What is HIFU?
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive medical procedure that is increasingly being used in aesthetic medicine for skin tightening and facial rejuvenation. The procedure works by using high-frequency sound waves to heat the deeper layers of skin and cause collagen production, resulting in a more youthful and tightened appearance. It is sometime called the ‘Lunchtime Face Lift’ as the treatment is quick, very tolerable and has no downtime.
One of the key advantages of HIFU in aesthetic medicine is that it is minimally invasive, meaning that there are no incisions or surgeries required. The procedure is performed through the skin, resulting in little to no downtime or recovery time for patients. This makes HIFU an attractive option for those who are looking to improve their appearance without undergoing major procedures.
HIFU can be used to target specific areas of the face, such as the neck, jowls, and brow, to tighten sagging skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to enhance the appearance of the cheeks and jawline, giving patients a more defined and youthful look.
In addition to its skin tightening benefits, HIFU has also been shown to promote collagen production, which can result in a more youthful and glowing appearance. Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced by the body and is responsible for giving skin its elasticity and firmness. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. HIFU can help to reverse this process by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin fibers.
The treatment tends to work best on people older than 30 with moderate skin laxity. The treatment is unlikely to be effective if your skin has become very lax or “saggy”, though your clinician can give you advice on whether you fall into this category. HIFU is not suitable for people with lesions or severe damage to the treatment area, metallic implants, or severe acne.