If science has anything to say about it, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) facials might actually be your new go-to aesthetic treatment for a boost of youth, without the need for other invasive modalities.
These facial treatments promise skin rejuvenation, boosting collagen levels and firming skin - all without going under the knife. However, we know this sounds too good to be true - but is it?
Here’s everything you need to know about this new skincare trend of HIFU facials!
What Is HIFU and How Does It Work?
Sometimes referred to as a “non-surgical facelift,” HIFU utilises ultrasound technology to address skin ageing and is therefore quite effective for a number of related concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of elasticity. Not to mention, it can be performed at a fraction of the cost of painful plastic surgery.
Essentially, it works by targeting the ultrasound waves deep into the skin, in order to promote collagen production. Because collagen is what keeps the skin looking supple and youthful, HIFU can, over time, help to plump the skin and improve its appearance in areas where collagen has become depleted.
Clinical studies have shown that HIFU treatments are particularly effective for tightening the skin around jawline and cheeks, as well as minimising lines around the mouth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for HIFU Facials?
According to experts, HIFU tends to be most beneficial for men or women over the age of 30 who are concerned with signs of ageing, especially those showing signs of collagen loss such as wrinkles or mild to moderate laxity in the skin. It can also be helpful for anyone with early signs of sun damage.
For those with more pronounced lines or sun spots, HIFU may be less effective, or you may need more treatments to see results. For this reason, we always recommend consulting with a skincare professional to determine the absolute best course of treatment for your skin’s condition.
How Many HIFU Treatments Are Needed and How Quickly Can You Expect To See Results?
The effects of HIFU tend to be progressive and cumulative, so some patience is required. Because new collagen takes time to produce, results tend to become noticeable after a couple of months and even more so by the six month mark following treatment.
As with any skincare, individual outcomes will vary from person to person and depend on your skin’s current condition. However, practitioners who offer HIFU say most clients require about one to six sessions to achieve their desired goals.
Are There Any Side Effects With HIFU Facials?
One of the reasons HIFU is gaining traction as a favourite amongst facial treatment connoisseurs is that it has very few side effects. Some minor redness or irritation is normal immediately post-procedure. However, these tend to be very temporary and no recovery time should be needed. Most people can return to their normal activities the same day.
Final verdict? If you’ve been thinking about trying HIFU, we say: why not? Book in with our HIFU facial today.
Or, if you’d rather start tackling anti-ageing with an effective skincare routine, give our free luxury mini routines a try. Simply complete a skin analysis that identifies your skin type and top skin goals, and you’ll get a free mini skincare routine tailored to your needs!