What is a HIFU Treatment
HIFU stands for ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’, this treatment can target various depths of the body’s tissue for skin tightening, skin lifting and body contouring. Entirely non-invasive, HIFU works by targeting deep layers in the skin – it boosts new collagen production and collagen regeneration right at the source. It is sometime called the ‘Lunchtime Face Lift’ as the treatment is quick, very tolerable and has no downtime.
This HIFU machine targets the upper dermis 1.5mm, lower dermis 3.00mm and most importantly the SMAS at 4.5mm. The SMAS is the layer that sits between your muscle and your fat layer.
This SMAS layer is the actual area a plastic surgeon would pull and tighten under a surgical operation using a knife. HIFU targets this layer without any surgical incisions, giving the patient a no-downtime facelift. Which means you can gain excellent results without any risks associated with surgery, such as infection, scarring, swelling etc. Treatments are fast and results can be seen immediately for some patients, depending on the level of laxity your skin has.
HIFU treatment is known as the ‘lunch time face lift’ as it’s quick and you can return to work and continue with your day. Some people may have some mild redness and maybe light bruising the next day. With the HIFU device we can even treat around your eyes, thanks to the MF2 slim cartridge, which allows practitioners to treat your delicate eye area. Great if you want an upper eyelid lift.
Can HIFU Replace Face Lifts?
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that some consider a noninvasive and painless replacement for face lifts. It uses ultrasound energy to encourage the production of collagen, which results in firmer skin.
Several small clinical trials have found HIFU to be safe and effective for facial lifting and refining wrinkles. People were able to see results in a few months after treatment, without the risks associated with surgery.
While the procedure is also used for overall facial rejuvenation, lifting, tightening, and body contouring, these are considered “unlicensed ” uses for HIFU.
HIFU won’t work as well for people with more severe cases of sagging skin.
What areas can HIFU treat?
HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:
- wrinkle reduction
- tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
- lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
- enhancing jawline definition
- tightening of the décolletage
- smoothing the skin
What to do Before HIFU treatment?
Exposure to the sun burns the skin and sunburned or (recently) tanned skin cannot be treated with HIFU.
Also, all chemicals which irritate the skin should be avoided as this may prevent treatment.
We also want you to know that you should avoid taking antibiotics if you are considering taking the HIFU skin treatment. This is because some antibiotics might make you become light sensitive.
The implication is that your treatment will have to be postponed for two weeks after the completion of antibiotics treatment. That said, here are some precautions to be taken before the HIFU treatment proper.
The HIFU facelift treatment process is considered to be relatively safe. However, people who want to undergo HIFU treatment must not have a history of cold sore or fever before treatment.
Cold sores will impair the treatment process. The HIFU treatment cannot also be carried out while they have a fever. In such cases, the treatment can only be done after recovery from either the cold sore or the fever.
You want to make sure that you are free from any of these health issues at least the day before the HIFU treatment.
What to expect at your HIFU appointment:
- Rupesh would have had a consultation with you before treatment and explained the process.
- We clean the area to be treated.
- We may apply a topical anaesthetic cream before starting treatment.
- Then apply an ultrasound gel.
- The HIFU device is placed against your skin.
- Ultrasound energy is then delivered to the target area in short pulses for roughly 30 to 90 minutes.
- While the ultrasound energy is being applied, you might feel heat and tingling. You can take a pain medication if required, please ask us.
- You’re free to go home and resume your normal daily activities right away after the HIFU procedure.
Aftercare for HIFU Treatment
It is important for patients who have undergone HIFU skin treatment to understand how to care for their bodies after the treatment in order to prevent complications and side effects that can minimise the gains of the treatment.
This is especially so because it will help to increase the chances of success. So let’s take a quick look at some things that patients who have undergone the HIFU treatment have to stick to by all means.
Well, that is if they want to get the most out of the treatment they just had.
1. Avoid The Sun
After the HIFU skin treatment, it is important for you to try to prevent yourself from exposure to sunlight and cold for a few weeks.
The reason is that avoiding the sun will help to prevent hyperpigmentation and reduce the chance of sunburn and skin damage.
The use of sunblock cream is also encouraged, as this will help to prevent destructive ultraviolet light from the sun from directly touching the skin.
This should be continued until the skin tightening process is completed.
2. Take A Break From Alcohol
Stop giving your liver excess work. Drinking alcohol should be avoided after the treatment.
Alcohol makes your liver to do extra work. After the treatment procedure, your liver will be tasked with breaking down the deactivated fat.
Consuming alcohol means that the liver now has to break down alcohol in addition to the deactivated fat.
Besides the fact that alcohol overworks your liver, it also reduces the density of your blood.
The implications of less dense blood are that excessive bleeding may occur since blood clotting will be a challenge.
Avoid drinking alcohol at all costs.
3. Don’t Scratch Your Skin
As sweet as scratching the body may be when itching, it is advisable not to scratch your skin after a treatment.
At this time, your skin will be very sensitive, and scratching it puts you at the risk of skin damage.
If you have scars, you are also advised to allow them to fall off naturally.
Trying to remove them may lead to a large wound, which may lead to infection.
Avoid scratching your skin after you must have had your treatment done.
4. Drink More Water
As they say, water is life. So after the HIFU treatment procedure, water should be your favorite drink.
Water must come first before other beverages that you consume.
Water will also help in your recovery by increasing the rate at which collagen is produced in the body.
It’s in your best interest to keep your body hydrated, so drink as much water as possible.
5. Don’t Have Hot Showers or Baths
When taking your bath, use cold water as this will help keep the natural protective oil on your skin and also prevent skin irritation.
If at all you must use hot water, you are better of using lukewarm water as this will facilitate the quick recovery of your skin.
Always avoid hot showers regardless of your preference before now.
At least until after, you must have been cleared to do so.
What are the side effects of HIFU treatment?
As a non-invasive treatment, there is no pain or downtime with HIFU. Sessions usually last for around 30 minutes, with most patients able to return to normal activities immediately – hence why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘lunchtime facelift’. Some patients may experience some mild tenderness and redness of the skin, but this should subside within a few hours.
How many HIFU treatments are needed?
You should achieve excellent cosmetic results with only one session – one of the great advantages of HIFU treatment! However, depending on your goals and expectations, you may require a further treatment after six to nine months, or perhaps a little later in order to maintain results.
HIFU can also be extremely effective when combined with other treatments, as part of a custom plan. During your no-obligation consultation and free reviews, your practitioner will help you create a plan tailored especially for your own needs and goals.