New Year, New You: HIFU Skin Tightening

New Year, New You: HIFU Skin Tightening

The holidays are behind us, and we get just a little bit older with every passing minute. We’ve shopped and cooked and made everyone merry. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to ourselves. Why not celebrate the New Year with a gift all your own?

Aging is the ultimate bane of everyone’s existence. Growing older has us seeing lines where there were none before and skin that sags in all the wrong places. The good news is there are techniques we can employ to stop, well slow, the signs of aging. It’s a New Year, so why not bring in a new you with HIFU skin tightening treatments?

What Is HIFU Skin Tightening?

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive treatment to combat facial aging. HIFU creates heat deep within the layers of skin using ultrasound. The ultrasound targets specific skin cells with heat, causing damage, which the body repairs using naturally produced collagen. Collagen is what gives skin its structure and elasticity.

When you think of ultrasound, you likely think of medical imaging, but this kind of ultrasound is different. HIFU is a high-intensity ultrasound that uses high-energy waves to target specified points of the body. Nonsurgical ultrasound treatments can (according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery):

  • Smooth facial wrinkles
  • Tighten neck skin
  • Smooth and tighten chest skin
  • Lift eyelids or eyebrows that have begun to droop
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls

Is HIFU for Everyone?

Because the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on specific tissue areas, there should be no damage to the upper layers of skin or the connecting tissues. The treatment isn’t appropriate for everyone. Generally, people older than 30 with mild-to-moderate skin sagging are the prime candidates for the procedure.

People who have more skin sagging or who have skin that has been damaged by the sun may not see results as quickly as other candidates. Older individuals with more extensive skin laxity or extensive sun damage typically aren’t good candidates for the procedure. Sometimes, these individuals require surgery to correct the sagging and damage to their skin.

Skin lesions or infections also prevent people from getting this treatment. It’s also not recommended for those with metallic implants in or around the treatment area or those with severe acne.

Get a Consultation to Help You Decide

If you aren’t sure whether HIFU is for you, contact Beauty & Body by Mia to schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Let them help you ring in the New Year with a new you!

(HIFU) A treatment for skin rejuvenation and body contouring

(HIFU) A treatment for skin rejuvenation and body contouring

(HIFU) High-intensity focused ultrasound is a popular non-invasive treatment for skin rejuvenation and body contouring. . It can reduce loose skin and give you a more youthful appearance while also improving lymphatic system operation and more.

HIFU delivers more precise and more intense fractional ultrasound energy while RF is based on a bulk heating strategy. HIFU goes deeper into and beyond the dermis, being able to reach the SMAS layer. RF, on the other hand, will not go as deep as HIFU as it focuses on epidermal lavers and does not go beyond the deep dermis. HIFU is generally performed as a single treatment, RF may require several sessions.

Mia can deliver precise treatments to your problem areas, reducing fat pockets and addressing aging-related problems. The result is firmer, younger, vibrant skin.

What are the body’s benefits?

For skin rejuvenation, HIFU is expected to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as lift and tighten the skin. For body sculpting, HIFU may help remove stubborn pockets of fat, while improving the appearance of the skin.

HIFU can:

  • Contour body areas such as the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen
  • Lift sagging skin on the face, such as the brows, jowls, jawline, and mid-face
  • Reduce lines and folds around the mouth, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Lift the neck and décolleté
  • Rejuvenate the skin and improve its overall appearance

The treatment is fast, taking around 45-60 minutes with minimal to no recovery time. While some effects of the treatment can be seen initially, the full result will take several months and will improve over time. Often only one treatment session is needed, but some patients require multiple treatments. Results last from 18 months to three years, depending on the type of device used and the area treated.

Who Is the Best Candidate for High intensity focused ultrasound?

HIFU is considered a very safe treatment in the hands of Mia from Beauty & Body buy Mia,  but there are still potential side effects to consider.

Immediately after the HIFU treatment, you may experience mild redness, swelling, tenderness, or a tingling sensation, but it should not persist. Temporary numbness or bruising could also occur but should subside after a week or two.

After a thorough consultation, Mia will be able to recommend the best treatment to help you reach your cosmetic goals! Book your appointment with Mia today to set up your consultation.

Look Your Best to Ring In 2023

Look Your Best to Ring In 2023

Are you looking forward to the Times Square mirrored ball dropping you a fresh start? The new year is certainly exciting, giving a blank slate to everyone who makes it to midnight. If you are looking to start 2023 looking fabulous and feeling confident, consider a few of our client-favorite treatments.

Plumped and Beautiful

Mia is experienced in giving clients Juvederm filler treatments. Juvederm, for example, is a pain-free treatment that we can use to plump and fill areas that are prone to premature wrinkles. Our clients find Juvederm treatments work great in reducing signs of aging around the eyes and mouth, meaning you can roll into 2023 looking years younger.

So Long Cellulite

If you are hoping to rock a short dress or sleeveless number for your New Year’s Eve party, but aren’t quite sure how to reduce the appearance of cellulite on your arms and legs, we have the solution. Our Plasma Skin Tightening treatments can reduce the appearance of cellulite in just a few sessions, which means you have plenty of time to schedule your appointments before your party begins. Plasma skin tightening is a non-invasive procedure designed to stimulate the body’s collagen production and tighten sagging, loose skin for a more youthful appearance.

Benefits of Botox

In the past five years, people getting Botox treatments have significantly increased. More than 60% more procedures happened in 2023, which means more men and women are seeking out the procedure. Botox treatments are safe and effective. Even better, results are long-lasting which means you won’t have to come in too often for your next treatment.

Beauty & Body by Mia offers a variety of treatments all designed to help you feel confident. We’d love to help you develop a plan that will make 2023 your best year yet. Call us to get started today.

Fillers, Liquid Facelift, Botox: Are They the Same?

Fillers, Liquid Facelift, Botox: Are They the Same?

As you age, it’s normal to begin seeing the signs of getting older on your face. Often, we try to hide those fine lines and wrinkles by using makeup that doesn’t really do the trick. Those aren’t the only signs of aging, though. Sometimes, sagging skin becomes a problem, too.

Many people who begin to see the effects of aging on their faces decide to investigate cosmetic procedures. When considering a new solution to their aging dilemma, most people think of Botox, fillers, or facelifts. While many people use the terms interchangeably, some differences must be noted.

Dermal Fillers

Technically, a liquid facelift is a combination of various dermal fillers. The fillers add to the skin volume, lift tired skin slightly, and smooth out wrinkles. Dermal fillers are less invasive and risky than traditional surgical facelifts.

Botox

Botox is a good tool for working on the wrinkles that result from facial expressions. Botox relaxes the muscles in your face. As the muscles relax, so does your skin which smooths the wrinkles. Botox alone won’t give the final effects of a facelift, though.

Liquid Facelift

A liquid facelift combines a variety of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are injected into those places that the client finds troublesome. Dermal fillers are products like Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse.

Most dermal fillers act in the same way. Each brand has slight differences that you should thoroughly discuss with your doctor. Sometimes your doctor will suggest using fatty tissue from other places in your body (like your buttocks) to fill in your wrinkles. However, some patients object to that.

The fillers aren’t a permanent solution. Botox prolongs the effectiveness of the dermal fillers, but typically about six months after you have fillers, you will begin to notice changes. After a while, the wrinkles begin to appear again.

The Wax Doll Phenomenon

Liquid facelifts cause you to look younger and more rested. Usually. If a liquid facelift isn’t done correctly, you can begin to look like a wax doll. Follow these tips to try to avoid the wax doll look:

  • Avoid silicone liquid or gel.
  • Only use FDA-approved dermal fillers.
  • Be realistic with your expectations.
  • Only use one kind of procedure; don’t combine different ones.
  • Try temporary fillers first to see if you like the results.

The Takeaway

Many people think that fillers and botox are the same thing. They often use both of those interchangeably with the term liquid facelift. However, dermal fillers are components of a liquid facelift, and botox can be used to prolong the effects. Beauty & Body by Mia can give you more information about whether you need Botox, dermal fillers, or a complete liquid facelift.

Tissue Tightening Techniques: Which Should You Choose?

Tissue Tightening Techniques: Which Should You Choose?

Have you noticed your skin looks loose or crepey as you get older? If you have, you aren’t alone. Sagging skin, along with wrinkles, happens naturally as we age.

The reason for sagging skin is related to elastin and collagen production. As we age, our skin loses the ability to produce elastin and collagen, which in turn causes our skin to lose firmness and elasticity. Luckily, we live in an age where we can fight against the changes with surgical and non-surgical procedures. Let’s look at non-surgical tissue tightening procedures.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to target and treats certain conditions. When we think of ultrasounds, we think of imaging. For example, obstetricians use ultrasound technology to give couples the first glimpse of their unborn child.

HIFU is a different kind of ultrasound. It doesn’t create images. Instead, highly focused sound waves interact with tissues to modify or destroy them. The beam from the ultrasound can pass through layers of tissue without harming anything that isn’t the target.

The energy of the HIFU causes a rise in tissue temperature. The heat from the temperature rise then destroys (ablates) the tissue in the targeted area. The heat from the ultrasound is sent deep into the skin, which can tighten and lift the skin, reducing wrinkles. Results vary, some appearing immediately and others after six months of treatment.

Hollywood Carbon Facials

A Hollywood carbon facial has several other names. It’s been called a Hollywood peel, a carbon laser peel, and a charcoal peel. The treatment combines the benefits of Q-Switch laser technology and charcoal.

The main goal of a Hollywood peel is skin rejuvenation. It’s designed to work against big pores, the signs of aging, and skin damage like acne or scars. The result of a Hollywood peel is a softer, glowing appearance.

The non-invasive treatment is gentle on the skin. There is no downtime with a Hollywood peel. Some patients could experience redness, which typically lasts only a few hours.

Photo Facials

Photo facials are also known as intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. IPL tackles many ills, from age spots to sun damage. The treatment uses short blasts of high-intensity light that cause more even tone and texture and younger, firmer-looking skin.

IPL is a skin rejuvenation treatment that usually only takes 30-60 minutes. It’s normal for skin to look swollen and slightly red during the treatment. Slight discomfort is also a normal part of the process.

Final thoughts

As we age, our skin sags and changes as a normal part of the aging process. Several tissue tightening techniques are available to help reduce the signs of aging. Beauty & Body by Mia can help determine which skin tightening technique is best for you.