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HIFU

 1-3 hours, priced per area

VIPs: $100 off

Ultrasound is a noninvasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the chest. Ultrasound uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin, triggering the natural production of collagen. Although some people might see an effect immediately after their treatment, most real results appear over two to three months as the collagen gradually improves skin’s tone and elasticity.

A good candidate for ultrasound is someone with skin that has some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of "maturing" skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While ultrasound is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery. There also are younger people who want to "stay ahead of the game,” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

There are relatively few absolute contraindications, but these include infections and open skin lesions at the target treatment area; active severe or cystic acne; and the presence of active metallic implants, such as pacemakers or defibrillators in the treatment area. Precautions include treatment directly over keloids, implants, permanent dermal fillers, and the presence of factors that could alter or impair wound-healing, such as smoking.

Most patients are able to tolerate the ultrasound procedure without significant pain. However, they can certainly feel the procedure. How intense this sensation feels is extremely variable from patient to patient. 

Long-lasting effect of ultrasound is dependent on each patient's age, genetic factors, and intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors. In general, patients continue to gradually improve over six months to one year.

The risks of ultrasound are minimal when an experienced provider performs the procedure. The most common side effects are redness, soreness, numbness and tingling, but these resolve shortly. It is possible to get temporary muscle weakness if certain nerves are affected, but again, this is not permanent. Although unlikely, it is possible to get burns from the treatment. It is important that you thoroughly discuss your concerns with your doctor before proceeding with the procedure.

The quality of the skin is more important than the age of the patient, thus there is not an absolute age cut off when determining if someone is a candidate for ultrasound treatment.

Face and Neck

$699

Other prices vary based on size of area