The Laser Clinic Blog
30th Mar 2022
Lunch Time Face Lift
Focus Dual: the lunch time face lift explained
As non-surgical alternatives to facelifts become more advanced, here is what you need to know about Focus Dual, which uses ultrasound and radiofrequency microneedling technology to lift, firm and tighten the skin.
In recent years, the number of facelifts declined by 44 per cent, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), with non-surgical alternatives becoming ever-more advanced.
Non-surgical options for skin lifting include technologies harnessing laser wavelengths, ultrasound, microneedling and radiofrequency energy, which stimulate collagen and elastin production. A leading procedure that is both safe and effective is Focus Dual – the new gold standard in non-surgical skin tightening and lifting.
What is Focus Dual?
Focus Dual is a non-invasive procedure that lifts, tightens, and firms the skin of your face and body, with virtually no downtime. This device uses a combination of high intensity focused ultrasound and radiofrequency microneedle technology. These technologies can be used individually or combined into an effective treatment plan. The use of both HIFU and radiofrequency microneedle technology, kickstarts your body’s own natural production of collagen and elastin for natural looking results. Focus dual can also be used to target specific areas such as ‘brow lift’, ‘eye lift’, ‘cheekbone sculpting’ or ‘jawline sculpting.’
Does this treatment work on the skin’s surface?
Radiofrequency Microneedling and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound come together to give maximum results for tightening, lifting, and firming the skin. With these spectacular technologies we can treat the skin at ALL layers in ONE treatment!
HIFU has been a technology utilised diagnostically in the medical field for more than 5 decades, so the technology has been proven to be safe and effective. However, Focus Dual harnesses the aesthetic technology to boost collagen production in both the skin and the SMAS layer – the layer of fibrous tissues that surrounds facial muscles. The SMAS layer is only usually touched in a surgical face lift – until now. Focus Dual’s HIFU energy lifts, firms, and tightens the skin.
With HIFU treatments, Focus Dual delivers defined heat zones into the skin’s collagen structures. When compared to other technologies, stronger clinical outcomes for skin lifting, firming, and tightening are present, through the ability to target deeper than the skin’s surface. Focus Dual HIFU for many is also a one off-treatment- yes, the results are really that effective (this is subject to the degree of concern).
Who is best suited for treatment?
Both HIFU and radiofrequency microneedling treatments are best suited for patients displaying common signs of ageing including skin sagging or skin laxity. Examples include fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin and jawline. For young patients, these treatments can also be utilised for both prevention and early intervention as a form of collagen induction therapy.
What does the treatment feel like?
With HIFU technology you may experience some mild heating or a slight tingling sensation during treatment, but the sensation only lasts while the HIFU energy is being delivered. Patients describe this as moderate and acceptable. With this treatment there is virtually no downtime however, some patients may experience puffiness and redness in the treated area for a few days post treatment. These effects are temporary and will subside quickly, you will still be able to go about your daily tasks.
With radiofrequency microneedling you will feel ultrafine needles penetrate the skin at different depths and release radiofrequency energy to heat the skin in a controlled manner. Like HIFU you can experience some mild heating or a slight tingling sensation, this too will stop once the microneedles and radiofrequency energy has been delivered. After treatment you may experience, slight swelling and redness immediately post-treatment however, this should subside quickly.
What results can I expect?
For HIFU results can be seen immediately, and the results get better and better up to 12 weeks post treatment as your collagen is renewed. We expect results to last 1-2 years however, this can be dependent on lifestyle and maintenance. Top up treatments may be required.
With radiofrequency microneedling most patients see an improvement in the appearance, texture, and tightness of the skin 2 to 3 weeks after the first treatment. Best thing yet, your results continue to improve up to 12 weeks post the final treatment. After treatment you will see a smoothing of visible fine lines and a reduction in the appearance of pores for fresh, bright, and tight skin.
Both HIFU and radiofrequency microneedling treatments hold a number of benefits for your skin. The main aim of these treatment is to generate strong, fresh collagen, so your skin feels tight, firm, lifted, smooth and soft.
With Focus Dual you can give your skin back its snap…