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WHAT IS 3D HIFU?
3D HIFU Facelift is an aesthetic anti-aging treatment that is akin to a non-surgical facelift, and replete with benefits such as safely and effectively attaining a natural youthful glow (unlike an actual surgical facelift). This treatment is able to improve elasticity and tighten the skin, stimulate collagen production to smooth away lines and wrinkles that add age to your appearance, dissolve fat and sculpt the body, and overall rejuvenate your identity in the world to reflect the true beauty you have within.
WHY 3D HIFU AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
3D HIFU works by utilizing High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (i.e. HIFU, get it?) energy to stimulate a plethora of aesthetic benefits. The intense acoustic ultrasound energy is able to penetrate to a deep level of the dermis (making it ablative) in order to cause a bulk heating effect that causes new collagen production, skin tightening, and a subcutaneous lipolysis reaction. This treatment can naturally lift and firm the skin in a non-invasive manner with little downtime, making it an amazingly convenient and effectively beneficial treatment.
WHAT CAN 3D HIFU TREAT?
Originally designed to treat cancers, 3D HIFU is now exclusively used for cosmetic purposes. This treatment has predominantly been used to fight signs of aging plaguing the face and neck, including tightening sagging skin on the neck, reducing fine lines and wrinkles (nasolabial folds, periorbital wrinkles, and much more), lifting jowls, as well as other benefits. This treatment can also be used on the body to tighten particularly loose areas as well, such as a woman’s belly after childbirth. The effect on the skin is phenomenal, in that it can improve skin texture and tone of any area that is targeted in addition to tightening, collagen production, and slimming.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM 3D HIFU TREATMENT?
It is comforting to know what to expect with a treatment that includes deeply penetrating ultrasound energy, so we have detailed pre- and post- treatment instructions below so our clients can come into their appointments confident and ready.
It is highly recommended to consult with one of our aesthetic professionals here at Lavande prior to booking your l3D HIFU appointment, where a personal evaluation synthesizing your medical history and aesthetic goals should be completed. This is to determine the best course of action for your aesthetic needs, determine what treatment is best for your skin type, and to prepare you for your what is to come. We here at Lavande want to make sure you are a candidate for this treatment as well as confident about your decision to proceed.
In preparation, we may ask that you abstain from taking or applying any harsh medications (such as Accutane or Retinol), so as to avoid the occurrence of negative side effects. We may also ask that you abstain from taking bloodthinners or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as alcoholic drinks, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and others) to lower the risk of post-procedure bruising. We will also ask that you refrain from getting direct sun exposure for about a week or 2 prior to treatment.
The treatment area will be examined by our skilled and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment, and private “before” pictures will be taken for comparison purposes and kept in your profile. Once examined, the treatment area will be prepared by being cleaned with antiseptics, and a topical BLT (Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Tetracaine) numbing agent will be applied to sit for 30 minutes.
WHEN WILL I SEE TREATMENT RESULTS?
While clients will be able to immediately see a vibrant glow to their skin following treatment, it will take about 4 weeks to really begin seeing the true effects of the HIFU. Full results will likely not be seen until 3-4 months post treatment (because the deeply induced collagen production will take time to show), and some clients may be able to see improvement up to 6 months. It is after the passage of this time that another treatment may be performed as well.
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
While clients will be able to enjoy improvements over a lengthy period of time, no matter how effective the treatment is maintenance will be necessary. This is because you will still be going through the aging process, so your skin will likely return to the state it was in when treatment was pursued within a couple years of the treatment. The good news is that there will not be any sudden effects when the results begin to fade with the aging process, because that youthful glow was something that was produced by your body itself with a little help from the HIFU.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This miraculous treatment does not cause major discomfort, although heat and tingling sensations will be felt during treatment and might be slightly painful. This sensation only lasts as long as the energy is being applied, however. The most painful areas will be those with thinner skin (such as around the eyes or around the mouth), but areas with thicker skin are quite tolerable.
Due to the known discomfort associated with the intense heat of the ultrasound energy, our providers provide a topical anesthetic prior to treatment and a cold pack post treatment.
Preparation includes avoiding direct sun exposure for a week or 2 prior to treatment, abstaining from taking or applying harsh products (such as Accutane or Retinol), and avoiding bloodthinners. These precautions will ensure that the recovery process is smooth and devoid of unwelcome side effects, and that your skin is ready to accept the intense energy that the HIFU will emit.
Clients will be able to resume daily activities immediately following treatment, but clients must take care of their post-treatment skin to avoid any undesirable side effects. There might be slight redness at treatment sites immediately after, but these usually subside within hours.
Clients should actively avoid direct sun exposure, and be sure to diligently apply a strong sunscreen at all times. Further, clients should not get facial treatments or apply any harsh products to their skin for up to 4 weeks. Your skin will be very sensitive throughout this recovery time.
It is highly recommended to have multiple treatments to attain optimal results. While a single session will impart great results, most clients have not met their aesthetic goals with just a single session.
Our knowledgeable providers here at Lavande Spa can sit down with you and create a regimen that is right for you in order to make sure you achieve and maintain that flawless skin you’re looking for.
Side effects may or may not be experienced following 3D HIFU treatment, but are not abnormal. Normal side effects include redness, slight swelling, inflammation, lingering heat, and a tingling sensation. Less common, but still expected side effects include temporary numbness, bruising, scarring, and discoloration (hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation). Please contact us here at Lavande Spa if you have any concerns about side effects.