HIFU or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound is a new FDA approved non-invasive technology for face lift and fat loss or fat reduction. HIFU treatments tighten the skin and tone superficial muscles of the face, neck and under the chin (double chin).
The treatment delivers focused thermal energy to the dermis and Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) to cause muscle tissue contraction and collagen formation. Depending on the individual’s needs, HIFU energy can target up to three layers of skin (dermis, subcutaneous fat & SMAS layers). Ultrasound energy stimulate the deep structural layers of the skin almost similar to those typically addressed in surgical facelift without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. This procedure is safe, and with no downtime.
We know that as the skin matures, collagen fibers lose elasticity and the muscles that provide internal support lose their tone. Ultrasound energy reaches deep below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's own natural and gradual repair process. Over time this results in generation of new healthy collagen and tightening of the skin. HIFU or ultherapy is also associated with a variety of positive skin changes such as brightening of the skin and a refreshing appearance other than facelift and skin tightening.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are HIFU (Ulthera) treatments like?
A: Ultrasound gel will be applied to cleansed skin. The handpiece will deliver ultrasound energy beneath the skin. During treatment, you may feel the warmth of the handpiece, and in some cases it may get slightly hot and uncomfortable. You may also feel a slight vibration and tingling sensation, which is completely normal.
Each treatments takes 15 to 90 minutes
Q: What happens after treatment?
A: There is no downtime. You can get back to your day right after the treatment. Results appear over the following months. Your skin will be healthier, stronger, and younger-looking, without any unnatural, drastic changes. Tightening and shaping effect may be realized immediately post-treatment. But the generative effects of collagen production takes 1 to 3 months to complete. The effects can be maintained for at least 18 to 24 months. That is why we recommend maintenance treatments on a yearly basis.
Q: Who is the best candidate for HIFU (Ulthera) treatments?
HIFU is perfect for someone who is considering (facelift, neck lift, brow surgery lift) but is not quite ready to take that step and wishing to avoid the risks, cost, and downtime associated with facial surgery.
Q: What are common treatment areas included?
A: usually common treatment areas include the face, neck, under the chin, brows, forehead, stomach, and thighs.
Q: What are some common conditions that are treated?
A: Sagging eyebrows, eye bags, loose neck folds, blurred jaw lines, nasolabial folds, wrinkles and fine lines, redness, uneven skin tone and texture, large pores, stretch marks, double chin or turkey neck, belly fat (for those who are 10-15 kg overweight).
Q: What about side effects?
A: You might see slight redness and/or swelling post-treatment, and might feel some tingling. These symptoms will disappear within hours. HIFU skin tightening is clinically proven to be safe, with natural and gradual rejuvenation effects.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Most clients need only one session. Results will completely take effect over 1 to 3 months or even up to 6 months following treatment. Your body will continue to produce fresh collagen over time. The results last 18 to 24 months. after that, you may wish to continue maintenance treatments once a year.
HIFU for fat loss or fat Reduction
HIFU is the latest technology used for fat loss. Ultherapy or HIFU targets specific focused areas of fat in the fastest possible treatment time. The HIFU handpiece delivers focussed ultrasound waves to a precise depth at the subcutaneous fat layer to cause necrosis/destruction of the fat cells, tightening the skin in the area treated. The treated fat cells are removed by the body’s natural fat removal process via the immune system. This process continues for up to 6 months post treatment. Results of fat loss vary from person to person due to family history, age and different skin types. But most people can expect 2-4 cm of abdominal circumference size reduction.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ideal candidate for HIFU, is a person who is mildly above ideal weight approximately within 10 -15 kg of their ideal weight range.
HIFU is ideal for sculpting larger areas, and cannot shift stubborn pockets of fat. HIFU is not a weight loss treatment, and does not replace the benefits of proper diet and exercise. It does not treat obesity. It can only reduce the volume of subcutaneous adipose tissue or cellulite.
Generally anywhere between 2 to 4 treatments per area are recommended, however many clients see results after a single treatment. It is important to come in for an assessment and specific plan designed for you and your goals.
The results are permanent, as long as you maintain your weight with your normal diet and exercise your long term results should remain stable.
Results can be seen from 1 to 4 months post treatment. The average permanent fat reduction of the treatment area after just one single session is typically 2 to 4 cm abdominal circumference reduction. It is interesting to note that the effects can continue post-treatment.
A hand piece will be placed on the skin, to target the fat cells. During treatment, you may feel the warmth and in some cases it may get slightly hot and uncomfortable. You may also feel a slight vibration and tingling sensation, which is completely normal.
A video sample of HIFU or ultherapy