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Does HiFU Work? Is HiFU Worth It?
Does HiFu work?


Jul 4, 2023

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Este Medical Group

What if we told you there was a way you could tighten up your skin! There is an amazing non-surgical body and face treatment to recontour, firm and tighten areas of skin, it’s called High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HiFU). 

As we get older, and sometimes due to weight fluctuations, our skin loses elasticity, and this is what can cause sagging and loose skin. There are several ways you can tighten up skin, — let’s focus on the popular HiFU skin tightening treatment and benefits of HiFU

What Is HiFU? 

Here’s how HiFU can help tighten up loose skin and reshape your stomach for example, or lift your face (e.g., non-surgical facelift!). 

HiFU offers an alternative to surgery to contour and tighten problem areas on the face and body where there is skin sagging or loose skin (i.e., skin laxity). 

As mentioned, HiFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound, and when used as a face or skincare treatment, the high-intensity energy of the HiFU treatment device beams radio frequency energy into the sagging skin tissue to increase the temperature, this additional heat helps to ablate targeted skin tissue (i.e., remove and destroy unwanted skin tissue and fat). 

Healthcare providers use HiFU because it is skin-safe and non-invasive, and generally safer than other kinds of treatments. Radio frequency ultrasound treatments will help to rejuvenate your skin, help smooth the skin, and most importantly, tighten your skin and decrease skin sagging. 

Is HiFU Worth It? 

If you want to avoid surgery (e.g., tummy tuck), then HiFU skin tightening is a good alternative. If you are uncomfortable with sagging skin on your face, making you look older than you really are, then HiFU treatments are definitely worth it!

If you are struggling to fit into bodycon clothes without feeling self-conscious, then HiFU is an excellent way to streamline your body to fit better into the clothing you want to wear. If HiFU helps to improve your self-esteem and gives you more self-confidence, then it is absolutely worth it!    

For the best results, you will require multiple treatments, typically 3-6 sessions, spaced a week or two apart. Book your HiFU consultation today to speak to one of our skin tightening specialists.

Does HiFU really work?

There is clinical data that shows HiFU works to lift sagging skin and refine wrinkles and deep lines. In just a few months post-treatment you can see results! Many clients report seeing a positive effect immediately after HiFU treatment.

However, you will see results take place 2 to 3 months after the initial treatment, as the body needs time to naturally regenerate elastin and collagen to help give the skin its bounce back. 

How long does HiFU last?

The benefits of a HiFU facial for example can last for about 1 year. To maintain long-term HiFU results, we recommend HiFU treatment intervals are every 1 to 3 months for the most optimal results. HiFU naturally tightens the skin and stimulates collagen and elastin production, giving your skin a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Should I Worry About HiFU Side Effects? 

Is HiFU safe?

As HiFU treatments are non-invasive, and ultrasound technology has been around for decades (ultrasound has been used for clinical reasons since the 1960s!) you have nothing to worry about having HiFU tightening treatments, especially if you have HiFU treatments at a reputable medical clinic like Este Medical.  

I worry, is HiFU painful?

At Este Medical clinics our team of professionals do everything possible to ensure your comfort during treatment. HiFU is not reported as painful; however, some clients may experience a little discomfort, as the HiFU device can be associated with the feeling of a prickly sensation as the high-intensity energy is beamed into the skin tissue.

It has also been described as a pulsing feeling, but in general it is not considered a painful procedure. Thanks to the HiFU device's integrated cooling system, the procedure is comfortable.

Can I exercise after HiFU treatment?

Not right away, we recommend you wait about a week before engaging in vigorous exercise or lifting heavy objects. We also advise you to avoid direct heat treatments to the body or face for about 2 to 3 days before and for one week after HiFU skin tightening (e.g., tanning bed, sauna, steam room). These are fairly standard cosmetic clinic recommendations. 

Radio Frequency + Ultrasound For Face: What Is HiFU Facial?

Let’s cover what is HiFU treatment for face: it involves ultrasound combined with radio frequency energy to stimulate supporting skin. The high intensity energy heats the tissue below the skin's surface, causing it to contract and tighten, as well as form new collagen fibres.

HiFU is an excellent facial treatment because it improves the condition of skin laxity and increases skin elasticity, which helps to lift the face and improve facial contours. 

See for yourself how HiFU facials tighten and contour the face. 

Can HiFU Be Used To Reduce Body Fat?

Can HiFU be used on stomach? Yes, HiFU skin tightening can be used on the tummy, think of it as a non-surgical tummy tuck. Here are other problems areas that HiFU can also target to tighten skin and reduce fat.

HiFU or high-intensity focused ultrasound can also treat the following issues: 

  • Abdomen fat
  • Post-pregnancy tummy
  • Droopy buttocks 
  • Bingo wings
  • Flattened breasts
  • Sagging neck skin
  • Thick thighs

Can HiFU cause fat loss?

Regular HiFU treatments for fat loss have been proven to reduce areas of fat on the body, like the stomach for example. HiFU therapy breaks down and eliminates fat cells in the body, leading to a reduction in overall body fat.

After HiFU treatment for fat loss, the treated area is visibly more lifted and tight; below the surface, fresh collagen production has been activated, and fat cells are destroyed. 

Can I Have HiFU With Other Face & Body Treatments?

HiFU is a popular non-invasive treatment to tone and lift the skin, and women and men are keen to combine it with other aesthetic and beauty treatments for maximum effect, but is that possible? Let’s take a look at some commonly asked questions about HiFU and other cosmetic treatments that tighten, reduce inches, and plump the skin!  

Can I do HiFU after Botox?

It is possible, but it is best to wait a few weeks. According to most skincare experts, you can still have HiFU if you’ve had Botox, or a similar anti-ageing face treatment, just wait at least 2-4 weeks before the treatment.

If you have questions about combining anti-ageing treatments with non-surgical lifting and toning treatments, then book a skincare consultation with Este Medical through our website. 

Can I do HiFU after fillers?

The heat of HiFU treatment may affect a dermal filler treatment. It is best to wait for about 2-4 weeks, depending on where you had the fillers placed and where you are having the HiFU treatment. It is best to have a skincare assessment and talk to an expert before you proceed, send us a message about having HiFU after dermal fillers.  

Can I do HiFU after Profhilo?

Yes, this is possible. Profhilo (an injectable with hyaluronic acid) can be combined with aesthetic treatments like HiFU, as well as fillers and anti-ageing treatments. Find out what is the best way to schedule your reshaping and face lifting treatments by having an Este Medical skincare consultation

Choose Este Medical HiFU Skin Tightening Treatment 

HiFU is an effective non-surgical way to reshape and tighten your body and lift your face. It’s also a proven treatment for both inch loss, fat loss, and reducing cellulite. 

If your skin lacks volume and elasticity, then it is time to consider HiFU to plump and lift your face, or tone your tummy! Let the experts at Este Medical design a treatment timeline to help you reach your goals!

Last Updated:

July 5, 2023

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