Q: Who is a good candidate for HIFU
A: Someone with skin that has signs of relaxing to the point of looking less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin
on the neck or the jowls, is often the first sign of “maturing” skin. Typically, those in their thirties
and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. HIFU is also a good option for people who want to “stay
ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Q: Are men good candidates for HIFU?
A: Absolutely! HIFU works equally well on both men and women.
Q: Why choose AQUIS AESTHETICS for your HIFU treatment?
A: Results of this treatment are very much dependant on choosing the right treatment for the right client. As an experienced
Registered Nurse and aesthetic practitioner I have extensive experience in assessing the facial ageing process and happy to
give an honest opinion of the options available to you.
Another reason for choosing Aquis Aesthetics is that we only use branded medical equipment which is CE certified and supplied
by UK companies who give full training and technical support. Our medical machinery is not a Far East import supplied with
a badly translated instruction manual!
Q: What results can be expected?
HIFU addresses mild to moderate loose or sagging skin by reconditioning and renewing the collagen underlying the skin.
HIFU can lift the brow, which in turn reduces excess skin on the lids, opens up the eyes, and gives a more refreshed look
overall. It can also improve the appearance of loose skin in the jowls or neck.
Q: How does HIFU work?
A: HIFU delivers focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s creation of
new collagen. As a result, skin will lift and tone over a period of several weeks.
Q: What does collagen do?
A: Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness and bounce by keeping it firmed and toned. As we age,
collagen loses its strength, elasticity and the ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward.
HIFU jumpstarts a repair process that strengthens your existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen.
Q: Is HIFU uncomfortable or painful?
A: It really varies from patient to patient. Some patients tolerate the procedure well while other patients experience
significant discomfort or pain while the energy is being delivered. This pain and discomfort are temporary and a signal that
the collagen-building process has been initiated.
Q: How long does it take to recover?
A: Typically there is no downtime, and patients can return to their normal activities after treatment.
Q: How long does it take to see results?
A: Patients may see some initial effect but most lifting and toning will take place over 2-3 months, as tired collagen
is replaced with new, more elastic collagen. As this collagen-building process continues, further improvements can appear
up to 6 months following a procedure.
Q: How long do the results last?
A: Patients treated with HIFU still have fresh young collagen a year after the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future
touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, and the appropriate frequency varies for each patient.
Q: Can HIFU replace a facelift?
A: HIFU is an “uplift” not a “face lift.” While it is not a replacement for surgery,
it is a viable option for those not ready for a face lift or those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.
Q: What about treating regions other than the face?
A: Recent clinical research shows that HIFU can be effective in tightening sagging skin on the body, particularly on the
chest, abdomen, under the arms and around the knees.
Q: How does HIFU compare to lasers?
A: Lasers typically address issues in the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes).
HIFU addresses the deep skin layer to lift and lend support to the skin. The two technologies address different areas and
thus can be used together when a combined approach is desired.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: There may be slight redness for a few hours following the treatment, and it is not uncommon to experience slight swelling,
tingling or tenderness to touch for a few weeks. These side effects are typically mild and temporary. It is also possible
to experience certain post-procedural effects such as bruising and small areas of numbness, but these are less common and
will typically dissipate over the two weeks following treatment.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: HIFU typically costs between £200 and £1500 depending on the extent of treatment. You will receive a precise estimate
after your consultation.
Q: Is HIFU safe?
A: HIFU has demonstrated its safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed worldwide
without any significant adverse events.
Q: How many treatments are needed?
A: The majority of patients only need one treatment, while those with a fair amount of laxity may need more than one treatment.
As with any aesthetic procedure, annual touch-up treatments can help slow down the rate of skin aging.
Q: Who is a good candidate for HIFU ?
A: There is a broad range of people who can benefit from HIFU , but typically those in their thirties and older are candidates.
While this is not a replacement for surgery, there are many people who want some lifting, in order to look more refreshed
and toned but are not ready for surgery (mentally, financially, or logistically). And then there are younger people who want
to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effect of surgery.
As with any aesthetic treatment or procedure, there are no guaranteed outcomes offered. If there are any further questions,
these can be discussed at your consultation.