFU technology is used in Cynosure’s ULTRAcel Q+ therapies to reduce stubborn fat cells and tighten skin on the face and body.
ULTRAcel Q+ therapies, the next step of HIFU science, are changing the game when it comes to reducing fat and tightening skin on the face and body.
ULTRAcel Q+, which is quickly becoming one of the most common skin tightening solutions on the market , offers a variety of advantages, including:
• Rapid therapies
• The least amount of pain
• There is no downtime.
• Long-term effects
• Tightens and contours the skin
• Lifts and smoothes for a more youthful look