HIFU – ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’ treatment is a true evolution in non-surgical skin tightening and lifting for all parts of the body. It uses focused ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface.
HIFU is a unique treatment, which relies solely on the body’s natural regenerative capacity and in some cases HIFU can deliver nearly the same results of face and neck lifting effect without the need for invasive surgery.
The HIFU became one of the most sought-after lifting treatments for face and neck at our leading London clinic, specialising in non-surgical cosmetic and laser treatments.
HIFU is suitable for both men and women, who are concerned about loose skin, weakened muscular tone and patients with mild-to-moderate skin laxity.
HIFU treatment is best for patients who are looking for skin tightening:
• Simply having loose skin on any part of the body
• After weight loss
• Post- pregnancy
HIFU treatment individually targets brow, jowl and neck lifting, as well as overall skin tightening and rejuvenation. Patients will see a noticeable improvement in facial contouring, fine lines and wrinkles.
Also, HIFU is a great non-surgical face and neck treatment, nevertheless, patients should appreciate that the HIFU treatment doesn’t necessarily duplicate the results of a facelift surgery, however, it is considered to be an alternative and certainly one of the most effective non-surgical face and neck lifting procedure available to our patients who are not keen on having major face or neck lift surgery.
The key advantages of HIFU treatment:
• Clinically proven
• Instant results
• Improving fine lines
• Increase Blood Circulation
• Enhancing jawline definition
• Tightening sagging skin
• Lifting the cheeks, eyebrows and eyelids
• Tightening of the décolletage
• Gives the skin a smoother appearance
• Rejuvenates skin
• No down time
• Stimulates natural collagen production
• Results improve with time
• Results lasting up to 6-9 months
How HIFU Works ?
HIFU is considered to have the most powerful ultrasound energy, which causes the cells in the targeted tissue (skin and muscle) to heat up very quickly.
Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular destruction. Since the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface, there’s no damage to the upper layers of the skin and surrounding tissue.
While this may seem counterintuitive, the damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues.
The HIFU ultrasound energy infiltrates the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) under skin layers.
This system of connective muscular tissue is made from elastin and collagen fibres and underlies mimic facial muscles and with time the SMAS becomes less elastic, collagen fibres stretch, and the frame weakens.
As a result, this could lead to eyebrows and cheeks to droop and then skin on lower lids could appear saggy, and the face could lose its contour. This is where, the HIFU ultrasound energy can address the core of the problem, and improve the elasticity of the skin, and give a firm and lifted face and neck.
HIFU treatment is painless, as the ultrasonic waves do not affect the surface layers of the skin.
After a thorough consultation with the doctor and analysis of the level of the skin laxity and suitability for the treatment and the patient is ready to go ahead, a special gel will be applied to the specified area.
The treatment will directly transfer the ultrasound energy into multiple layers of the treated area to trigger collagen renewal to give a tighter skin. Macro-focused cartridges transfer an equal distribution of ultrasound energy into to the tissue under the skin in the treated area, which will induce contractions as well as natural disposal of stubborn fat cells for contouring purposes.
During the HIFU treatment, the patient may notice a slight prickling sensation. Once the procedure is complete, the gel will be removed and SPF should be applied.
One session of HIFU treatment will deliver visible effects in lifting and tightening. It will also create new collagen which will help the skin to maintain its youthful glow with the results lasting up to 6-9 months.
This treatment usually takes between 20-40 minutes and has no downtime and no side effects, nevertheless some patients could have slight redness and rarely slight swelling for the initial 2 hours after the treatment.
The treatment will cause no disturbance to the patient’s daily routine and patients can apply make up or facial moisturiser immediately after the treatment if they wish to do so.
At our clinic we provide our patients with the aftercare protocol and in some cases, patients could require a specific skincare regimen to give the best results desired.
After as little as one session with HIFU therapy, the patient can enjoy a refreshed, lifted, and more youthful appearance immediately after the treatment.
The results will improve with time, as the skin’s Sculptra continues for a few months after the treatment.
In some cases, we combine other treatments with HIFU, depending on the individual cases, condition of the skin and other patients concerns to deliver the best possible desired results.
Here’s what to expect at your appointment:
1. The Doctor will cleanse the area of concern
2. They may apply a topical anaesthetic cream before starting if necessary.
3. The Doctor will then apply an ultrasound gel.
4. The HIFU device is placed against the skin.
5. Using an ultrasound viewer, the Doctor will adjust the device to the correct setting.
6. Ultrasound energy is then delivered to the target area in short pulses for roughly 30 to 60 minutes.
This High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound has an effective cooling property built in which helps protect the epidermis and reduces pain. This enables the surgeon to use a higher energy level which will deliver a better result.
After the treatment
Following the HIFU procedure, the patient will be able to continue with their day to day activities. Once the gel is removed you will notice an instant difference, which will continue to gradually improve over the following nine months. Always follow the aftercare that is provided.
Rare Possible Side Effects
Like any other aesthetic treatment, patients should be aware not only of the benefits and advantages of the treatment, but they should be aware of the possible side effects, even so they are very rare.
HIFU treatment is a well known, proven and safe treatment, nevertheless, the rare side effects include slight redness, swelling, some tenderness, temporary hyperpigmentation, slightly bloated and swollen skin, which usually disappears after a few days.
HIFU is not suitable for:
- Patients who have chronic or acute skin diseases
- Patients with severe vascular problems
- Patients who have open or infected wounds
- Patients with severe / active acne
- Patients who have metallic implants in the treated area.