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Facial Focus: What You Need To Know About High-Intensity Focused Ultrasounds

by Ellen Lucas

The facelift business is booming, with facelifts making it back into the top five most common cosmetic procedures in 2016 after a brief departure from the list in 2015. But with technology getting better and better, more and more consumers are choosing to opt for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, which raises the question: can you have facelifts without going under the knife?

To answer that question comes a new procedure in facelift technology: the high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). So if you're interesting in getting back a more youthful look to your face without surgery, then here's what you need to know.

It's FDA-Cleared

The stamp of approval of a trusted agency can go a long way towards making a procedure more attractive to you as a buyer. Experimental procedures can do good work, but can often end up with negative side effects or can be less permanent than you might want for your cosmetic procedure.

Luckily, this isn't the case with HIFU, as it's an FDA-cleared procedure for lifting your skin, helping to tighten your chin, brow, neck, and even your chest, in case sun exposure has created wrinkles or fine lines on your breasts.

It's Totally Safe

Since HIFUs are based on the same ultrasound technology that medical professionals have used for decades to see images of babies inside the womb and check for cysts in the uterus, it not only allows your practitioner to see the image of the layers of skin that they're lifting, but it also means that it's totally safe to use.

Not only do HIFUs help to avoid the dangers that can come with surgery, no matter how small the operation, but they also avoid cutting into your skin, meaning that you have no risk of infection nor any risk of damage or scarring to the surface of your skin.

It's Quick to Heal

The bad thing about a surgical facelift is that it can take a bit to heal — an average of 2 days to just get back to moving around your house — which can keep you out of work, off vacations, and make it hard to walk around during the day if there's full sun for two weeks.

With HIFU, however, that downtime shrinks to a whopping 0 days, without any need for modified behavior after the 30-90 minutes in the practitioner's chair that it takes for your procedure. This means that you don't need to rearrange your schedule in order to get a younger, tighter looking face, chest, and neck. Contact a clinic, like Belle Meade Skin & Laser, for more help.