What is HIFU?
HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a treatment most commonly used in aesthetic medicine, which involves passing short and high-intensity bursts of ultrasound waves into a patient’s skin. This heats the deeper layers of the skin and causes small amounts of damage to these tissues. When the body realises that these deep skin tissues need repairing, it produces extra collagen to aid cell regrowth. Collagen is what keeps skin tight and smooth, so this extra collagen boost gives the results of a facelift without any risky or painful surgery.
One 2019 study found that of 73 women and 2 men who had professional HIFU treatments done, physicians reported an 80% improvement in tightness and appearance of skin on the face and neck, and over 78% of patients reported themselves as being completely satisfied with the treatment.
With the non-invasive nature of the treatment, growing awareness and popularity, and low running cost to treatment cost ratio, HIFU is becoming one of the most commonplace aesthetic treatments in UK clinics. But with an abundance of HIFU machines available on the market, including cheap imitation and dodgy home-use devices, how can you be sure that the device you are buying for your clinic is safe, reliable, and provides the best results for your patients? We rank the best for different clinics to help you out!