What is HIFU Treatment?

HIFU stands for ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’. This treatment can target various depths of the body’s tissue for skin tightening, skin lifting and body contouring. Entirely non-invasive, HIFU machines work by targeting deep layers in the skin – it boosts new collagen production and collagen regeneration right at the source. It is sometime called the ‘Lunchtime Face Lift’ as the treatment is quick, very tolerable and has no downtime.

What is HIFU treatment for face?

HIFU treatment for the face works as a non-invasive facelift. It lifts and tightens the skin, irons out wrinkles and fine lines, shrinks pores, targets the ‘V’ line formation and jowl lines. HIFU improves overall skin tone, pores, brightness and elasticity.

HIFU is used by top aesthetic doctors

Many high profile clinics and top aesthetics doctors use a market-leading device called ULTRAFORMER III. This HIFU machine targets the upper dermis 1.5mm, lower dermis 3.00mm and most importantly the SMAS at 4.5mm. The SMAS is the layer that sits between your muscle and your fat layer.

This SMAS layer is the actual area a plastic surgeon would pull and tighten under a surgical operation using a knife. HIFU targets this layer without any surgical incisions, giving the patient a no-downtime facelift. Which means you can gain excellent results without any risks associated with surgery, such as infection, scarring, swelling etc. Treatments are fast and results can be seen immediately for some patients, depending on the level of laxity your skin has.

HIFU treatment is known as the ‘lunch time face lift’ as it’s quick and you can return to work and continue with your day. Some people may have some mild redness and maybe light bruising the next day. With the ULTRAFROMER III HIFU machine we can even treat around your eyes, thanks to the MF2 slim cartridge, which allows practitioners to treat your delicate eye area. This works great if you want an upper eyelid lift.

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What is HIFU treatment for body / weight loss / inch loss?

Ultraformer’s 9mm and 13mm cartridges are used for the body, here HIFU energy is used to target the fat layer and destroy fat cells. HIFU is ideal for body contouring post pregnancy tummy, abdomen fat, bingo wings, thighs and under the buttocks for a non-surgical bum lifting effect. It can even tighten the skin on the knees and arms, helping to improve the ‘crepey’ look. HIFU is a very effective treatment for both inch loss and fat loss – at the same time tightening the skin!

Do HIFU Treatments hurt?

The Ultraformer III HIFU machine offers faster shot speeds and shorter intervals between each shot, this means it’s very comfortable for the patient, in fact far more comfortable and less painful than many other HIFU treatments on the market. Some people describe it as feeling like tiny electric pulses, or a prickly sensation. It’s not pain free but it’s completely tolerable and it may feel different on different areas of your face or body.

HIFU is also an alternative to a surgical facelift or liposuction, which is likely to hurt far more and require recovery time. Comparatively, HIFU is the much less painful and invasive option.

Where can I get HIFU treatment?

Many clinics in London and around the UK have the Ultraformer III or it’s sister device ULFIT, make sure it’s the right device. Check our clinic finder on our contact page to find your nearest HIFU clinic

What is the best HIFU Treatment?

Treatment prices vary depending on the technology a clinic uses, some machines are more powerful, less painful and more effective than others. We suggest you do your homework on the technology that’s used.

Some HIFU machines come part of a multi-platform device, these tend to be less powerful as they offer various technologies in one device (like a jack of all trades!). A dedicated device to this single HIFU technology is much more effective. The cost may be a little more at first but you will need less treatments, see better results quicker.

Is HIFU safe and how much does HIFU treatment cost?

There are many HIFU machines on the market and lots of copy cat devices. At best these lower end devices are ineffective and at worst dangerous, this is because the cartridges don’t treat the the depths they claim to. Never purchase a “home use” HIFU device as these are guaranteed to deliver no results and may cause dangerous side effects.

If a medical CE marked device is used however, such as ULTRAFORMER III, by a trained professional then HIFU is a very safe and effective alternative to surgery.

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.

HIFU treatments tend to cost around £50-£300 depending on the length of treatment session, quality of device being used, and location of the clinic.