HIFU stands for “High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound” and is a relatively new non invasive cosmetic technology.
HIFU uses concentrated ultrasound energy to the face, neck and bodyby a handheld device. It is a non-invasive treatment that helps stimulates the cells, resulting in tissue rejuvenation and collagen production. The overall effect of the treatment is to promote tightening and lifting of the skin in these areas.
A HIFU treatment can help stimulate tissue rejuvenation and collagen production – resulting in the tightening and lifting of saggy skin. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, this can produce results akin to facial sculpting (but without the need for surgery).
As a skin rejuvenating procedure, HIFU can help lift and tighten the neck, chin and brow, and improve lines and wrinkles on the chest.
Collagen production is expected to reach its optimum level at two to three months. It is during this period that a patient can already see their facial skin becoming younger-looking, healthier, softer, and supple.
- Skin firming and rejuvenation (anti-aging)
- Non-invasive lifting for the face
- Body contouring and tightening
Summary of Your Treatment
Procedure TimeApprox 60/90 Minutes
Back to WorkImmediately
Full RecoveryBetween 2-4 weeks
Sensitivity PeriodApprox 2hrs
How many treatments?Varies depending on skin health and type
ResultsImprovements visible 4-10 days post treatment
Duration of Results3-5 years
Risks and ComplicationsSwelling, allergic reactions, infection, bruising
What Is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFUTherapy)?
HIFUTherapy is a safe, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. The treatment uses the body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually lift skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
Can HIFU Replace a Face Lift Procedure?
HIFUTherapy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery, but won’t duplicate the results of a facelift. However it is a great alternative, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.
How is HIFUTherapy Different to Laser Procedures?
HIFUTherapy uses sound energy, tried and true ultrasound, which has unique properties that allow it to bypass the surface of the skin to treat depths not matched by any other non-invasive cosmetic device. HIFUTherapy stimulates collagen production in the skin’s foundation, resulting in a clinically significant lift of tissue over the following 2-3 months. Lasers rely on light energy, which cannot reach deeper skin layers at an optimal temperature, so laser treatments typically only treat superficial skin. Since the two technologies often treat different types of skin issues, they’re actually very compatible.
How Does HIFUTherapy Stimulate Collagen Production?
During the treatment the transducer delivers and deposits focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. The treatment jumpstarts a natural process, known as neocollagenesis, to produce fresh, new collagen. The treatment itself doesn’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins, it just relies on your body’s own collagen-building process for natural, noticeable results.
How Long Will a HIFUTherapy Treatment Take?
The length of the treatment will depend on the area being treated and your individual treatment plan. A face and neck procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, while a chest treatment on its own takes approximately 30 minutes.
Will I Need to Take Time off Work?
With a single HIFUTherapy treatment there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any special post-treatment measures. We have even had clients come up to the clinic on their lunchbreak to have the treatment, no creams required and your general skin care plan and make-up can be applied as normal.
What Does HIFUTherapy Feel Like?
As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you will feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.
How Many HIFU Treatments Will I Need?
Most clients need between one and three treatments. However this may be based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some clients may benefit from additional treatments. Because skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help clients keep pace with the body’s natural aging process.
Who is a Good Candidate for HIFU?
A good HIFU candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to feel and look less firm. Examples include a lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin, and lines or wrinkles on the chest. Of course, the best way to find out if you’re a suitable candidate is to consult with a practitioner.
Is HIFU Safe?
The HIFU procedure has been used safely in over 250,000 treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy itself has been used safely in the medical field for more than 50 years.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The skin might appear flushed at first, this can be during treatment but sometimes lasting longer, the redness should however disappear within a few hours. Some clients experience slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are temporary in nature. Other, less common post-procedural effects may include temporary bruising or numbness on small areas of skin. As with any cosmetic procedure, there is the possibility of other rare effects, which your practitioner will review with you.
How Long Does it Take to See Results and How long do They Last?
After your HIFU Treatment, you may see some initial effect, but the ultimate results will take place over 2-3 months, as your body naturally regenerates collagen. Since the procedure stimulates your own collagen production, how long the results last really depends on you. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but your natural aging process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.
You can expect none or some of the following symptoms immediately after the procedure. These symptoms may persist for up to four weeks. Most patients have very mild symptoms but, as with any medical procedure, each patient experiences it uniquely.
Symptoms always subside over time. There have been no reports of long lasting complications. The treated area may be slightly pink for up to a few hours.
Bruising, swelling and tenderness can occur in the treated area. Bruising may not be evident for several days following the treatment and often is greenish in colour by the time it becomes visible. Most common areas for bruising are along the jawline and cheekbone.
Even without bruising, tenderness to the touch is expected. This is usually most evident along the jawline and cheekbone and most often noted when touching your face, washing or applying makeup. This will not interfere with eating, talking or moving your facial muscles.
With the exception of possible bruising there is no downtime after your HIFU You will be able to return to your normal daily routine and exercise program immediately after the procedure.
Costs Per Area
|HIFU FULL FACE|
|One Pass at Either|
|1.5mm||3.00mm or 4.5mm $590|
|HIFU NECK LIFT|
|One pass at either|
|1.5mm||3.0mm or 4.5mm $550|
|HIFU FACE & NECK LIFT COMBO|
|One Pass at Either|
|1.5mm||3.00mm or 4.5mm $850|
|HIFU PREMIUM FULL FACE|
|Usually at 3.0mm and 4.5mm $700|
|HIFU PREMIUM NECK LIFT|
|Usually at 3.0mm and 4.5mm $660|
|FACE & NECK LIFT|
|Usually at 3.0mm and 4.5mm $980|
Superior results are achieved when a HIFU PREMIUM FACE or NECK lift treatment is performed. When the two depths, 4.5 mm and 3.0mm are completed in the same treatment the treatment time is approximately 90 minutes.