During the treatment, HIFU delivers focused ultrasound energy deep beneath the skin at the optimal temperature for collagen regeneration. This jumpstarts a process known as neocollagenesis which produces fresh, new collagen naturally. HIFU treatments don’t involve any creams, fillers or toxins. It is your body’s own collagen-building process that is activated and creates the natural and noticeable results.
A good candidate for HIFU is someone with skin that has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their late thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While the ultrasound energy is being delivered you will feel tiny amounts of “energy” being deposited to precise depths of the skin. This is a positive and temporary signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated. Comfort thresholds vary from person to person but the sensations only last while the treatment is being delivered. Your dermal therapist will aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Patients typically leave feeling relaxed and excited about the benefits to come.
Generally only one treatment is needed every 6 months to 2 years depending on the client’s age and degree of skin laxity, biological response to ultrasound energy and their individual collagen-building process. Some clients may benefit from additional treatments and future touch-up treatments can help clients keep pace with their body’s natural aging process.
With HIFU treatment there is NO downtime. After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately and there are no special measures that you have to take. It is even possible to have your treatment during your lunch-break.
The most common areas to use HIFU are the face, neck and body. You can expect to notice your skin lifting and tightening with immediate effect, with ongoing results in the ensuing weeks. Optimum results will be seen at 6-12 weeks, leaving you feeling smoother, brighter and firmer, and will continue to improve for up to six months following your treatment. Results last for between one and two years. HIFU is also very effective when used on the abdomen, legs, buttocks and arms to tighten and sculpt these areas.
You will see the results build gradually over a period of time because the HIFU treatment penetrates the skin from the outside, inwards. The HIFU targeted energy passes the surface of the skin and stimulates the cells for collagen production and tissue rejuvenation. When using this method of treatment, your skin will be lifted and tightened by your skin’s own natural healing process. You may notice an immediate lifting but can expect to notice your skin rejuvenating over the months following treatment- feeling smoother, brighter and firmer.
There are no studies looking at the effects of fillers in combination with HIFU. However, there have been reports that when HIFU has been used over areas that have been treated with fillers, the fillers have been shown to dissolve. This usually occurs if the filler was injected within 2 months prior to the HIFU treatment, but there have been reports of this occurring with fillers placed as long as 6 months prior.
With respect to Sculptra and Hifu, there is some belief that there may be a synergistic effect with combining the two, with a more robust collagen production. Again, there are no studies on the matter. The effects of HIFU when applied directly on top of fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are not completely known but there isn’t any reason to believe that adjacent areas could not be treated. For example, if fillers are placed in the nasolabial lines (the furrows extending downward from the sides of the nose towards the corners of the mouth) the cheeks could still be done with HIFU for a nice combined effect. At this point, we would recommend limiting the HIFU face treatments to areas of the face where there are no fillers.
HIFU can be performed 2 weeks after Botox / B-Toxins (avoiding the area that has filler in) Within 20 to 90 minutes after it is injected, botulinum neurotoxin type A can be detected inside the motor nerve endings. There are no restrictions after this for any treatments, including HIFU Skin Tightening.
HIFU has not been proven to negatively affect the Botox, but it is wise to wait two weeks, for the botox to have full effect before having the HIFU so that if there is a question about the aesthetic outcome of the Botox, you won’t think it’s the HIFU. Botox is also very safe to be administered right after the HIFU Treatment.
Yes! HIFU can treat all skin colours in accordance with the Fitzpatrick scale.
- Open wounds or lesions on the face and/or neck
- Severe or cystic acne on the face and/or neck
- Pacemakers and electronic device implants in treated area
- Heart Conditions
- An active systemic or local skin disease that may alter wound healing
- Autoimmune disease
- Bell’s palsy
-Pregnant or breastfeeding women
If you have any of these contra-indication you must consult your general doctor first for advice.