Lately, we’ve received a lot of queries via emails, web chat and helpline regarding different non-invasive treatments. From the data accumulated in our database, we’ve come to know that a large majority of Brits are taking the safe route of non-surgical treatments, and the rest are showing keen interest and seriously thinking about them to achieve the best results. One thing that surprised us was your attention and interest in the HIFU Facelift treatment. We got thousands of queries about this non-surgical treatment.

Considering your curiosity and to make you aware of the aspects involved, we thought, why not address the questions and confusions publically for everyone’s benefit.

Thanks for your overwhelming response, though…

Before going into the main queries thrown at Expert Centre’s Doctors and aestheticians, it is pertinent to tell you what HIFU is and what it does.

Non-surgical HIFU Facelift Treatment

HIFU is the short form of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, and it is deemed a superb non-surgical cosmetic treatment to significantly lift and tighten facial areas. HIFU facelift treatment makes you look young and rejuvenated. Apart from eliminating ageing signs, it enhances the skin tone and smoothens the face, neck and décolletage.

Also known as ‘Ultherapy’, HIFU gives lasting results beyond your expectations by involving ultrasound energy to lift, tighten and make your skin healthy. This is a safe procedure to roll back years for you as it is designed to combat wrinkles, fine lines, nasolabial folds and crow’s feet.

HIFU facelift treatment stimulates the body’s natural regenerative response, improving the skin from the inside out, and giving you a revived appearance. The ultrasound waves (non-ionizing energy) targeted at the skin don’t affect the superficial layers.

Instead, they target the layers beneath to heat the tissue. This results in the stimulation of collagen, which helps make our skin healthy, young, invigorated and even-toned. And all this without the risk of going for a surgical treatment.

Commonly Asked Questions

Let’s now move on to the most commonly asked questions and how our doctors reply to them in detail.

How does this treatment work?

The equipment used in the treatment delivers ultrasound energy to the layers under the top skin surface. This is done to heat the superficial musculoaponeurotic system or SMAS, which shrinks and tightens. As a result, the topmost layer of the skin is lifted and becomes tightened.

The heat energy also stimulates collagen and elastin, which benefit the skin from the inside, making it more plump, healthy, young and glowing. HIFU treats body areas like the jawline, cheeks, forehead, and area around the eyes.

At what age is HIFU treatment recommended?

One important thing to note is that HIFU is not an ideal treatment for everyone. However, our experienced Doctors recommend that if you are above 30 and suffering from mild to moderate skin laxity, you are an ideal candidate for it. This is the time when it is most beneficial. Also, if your skin is photo damaged and you are experiencing intense sagging, you’ll require multiple treatments.

What are the benefits of HIFU treatment?

Over the years, HIFU has proved to be a beneficial treatment for people wanting to roll back years. Some of its benefits include:

  • Reduction of ageing signs like wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet
  • The sagging skin on the neck is tightened
  • Lifts the cheeks, eyebrows and eyelids
  • Enhances the jawline definition
  • Tightens the décolletage
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • You enjoy a smooth skin
  • Doesn’t come with downtime
  • Is painless and effective

Which is more effective, HIFU or thread lift?

Thread lift is a surgical treatment compared to HIFU, a non-surgical alternative. It is safe and effective in the long run. HIFU works on the deep layers of the skin and as collagen production takes time, the results can take time to appear. Also, thread lift involves the painful penetration of needles into the skin and produces immediate results.

What’s the duration of a HIFU session?

Depending on the area to be treated, a session of HIFU normally takes between 30-90 minutes. According to our Doctors, some patients start seeing visible results immediately, while others may have to wait a bit longer for the production and stimulation of collagen.

This is the reason Expert Centre recommends multiple sessions (at least 2) for best results.

Can HIFU damage my skin?

According to a study published by The American Society for Dermatological Surgery in 2012, HIFU is declared safe and effective for treating inner thighs, upper arms, and knees, making the skin healthy and youthful.

How many HIFU sessions do you need?

Two HIFU treatments are recommended in the first year, spaced six months apart, for optimal results. One top-up treatment can be administered once a year to maintain the results. Additional treatments might be necessary on trickier areas after three months of treatment.

How long does it take to produce desired results?

As mentioned above, some clients experience quick results. However, for some people, the stronger collagen may take a few weeks to replace the existing one. We suggest you go for a treatment of at least 3 sessions for sustainable results. Touch-up treatments every year after the treatment are also helpful in maintaining beneficial results.

How long do the results last?

Although you can see results shortly after the treatment, ultimate and long-lasting results take multiple weeks to show. This is the time natural collagen present in the body takes to regenerate.

You can extend the results for around 24 months. For this, you’ll strictly need to follow the post-treatment precautions suggested by our doctors. However, to maintain the results, you may be required to visit the clinic for a touch-up after a year following your first treatment.

Final Say

These were some of the most frequent questions we had to answer for our clients and potential clients. Now that we’ve made them public, we hope that more and more people will benefit from the expert explanation and understand that HIFU comes with a lot of benefits without undergoing painful surgical procedures.

If you think we’ve missed out on an important question or have something else to ask, please let us know via email or phone, and our doctors will gladly answer it.