What is 3D HIFU Facelift & Fat Loss?
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a new FDA approved non-invasive technology for face lift and fat loss/reduction.
HIFU treatments tighten the skin and tone superficial muscles of the face, neck and under the chin. This can improve ones appearance by, for example, reducing a double chin. We know that as 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 the 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 a brightened appearance and refreshed look.
Treatments involve the delivery of focused thermal energy to the dermis and Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS), which causes muscle tissue contraction and collagen formation. Depending on individual needs, HIFU energy can target up to three layers of skin (dermis, subcutaneous fat & SMAS layers). Ultrasound energy stimulates the deep structural layers of the skin, but without the need for incisions that disrupt the skins surface. This procedure is therefore safe and requires no downtime.
HIFU is the latest technology for fat loss. Ultherapy, or HIFU, can target specific areas of fat with the fastest possible treatment time.
The HIFU handpiece can deliver focussed ultrasound waves to a precise depth at the subcutaneous fat layer to cause necrosis/destruction of 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 a 2-4 cm abdominal circumference size reduction.
A video sample of HIFU or Ultherapy
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I a candidate for HIFU?
A: Ideal candidates for HIFU are individuals mildly above ideal weight (approximately within 10 -15 kg), who wish to sculpt larger areas. Nevertheless, HIFU is not a weight loss treatment and does not replace the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. HIFU cannot shift stubborn pockets of fat or treat obesity in general. It is, however, very effective in reducing the volume of subcutaneous adipose tissue or cellulite.
HIFU is also perfect for those considering a facelift, neck lift, or brow lift who wish to avoid the risks, costs, and downtime associated with invasive methods.
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, and belly fat for those who are 10-15 kg overweight.
Q: What are common treatment areas?
A: Common treatment areas typically include the face, neck, under the chin, brows, forehead, stomach, and thighs.
Q: How many treatments of HIFU are recommended?
A: Generally, anywhere between 2 to 4 treatments per area are recommended, however many clients see results after a single session. It is important to come in for an assessment and specific plan designed for you and your goals.
Q: What will I experience during my treatment?
A: Ultrasound gel will be applied to cleansed skin. A hand piece will be placed on the skin. During treatment you may feel a warm sensation, and in some cases it may get slightly hot and uncomfortable. You may also feel slight vibrations and tingling, which is completely normal. You can expect each treatment takes 15 to 90 minutes
Q: What results can I expect from the treatment, when will they take effect, and are these permanent?
A: Fat reduction of the treatment area can be seen after just one session and is typically a 2 to 4 cm abdominal circumference reduction. It is interesting to note that the effects can continue post-treatment. Long term results are permanent and should remain stable, as long as you maintain your weight, with your normal diet and exercise.
One to four months post treatment your skin will be healthier, stronger, and younger-looking, without any unnatural, drastic changes. The 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. It is interesting to note that the effects can continue post-treatment.
Q: What happens after treatment?
A: There is no downtime and you can get back to your day right after the treatment.
Q: What about side effects?
A: You might see slight redness and/or swelling post-treatment as well as feel some tingling sensations. These symptoms will disappear within hours. HIFU technology is clinically proven to be safe.