What is it?

HIFU stands for High-intensity Focused Ultrasound. That is focused ultrasounds of high intensity. In the past it was used against the fight of tumors of internal body organs. In cosmetic medicine it is a new technology aiming at the stimulation of the rejuvenation of the skin and the composition of collagen and elastin.

Initially, it was used for the tightening of eyebrows but soon its application expanded into various other areas such as the regeneration of facial skin, skin whitening and lipolysis.

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How does it work?

With beams of ultra sounds focused and targeted at the selected depth under the skin, thermal energy is released. So, in the fat layer thermal elimination of fat cells may be caused, while in the dermis it triggers the stimulation of fibroblasts to increase their production of collagen and elastin. In this way, the “skeleton” of the skin is reinforced and toning and tightening are achieved.

What is Collagen?

It is the most abundant natural protein of the human body. It helps the skin and hair look young, preserving them firm and elastic. Collagen production declines with aging and by losing its elasticity it cannot prevent gravity, which pulls the skin downwards. HIFU induces the development of new collagen enabling the skin to resist aging.

Can HIFU take the place of surgical lifting?

When considerable flaccidity and sagginess have already appeared, surgical lifting is the only effective therapy. However, if HIFU treatment starts at an early age in combination with other toning therapies (mesotherapy, PDO threads, botulinum toxin), it may considerably delay the need for surgical lifting.

Is safe?

HIFU is considered the safest of the non-invasive methods of skin toning. Its safety can be proved through numerous clinical trials so far, as well as tens of thousands of treatments have been performed world-wide without any serious side-effects.

No downtime period is required after HIFU. The patient may return to their normal activities right after the treatment. It is, therefore, often called the “lunch-time lifting”.

What ages is HIFU adressing?

The years between 30 and 40, when the first signs of aging start to make their appearance, is a great time to start HIFU, thus helping your skin maintain its vitality for much longer.

The most common age when patients undertake this treatment, is 40 – 50 years.

HIFU is also suitable for older ages (over 60), provided no excessive sagginess has appeared.

Finally, HIFU may be used by people who have already undergone surgical lifting, in order to sustain and accentuate the results.

When can the results been seen?

Though some patients may encounter immediate improvement, the actual effect of HIFU is gradual and culminates about 2-3 months after the therapy, as the old collagen is being replaced by the new, stronger one. Skin enhancement may continue for up to 6 months.

Are the results permanent?

It has been estimated, that the results last 1-2 years. However, it is recommended that one has to regularly have combined anti-aging treatments,so as to be one step ahead of the aging process.

What is the asset of HIFU?

It is the only non-invasive treatment, that can act to such deep layers of skin.

Does it hurt?

Sensitivity to pain is not the same in all face areas. HIFU is generally tolerable in most areas, but some pain may occur in others. It all depends on the intensity of thermal beams, which is, of course, regulated accordingly.