What is HIFU Ultra-skinlift?
HIFU, which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is a treatment that uses ultrasound energy to lift, tighten and to increase production of collagen in the skin. HIFU is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound energy bypasses the superficial layers of the skin until reaching a target focal point, and generating therapeutic temperatures of 60-65°C. This stimulates a re-modelling process to occur, with the formation of new viscoelastic collagen that causes a lifting of the deep dermal and superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layers of the skin.
What are the benefits of HIFU Ultra-skinlift treatment?
Over time, collagen fibres begin to lose elasticity, which in turn causes the skin to lose its firmness and start to sag. Hifu can reverse this aging process. This type of treatment is unmatched by other non-invasive cosmetic devices, with its ability to treat the tissues, which are usually addressed during surgical facelifts. Using ultra-sound waves, the superficial muscular aponeurotic system is targeted. The tissues are heated to a range between 60-65˚C, thus the natural wound healing process is stimulated to create new collagen and elastin. The system is a non-invasive ultrasound focusing technique. The ultrasonic energy is delivered deep within the skin and causes a thermal reaction, high heat will directly focus on the fascia and muscle layers. The technology specifically targets the SMAS, and thus, collagen production is stimulated and the process of tissue regeneration begins. This causes tightening and lifting of the skin and tissues, resulting in a lifted appearance and a tightened feeling.
Frequently asked question
Contraindications for HIFU Ultra-Skinlift?
– Hifu should not be done during menstruation, if you are pregnant or Breastfeeding.
– If you have any nervous system diseases.
– If the skin has aged seriously, this cannot be resolved completely by doing a HIFU treatment.
– Clients with severe heart disease, implanted cardiac pacemakers or similar devices, can not have HIFU.
– Clients with diabetes, consult with your doctor in advance.
– Clients with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) should consult with their doctor in advance.
– If you suffer from facial paralysis, immune system diseases (such as lupus erythematosus) you can not have the treatment.
– If you suffer from epilepsy, consult with your doctor in advance.
– Clients with suffering from cancer, can not have the treatment.
– If you suffer from any inflammatory conditions, consult with your doctor before treatment.
– Those who have injected botulinum toxin within one month.
– If you have a hyaluronic acid or collagen injection in the first half of the year, you must consult your doctor in advance.
– Had injected artificial fillers, such as silica gel, should not do HIFU treatment.
– There are any open wounds or lesions, cystic acne, in the treatment area, this needs to heal before having the treatment.
How is the treatment carried out?
A cool ultrasound gel is applied to the skin first which soothes the surface of the skin and allows for the conductions of the ultrasound energy. The handpiece is applied to the skin and delivers several highly focussed shots of ultrasound energy into the skin. In certain areas this can feel a little uncomfortable such as the forehead but is not generally described as painful.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
– Do not apply makeup on the day of the HIFU treatment, come with clean skin.
– Avoid injection of botulinum toxin within one month.
– Avoid any injections of hyaluronic acid and collagen within six months.
– Do not have this treatment a week before surgery, peeling treatments (salicylic acid, etc.)
– Hifu can not be done on any areas with fillers.
Are there any side effects?
There are potential risks that are associated with having a HIFU treatment however most are mild in nature, such as pinkness to the skin for a few hours and a little sensitivity. As part of your consultation with us, you will be advised on these in more detail before you decide to proceed with any treatment. Potential side effects include mild bruising or swelling of the skin, and is generally described as mild to moderate. You should plan your treatments around social events in case you do experience any effects that could affect your appearance, such as bruising. Any questions you may have about the treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us.
When will I see results?
The results of HIFU take up to 3 months to develop, during which time your body will be creating new collagen and elastin within your skin. This renewal process continues for up to 6 months after initial treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
The majority of customers only need one treatment, however some people will require a further treatment 3 months later for any body treatments and 6 months later for facial treatments. Experts agree that dramatic clinical results can be achieved with HIFU with improvements up to 6 months after initial treatment. Touch-up treatments can be performed in 1-year intervals, depending on the degree of lifting and tightening that must be addressed. How long will the results last? The effect of duration can vary from person to person and depends upon the degree of skin ageing. Treatment results can last up to 2 years.
Are there any post-aftercare instructions?
– Do not wash your face with hot water within three days, only with cool or warm water
– If you have had a facial treatment, use a hydrating moisturiser/mask within the three day post treatment.
– After the treatment, the treatment area may become red and you may feel a little tight on skin, this is a normal reaction and will disappear in several hours.
– If you experience any swelling, this is also normal, and will disappear within 1-2 weeks.
– Alcohol should be avoided 24 hours before and after treatment.
– Do not have any laser or IPL treatment within 1 month after HIFU treatment.
– Avoid any massage treatments for the first two weeks.
– Avoid any sauna or steam rooms for the first two weeks.
– Avoid UV sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment, and wear a daily sun-screen with a broad spectrum SPF 30 or above.
What will happen if I stop having treatments?
Your skin will gradually return to its natural state for your age and quality of skin. To get the best results from your treatment, we recommend you to stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet to support your body in its regeneration.
Below are some collagen skin-boosting foods that may be useful.
– Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: As a natural consequence of inflammation from surgery, the body will temporarily produce higher levels of free radicals. You can help combat this and support oxidative balance by eating more antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach, kale and other leafy green vegetables, along with fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
– Vitamin A-rich foods: Vitamin A is essential for epidermal (skin) growth, aiding in the reproduction and differentiation of cells. It’s also an immune-booster and anti-inflammatory nutrient. Vitamin A-rich foods include kale, spinach, beet greens and other leafy greens, carrots, and squash.
– Vitamin C-rich foods: While you may already know that vitamin C promotes the synthesis of collagen. During wound healing it also plays an additional role in helping to stabilize the structure of collagen. And on top of this, vitamin C boosts your immune function, sending in special immune cells that can assist with the wound healing process. Vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, mustard spinach, broccoli, kale, parsley, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
If you have any questions or queries about our HIFU Ultra-skinlift treatment, do not hesitate to contact us.