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Frequently Asked Questions about

HIFU - Non-surgical Facelift

What is HIFU Skin Tightening

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound. It is a proven technology which has been used for many years. The ultrasound energy penetrates the skin at different depths to tighten and tone the skin. Both the face and body can be treated with HIFU

How effective is a HIFU facelift? 

A HIFU facelift is an effective option to consider if you have some skin laxity around your jaw or next area. HIFU also helps to tighten the the overall facial skin which helps to improve fine lines and wrinkles and can give a gentle brow lift.

Is HIFU treatment safe?

HIFU has been used in aesthetic procedures for many years. A HIFU therapist needs to undergo specific training before being able to carry out the procedure.

How long does a HIFU facelift last?

Everyone is different but depending on your lifestyle you should expect HIFU facelift results to last between 12-18 months.

Does HIFU facelift work?

Probably our most frequently asked question! HIFU uses ultrasound energy to penetrate the skin at 3 depths. The energy gently heats the skin and tissues which stimulates the production of the bodies natural collagen. This helps to plump and lift the skin, giving a physical lift which develops over a period of 3 months. It is a good option if you have some skin laxity and volume loss which you would like to improve without the need for surgery, botox or dermal fillers.

Does HIFU facelift hurt?

The procedure can be a little uncomfortable on certain areas of the face where there is less volume, for example around the jawline or across the top lip. HIFU treatment is often described as a tingling feeling which can become more intense in these areas. 

What happens during a HIFU facelift consultation?

Before you embark on any HIFU treatment for the face or body you will need a consultation to ensure you are suitable for treatment and to understand your treatment goals and expectations. Your therapist will explain how the treatment works and assess the areas you are looking to have treated and discuss your anticipated results. Depending on your goals she may recommend 1 or 2 sessions to achieve your desired result.

What happens during HIFU facelift treatment?

Your therapist will mark your face into sections and apply a cooling gel whilst you relax on the treatment couch. She will treat each section, at the required depth to ensure optimal results. After your treatment the gel and markings will be removed and a hydrating gel and SPF will be applied. There is no downtime with HIFU facelift treatment.

How good is HIFU facelift treatment?

HIFU facelift is a good option if you are looking to address skin laxity without the use of dermal fillers or surgery. HIFU is also good option to tighten and tone "turkey neck".

Does HIFU get rid of fat?

Depending on the settings used, HIFU can be a very good option to reduce fat on the face or body, it is particulary effective for treating double chins.

How long does HIFU non-surgical facelift treatment take

A HIFU non-surgical facelift takes around and 90 minutes for the face and neck.

How much does a HIFU non- surgical facelift cost?

The cost of the treatment will on whether you are looking to for full face HIFU, face and neck HIFU or just HIFU neck treatment. You may need 1 or 2 sessions which your therapist will discuss with you during your consultation having carried out an assessment of your skin and expectations.

What are the side effects from HIFU facelift

Side effects are minimal and temporary and can include, redness, tingling or swelling.  

Less common side effects of HIFU skin tightening are bruising, temporary numbness, temporary muscle weakeness or nerve inflammation.

Can I have HIFU facelift if I have had Botox and Dermal Fillers?

You can have HIFU non-surgical facelift if you have previously had dermal fillers and botox but you must wait at least one month between your last treament and your HIFU treatment. If you are embarking on HIFU, Botox and Dermal Filler treatment for the first time, we recommend having your HIFU treatment first and assessing the results from that before having other aesthetic treatments.

What's the difference between HIFU and a facelift

HIFU is a non-surgical treatment. There are no incisions needed and there is no downtime with HIFU. Undergoing a surgical procedure is an invasive procedure which is carried out by a surgeon. Facelift procedures have come a long way and whilst still expensive in comparison to HIFU treatment, they provide a permanent result and are a better option if you have significant skin laxity.

HIFU Facelift vs Ultherapy

HIFU and Ultherapy use the same technology. Ultherapy is a machine brand name but both use ultrasound energy to deliver the physical skin lifting.

Does HIFU tighten skin?

HIFU stimulates the bodies natural collagen which increases volume under the skin to increase plumpness and in doing so it improves over all skin quality and tone.

What is the downtime with HIFU treatment?

Everyone is different but generally there is no downtime. Your face may be a little red after the treatment so you may prefer to go home and rest. Redness is temporary and will usually have subsided within 24 hours. 

How long have you been offering HIFU treatment in Oxford?

We introduced HIFU technology to the clinic in 2019 and have treated many clients successfully during that time. When considering HIFU treatment it's important to note that results do develop gradually, you do not see a "wind tunnel" effect. 

What conditions are contraindicated for HIFU Non-surgical facelift?

You will not be able to have HIFU treatment if you have any of the following medical conditions: Open facial wound, metal stents in the treatment area, pacemaker, pregnant or breastfeeding, migraines, Bells Palsy, Bleeding disorder, Autoimmune disease, Epilepsy, Diabetes.