We can all agree that sagging skin is a sure sign of ageing, especially when it’s concentrated around the jaw line, neck and eyes. Now there is a new generation skin-tightening device leading the way in the fight against sagging jowls, turkey necks and tired eyes. HIFU is a non-surgical treatment designed to lift, tighten and form the skin on the face and neck. It is drastically different in its tightening and lifting ability because it not only tightens skin, but also the deep muscular layers underneath; the same foundational layers typically addressed in a surgical face-lift.
HIFU drives sound waves into skin and deeper support structures that tighten existing collagen and stimulate more collagen growth over the next three to six months. This is the first non-surgical device to combine focused ultrasound energy that visualizes the area to be treated then accurately deliver pinpoint energy to multiple structural layers of collagen.
HIFU is the first ultrasound technology to receive FDA approval for a non-surgical brow, jowl and neck lift. It is used in areas of the face and neck that address sagging of the cheek, jaw line, marionette lines and chin, as well as brows and eyelids. Single areas may be treated or full face and neck for a more complete lift. A visible lift is commonly seen immediately following the procedure, with optimal results occurring over three to six months. There are no pre or post treatment restrictions; no down time, surgery, incisions, injections or scars – and it’s done in thirty to sixty minutes per area. Technology is providing amazing ways to safely look your best.
Who is suitable for treatment?
A suitable candidate is someone aged 30+ who has noticed that the skin on their face or neck has become more lax and wishes to lift and tighten the relevant area.
For patients in their 30s it is typically used to stimulate collagen production and hence help delay the ageing process.
Patients in their 40s and 50s are the most common age group to have this treatment.
It is also suitable for those aged 60+ provided the degree of laxity is not too great. It is also for those who have had surgery in the past and wish to prolong the effects of surgical facelifts.
How long until I see results?
You may witness some initial effect, but ultimately lifting and firming will take place over approximately 3 months, as collagen is renewed and replaced with new, stronger collagen. As this collagen building process continues, continued improvements can appear for up to 6 months.
How long do the HIFU results last?
Most people find results last over 1 year, although yearly touch-up treatments are recommended to stay ahead of the ageing process.
Does it hurt?
Most people do not report pain. There can be slight aching over bony areas or a warm sensation in the skin during treatment.
Is it safe?
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.
How long does the treatment take?
Between 30-90 minutes, depending on area to be treated.
Will I need more than one HIFU treatment?
The majority of patients need only one treatment. However, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen rebuilding process).
Is there any downtime?
There is normally no downtime or recovery time needed. Most people return to normal activities right away.
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness following the treatment. A small amount of patients report swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch.