The Science of Facial Ultrasound

November 16, 2018 0 Comments

The Science of Facial Ultrasound

Just like the world of smart phones and VR headsets, skin care technology is always evolving. From innovative formulations to the newest gadgets, it can be difficult to decide which products and procedures are right for you.

While some therapies target specific skin issues, others work with the body’s own processes and serve numerous functions at once. The international skincare industry has seen a rise in the use of medical-grade equipment to combat several skin concerns in a single treatment. One of the leading technologies in this area is facial ultrasound. Our science team here at Consonant has broken down the details to bring you the buzz about this cutting-edge therapy, and why we feature it in our Consonant Custom Cold Laser C3L Elevated Facial.


Ultrasound is a vibration wave that travels at a frequency inaudible to the human ear, 3 MHZ. The wave is created when electrical energy is converted to mechanical energy [1]. In the case of Consonant Custom Cold Laser, our Ultrasound wand contains Piezoelectric Quartz Crystals that transform electrical current into a continuous acoustic pulse [2].

Through a process called Phonophoresis, this continuous pulse creates compression waves which force treatment products deep into the dermis [3]. This occurs when a compression wave causes a bubble at the surface of the skin to collapse, forming what is called an acoustic microjet. This microjet creates a tiny tunnel that acts as a gateway into the skin [4].

Collapse of a bubble at the fluid/skin interface and resulting acoustic microjet [3].

Further, High Level Sound Wave Technology, resulting from the ultrasound current, causes pressure changes in skin that create high frequency vibrations [5]. These vibrations stimulate cells by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which, along with the higher concentration of nutrients being delivered to the dermis, increase collagen production and the rate at which cells regenerate [6].


Achieve in five minutes what would take five weeks to achieve at home.

Traditional serum application is great for your skin, especially when applied regularly. But it can take a very long time, if ever, for these treatment products to reach the deeper layers of your skin through topical application alone [1]. Ultrasound Therapy forces applied products into the deeper layers of skin, quickly. It can deliver substances like antioxidants, water binders, and soothing botanicals into the dermis, where new skin cells are formed. In a Consonant Custom Cold Laser Facial, all products used, including the conductive gel, are 100% natural, so you can be confident that your skin is only receiving the healthiest ingredients. These substances can nourish and protect your skin throughout the cell cycle. The result? Healthier, firmer, smoother, and more hydrated skin from the inside out.


Immediate results:

  • More contoured facial structure
  • Decreased redness
  • Firmer skin
  • Improved hydration

Delayed Results (2-7 days post treatment):

  • Smoother skin texture
  • Lightening of pigmentation or scaring
  • Decreased appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Decreased breakouts

With no down time and safe, immediate and lasting results, facial ultrasound is a technology that goes further than just skin deep!

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[1] Starritt, H. C., & Duck, F. A. (2011). Safety. Clinical ultrasound (third edition) (pp. 51-60).

[2] Herwadkar, A., & Banga, A. K. (2011). Transdermal delivery of peptides and proteins. Peptide and protein delivery (pp. 69-86).

[3] Meidan, V., & Michniak-Kohn, B. B. (2010). Ultrasound-based Technology for Skin Barrier Permeabilization. Handbook of non-invasive drug delivery systems (pp. 119-133).

[4] Brujan, E. A. (2004). The role of cavitation microjets in the therapeutic applications of ultrasound. Ultrasound in medicine & biology, 30(3), 381-387.

[5] Zhu, C., Liu, G., Yu, Q., Pfeffer, R., Dave, R. N., & Nam, C. H. (2004). Sound assisted fluidization of nanoparticle agglomerates. Powder technology, 141(1-2), 119-123.

[6] Maxwell, L. (2012). Therapeutic ultrasound: its effects on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammation and repair. Physiotherapy, 78(6), 421-426.