Hifu is for people whose skin has “relaxed” to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
There are also younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
HIFU using advanced ultrasound, works without disturbing the skin in two distinct ways:
1. Stimulates the deep structural support layers of the skin in areas typically addressed by plastic surgery.
2. Stimulates the creation of collagen, which further helps the skin to maintain its original freshness. As we age the collagen in our skin, a natural protein, loses its ability to hold firm against gravity that pulls the skin down. HIFU also reverses this process by stimulating the creation of new collagen.
HIFU requires no special recuperation or preparation and typically only takes one treatment to get a meaningful response. Patients enjoy some initial effect immediately following the procedure, but the ultimate lifting will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is rejuvenated and supplemented with new, stronger collagen.
Whilst HIFU’s results are not as dramatic as the result of surgery, this technique has proven to be an welcoming alternative because some clients:
Please note, one treatment area is around 10x10 cm. Treatment for the left hand side and right hand side of the body are considered 2 areas. Exaple arms, buttocks, flanks, etc.
1. Upper tummy
2. Lower tummy
3. Flanks (love handles)
5. Bra area
7. Inner thighs
8. Outer thighs
9. Back of the thighs
1. Skin Feels
3. Skin Colour
As the treatment is non-surgical no promises can be made as to the extent of lift or final result. This is because all patients react differently to such therapies. Minor scarring might happen and some patients do find the treatment tender and slightly painful. We usually use numbing cream before the procedure, which ads another 40-60 minutes to the treatment.
1. Is 3D HIFU surgery?
No. This technique is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it.
2. How is 3D HIFU different from lasers?
Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes). Focused Ultrasound addresses the deep skin layer and the foundational layer addressed in cosmetic surgery that lift and lend support to the skin.
3. Is the treatment safe?
The procedure has been demonstrated safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
4. How long does the treatment take?
One are takes 20 minutes —neither with any downtime.
5. Is there any downtime?
3D HIFU is an entirely non-invasive procedure and as such, there is no downtime. You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.
6. What kind of results do you get?
3D HIFU addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin. Specifically, by reconditioning and renewing the skin.
7. How long until I see results?
Patients may enjoy some immediate effect but the ultimate lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen is replaced with new, more elastic collagen.
8. How long do results last?
Patients treated with 3D HIFU still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age.
9. Will I need more than one treatment?
The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen-building process).