THE HISTORY OF HIFU
The origin of HIFU Facelifting
The history of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) dates back to the 1940’s in the development of ultrasound in submarine sonar. However, HIFU was originally pioneered for medical application by Frank and William Fry in the early 1950’s. Even back in those days, it was recognised for it’s potential for causing localised micro-injury to soft tissue within the body. Unfortunately, the necessary computer technology required to make HIFU a potential non-invasive treatment was not available back then.
Over time, HIFU has come a long way indeed. With constant development and advances in technology, it’s been extensively utilised in the medical sector. It’s been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions ranging from prostate cancer to neurogical disorders. Trusted as an alternative medical technology for treating such disorders, HIFU has now also been recognised and developed as an effective technology for use in the cosmetic and aesthetic industry.
Now HIFU is used for helping clients achieve tighter, firmer and more lifted skin. With collagen production slowing down as we age, the skin on our faces and necks noticeably lose their elasticity and begin to sag. HIFU has the power to reverse this process by stimulating the growth and formation of new collagen.
HOW HIFU FACELIFTING WORKS
The HIFU Facelift utilises the power of high intensity focused ultrasound to harmlessly penetrate the skin and stimulate the production collagen. Focused sound waves converge to meet at a focal point beneath the skin. This small area heats up for a split second causing micro-injury beneath the skins surface. This kickstarts your body’s wound healing responses.
Using three different HIFU cartridges, we are able to target three different depths at 1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm beneath the skins surface. At a 4.5mm depths, the HIFU reaches the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). The SMAS is actually the same region that is manipulated by cosmetic surgeons when performing a surgical facelift.
The wound healing process encourages the growth and formation of new collagen and elastin beneath the skin. As you may or may not already know, collagen maintains the skin’s firmness, while elastin helps the skin retain its elasticity. As a clinically proven treatment, you can be assured of excellent results with this facial skin tightening procedure.
Upper Dermis – 1.5mm
1.5 mm cartridge delivers shots of highly focused ultrasound energy to heat the superficial layer beneath the skin.
Lower Dermis Layer – 3mm
3mm cartridge delivers shots of highly focused ultrasound energy to heat the deep dermis beneath the skin.
SMAS Layer – 4.5mm
4.5mm cartridge delivers shots of highly focused ultrasound energy to heat the superficial muscular aponeurotic system.
THE BENEFITS OF HIFU FACELIFTING
HIFU Facelifting can treat a host of aesthetic concerns from lifting and tightening the jowls to reducing the appearance of hooded eyelids. Contouring the mid-face, neck and jawline are also popular with clients.
“Despite all the obvious cosmetic benefits of HIFU Facelifting, the most underated benefit is the positive impact it has on ones self-confidence and self-esteem”.
AREAS OF TREATMENT
Various areas and concerns can be treated with the HIFU Facelifting treatment. For the face we can target brow lifting, mid-face lifting, nasolabial fold reduction, hooded eyelid reduction and fine line and wrinkle reduction. We can also improve jawline contour and jowl lifting. Loose skin on the neck can also be tightened with the HIFU Facelifing treatment. Skin tightening and fine line reduction on the décolletage is also becoming very popular with clients.
Nasolabial and Cheek Area
Submental and Neck Area
Forehead and Brow Area
THE HIFU FACELIFTING TREATMENT PROCEDURE
If you’ve been wondering about what’s involved in the HIFU Faceifting procedure then this step by step guide should prove useful. This treatment procedure lays out what you should expect should you have the HIFU Facelifting treatment at Body Sculpting Clinics. Should you have further questions relating to the treatment procedure, feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or simply give us a call on 01257 446122.
Request a FREE phone consultation so we can run through our contraindications with you. This helps to prevent our clients having a wasted journey should we discover that they are not suitable for treatment on medical grounds. More information regarding our consultation is available on the Consultations page on our website
Schedule a convenient appointment online or over the phone
Arrive at Body Sculpting Clinics for your arranged appointment
Meet your therapist and discuss your personal facial concerns in confidence
Complete the consultation form, medical questionnaire and sign the disclaimer
Listen to your therapists advice about the HIFU Facelifting treatment
Have photos taken of the area/s to be treated. N.B. All photos are secured privately on our client database unless the client has provided signed consent for us to the use their photos on our Facebook page/Twitter account, website or indeed any other online or offline marketing channel
Client to put on one of our comfortable treatment robes
Client to inform the therapist and clearly indicate the areas for treatment
Therapist to mark out the treatment area using a white marker
Ultrasound gel is applied the the treatment area
HIFU Facelifing machine programmed and activated
Shots of targeted HIFU delivered to the skin using relevant HIFU cartridges (1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm)
Client may experience slight sensation in certain areas similar the ‘pin pricks’ travelling across the skin
Estimated treatment time will be between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on the number of areas treated
On completion of the treatment, the ultrasound gel is cleaned from the clients face
Clients face moisturised with high quality SPF moisturiser
Therapist explains the aftercare guide in detail whilst answering any questions the client may have
A copy of the aftercare guide is issued to the client however, it can also be downloaded from the Aftercare Guides page on our website
Client can now return to there normal everyday activities such as work, driving and gym as there is no downtime associated with the HIFU Facelifting procedure
AGING IS A FACT OF LIFE, LOOKING YOUR AGE IS NOT
HIFU FACELIFTING RESULTS
The rejuvenating effects of HIFU Facelifting should not be compared with the results you get from a surgical facelift. Be very wary of anyone claiming that the results are similar to those achieved after cosmetic surgery. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound cannot lift the skin on the face and neck like cosmetic surgery can. A standard anatomic surgical facelift is much more severe and will incure downtime and recovery.
HIFU Facelifting on the other hand produces more subtle results but as it it non-surgical in nature, there is no downtime whatsoever. If you have a mild amount of skin laxity, this treatment would offer you a non-invasive solution to skin tightening and rejuvenation. Unlike radiofrequency energy or laser treatments, HIFU reaches the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). The SMAS is actually the same region that is manipulated by cosmetic surgeons when performing a surgical facelift. HIFU Facelifting is currently the best non-invasive technology for mild skin tightening and lifting.