SonoQueen is one of the medical HIFU machines.
As with other hyf machines, it can be expected to improve facial sagging and wrinkles and lift up effects . In addition, "Eyeshadow HIFU", which is a treatment using Sonoqueen's exclusive cartridge (parts applied to the skin), can intensively care for sagging and wrinkles around the eyes .
In order to receive sagging and wrinkle treatment with Sonoqueen with confidence , it is important to know not only the unique features, effects and duration of Sonoqueen compared to other hyf machines, but also the downtime and risks .
The official name of HIFU is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Similar to the way a magnifying glass can be used to focus sunlight on a single point, a hyph machine can be used to focus ultrasonic waves on a single point .
In addition to hyphens, machines used in aesthetic medicine include machines that use light and high-frequency energy, such as lasers, IPL (light therapy), and RF (radio frequency therapy). By irradiating the skin with energy such as hyphen, laser, IPL, and RF, heat is generated, and the generated thermal energy can damage and denature the target substance .
Various energies are used in aesthetic medicine, but hyphens reach the fascia that wraps the muscles . In addition, there are multiple types of cartridges that are applied to the skin when hyphen is irradiated, and the depth of energy arrival can be changed depending on the cartridge, so multiple layers can be approached .
Expected effects differ depending on which part of the skin, such as the dermis layer, subcutaneous tissue, and fascia, is affected.
Sonoqueen is a machine developed by South Korea's Newpong that can be expected to tighten and lift the skin .
Some hyf machines can be expected to slim down by applying not only the face and neck but also the body, but Sonoqueen can be applied only to the face and neck .
SonoQueen has 3 types of cartridges , each of which can irradiate ultrasound to a depth of 2.0mm, 3.0mm, and 4.5mm.
Among them, it can be used for fine areas such as under the eyebrows, around the eyes, and under the eyes, which were difficult to apply with the 2.0mm cartridge, and for areas that are difficult to apply due to the curves such as the forehead .
The treatment can be performed on the cheeks and under the chin, and effects such as nasolabial folds, sagging under the eyes and cheeks, tightening of pores, small face, double chin, and raised corners of the mouth can be expected.
The skin is divided into two layers, the epidermis layer and the dermis layer from the outside, and the subcutaneous tissue (mainly the layer of fat) is below it.
Underneath the subcutaneous tissue is the thin membrane SMAS layer, also called facial fascia, and below that is the facial muscles (muscles), which connect the skin and facial muscles.
The cause of sagging occurs not only in the skin, but in all layers.
Decrease in water content in the epidermis layer, decrease in collagen and elastin in the dermis layer, drooping and changes in subcutaneous tissue such as fat, loosening and weakening of facial muscles, and supporting ligaments that connect the skin and bones. Loosening of bones and reduction in bone volume are also considered causes of sagging.
Sonoqueen can irradiate energy to the dermis layer, subcutaneous tissue, and SMAS layer and apply heat to each layer, so it can be expected to effectively improve sagging .
Sonoqueen uses a cartridge that irradiates at a depth of 3.0 mm, making it possible to deliver energy to the dermis layer and subcutaneous tissue .
Fibroblasts, which are cells that produce collagen and elastin, are present in the dermis layer, and when they are damaged by heat, they are activated by the natural healing power of trying to return to their original state .
When fibroblasts are activated, the production of collagen and elastin, which are components that maintain firmness and elasticity, is also activated, so skin regeneration can be expected to improve fine wrinkles and sagging pores .
Sonoqueen can give energy at a temperature of about 60℃ to 70℃, which is easy to increase collagen .
Sonoqueen's energy can also thermally denature subcutaneous tissue .
When the subcutaneous tissue is irradiated with hyphen heat energy, the fat cells that make up the majority of the subcutaneous tissue are destroyed or shrunk . When the fat cells are destroyed, they are gradually expelled from the body by macrophages, which are responsible for expelling dead cells and debris from the body.
By destroying and shrinking fat cells, it can be expected to improve the collapsed contours such as double chins and sagging around the mouth, and to clean up the face line .
SonoQueen uses cartridges that aim at a depth of 4.5mm and deliver energy to the SMAS layer.
The SMAS layer is made of proteins such as collagen and elastin, and just like a protein egg that shrinks and hardens when heated, applying energy to the SMAS layer causes collagen and elastin to shrink, causing “heat shrinkage,” and the SMAS layer is pulled. go up .
The fat and skin located on the pulled-up SMAS layer are naturally pulled up, so the skin surface is not damaged, and the sagging of the face can be expected to improve .
The treatment performed on the eyes with Sonoqueen is called "Eyeshadow HIFU" . A very small cartridge with an irradiation port of 5.0 mm irradiates energy aiming at 2.0 mm under the skin.
The skin around the eyes is much thinner and more delicate than other parts of the body . The average thickness of the skin, including the epidermis and dermis, is about 2.0 mm, but the eyelid is only one-third that thickness, or about 0.6 mm.
The irradiation depth of 2.0mm usually affects the dermis layer, but since the skin and fat around the eyes are thin, it also affects the fat layer and the fascia of the orbicularis oculi muscle .
The sagging around the eyes is greatly affected by the weakening of the orbicularis oculi muscle, which is responsible for opening and closing the eyes and collecting tears, and the deterioration of collagen and elastin in the dermis layer .
When the orbicularis oculi muscle weakens, the upper eyelid cannot be supported and the upper eyelid becomes saggy, making it difficult to open the eyes and making the eyes look heavy.
The sagging of the lower eyelids is caused by the extrusion of the orbital fat, which is the fat that protects the eyeballs.
Since the Sonoqueen cartridge has a small irradiation port , it is possible to irradiate small areas such as the outer corner of the eye from the last position where the eyelashes on the eyebrows, the lower eyebrows, and the lower eyelids grow .
By restoring collagen and elastin in the degraded dermis layer, it restores firmness and elasticity to the skin, and by acting on the fascia, it can be expected to lift the skin and improve sagging and fine wrinkles around the eyes .
With Sonoqueen, it is said that you can often feel the effect of tightening the skin and making your face smaller due to heat shrinkage immediately after the treatment .
On the other hand, it takes time for collagen and elastin to increase and skin regeneration to become active.
Skin firmness and elasticity due to skin regeneration often reach a peak effect in about 2 to 3 months, so if you receive treatment regularly about once every 3 to 6 months, you can expect the effect to last . .
Sonoqueen is said to be a painless procedure .
However, in areas with thin skin and little fat, such as the chin and forehead, you may feel a slight dull pain or heat deep inside the skin .
There are individual differences in how pain is felt, but the pain is considered to be tolerable without anesthesia .
Sonoqueen has almost no downtime . Since the output is gentle, there is little worry about swelling, and even if redness appears immediately after irradiation, it will disappear in about 30 minutes .
It is said that makeup and face washing can be applied immediately after the treatment because the surface of the skin is not damaged, but it is important not to rub the treatment area strongly because the skin is delicate immediately after the treatment.
On the day of treatment, you can shower, bathe, exercise, and drink alcohol . However , if redness and heat persist, try to take a bath the next day or later .
Sonoqueen can be expected to have a tightening effect due to protein heat contraction, but mild swelling may occur for about a week .
Dull pain such as muscle pain may occur depending on the person, but it is said that it will subside in about 2 to 3 days .
Sunburn immediately after irradiating Sonoqueen is likely to cause pigmentation, so it is necessary to take measures against UV rays . Neglecting UV protection can lead to rough skin .
Sonoqueen is a medical device not approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Please be sure to receive a thorough explanation about the risks and side effects during counseling and medical examinations and be convinced before undergoing the procedure.
|Sonoqueen is an unapproved drug by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.|
| Acquisition route of pharmaceuticals: The acquisition route is personal import from the manufacturer by the doctor of each medical institution.|
About medicines to be careful about when importing for personal use (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare page)
|Approval in Japan: There is no medical device that has the same performance as Sonoqueen and has been approved in Japan.|
|Information on safety in other countries: Sonoqueen has obtained the CE mark to certify safety and quality in Europe.|
|Side effects of this approval: Redness, swelling, muscle-like pain, etc. due to the thermal stimulation of ultrasound.|
The irradiation site is determined by the doctor's examination. Please receive an explanation about the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment, the cost, the equipment to be used, etc., and understand and accept the treatment before undergoing the treatment.
(2) Face wash
Remove makeup and wash your face to keep your skin clean.
Irradiate Sonoqueen with a cartridge suitable for the treatment area and symptoms.
(4) Face wash
After the treatment, you can immediately apply make-up and go home.
Total treatment time is around 1 hour .
SonoQueen is an unapproved device procedure. Fees vary depending on the medical institution as this is a free medical examination not covered by insurance.
The amount varies depending on the number of shots and the areas to be treated, but it is about 35,000 to 83,000 yen for the entire face .
There are cases where it is a set fee with another treatment that can be received in combination, multiple set fees where the fee per session is cheaper, and there are cases where a cheap fee is set for the first time only, Please check with each medical institution for details.
Sonoqueen specializes in irradiating the face and neck, but some hyph machines can be used for slimming by irradiating the body .
|machine name||Cartridge type||Applicable treatment area|
|doublo gold||1.5mm・3.0mm・4.5mm・13.0mm||face, neck, body|
|Ultracell Q Plus||1.5mm・3.0mm・4.5mm・6.0mm・9.0mm・11.0mm・13.0mm||face, neck, body|
|Ultraformer MPT||1.5mm・2.0mm・3.0mm・4.5mm・6.0mm・9.0mm・13.0mm||face, neck, body|
Heat energy is transferred while moving the pen-shaped applicator (irradiation device). You can intensively irradiate areas of concern along the curve of the face .
It is said that the lift-up effect is high because the output is strong. For that reason, there is pain during irradiation, and you may feel pain that resonates with the surrounding bones and teeth .
It is an evolved version of the Doublo and Doublo S+, and is said to be less painful due to the large focus of the hyphen.
It has an excellent balance between pain and effect, and you can expect to dissolve fat in your double chin and upper arms with a dedicated cartridge that specializes in dissolving fat .
Ultraformer MPT, the successor to Ultraformer 3, can continuously irradiate high-density hyphen energy in a line, so faster irradiation is possible .
The cause of sagging is not just a part of the skin, it happens in all layers.
Sagging treatments include hyf machines such as Sonoqueen, RF machines that irradiate high frequency (RF), thread lifts that use threads, and hyaluronic acid injections that supplement volume , each of which works on a different layer.
Combining not only Sonoqueen but also other treatments will increase the synergistic effect of sagging treatment .
Thermacool is a machine that is often used in combination with Sonoqueen among high frequencies .
High-frequency energy is applied to the dermis layer and subcutaneous tissue, and heat contraction tightens proteins such as collagen fibers and reduces excess fat .
The old Thermacool had the disadvantage of being painful during irradiation, but the new Thermacool FLX has less pain.
Thermacool alone is said to be effective in improving the opening of pores and preventing sagging due to mild sagging, but when combined with Sonoqueen, it is possible to not only tighten the skin but also lift it, so it is possible to prevent relatively severe sagging. We can expect improvement .
A thread lift (thread lift) is a procedure in which a thread is inserted under the skin and pulled to lift up the slack . There are soluble and non-dissolvable threads, and more and more people are choosing soluble threads because they do not leave foreign substances in the body.
Thread lift physically lifts the skin with threads, so it is easy to feel the effect immediately after the treatment.
On the other hand, unlike Sonoqueen, which works on the fascia with ultrasonic waves and does not work from the deep layer, Thread Lift cannot stop the weakening of the loosened facial muscles .
A higher lift-up effect can be expected by pulling up the skin with a thread lift and pulling up the fascia with Sonoqueen .
Beneath the skin, supporting ligaments hold fat and muscle in place. By injecting hyaluronic acid to reinforce supporting ligaments that have loosened due to aging, it can be expected to support fat and muscle and improve sagging .
When hyaluronic acid is injected into areas where the volume of bones and fat has decreased, hyaluronic acid supports the skin from the inside instead of bones and fat, so a lifting effect can be expected.
By injecting hyaluronic acid to compensate for the lack of bone and fat volume and pulling up the fascia with Sonoqueen , you can work on different places, so you can expect a synergistic effect to improve sagging .
Hyphens can also be received at beauty salons, but there is a big difference from treatments at medical institutions .
The hyf machine at beauty salons has a limiter so that the temperature does not rise enough to destroy cells, so it can only irradiate about 1/3 the strength of energy compared to medical institutions .
There are also reports [*1] of people getting burned during the treatment, even though the effect and duration of the hyf machine for beauty salons with low output are often different from what was expected .
[*1] Information announced by the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan
In order to obtain satisfactory results with hyphen, it is important to receive hyphen treatment at a medical institution .
Sonoqueen is a medical hyphen machine that acts on the SMAS layer, so there is a risk of burns and nerve damage if performed incorrectly . In order to avoid the risk of burns and nerve damage, it is necessary to receive treatment from a doctor with a large number of cases and a high level of experience .
The hyf machine continues to evolve, and more expectations and attention are being paid to achieving higher treatment effects. It is important for practitioners to participate in study sessions and academic conferences held by manufacturers to learn the characteristics of machines that are improving day by day, effective and safe irradiation methods, and anatomical knowledge .