The Answers You Need
WHAT IS HIFU?
HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, it is the latest non-surgical, clinically proven technology, for lifting and tightening the face, neck and décolletage. It works by naturally stimulating the production of collagen for a natural, younger looking appearance.* Unlike lasers, the HIFU procedure targets directly into the deep structural tissues where the collagen is found.
WHAT AREAS ARE SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?
The most common areas to use HIFU are the face and neck. You can expect to notice your skin lifting and tightening with immediate effect, with ongoing results in the ensuing weeks. Optimum results will be seen at 6-12 weeks, leaving you feeling smoother, brighter and firmer, and will continue to improve for up to six months following your treatment. Results last for between two and three years.
HIFU is also very effective when used on the abdomen, legs, buttocks and arms to tighten and sculpt these areas.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The majority of patients need only one treatment; however, some may benefit from additional treatments depending on how much skin laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen rebuilding process.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT?
What you feel during the treatment is tiny amounts of concentrated ultrasound heat, giving a warm sensation that is being deposited below the surface of the skin, which many people describe as a tingling feeling. The ultrasound heat can be intense at times and is a positive signal that the collagen and building process has been initiated.
The degree and nature of any discomfort will vary from person to person and from area to area on the face and or neck, with bony areas such as jawline being more sensitive than others.
HOW SAFE IS THE PROCEDURE?
Thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide using HIFU technology without significant adverse events. In addition, ultrasound energy has been used safely in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
WHEN CAN RESULTS BE SEEN?
You will see the results build gradually over a period of time because the HIFU treatment penetrates the skin from the outside, inwards. The HIFU targeted energy passes the surface of the skin and stimulates the cells for collagen production and tissue rejuvenation. When using this method of treatment, your skin will be lifted and tightened by your skin’s own natural healing process. You may notice an immediate lifting but can expect to notice your skin rejuvenating over the months following treatment- feeling smoother, brighter and firmer.