High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound – The new miracle in skin lifting.
What is HIFU?
HIFU is a non-surgical skin lifting which has become one of the most sought after treatments on the market. 3D HIFU is one of the latest technologies to excel in this area in just one single session.
3D HIFU targets individual areas; lifting brows and jowl lines and reducing naso-labial folds and wrinkles around the eyes. It uses ultrasound energy by passing the skin and heats deep tissue resulting in a natural regenerative response. It is a unique treatment in its ability to penetrate the dermis and the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer, which is deeper than all other non-invasive facial treatments. SMAS is the same layer which is tightening during conventional facelift surgery. It causes thermo-coagulation zones at three different areas following which a wound healing response results in the formation of new collagen thus providing a tightening of the skin. You will notice an improvement in facial contouring, fine lines and wrinkles.
I headed to Sabrina and Helen at Aphrodite Laser and Beauty Clinic in Clane, Co Kildare to try out the treatment to see if it lives up to all the hype. When I arrived at the clinic, they carried out a detailed consultation before the HIFU treatment to see if I was a suitable candidate, to ascertain my goals and to do a patch test to eliminate any adverse reactions. Sabrina cleansed my skin and then followed with facial markings to map out the face to show the therapist where to position the electrode.
She then applied the ultrasound gel onto the skin and selected the appropriate setting for my skin. Sabrina explained to me that there would be a little discomfort. I would be lying to say that I didn’t feel anything during the treatment. I definitely felt it a lot more on the neck and on the forehead! I won’t say that it was excruciating painful, it felt more like a prickly sensation combined with heat.
Does it hurt?
Comfort thresholds vary from client to client. Mild discomfort means that energy is being delivered and a sign that collagen building has been initiated.
It takes time for the reformation of collagen and the tightening of the skin. Some people do notice a result straight away, but most people notice improvements around the 3-6 month mark.
Sometimes a secondary treatment might be needed 18-24 months later. You need to be realistic and remember that this is a non-surgical option to face lift surgery. This is not a treatment that will last forever. The collagen that is produced lasts forever, however we do continue to age so it has limitations.
The cost varies from area to area with a guide price of €399 at Aphrodite Laser and Beauty Clinic
Benefits of HIFU non-surgical face lift
No evidence that you have had the treatment done
Convenient 1-2 hour treatments depending on treatment area
Usually only 1 treatment needed
No inhibition of movement in the face
How many sessions are required?
Generally, only one session is required. Most improvement will be seen within 3-4 weeks with further results within 3-6 months. Results should last up to 2 years.
For a consultation call 045-982993 Aphrodite Laser and Beauty Clinic or go to www.3dclinicgroup.com for more details