Skin Tightening and Body Contouring with New HIFU Transformers

Klaus Fritz, Dermatology and Laser Centers, Landau and Kandel, Germany

In  treatments for bodycontouring radiofrequency and ultrasound play an  increasing  role  in heating the dermis with less downtime. 
Utilizing MMFU (Micro & Macro Focused Ultrasound)  technology assisted with multi-functional cartridges HiFU ( High intensity focused ultrasound) is able to treat face, neck, abdomen, buttocks,  upper arms, knees with cartridges varying on the thickness of the area. For bodycontouring cartriges of 6 mm and 9 mm depths with 2 MHz frequency were specially designed .The ability to access different depths and frequencies provides a combination of synergetic treatments. Various multi-functional MMFU cartridges with 4 frequencies and 6 different depths are available for selection of treatment including face lifting and (body) skin tightening. Generating 65 °C - 70 °C in treatment area causes coagulation assisting the wound healing process of the human body’s immune system activating and effectively remodeling collagen.Short procedure time’s total treatment for body takes around 20 – 40 minutes.

The newest body contouring system has arrived with new adjustable contact  cooling HIFU technology with the simultaneous use of two hand-pieces with a large spot size providing abdominal fat reduction at a penetration depth of 9 mm and 13 mm. Instead of coaguulations in small focused points this system creates coagulation lines in a square or any desirable form. It allows to treat stubborn fat cells in the body on abdomen, Love Handles, Flanks, Thighs and results in effective slimming and contouring.

Other technologies are Ultrasound and RF .They are used  as a single technology or in combinations in order to achieve sufficient heating of the dermis. Re-shaping and volume reduction are achieved through targeted energy absorption and subsequent initiation of lipolytic processes and collagen remodeling. Shock waves are normally used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders,  and cryolipolysis, a noninvasive method of destroying localized subcutaneous fat, causes programmed death and slow resorption of destroyed adipocytes. 

The findings show that the HIFU Lipolysis is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated noninvasive procedure for body contouring,especially for moderatre amounts of fat and larger areas to be treated limke the whole abdomen. Depending on penetration depth HIFU also allows to include additional passes for skin tightening, other than liposuction, where only fat reduction can be achieved.