HiFu - the new non-surgical uplift

Putting ageing skin back in its place without a surgical facelift is certainly a possibility today with the HIFU treatment. Sagging skin gives us tired looking eyes and distorts the contours of the face particularly at the chin and neck. High intensity focused ultrasound – HIFU – lifts and tightens skin on the face and body for a non-surgical uplift of the face and neck and gives body skin a revival.

HIFU is a high focused ultrasound beam that directs energy to precise points in the skin to lift and tighten. Various cartridges are used to penetrate at different depths to target collagen. Utilizing ultrasonic energy to penetrate deep below the skin and fat layer of the face, gently but effectively targets connective tissue. Connective tissue is a firm, tough layer that supports the neck and facial contours. Ageing and the passage of time cause connective tissue to droop. HIFU tightens loose connective tissue, creating firmness and lifting to areas of sagging skin.
A good candidate for HIFU is someone with skin that has relaxed to the point of looking, and often feeling less firm. Typically those in their thirties, forties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. Individual results will vary based on the degree of laxity (excess or loose skin), volume (amount and distribution of fat), quality (wrinkles or sun damage), age, health and lifestyle. The areas that can be treated include brows, mid face, neck, décolletage and body skin.
The HIFU treatment itself can be uncomfortable and some people may choose to take a pain killer prior to treatment. There is no lasting pain and the treatment may take as little as 30 – 90 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. The discomfort ceases as soon as the beam is moved to another area and therefore the procedure is quite tolerable.
There is no downtime and normal activities may be resumed immediately post treatment. The skin may appear red immediately after the treatment and this quickly settles. Some people experience swelling and or bruising a day or so post treatment, and this can be alleviated by sleeping on an elevated pillow.
While individual results will vary, in the first week there will be a slight lifting and plumping of fine lines, with slight tenderness to the touch and possible tingling or a numb sensation. One month post treatment there is more of a slight lift, and a tighter feeling to the skin. Three to six months post treatment the final result will appear with additional lifting and tightening, better fitting skin should be noticed with brow elevation, les sagging, smoother texture and more even skin tone. Some people may need a second treatment eight to twelve weeks after the first treatment and then a periodic treatment once or twice a year.
It is important to remember that HIFU is an“uplift” and not a “facelift”. While it is not a replacement for surgery, it is a viable option for those not ready for a face lift, those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery and those who simply want to stay ahead of the game.
Over time, underlying changes to the skin tissue result in lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. HIFU is considered a revolutionary, non-invasive uplifting of the face and body skin that works to renew collagen in the skin naturally from the inside out. When this procedure is combined with a healthy lifestyle, a good homecare skin routine and possibly used with other modalities such as injectables and laser, the outcome is nothing short of an amazing refreshed new you without a surgical procedure.