Benefits facial hifu for face lifting?

Im told hifu can fill between eye bags and do lifting

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Benefits facial hifu for face lifting

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Focused ultrasound cannot lift the face and neck like a surgical facelift. A comprehensive lower face and neck lift accomplishes tightening loose facial neck muscles, tightening loose facial and neck skin,  removal of fat deposits in the neck along with a platysma plasty, and lifting the jowls.


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There is no substitute for a standard anatomic surgical facelift. All of the non surgical treatments may or may not produce temporary tightening. They all fall in time. The most efficient and effective way to treat the cheek and neck- is with a complete surgical facelift. And if you have excess skin on your upper lids/ or fat pockets on your lower lids-- it can be permanently treated with a blepharoplasty.

Recognizing the difference between surgical and non-surgical results

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HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) has shown some results as a non-invasive skin firming treatment, so if you have a rather mild amount of skin laxity, this may be one of your options (along with radiofrequency energy, laser treatments, and a number of other non-surgical procedures) for mild tightening and lifting. These types of treatments can also be a great way to maintain the results of a face lift as the aging process continues. But keep in mind that no non-surgical procedure can have the same effect as a surgical facelift or mini facelift. These surgeries allow us to access and reshape not only the sagging skin but also the soft tissue underneath, for a more well-rounded and natural-looking youthfulness. So my recommendation is to look for before-and-after pictures of facelift and mini facelift surgeries, as well as before and after pictures of HIFU and other non-invasive treatments, and consider which type of results you’re looking for.

Adjunct procedures

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Procedures that help to tighten skin and soft tissues of the face can make a difference. 

The results will be modest. Some patients are happy though as it is all about expectations. If you only have mild aged skin and soft tissues and are looking for modest results with a low downtime it may be the right thing for you. In my experience most people that undergo these treatments end up with either the lower lid surgery or the face lift to accomplish the goal they are looking for. 

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

HIFU Ulthera for noninvasive lifting: what it does and does not do

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HIFU means High Intensity Focused Ultrasound and it is a very specific technology that is not the same as other forms of ultrasound. The only device that is FDA approved for noninvasive skin lifting is Ultherapy, which is a prescriptive product meaning it has to be done by a physician or under a doctor's supervision. Ulthera can produce measurable lifting but not filling, and the results are not the same as a surgical facelift.

Benefits facial hifu for face lifting?

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There are no miracle "non-surgical facelift" procedures.

Everyone would like a miracle cure for aging and the result of a well performed natural appearing facelift without actually having a surgical procedure. There are no miracle non-surgical procedures or treatments, including fillers, microneedling, acupuncture, muscle stimulation, lasers, or skin creams, that can produce the same results as a facelift.

The term “non-surgical facelift” is a marketing term that actually deceives the public and does not live up to what is promised. It is often offered by physicians who are not capable of performing a facelift, because they have minimal or no formal plastic surgery training. There are, however, a variety of treatments that can provide some rejuvenation in the appropriate patient: Dysport or Botox, fillers, peels, lasers, skin tightening techniques (temporary and extremely unreliable), fat injections, minimal lifts of localized areas, all of which still may require varying amounts of recovery time and are not without potential complications. They do not, however, produce results similar to a well performed natural appearing facelift, performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. None of these alone or in combinations are adequate if there is sagging facial tissue and excess skin, which would require a facelift to correct it.

I would suggest you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Facial rejuvenation needs to be individualized. What would be an ideal approach for one patient is not necessarily the same for someone else. Based on the examination and discussion at the consultation, you should have a better understanding of the various options that can achieve the best cosmetic result for you. You have only one face, so don’t shop for bargains or magical procedures when it comes to facial surgery. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is!

Robert Singer, MD FACS

La Jolla,California

Benefits facial hifu for face lifting?

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hifu fills nothing, the theory is that it penetrates to the smas layer and as it shrink it gives a lift to tissues attached to smas. the results are very subtle and you will need several of them.

Ofer Rodriguez, DO
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Can HIFU, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound or Ulthera provide a facelift

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The short answer is no.  HIFU or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is a non surgical skin tightening technology. The best reported results are 20-25% skin tightening which in my experience requires a comparison photograph with the pre op skin to see the difference.

A facelift is an entirely different procedure that lifts the mid face, tightens the jaw line to remove jowls and tightens the neck to remove neck bands and loose skin, and reposition the soft tissues of the face. HIFU cannot achieve this.

If you have cheek laxity, nasolabial folds, jowls and neck laxity don't waste your money on non surgical methods, have a face and neck lift. You should see the result in your mirror without needing a before and after photograph.

If you are young and have a very small amount of loose skin it may help but results will not be dramatic

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