Unfortunately, sagging skin on the face is an unavoidable process that starts very early (sometimes from age 20) due to gravity and also endogenic factors (genetics, hormones, etc.) and exogenic factors (weight fluctuations, smoking, stress, sun exposure, dehydration, etc.).
Modern medicine is rapidly evolving due to the increasing demand for non-invasive (i.e. non-surgical) skin sagging treatments.
To address this, aesthetic medicine offers a wide range of complementary treatments that are even more effective when carried out sooner rather than later – i.e. to tackle the early signs of skin sagging – and when these treatments are combined.
Though surgery is undeniably more effective, especially complex operations such as cervicofacial lifts (very invasive), aesthetic medicine offers a number of solutions, which may or may not be combined. They include:
Using focused ultrasounds is nothing new, but the modern machines are much more powerful and effective than the earlier ones.
A lot of studies have been carried out for this medical device, and it has obtained the highest FDA (Food and Drug Administration) standard, which proves its safety and efficacy.
We can use ultrasounds to treat all phototypes, i.e. all skin colours, and at any time of year, since the electroacoustic waves do not interfere with skin pigmentation (melanin), unlike lasers.
Les ultrasons de haute intensité émettent des ondes acoustiques au travers des tissus traités en un point bien précis, induisant une ultra courte émission de chaleur intense (+ de 65°C) sans endommager les tissus avoisinants.
Comme expliqué plus haut, il y aura une action sur toute l’épaisseur de la peau, à différents niveaux :
Ainsi, pour une même zone traitée, le médecin spécialiste utilisera différentes pièces à main, pour agir sur les différentes profondeurs, toujours des couches profondes vers les couches plus superficielles.
HIFU do not lead to any additional volumes in the face over the long term.
No downtime is required, and the patient can get back to their daily life immediately after treatment.
Some redness and/or swelling may appear in the days following treatment, but this is temporary. Some patients also notice some skin sensitivity in the body areas that have been in contact with the handpiece.
All of these known side-effects are temporary* and not everyone will experience them.
All of these indications require a prior medical examination with the specialist in order to ensure that this treatment will have a real effect on the patient’s sagging skin.
The first results are visible at the end of the session, but progressively improve over 2 months as the collagen synthesis and draining of the fat cells happens over 2 to 3 months.
We generally recommend having 2 to 3 sessions per zone, spaced 2 months apart on average, for results that last 1 to 2 years.
HIFU treatments can be followed by hyaluronic acid injections, either immediately or after a given time, in order to restore the volumes lost over time, particularly in the cheekbones and tear trough, in order to make the face look more shapely, younger and softer.
Like any aesthetic medicine procedure performed in our practice, our specialist doctors first draw up a quote. This is free of charge and in no way commits the patient to having the treatments suggested.
The fee charged for a HIFU session depends on the size of the area to treat and therefore the treatment time. In general, each session costs between 400 and 800 euros.