HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses ultrasound to stimulate the formation of new collagen and improve the elasticity of the skin, so lifting and tightening. HIFU targets the skin and its supporting tissue, but without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
The HIFU treatment heats targeted areas of soft tissue below the surface of the skin causing it to contract and then start to create new collagen. To achieve the best lifting and tightening effect, the right amount of heat needs to be delivered to the tissue, so you may feel tiny areas of heating below the skin surface of the skin. This is often described as a tingling or pricking sensation. The ultrasound heat can be intense at times and is a positive signal that the collagen and building process has been initiated. The degree and nature of any discomfort will vary from person to person and from area to area on the face and or neck, with bony areas such as jawline being more sensitive than others. There can be some temporarily, small areas of the numbing or sensitivity to touch after the procedure.
Some clients will see an initial effect immediately after their treatment, generally a refreshed glowing look, but the real results appear over the following 2 to 3 months as new collagen works to lift and tighten skin on the neck, chin and brow. Results can be seen up to 9 months following the treatment and depend on the variety of different factors including age, health, lifestyle and diet, and how much pre-existing collagen there is to build on when having a procedure for the first time. While a HIFU treatment won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, it is a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery, and may even be an option for clients who wish to extend the effects of previous cosmetic surgery, they have already had.
You can return to your normal activities immediately after your procedure without any post-treatment restrictions or requirements. However, you should avoid exposing your skin to extreme temperatures of heat or cold and protect your skin with a good quality moisturiser and SPF. It is also important that you increase your water intake and stay hydrated after your treatment, also avoid caffeine and alcohol for 48 hours afterwards, even longer if possible for optimal results. Your regular regime can be followed immediately, but avoid using skin products that may irritate for 24 hours afterwards. Your skin may appear flushed at first, but the redness should disappear within a few hours and in 1-2 days. Some clients may experience tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary, resolving over the next few days to a week. Other, less common post-procedural effects, may be temporary bruising, or numbness on small areas of skin. If any of the symptoms persist, please contact the clinic immediately.
1. It is normal for the area to feel tender immediately after the procedure.
2. We recommend avoiding sun exposure for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.
3. No strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours.
4. The treated area may be flushed, reddened and feel tingly.
5. Temporary bruising and numbness in the treated area can also occur (although this is rare).
6. Apply a gentle cream or gel every 4 to 6 hours for up to 72 hours’ post-treatment.
Skin feels tighter with a mild sensitivity to touch; however, this sensitivity will only last up to 48 hours.
After three days, your skin will feel back to normal.
Results visible 6 to 8 weeks and improve further over time.
Collagen induction process continues to work for another six months after the treatment.