San Francisco Microfocused Ultrasound non-invasive treatment for skin tightening. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of Microfocused Ultrasound treatment from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com. Find Microfocused Ultrasound cost and location near me.
Modern day non-surgical face lifting techniques continue to focus on stimulating the production of new collagen by heating up the skin. The process of delivering trauma to the dermal layers to elicit a healing response can be achieved using various technologies, including laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), radio frequency and recently through the use of Microfocused ultrasound waves (MFU).
MFU devices such as Ultherapy have received FDA approval for skin tightening of the face and neck and to improve the appearance of the décolleté. MFU works by accelerating cellular friction 5mm under the skin, underneath facial muscle, to elevate the temperature in the targeted area and deliver a controlled injury. Only one treatment is recommended and subsequent improvement in dermal integrity promises to minimize redundant tissue and firm up skin.
One major drawback with MFU is the slow rate at which progress occurs. It can take upwards of six months to see results and many patients and clinicians have found the outcomes underwhelming.
MFU may offer some benefit for younger patients with mild skin laxity but for moderate to advanced skin aging MFU is not powerful enough to lift sagging skin and restore lost volume.
Pain is another factor to consider with MFU. Topical numbing agents are ineffective to alleviate the discomfort because these types of anesthetics only work on the surface whereas ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the dermis. The pain can be so bad that physicians will often prescribe an oral sedative to help patients relax.
With many years of experience to his credit, Dr. Mosser is not a big proponent of MFU technology due to lack of clinical results that he’s personally experienced with these devices. At best, MFU provides very minimal tightening effects and definitely not worth the money considering how long patients have to wait to see any noticeable improvements. Instead, Dr. Mosser recommends having a combination of treatments: PDO NovaThreads and Halo Fractional laser for lifting and addressing lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
The NovaThreads procedure has become one of the most popular skin-tightening treatment for lifting the jawline, jowls and neck and also for addressing mild to moderate mid-face laxity issues. The procedure uses surgical sutures made with Polydioxanone, a highly biocompatible material that slowly gets absorbed by the body, to anchor and elevate skin tissues. This results in better facial contours and a more youthful looking complexion. PDO sutures dissolve after six months but the firming effects continue for 12-18 months because the threads stimulate collagen production at the treatment zone.
Halo Laser procedure available at Azala is the first device that offers both ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing simultaneously. Halo’s two powerful lasers can eradicate lines and wrinkles and reduce scarring and pigmentation with minimal downtime in as few as 1-2 sessions. Halo combined with Nova Threads can give patients surgical quality lifting, firming and skin smoothing results without ever having to go under the knife and with far more efficiency than MFU.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.