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What is a HIFU facial, and does it work?


What is a HIFU facial, and does it work?

What is a HIFU facial, and does it work?

What is a HIFU Facial?

HIFU uses Focused Ultrasound to target the layers of skin just below the surface. The ultrasound energy causes the tissue to heat up rapidly. Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage, which in turn stimulates the cells to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein that give your skin its structure.

As the collagen increases, this results in firmer skin with fewer wrinkles. As the high-frequency ultrasound beams are focused on a specific tissue site below the skin’s surface, there’s no damage to the upper layers of the skin and no immediate visible signs of treatment.

HIFU Facial
HIFU Facial

Can HIFU Replace Face Lifts?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), HIFU and other nonsurgical alternatives to facelifts have seen a major increase in popularity over the last few years. The total number of procedures performed has increased almost 65 percent between 2012 and 2017.

‘3D SkinMed’, ‘Ultherapy’ or ‘Ultrasound Facelift’  has become one of the most popular treatments for the face and neck. Elite Aesthetics is one of the few clinics in the UK with the latest 3D techonology.

3D SkinMed is a fantastic treatment which will help you achieve firmer and tighter, lifted skin!

What areas can HIFU treat?

  • wrinkle reduction
  • lifting the cheeks
  • lifting the eyelids and eyebrows
  • enhancing your jawline definition
  • tightening of your décolletage
  • smoothing the skin and complexion
  • tightening sagging skin on the neck
  • Nasolabial fold reduction

Summary of HIFU Facial

Procedure Time

2 hours

Back To Work


Full Recovery

1 Day

Sensitivity Period

24 hrs

Duration Of Results

18 months

Risks & Complications

Swelling, bruising

The history of HIFU

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a relatively new non-invasive cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that some consider and painless replacement for face lifts. It uses ultrasound energy to encourage the production of collagen, which results in firmer and tauter skin.

HIFU is historically known for its use in treating cancer. The first reported use of HIFU for aesthetic use was in 2008.

HIFU was then approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration in the US) in 2009 for brow lifts. More recently in 2014, the device was also cleared by the FDA to improve lines and wrinkles of the upper chest and neckline.

People were able to see results in a few months after treatment, without the risks associated with surgery. Several small clinical trials have found HIFU to be safe and effective for facial lifting and refining wrinkles. Results have been particularly good in younger patients who don’t want the risks and recovery time associated with surgery.

HIFU won’t work as well for people with severe cases of sagging skin, where thread lifts of plexr may be more appropriate.

Who is best suited to this treatment?

HIFU may not be appropriate for everyone. The procedure works best on people older than 30 with mild-to-moderate skin laxity. People with sun damaged skin or a more loose skin may need multiple treatments before seeing results.

Who is not suitable for this treatment?

HIFU isn’t recommended for people with infections and open lesions at the target area, severe or cystic acne, and metallic implants in the treatment area.

HIFU for Face Procedure

You should remove all makeup and skin care products from the target area before treatment.

What to expect at your appointment:

  1. The therapist would have had a consultation with you before treatment and explained the process.
  2. The therapist clean the area to be treated.
  3. They may apply a topical anesthetic cream before starting treatment.
  4. Then applies an ultrasound gel.
  5. The HIFU device is placed against your skin.
  6. Ultrasound energy is then delivered to the target area in short pulses for roughly 30 to 90 minutes.
  7. While the ultrasound energy is being applied, you might feel heat and tingling. You can take a pain medication if required, please ask.
  8. You’re free to go home and resume your normal daily activities right away after the procedure.

To Summarise

HIFU is considered a very safe and effective noninvasive procedure for tightening the facial skin and reducing wrinkles.

Its key advantage over a surgical face lift are :

  • There are no incisions
  • No scarring
  • No required rest or recovery time.
  • HIFU is also more cost effective than a face lift.
  • Most people see full results around three months after their treatment.

If you’re looking for a treatment that is quick, painless, and noninvasive, HIFU is an excellent option compared to a surgical face lift. The procedure repeated in one to two years as the natural aging process takes over. If you’re a bit older with more skin sagging , HIFU may not be able to resolve all the skin issues.

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HIFU Facial Before and Afters

HIFU Before and After
HIFU Before and After
HIFU Facial Before and After
HIFU Facial Before and After

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HiFU Facial Lower Face £ 1200
HiFU Facial Full Face £ 1450
Frequently Asked Questions

HIFU is considered extremely safe if performed by a trained, qualified and experienced professional.

You’re able to resume your normal activities immediately after you leave. There might be some slight redness or swelling may occur, but it should subside quickly. A light tingling sensation of the treated area may persist for a few weeks, which is also quite normal.

On rare occasions, you may experience temporary numbness or bruising, but these side effects usually go away within the first few days after treatment.


Will I need more than one HIFU facial treatment?

The majority of patients need only one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment (depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and collagen rebuilding process).


What does a Facial using HIFU feel like?

The treatment is generally well tolerated. However, you may experience slight discomfort during the procedure. Some people describe it as a light prickly sensation.

If you’re worried about pain, your therapist may suggest taking (NSAID), such as ibuprofen prior to treatment. Immediately after the treatment, you may experience mild redness or swelling, which will gradually recede over the next few hours.


When will I see results of HIFU?

Results start to appear after 12 weeks and continue for 1 year. Each person is an individual, so results will of course vary.

How much does a HIFU Facial cost?

Prices range depending upon the area being treated and start from £1400. You will typically only require 1 treatment, however more sessions may be required to achieve the result you would like. This will of course be discussed during your consultation.


What are the benefits of high-intensity focused ultrasound?

HIFU and other nonsurgical alternatives to facelifts have seen a major increase in popularity over the last few years. The total number of procedures performed has increased by almost 65 percent between 2012 and 2017.

Ultherapy is ideal for skin that is mild to moderately lax, by reconditioning and renewing the skin from within. Ultherapy can be used to lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the eyelids and opens up the eyes.


How long does HIFU face lift last?
HIFU stands for high intensity focused ultrasound and is an innovative, painless and non-invasive way to reduce wrinkles that can last up to two years and is skin-friendly. Additional applications include face and brow lifting, tightening of the connective tissue and cellulite treatment.
Does HIFU facial hurt?
You may experience slight discomfort during an HIFU procedure. We can provide numbing if required and our doctor can provide a nerve block if required. Generally this treatment is well tolerated.
HIFU facial treatment pros and cons

Advantages of HIFU  Treatment

HIFU treatment can be a great choice when if want to lift and tighten your skin without the downside of invasive surgery. The benefits of HIFU are:

·HIFU treatment works well for many people

· Safe and non-invasive treatment, with no need for injectables

· Works by stimulating natural processes in your skin to rebuild collagen, so the results will be very natural-looking

· The treatment won’t take long

· Typically 2 treatments are sufficient

Disadvantages of HIFU Treatment

However, there some disadvantages to HIFU treatment. You should be aware that:

· The full effects might not be visible for around 2–3 months

· Requires repeated treatments periodically to achieve and maintain the best results

· Some people experience slight redness, swelling or bruising after HIFU treatment, although it should disappear quickly

· The effects can vary between individuals, so HIFU might not work as well for you as it does for other people

· Rarely, there can be a sensation of numbness or tingling that can last for up to a couple of weeks

In Summary:

Surgery can be very expensive, risky and prone to complications. With Hifu, you can rejuvenate your skin and appearance much easier. With surgical facelifts, there are always risks of bleeding, infection, blood clots, pain, scarring, and anaesthesia risks. On the other hand with Hifu you don’t have these risks.

HIFU facial when pregnant?

At Elite Aesthetics, it is not recommended to receive energy-based treatments such as HIFU or radiofrequency skin tightening during pregnancy. This is due to the lack of information regarding their effects on the foetus. Similarly, Anti Wrinkle Injection Treatments and fillers are to be avoided as well for the same reason.

How long does a HIFU facial take?

The facial can take up to 2-3 hours depending upon the size of the area being treated. At Elite Aesthetics, we will ensure that you remain comfortable during the whole treatment period. We have options including music to keep you entertained.

Is HIFU facial safe?

Yes, the HIFU facial is safe provided it done by an experienced and qualified practitioner.

HIFU Aftercare Checklist
  • Avoid The Sun. After the HIFU skin treatment, it is important for you to try to prevent yourself from exposure to sunlight and cold for a few weeks. …
  • Take A Break From Alcohol. Stop giving your liver excess work. …
  • Don’t Scratch Your Skin. …
  • Drink More Water. …
  • Don’t Have Hot Showers or Baths.
Does HIFU work on jowls?

HIFU is safe, effective and a great solution for lifting and tightening the jowls, reducing fine lines around your eyes, nose and mouth, tightening your skin around your jaw and neckline and reducing hooded, saggy eyelids. One of the big benefits of the HIFU Facial is that it’s a non-surgical treatment that can be done in a single treatment. The results can last for up to 1 year or more.

How many HIFU treatments do you need?

How Many HIFU Treatments Will I Need to see good results? Most clients only need one treatment. However this may be based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and the individual’s collagen-building process, some clients may benefit from additional treatments. Most of our clients only need 1 treatment as we use the latest form of HIFU technology by 3D Lipo.

How often should you have a HIFU facial?

How often should I do it? We recommend 1 or 2 treatments within the first year for optimal results. The second treatment can be done 3 months after. We also recommend maintenance treatment every 12-18 months.

Can I have Anti Wrinkle Injection Treatments After HIFU?

You can have a Anti Wrinkle Injection Treatments treatment a week or so after the HIFU treatment. You should discuss this with the doctor that will be administering your treatment though, because he or she may feel differently.

Can HIFU get rid of double chin?

HIFU Face and Neck Lift. … Working on both the face and neck, it’ll also improve your skin’s elasticity and shapes the face contours. By lifting and tightening your skin, it really can get rid of that double chin! However, we would recommend a thread lift for the neck.

Does HIFU Facial Painful?

You may experience slight discomfort during an HIFU procedure. We can provide numbing if required and our doctor can provide a nerve block if required. Generally this treatment is well tolerated.

HIFU Facial vs Ultherapy

Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound (MFU) beams, while HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound. While the former is more focused than the latter, they both send a beam through skin layers to get the collagen going. HIFU treatment and Ultherapy both treat the skin at 1.5mm, 3.0mm, and 4.5mm.


HIFU Facial Treatment Near Me

We are able to offer the HIFU Facial at our bespoke clinic based in Greenhithe (DA9 9XN), just 17 minutes from St Pancras Station.

Many of our clients travel from around Kent, London and further across the UK to ensure they obtain the results they are looking for.

HIFU facial reviews

We have many client HIFU Facial reviews for you to view in clinic to read.

HIFU Treatment for Fat Loss

Unfortunately, HIFU is not suitable for fat loss, unlike our fat freezing technology.

What is a HIFU Facelift?

A HIFU Facelift is another name for a HIFU Facial.

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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Dartford, King’s Hill, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

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Great clinic, lovely, clean and modern. Charlotte was excellent, knowledgeable about the treatment whilst also friendly. The facial itself was very enjoyable and my skin looks and feels tighter and smoother. I highly recommend the Hydrafacial Treatment.


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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is Save Face accredited, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

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