HIFU – ULTRASONIC SKIN TIGHTENING.

HIFU – GUILDFORD2018-08-30T06:12:59+00:00

HIFU GUILDFORD

HIFU (high-intensity focused ultrasound) has become one of the most popular skin tightening treatments used on both the face and the body.

It uses concentrated and highly focused beams of ultrasound energy which is carefully targeted to stimulate the cells in the skin to rejuvenate.  The treatment, because of the amount of energy used it tightens the dermis, and promotes new collagen formation.  Overall results will depend on the specific individual. During your treatment we will discuss with you the how to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from the treatments.

What areas can benefit from HIFU

Because of the effectiveness of HIFU  treatment areas can include

FACE

  • Forehead frown lines
  • Eyebrows
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Cheeks
  • Double chins
  • Sagging neck
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BODY

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  • Stomach
  • Thighs -Inner and Outer
  • Back
  • Love Handles
  • Upper Arms
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The flexibility of HIFU means that it can also be combined with other treatments such as
CACI
Radio Frequency
Cryogenic Lipolysis

HIFU Effectiveness

Directly after the treatments, you will notice some skin tightening, these improvements continue during the next few weeks and months, this is because new collagen is being formed in the treated areas. In addition to this – the connective tissue matrix also tightens and reforms.

Treatments can be repeated every 3 months until no further benefit can be achieved.  The number of treatments is a maximum of 4 in a one year period – however most clients will improvements after the first treatment. The effectiveness of the treatment will depend on the degree of tissue laxity and the patient’s goals.  The effectiveness will also be limited by the skin’s ability to rejuvenate – which can be enhanced with a healthy balance diet and correct supplementation.

The effect of a treatment will last three to six months. For longer-term results, we recommend a program of four treatments one every 3 months for 1 year and then a single treatment annually after this.

This is an ideal one-off treatment if you are planning a special occasion such as a wedding or holiday.

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Pros and Cons

For most clients, HIFU is a relatively painless treatment.  As a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, it is comfortable and they can return to their normal activities immediately after a session.  Makeup can be applied the following day.

A small number of clients may experience some mild swelling or look mildly flushed, but if does occur it usually subsides within a few days. On rare occasions, clients may experience very slight blistering, or the appearance of slight bruising.

Clients may also experience a slight tenderness in the treated areas for next few days. The overall benefits of HIFU is only limited by the amount of retraction that there skin can deliver.  This is affected by age, skin type, skin thickness, and a variety of other factors.  This treatment is not recommended for significant sagging.

No makeup should be worn if having HIFU on the facial area.

Please arrive 10 mines before your treatment, to complete the Consultation Form online or at the clinic. HIFU takes approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

The full effects of HIFU take approximately 12-24 weeks, the effects will last 2-3 years with the natural aging of your skin.

Medications (primarily blood thinners), prescription drugs and alcohol should not be consumed on the day of treatment. It is important to check with your therapist about your medications and be honest. If you have had Botox or fillers, you must leave for 2 weeks before having this treatment.

No heating treatments are to be done on the day of procedure such as laser or pulsed light treatments. Keep your therapist updated with any changed health issues, new medications or reactions as you

continue with your treatments.

Men should be clean shaven if the treatment is on the facial area.

History of HIFU

For decades ultrasound has been used as a diagnostic tool to help determine size, shape, and consistency of various internal structures. It has also been used for monitoring pregnancies, and with varying success to break kidney stones. However, using ultrasound for cosmetic procedures is a new and very exciting development.

The history of this exciting new development began over 14 years ago after a partnership between both Ulthera and Johnson & Johnson, to develop micro-focus ultrasound for non-invasive treatment for liver cancer. In 2004 Ulthera was established to further develop the technology for the aesthetic space and after two years of extensive pre-clinical research, Ulthera conducted 3 clinical studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of the technology. One of the studies, an efficacy study at North-western University in 2007, demonstrated a clinically significant brow lift and 89% of the patients treated and led to Ulthera’s first FDA indication.

They are without a doubt, the leading innovators of ultrasound technology for medical and aesthetic applications. After several years of pre-clinical evaluation of clinical studies, Ulthera received the first FDA (food and drug administration) clearance for a non-invasive lift indication in 2009, they approved the ultrasound device called the Ulthera Ultrasound system, designed for skin tightening treatment of the face. In 2012, the system received an FDA indication for visualization of dermal and submental tissue layers.

Most recently, the system received its 4th FDA indication of June 2014 for improvement of lines and wrinkles on the décollete. Since then, they’ve grown quickly with over 450,000 commercial procedures profound worldwide.

Diagram 1 is of younger skin and ageing skin, showing the decrease in collagen and broken elastin in the older skin.

Diagram 2 highlights that HIFU treatments reach the same depths that surgeons operate to.

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Prices

Full Face

£119

Lower Face

£99