HI FU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a non-surgical facial treatment that uses ultrasound to lift the facial muscles and tone loose or sagging skin. It’s the only non-surgical treatment that can specifically target the muscle in the face (other lasers work in the superficial layers of the skin).
HI FU works on our skin’s collagen – the naturally occurring structural protein that keeps skin firm, toned and elastic. As we get older, collagen loses its elasticity and it becomes more susceptible to the effects of gravity. HI FU works by sending ultrasound energy deep into the muscle, resulting in the creation of new collagen, which in turn tones and lifts the skin.
Because HI FU uses ultrasound imaging we can direct the ultrasound energy exactly where it will be most effective – below the surface of the skin (without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin).
In the hands of an appropriately trained nurse, HI FU been proven safe in several clinical studies. Some people feel a little discomfort when receiving HI FU, but it is largely a well-tolerated pain-free procedure, and there is no downtime from the procedure (which takes around an hour for the face and neck). In some cases, there may be slight and temporary redness, tingling, tenderness or a little swelling.
Some may see some change immediately, but the lasting effects are generally felt after two to three months – that’s how long it takes your body to replace the old collagen with new collagen that has a higher level of elasticity. This process of collagen building continues – and so can your visible results – for around another 6 months. Following the HI FU treatment, the results should last around 12 months – a touch up treatment at this stage can extend that by restarting the collagen inducing process again.
HI FU is not a replacement for surgery, but it is a great option for people experiencing some sagging who aren’t quite ready for a facelift. Someone whose skin has become slightly loose and less firm is an ideal candidate for HI FU.
When choosing where to have HI FU, it is important to remember this is a serious treatment, and should be administered by an appropriately trained technician, preferably a registered nurse. An inexperienced or inadequately trained technician can expose you to risks of complications (especially around the eyes and face), so be sure to check the credentials of your therapists and do not be lured by the cheapest procedure. Safety is the number one priority.
Our registered nurses Rajdi and Mary-Ellen are highly-trained, skilled and experienced Registered Nurses, working under the auspices of Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr Dilip Gahankari.
We offer complimentary consultations where we can discuss HI FU in more detail, and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure (and whether you could expect to see results). Call 1300 007 300 or complete the contact form below to book.
Please note: Individual results may vary. All procedures carry risks and you should seek a second opinion before proceeding.