HIFU Skin Tightening
High Frequency Skin Tightening (HIFU) is an aesthetic technique that uses RF energy to heat tissue and stimulate subdermal collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. The technique induces tissue remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin.
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What is Hgh-Intensity Focused Ultrasound?
HIFU is a non-surgical face treatment that uses ultrasound to actually lift muscle and tone loose or sagging skin without any downtime.
What does collagen do and how does HIFU stimulate the creation of collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. HIFU jump starts the repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.
What kind of technology does HIFU use?
HIFU uses tried-and-true ultrasound technology, which has received FDA clearance for use in this new type of medical procedure.
What is unique about this procedure?
HIFU is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. HIFU is the closest thing you can get to a surgical facelift – without the surgery! You will have a tighter, brighter, firmer and more lifted face and/or body in just 60-90 minutes! And, better still, the results continue to improve over the next 6 months!
What does the HIFU therapy do?
Is HIFU painful?
Comfort thresholds vary from client to client, but there can be some significant discomfort while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This is temporary and a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Your clinician will consult with you prior to your skin treatment and make adjustments to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Clients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come!
Will I feel the ultrasound during the treatment?
Yes. What you are feeling during treatment is actually tiny amounts of focused ultrasound energy being deposited below the surface of the skin.
How long will results last?
lients treated with HIFU still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure and can continue for up to another year depending on the condition of the skin. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.
How long until I see results?
Clients may enjoy some initial effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2 to 3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear up to 6 months following a treatment.
What problem areas does HIFU target and what kind of results do you get?
HIFU addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, HIFU will lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look overall. You can also achieve amazing results on areas such as full face, neck, chest, arms, tummy, inner thighs and knees.
Is HIFU safe?
The procedure has been cleared after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more that 50 years.
How if HIFU different form lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (eg. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). HIFU addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin. Therefore, the two technologies are quite complimentary!
Can HIFU replace a face lift?
HIFU is an “uplift” not a “face lift”. While it is not a replacement for surgery, it is a viable option for those not ready for a face lift or those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Is HIFU surgery?
No. Unlike a face lift, HIFU is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it, but doesn’t entail cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
How long does the treatment take?
A full face treatment takes 60-90 minutes, and a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 30 minutes – neither with any downtime.
Is there any downtime?
HIFU is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.
Who are good candidates for HIFU?
A good candidate for HIFU is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm, or for younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While HIFU is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, financially or logistically.
Will I need more than one treatment?
The majority of clients only need 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-building process).
Are there any side effects?
There may be slight redness for up to 4 hours or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of clients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature. The feeling of a muscle workout soreness is common but relieves itself quickly.
Can I apply makeup and lotions to the area immediately following the appointment?
We suggest waithing at least 24 hours before appling heavy makeup to the area. We suggest the application of calming lotions, alovevera gel, and sunscreen (if you will have prolonged exposed to the sun). For those with slight swelling, a traditionally prepared icepack can be applied to the area for 20 min intervals to help reduce inflamation. Typically swelling subsides in aproximately 7 days.
Do you suggest a pain killer before the treatment.
This treatment is not painless. Therefore, to ease any discomfort, it's suggested to take a dose of extra strength tylenol at least.