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What Is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound(HIFU)?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound(HIFU)

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As we age, our skin starts to sag and we see visible fine lines and wrinkles quite prominently on the skin. Now, though we cannot control our age, we sure can control its effects. With HIFU being the most sought-after treatment, it becomes easier to get a supple and youthful skin. It uses a non-surgical procedure for the alternative to the conventional invasive facelift, with no surgical procedures involved and zero downtime. It helps you get a firmer skin quite instantly, with no discomfort.

What Is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound(HIFU) is a safe, painless, and non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to lift and tighten your skin. The process involves using your body’s regenerative responses to lift the drooping skin on the eyebrows or under the chin or neck and tighten the wrinkles and ageing lines. The energy generated develops low levels of heat, which in turn stimulates the production of collagen in the skin cells and causes tissue rejuvenation in the targeted area. With HIFU, you can achieve pinpoint accuracy without causing any collateral damage to the surrounding area. You would notice a remarkable difference with just one session of HIFU.

Also Read: What Causes Saggy Skin?

HIFU Treatment Pros And Cons

Firstly, as HIFU is a non-surgical procedure, it negates any chances of risks that are often observed with surgical interventions, and it also ensures that there is no scarring as no tissues are damaged. 


  • Long-term effect
  • Affects all areas of the face
  • Absolutely painless
  • No downtime
  • Safe


Although, the cons for this procedure are close to null, occasionally, you may observe:

  • Numbness (in lips and eyelids)
  • An absence of effect in some cases (10%)
  • Redness
  • Pain when pressure is applied to the affected area

Also Read: Laser Facial Skin Tightening Treatment

Benefits Of Facial HIFU

HIFU helps you in getting a youthful looking skin without undergoing the pain and hassles of a surgery. The benefits of this procedure are –

–    Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
–    Reduced under eye bags, troughs, and dark circles
–    Neck lifting
–    Tighter and firmer skin around the cheeks
–    Eyebrows lifting
–    Improved skin texture and elasticity
–    Contoured Face
–    Improved Jawline
–    Reduction of the Double chin

HIFU Treatment Side effects

You may observe reddening of the skin with a tingling sensation on the skin, during the implementation of the procedure, but, this redness is temporary and fades away after a few hours. Also, this treatment may cause slight swelling along with bruising, and numbness, but all these effects are fleeting.

All the effects that are caused by this treatment are harmless and do not cause much discomfort, and mostly disappear after three days. 

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Results

HIFU uses ultrasound waves to work on your skin from the inside out. It gives you long-term effects which typically last up until four years.

After the treatment, your skin will be brighter, smoother, and firmer. HIFU is your answer for a natural face and neck lift, which provides remarkable results without any discomfort.

And, the production of collagen helps in restoring the elasticity of the skin, which makes it suppler too.

High intensity focused ultrasound shows results within six months from the commencement of the treatment.

Since HIFU ensures that the surrounding tissues are not disturbed, there are zero chances of acquiring any infection along with no scarring of the skin. Although, in some cases, this procedure may cause a problem if you have an excessive overgrowth of connective tissues. Thus, it is important to seek help from an expert dermatologist who is experienced and skilled in implementing this technique, so as to thoroughly examine your skin type and condition and then proceed with the process accordingly.

HIFU Treatment Cost In India

The cost of HIFU treatment varies mainly depending on the area that is being treated. The dermatologist analyzes your skin and based on what part of the face or body is being treated, estimates the cost of the treatment. It typically lies somewhere between 18,000 to 1.5 Lakh.

Also Read: Anti Aging Treatments


What is HIFU skin tightening?

HIFU is a new procedure that uses the non-surgical technique to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, causing tightening of tissues on the face, brows, and neck, while creating a visible lift.

How HIFU is different from laser?

Unlike Lasers, It uses ultrasound to safely and painlessly tighten the skin. While precisely penetrating into the depts of the skin, this process protects the uppermost layer of the skin and goes beyond the foundation and dermis layer of the skin.

How long does HIFU last?

The results post-treatment is long-term and lasts almost 2-3 years. In fact, you will be able to observe a marginal difference in the skin from the second month of the treatment itself.

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Kushneet Kukreja

Kushneet Kukreja

A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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