‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’ or HIFU treatments offer a non-surgical way to lift and tighten specific areas of the face and neck.
With visible results after just one session, this safe and effective treatment can be used to lift areas such as the brow, jowl and neck. The technology stimulates collagen production which creates tighter, firmer skin.
Depending on the area being treated, it will take around 30 – 90 minutes, after which you will be able to go back to work or continue with your day.
How does HIFU work?
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non invasive, no needles technique which delivers thermal energy down to deep dermal layers, in particular the Superficial Aponeurotic Muscular System (SMAS).
This layer is often targeted during facelifts. The tissues are heated by ultrasound waves to between 60 and 70 degrees Celsius, inducing fibroblasts and the formation of collagen and elastin, which help to lift and tighten skin. This process starts instantly and continues for the coming 2-3 months. Treatment is recommended as a course of 3 for the best effects.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Most patients who undergo HIFU treatment are able to return to their daily activities immediately, as no recovery time is required.
Some experience a slight redness, and occasionally a little swelling or tingling, but this soon subsides.
You may notice an immediate effect, but we would expect it to take around 2-3 months for the full impact of the treatment to be visible. This is due to the skin’s natural renewel process, and the time it takes for the new, strengthened collagen to come into effect.
Who is suitable for HIFU?
Individuals over 30 can experience benefits from HIFU treatments. If skin on the face or neck has begun to soften or sag, HIFU can be used to delay the ageing process, or lift and tighten areas that have become less firm.
HIFU treatment is most popular amongst those in their 40’s and 50’s. It is suitable for individuals over 60, where the degree of laxity is not too great. We will carefully assess your suitability for the treatment before discussing our recommendations with you.