What is HIFU treatment and what can it do for my skin?
PUBLISHED: 10:11 26 August 2020
Looking to get smoother, younger looking skin without having surgery? HIFU is the latest non-surgical facelift that works to rejuvenate the skin for a fresh and natural looking appearance that lasts.
Dr James Corcoran, clinical director of The Plasma Doctor in Warrington, explains what HIFU therapy is and how it can benefit your skin.
What is HIFU?
HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) is a non-invasive, anti-ageing treatment that uses ultrasound technology to target deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and dissolve fat. HIFU is mainly used to tighten skin on the face and neck where it has started to lose elasticity, typically around the eyes, browbone and jawline.
It can also be used on other areas of the body that have lost suppleness or stubborn areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise alone, including the underarms, waist and stomach.
How effective is it?
HIFU is now recognised worldwide as one of the most effective non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments available and a viable replacement for surgical facelifts. Everyone who has the treatment will see improvements and some people may notice smoother and firmer skin immediately.
But the real beauty of HIFU is that it delivers subtle results which gradually improve for two to three months following the treatment and lasts for up to two to three years after that.
Are there any side effects?
As a non-invasive treatment, there is no pain or downtime with HIFU. Sessions usually last for around 30 minutes, with most patients able to return to normal activities immediately – hence why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘lunchtime facelift’.
Some patients may experience some mild tenderness and redness of the skin, but this should subside within a few hours.
Who is HIFU suitable for?
HIFI can be beneficial for anyone who wants tighter, fresher looking skin without the recovery time associated with surgical facelifts. The treatment is effective for people aged from mid-20s upwards with mild to moderate skin laxity.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the results will depend on the individual person. Some people may need several treatments before seeing results, and we usually do a three-month review for older clients with less skin elasticity.
Does it work alongside other skin rejuvenation treatments?
HIFU can be combined with other treatments such as wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal filler, or with the PRX-T33 bio-revitalisation peel as this also stimulates the body’s own collagen production.
What equipment is used?
At The Plasma Doctor, we use a revolutionary device called ULTRAcelQ+, which delivers linear HIFU technology for a quicker and more comfortable treatment. There are only around 10 of these machines in the country – one of them being in Harrods, London.
Although some beauticians offer HIFU treatments, the ULTRAcelQ+ provides the most effective results and is only available at medical aesthetic clinics.
Where can I get a HIFU facial?
It’s important to look for qualified, registered and insured practitioners for skin rejuvenation treatments to ensure you are in a safe environment and get the best results. The Plasma Doctor is a state-of-the-art clinic equipped with the latest technology, and all our practitioners are appropriately trained for the treatments they deliver, so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.
The Plasma Doctor is currently offering HIFU face and neck treatment for £495 until September 15. To find out more about the clinic and the treatments they offer, visit theplasmadoctor.com.