HIFU Full Face and Neck Lift (non-surgical)

Skin lifting becomes a key goal for age control treatment and non-surgical techniques, are the preferred choice.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is an emerging FDA approved technology which holds great promise in various fields of medicine. As far as dermatology goes, it has proved to deliver remarkable results in skin-lifting applications – chin lifts, brow lifts and jawline redefinition. Unlike conventionally used laser-based techniques, it is effective on darker skin as well.

The key advantages of this treatment are:

  • Stimulates natural collagen production
  • No cuts to the skin
  • No recovery time
  • Noticeable results
  • Once per year treatment

How it works

The core principle is to turn back the collagen clock so that skin can regain the internal support it needs to stay fit, firm and youthful.

HIFU restores and rejuvenates the collagen-producing capacity of the skin, repairs the existing collagen and revs up blood circulation, making the skin smooth, supple and radiant.

What makes it an invaluable non-surgical facelift technique is the power  to target the deep foundational layer of skin (SMAS or superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) where the repair must be carried out. The process works through 3 key phenomena.

Ultrasound delivers deep-focused energy

High intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the treatment area through a hand-held device which emits high energy to the focal area and low energy in the surrounding regions. Ultrasound generates heat only in the spots where the energy is sharply focussed, getting straight to the deep layers of the skin causing no harm along the way – that is, without affecting the epidermis and dermis.

Micro-injury provokes collagen generation

The ultrasound energy causes vibrations amongst the tissue particles in the target area, generating thermal energy that causes micro injury to the tissues. Thousands of such tiny micro-injury points are created at multiple depths stimulating a triple-layer benefit – the SMAS, sub-dermal and deep-dermal levels.

Reorganised collagen tightens and lifts skin

Then, the body’s natural healing processes step in to heal the micro-injuries and consequently create a selective thermal coagulative zone. This stimulates collagen production, and as these new collagen fibres organise and shorten they tighten the skin, reverse sagging and creating a long-term lifting effect.

What to expect

HIFU treatment has no downtime, but may cause redness, mild discomfort, pain or sensation of heat for a few seconds. These effects are brief and usually get resolved spontaneously. Pain relieving medication or topical pain-relieving creams may be used. Generally, the redness subsides within an hour after the treatment, although in some cases the facial soreness could last a few days.

This treatment will tighten the skin, lift the features and improve blood circulation. Some improvement will be visible immediately and even more youthfulness will unfold over the next few months.

As weeks progress, facial contour shows visible improvement in the target areas while skin acquires a smooth, radiant glow.

How does it work? 

HIFU stands for ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’. During this treatment, ultrasound energy is used to stimulate the deep layers which support the skin. In doing so it creates a lifted, more taut appearance and stimulates the body to produce collagen.

Who is suitable for treatment?

A suitable candidate is someone who is 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 who 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 to prolong the effects of surgical facelifts.

What can be treated using HIFU?

  • Brow lifting
  • Jowl lifting
  • Mid face lifting
  • Nasolabial fold reduction
  • Neck lifting and tightening
  • Overall skin tightening and rejuvenation

How long until I see results? 

Clients 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 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.

Is HIFU classed as surgery?

No. While the ultrasound treatment does target the deep layer of skin often addressed in surgery, it does not involve general anaesthetic or cutting the skin in any way.

Can HIFU replace a face lift? 

Although HIFU is not a replacement for surgery, it is ideal for people who wish to uplift the face and neck but who are not ready for surgery – either psychologically, financially or logistically. It is considered more of an ‘uplift’ than a ‘facelift’ and can be combined with other non-surgical lifting treatments to further enhance the results.*

Who is a good candidate for HIFU? 

A good candidate is someone who is 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 who have this treatment. It is also for those aged 60+ or who have had surgery in the past to prolong to effects of surgical facelifts.*

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.

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