Are you shy to be in the front while taking photos all the time？Is there any way to solve the pimple-faced and chubby face？ Nowadays there are all kinds of medical cosmetology face slimming treatment in the market, the popular ones, for instance, Hifu, Liftera-V, Thermage and Botox. But what’s the difference between them？Let’s go ahead and figure it out.
Brief Introduction of 4 Common Treatment
Picture credit to Forbes.com
Hifu, with its’ full name High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is based on applying high-energy ultrasound to generate thermal energy between 60-70 degrees, and lead the energy into Superficial Musculo- Aponeurotic System（SMAS）to stimulate collagen synthesis, make the tissues react for the further repairing and enhance the density of collagen after the collagen synthesis. Because aponeurosis is the main supporting of the face, stimulating and regenerating the collagen in aponeurosis makes the effect of tightening the skin.
Photo credit to www.luxuriousmagazine.com
Thermage applies a high-energy Monopolar Radiofrequency technique to relieve the skin depression and lift up the facial outline through thermal energy to heat up the deep part in the skin which contains rich collagen. So far, Thermage is the only treatment certificated by the medical research FDA that can be applied to the skin around the eyes.
Liftera-V is actually one of the Hifu methods, based on burying the invisible energy into the aponeurosis and the dermis, construct the skin in the net, stimulate and regenerate the collagen synthesis and reconstruction, to tighten up the skin. Another type of lift method is to inject the albumin gland into the base of the skin. Different from Liftera-V, the traditional lift method applies PDO albumin gland, injecting the albumin gland into the dermis and enhance the foundation of the skin from the bottom, to support the whole face, while Liftera-V applies the energy to stimulate and regenerate collagen.
Botox is a high unified protein. Through injecting it, it can relax the facial muscles showing the wrinkles on the skin surface, stop the nerve cells which make the muscles shrink and cause the wrinkles, smooth the face outline, relieve the moving wrinkles and expression wrinkles, prevent the new wrinkles and tighten up the loose skin to slim the face.
Comparison of Face Slimming Treatment
1. Reference price
Hifu (Depending on the devices and machines)
Ultherapy (American) around $3000-$3500
Liftera-V: Around $600 - $1500, varies by shots.
Thermage (Depending on the applied part)
Face＋Neck for $3000 - $3500 ;
Eyes for $1200 - $2000
2. Treatment Times
Hifu: 1-2 times/ year
Liftera-V：1 time/ every 1.5 - 3 months, consistently for 3-6 times
Thermage：1 time/ year
Botox：2-3 times/ year
3. Depth of Treatment
Hifu：1.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.5 mm
Liftera-V：1.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.5mm
Thermage：1.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.5mm
4. Theory Of The Treatment
Hifu：High-energy Ultrasound（stable point)；Linearly Sending Energy
Liftera-V：Vortex Ultrasound；Moving-Curvedly Sending Energy
5. Effect Of The Treatment
Hifu：Maintain for 9-12 months
Liftera-V：Maintain for around 36 months
Thermage：Maintain for 12-18 months
Botox：Maintain for 4 months
6. Applicable for
The 4 treatments above are all applicable for those who are troubled by wrinkled skin, loose skin, double-chin, eye fine lines, facial fine lines, and other issues.
7. Short Term Reaction
Hifu：red, swollen, dry and skin
Liftera-V：temperary redness, swollenness, or bruise
Thermage：redness or light swollenness
Botox：pain, bruise, and inflammation in the injected parts
The common part of these 4 treatments is to apply or stimulate collagen synthesis. For this, it’s really clear that collagen is the important ingredient to lift up and tighten the skin, and it can literally make an effect on it. There are 2 different depths in the normal treatment, 4.5mm for stimulating the SMAS while 3.0mm for stimulating dermis. Inject the energy into different depths of the skin and stimulate collagen synthesis in different levels and aspects.