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23rd Jan 2022

What is HIFU

HIFU Facial
A non-surgical alternative to a facelift
Give skin back its snap… High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, also known as ‘HIFU’, ‘non-surgical face
lift’, ‘lunchtime face lift’ or ‘Focus Dual’ has become one of the most sought-after lifting, firming, and
tightening treatments for face and neck. HIFU uses Focused Ultrasound to target the deep structural
layers of the skin with heat, which it does without damaging the skin’s surface. Focus Dual HIFU is
one of the few treatments that can reach the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS)—which
was previously accessible only via surgery. The result is a natural lift with virtually no downtime. The
heat generated in the skin stimulates the cells to produce strong, new collagen and kick-start
dormant collagen. As collagen production increases up to 12 weeks post treatment, this results in a
more youthful and refreshed look.

Collagen is important for skin health because it is a natural protein that promotes skin suppleness,
firmness, hydration, and a youthful glow. Unfortunately, collagen production begins to dwindle as
we age. A HIFU Facial lifts, tightens, and firms up loose skin to counteract the effects of both time
and gravity. With Focus Dual we can lift, firm, tighten, and sculpt the face, brow, neck and jawline.
Areas such as the chest, hands and other parts of the skin and body can also be treated. This
treatment will not only give skin back its snap, but it will also naturally kick-start your body to
increase the production of collagen and elastin to reduce signs of ageing. 


How does a HIFU facial treatment work?

This non-surgical face lift works on the SMAS layer deep below the skin, which is the area surgeons
tighten for face and neck lifts. Rather than surgery, the Focus Dual harnesses ultrasound technology
to radiate energy to the SMAS layer to tighten, lift and plump the skin.
What does the treatment feel like?
You may experience some mild heating or a slight tingling sensation during treatment. Patients
describe this as moderate and acceptable.

How many sessions will I need?

Treatments are carried out every 4-6 weeks and typically between 1 and 3 treatments are
recommended for best results. Top-up sessions are performed as required, but usually only once or
twice a year.
How long will it take for me to see results?
Results can usually be seen immediately, but 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, but this can be dependent on lifestyle and maintenance.
Is there any downtime with a HIFU treatment?
Due to the non-invasive nature of HIFU treatments, there is virtually no downtime. You may
experience slight redness following the treatment, and a small percentage of our clients do
experience minor swelling, tingling or tenderness. These symptoms are mild and temporary.
You will be able to return to your normal activities straight away, and there are no special recovery
measures needed. This is why HIFU has earned the name “lunchtime face lift”.

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