High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment.  HIFU uses ultrasound technology to send sound waves through every layer of the skin and underlying adipose tissue causing micro-trauma and a healing response over time. The laying down of new collagen and elastin matrix during the healing process cause firming of the epidermis and dermis. The HIFU also helps to tone and tighten the muscles, thus redefining the facial and body features. This is a must have treatment to help smooth the facial tissues, remove fine lines and wrinkles. 

Indications for HIFU

Cheek relaxation and mandibular contouring 

Deep nasolabial and mentolabial grooves

Double Chin 

Submental skin and neck platysma relaxation

Brow lift 

Lower eyelid bags 

Skin tightening of the décolletage

Stubborn, localized fat deposits

Must have a BMI of 30 or less, and be in good overall health

Not recommended for patients looking to lose weight

This procedure will require an initial consultation with a clinician or aesthetician. Treatment usually takes from 40-120 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. A cooling lubricating gel will be applied over the treatment area to allow the handpiece to move smoothly over the treatment area and cool down the outer skin layer. The number of sessions is decided by the bulk of adipose tissue, the extent of sagging skin and the desired result. Usually, one session is sufficient, but if two sessions are needed, then the 2nd session should be at a gap of 3 months after the result of 1st session has shown. Thereafter, maintenance once a year. 

The treatment is very safe and has minimal downtime. Most people can return to normal activities immediately after treatment. The most common side effects of HIFU are tenderness, minor swelling, redness around treated areas, which will typically disappear in a few days. Results should be visible immediately and improve over a period of two to four months.