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HIFU Treatment

HIFU Treatment

The HIFU treatment takes High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and concentrates it to a precise depth in your skin to stimulate collagen growth and repair. This results in tighter, firmer skin with fewer wrinkles. 

HIFU skin tightening is a quick, non-invasive treatment for skin ageing which uses heat to cause micro-trauma to the old, poorly functioning collagen; this may seem counterintuitive but doing this via HIFU is a safe and clinically proven way to stimulate a cascade of collagen production, jumpstarting your natural skin tightening and firming process. HIFU offers natural-looking results to help you improve and maintain smoother, more contoured skin on your face or body. You may require a single treatment or a course depending on your skin’s condition and the results you want to achieve.

 

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HIFU skin tightening is a quick, non-invasive treatment for skin ageing which uses heat to cause micro-trauma to the old, poorly functioning collagen; this may seem counterintuitive but doing this via HIFU is a safe and clinically proven way to stimulate a cascade of collagen production, jumpstarting your natural skin tightening and firming process.

The HIFU treatment is often referred to as the HIFU facial or HIFU facelift because it can work to firm and tone not only the epidermis and dermis but also the muscle.

However, it is not limited to treating just your face. You are also able to address ageing and loose skin on your body.

The HIFU facelift is one of the most popular treatments with the HIFU technology and you can treat your entire face, or you can target a specific area of concern such as heavy jowls or eyebrows. The HIFU neck lift is also a very popular treatment as the neck is one of the first areas we start to see signs of skin ageing. 

Popular body areas include the upper chest, thighs, abdomen and upper arms.

 

Indications that HIFU may be right for you:

  • If you are looking for natural but noticeable results.
  • You have crepey, sagging skin on your face, neck or body.
  • Your skin has lost its bounce.
  • You’re noticing that your skin is getting crepey.
  • You are noticing fine lines and wrinkles on your skin.
  • You are noticing sagging, loose skin in your jowl area.
  • You are noticing that your jawline is less defined.
  • The skin on your neck is becoming loose, wrinkled and/or crepey.
  • You’d like to redefine some of your features, such as your cheeks.
  • You’d like to tighten and contour your skin.
  • If you are looking for a non-invasive skin tightening treatment with no downtime.

In some cases, particularly in those who have more advanced skin laxity and signs of ageing, it may be appropriate to combine the HIFU treatment with other aesthetic treatments, such as the Thread Lift, for example. This would be discussed with you fully during a skin consultation and assessment. 

How long will HIFU last?

As with all medical-aesthetic treatments, this will vary between individuals. Lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking, exercising and sun exposure will have an impact on how long your HIFU results will last, but most people will appreciate results that last 12 to 18 months. 

You can ‘top up’ your results with maintenance treatment at that time. 

 

How often should you get HIFU?

If you are having a course of 3 treatments, which is most common, we usually recommend that each session is spaced 12 weeks apart. Maintenance treatment of your HIFU results can be had once or twice a year if desired.

 

What are the side effects of HIFU treatment?

During the treatment it is possible to feel some discomfort; this can be managed by taking a pain killer prior to your HIFU treatment.  You may experience redness following your treatment which usually subsides within hours.  Slight swelling and/or tenderness can occur and may last a few days after having your HIFU treatment.

 

Are HIFU results instant?

Some people may notice a subtle improvement a few days following the treatment, this is known as the ‘collagen contracture’ stage. Results are dependent on the individual’s own skin repairing mechanism during which collagen production is stimulated and formed which can take several months. It is advisable to plan the HIFU treatment in advance of an event that you wish to see results in time for as full results are not immediate. As with many medical-aesthetic treatments, lifestyle can have an impact on the results. 

 

Where can I find HIFU treatment near me?

Usually, a quick Google search can offer you some insight as to who is offering the HIFU treatment. 

Our medically-led skin clinic is in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, and we offer the HIFU treatment, as well as other skin tightening, firming and lifting treatments such as Thermage, Regenlite, Byonik and the Thread Lift treatment. 

 

Who needs HIFU?

Both men and women can have the HIFU treatment on their face, neck and/or body. It may be beneficial to those who want to smooth and tighten their skin; contour facial features such as the eyebrows or cheeks; redefine their jawline; improve their skin elasticity and; improve crepy skin.

As a non-invasive treatment, HIFU offers natural-looking results and so may not be suitable for those who need more dramatic correction.

It can be had as a stand-alone treatment, to enhance your existing skincare, or used in combination with other treatments for your ultimate results. 

 

Is HIFU treatment painful?

There can be some discomfort during the treatment but it is usually tolerated well. You may decide to take over the counter pain medication prior to the treatment for additional comfort.  During the treatment, you may feel tingling, warmth and/or heat as the treatment pulses are applied.

 

What age should you have HIFU?

We wouldn’t recommend HIFU to anyone below the age of 18. 

Usually, our HIFU clients are over thirty and are noticing signs of skin ageing. Those with more advanced signs of ageing can combine HIFU with other treatments as HIFU may not address everything. 

It would be uncommon for younger skin to require HIFU skin tightening but if you have an indication for treatment, such as crepey skin on your stomach, then it may be appropriate.

 

Can HIFU cause cancer?

No. In fact, HIFU is used to treat some cancers, however it gained FDA approval in 2009 for tissue tightening. 

 

What HIFU stands for?

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.

 

When was HIFU approved by FDA?

The HIFU technology was approved in 2009 for tissue tightening. 

 

HIFU for double chin?

Yes, the double chin area can be treated with HIFU if the skin and tissues need tightening. If fat loss is required in this area, alternative treatments can be explored, such as DesoFace.

 

HIFU to tighten jawline?

Absolutely! This is a popular treatment to help redefine the jawline and soften jowls in a natural way.

 

HIFU on thighs?

Yes, HIFU can be used to treat crepy, wrinkled, loose skin on the thighs as well as other body areas such as the upper chest, stomach and upper arms. 

Price starting from £450.

Treatment Summary

No. of treatments
Depending on what you want to achieve and current skin condition, HIFU can be a single treatment, but in most cases a course of 3 is required.

Recovery time
Usually none.

Procedure time
Dependent on the size of the treatment area, the average face treatment is approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

Discomfort level
Mild.

Final results
Full results usually seen between 3 and 6 months, with positive changes seen leading up to this point.

Duration of results
Usually 12 to 18 months, at which time you may decide to have maintenance treatment.

Resume usual activities
Most can be resumed immediately. It would be advisable to avoid hot baths/showers for 24 hours after treatment. Full aftercare will be given by your practitioner.

Consultation needed prior
Yes.

*Disclaimer: We are all individuals, therefore, results from treatments may vary from person to person, because each person responds differently. Results achieved from the HIFU treatment will last a different amount of time from person to person, this may even vary between treatments for an individual. Patient experience, results, downtime and recovery following HIFU treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients of different ages, genders and is based on an average patient experience

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