HIFU -Ultrasound Treatment HIFU HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) uses concentrated beams of ultrasound energy to rejuvenate the skin in precisely targeted areas. The treatment acts to tighten the dermis, and promotes new sub-dermal collagen formation. Benefits of HIFU HIFU can be used wherever skin starts to sag or loose suppleness.*Treatment results may vary from person to person. For the face typical treatment areas include: Full Face Jowels Neck Crows Feet – Near Eye Area Forehead Lines On the body, it can be used for lax skin on the arms, the inner thighs, and the abdomen. HIFU Effectiveness Some tightening of the skin is normally observed immediately after treatment, and the effect increases over the ensuing weeks due to new collagen formation in conjunction with the continued retraction of connective tissue matrix. An annual maintenance session is recommended. Pros and Cons of HIFU Most patients report that HIFU is a painless treatment. As a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, it is comfortable, and most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after a session. Makeup can be applied the following day. It is possible that a patient may experience some mild swelling or look mildly flushed, but if does occur it usually subsides within a day. Patients might also experience a slight tenderness in the treated areas for next few days. Naturally, the effectiveness of HIFU will be limited by the amount of retraction their skin can deliver. This is affected by age, skin type, skin thickness, and a variety of other factors. For significant sagging, your therapist may suggest alternative procedures. Skincare after HIFU Depending on your skin type, your therapist may suggest using a topical sun protection and product usage that may prolong the skins condition Before & After: Treatment Summary Procedure Time Depends on Treatment Area (45mins- 2 hours) Recovery Time None Anaesthetic None Back to Work Same Day Duration of Results 12-18 months No. of Treatments One Off Frequently Asked Questions What is unique about the 3D-HIFU Face treatment? 3D-HIFU Face is the only treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin similar to that of cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin utilizing a focused ultrasound (HIFU) Is 3D-HIFU Face surgery? No. 3D-HIFU Face is focussed on the skin and the support layer below it without cutting or damaging the surface of the skin. Can 3D-HIFU Face replace a facelift Although 3D-HIFU Face is uplifting, it is not a surgical facelift. Whilst our procedure will not be as drastic as surgical intervention, it is an inviting alternative to those who are not ready for surgery. Is 3D-HIFU Face safe? Thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide using this type of technology without any significant adverse events. In addition, the ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of Aesthetic Medicine for more then 50 years. Who is a good candidate for 3D-HIFU Face? A good candidate for 3D-HIFU is someone with skin that has relaxed to the point of, an often feeling, less ferm. i.e. tired. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are good candidates. If you are unsure about your compatibility please ask staff for a free consultation. How long does the treatment take? A full face and neck treatment takes approximately 60 minutes, whilst a partial face treatment can take around 30 minutes. There is no downtime post treatment. What problem areas can 3D-HIFU Face target? 3D-HIFU Face addresses any area where there is mild to moderate skin laxity issues. Specifically by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within, 3D-HIFU Face can lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, open up the eyes, and gives a more rejuvenated look overall. It is also highly effective on loose skin on the neck area and brings definition to the face and jawline. How long until I see the results of 3D-HIFU? Clients may witness some initial effect, but the ultimate 'lifting and firming' will take place over 2-3 months, as collagen is renewed and replaced with new stronger collagen. As this collagen building process continues, continued improvements can appear up to six months following treatment. How long do 3D-HIFU Face results last The firming benefits achieved following the treatment should last over one year, but skin continues to age. Yearly,. touch-up treatments are recommended to combat the ageing process. How many treatments will I need? 3D-HIFU Face is a one off treatment with a recommended maintenance top up every 18 months. IS there any downtime with the 3D-HIFU Face treatment With the 3D-HIFU Face treatment, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away and there is no special aftercare that you need to undertake, we simply advise that you drink plenty of water post treatment and avoid heat 24 hours. Will I feel the ultrasound during the treatment? Yes. What you are feeling during the treatment is actually tiny amount of concentrated energy being delivered below the surface of the skin. Clients have reported that there can be some discomfort while the energy is being applied but it is short lived and a good sign that the collagen restructuring process has been started. Are there any side effects There may be slight redness for about one hour following the procedure, and low percentage of clients may have slight swelling, tingling, or tenderness to touch but these are mild and temporary in nature. Testimonials S.N "I have been visiting The Laser & Aesthetic Clinic for over ten years and have always received excellent advice, information, support, care and after care throughout all my treatments; these include various facials, microdermabrasion, skin peels, PRP (vampire facial), which was a very comfortable experience. My latest treatment was HIFU and I am already seeing great results to my skin. In my opinion, the clinic is outstanding in all areas of service and all the staff have treated me with great courtesy and professionalism."