What is HIFU
HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound. It is brand new technology that significantly tightens and lifts several specific areas of the face which can reduce the signs of ageing and improve the tone of your skin after just a single session, with effects lasting upwards of two years.
The unique ability of HIFU is that it is able to penetrate the SMAS (superficial aponeurotic system) layer which is the same layer tightened in popular facelift surgeries.
How does the HIFU therapy procedure work?
As with other ultrasound procedures, a smooth applicator placed upon your skin projects an image onto a screen that allows your practitioner to plan where the thermal energy will be directed. This same applicator is then used to deliver low levels of focused heat to just the right depth below the skin to achieve the positive effect while leaving the surface of the skin undisturbed.
Your skin’s response to this thermal energy is to stimulate the growth of new collagen. As a result, a gradual tightening and firming occurs resulting in a natural lift of the skin over time.
How does it feel?
There can be some discomfort while the thermal energy is being delivered, but it is temporary and serves as a signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient and practitioners will discuss options to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Patients typically leave feeling comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.
What can I expect afterwards?
You can resume your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take. Your skin may appear a bit flushed immediately after the treatment, but any redness should disappear within a few hours. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days following the procedure, but this is mild and temporary in nature. There is the possibility of other less common post-procedural effects, such as small areas of temporary bruising or numbness, which your practitioner will review with you.
What kind of result can I expect?
With just one treatment, the regenerative process is initiated, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of 2-3 months. Some patients may benefit from more than one treatment.