3D HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound)
What is HIFU?
HIFU is a non-surgical treatment for the face and neck which uses high intensity-focused ultrasound to treat sagging or tired skin, with no downtime.
What is so unique about this treatment?
HIFU is the only non-invasive treatment that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, targeting the SMAS layer attached to the muscle, without the upper layer of the skin being affected. There are no incisions or surgery involved.
What technology is used for HIFU?
HIFU uses high intensity-focused ultrasound. This new type of aesthetic procedure is approved.
How does the HIFU treatment work?
A smooth ultrasound transducer is passed over the skin. Your therapist can plan exactly where the ultrasonic energy is emitted into the tissue. Ultrasonic energy can then be released into the intended tissues, generating the desired firming effects. In response to this energy, the formation of new collagen and elastin is stimulated in the skin. The skin becomes gradually firmer and more toned, which in turn creates a natural lifting effect.
What is collagen and how is the formation of new collagen stimulated by HIFU?
Collagen is a natural protein that preserves the youthfulness of your skin by forming a scaffolding to provide strength and structure. Collagen naturally depletes as we age, leading to the skin losing its elasticity and becoming looser and less firm. HIFU targets precisely where the fibroblast cells sit within the skin, stimulating the reproduction of natural collagen and elastin produced by our own body. This in turn helps to repair the skin and build on the natural scaffolding of our skin, plumping it out, lifting and tightening.
Is HIFU surgery?
No. In contrast to a facelift or other invasive solutions HIFU is a non-invasive method, which reaches the deeper layers of the skin without cutting or injuring the skin surface.
Can HIFU replace a facelift?
HIFU is “uplift”, not a “face lift.” HIFU cannot be equated with a surgical procedure, but it is proved to be an effective alternative for those who are not yet ready for an invasive treatment. This can also be used to maintain a surgical facelift.
How HIFU different from laser treatments?
Lasers generally work in the superficial layers (outer surface) of the skin (eg. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). HIFU focuses on the deep layer of skin, the basic layer, which is addressed in cosmetic surgery such as the facelift. Therefore, the two technologies are working at a different level.
Is HIFU successful?
Ultrasound energy has been used successfully for more than 50 years in medical diagnostics and therapy. Clinical studies have confirmed the safety of this latest application method.
Who is suitable for HIFU treatment of the face and neck?
For HIFU treatment, the most suitable patient would be someone whose skin has relaxed to the extent that it looks and feels less taut. A sunken brow line, sagging skin of the eyelids or fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are the first signs of aging skin. Typically clients between the ages of 30 to 75 would have this procedure. There are some medical conditions and medications which contraindicate this procedure, so be sure to mention these to your therapist at consultation.
How long does a HIFU treatment take?
One treatment generally takes 1-2 hours, depending on the client and the area to be treated.
What problem areas can be treated with HIFU?
- Full face
- Lower face
- Jaw line
What results can be achieved?
HIFU is intended for patients with loose skin, fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. HIFU renews the skin from the inside, plumping it out, giving a subtle lift and tightens leaving an overall fresher and firmer appearance with a more uniform complexion.
When will I see results?
With just one treatment, the regeneration process is already in motion. This renewal process, in which new, fresh collagen is built, will take about 2-3 months. The end result is expected within 3-6 months.