If your face has begun its natural descent into looking
a little saggy, droopy and sad, there is now a range of treatments that can lift, tighten and contour the skin – all without surgery.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and plays a big role in the way others perceive your attractiveness and healthiness, so it deserves your utmost attention! As we age, the substances that give skin its firmness and elasticity – collagen and elastin – decrease and their functions slow down.
To help target existing damage and to help keep your skin looking firm and youthful, HIFU (which stands
for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) offers a quick, effective and no downtime approach to fight back against the signs of ageing.
“Completely non-invasive, HIFU uses ultrasound energy to help firm and gradually lift droopy skin tissue for a natural and more rejuvenated appearance,” says Cosmedic Professionals clinic owner Rita Porreca.
“From lifting and tightening the sagging skin around the eyes, cheeks, lower face (jowls), jawline and neck, HIFU can be used for a range of different skin concerns to re-contour the face and neck.”
How does it work?
During a HIFU session a handpiece is placed on the treatment area and then delivers tiny deposits of focused ultrasound energy below the skin, leading to the production of fresh, new collagen.
“It works deep below the surface to stimulate the growth of collagen without harming the outer layer of skin,” Porreca explains. “This results in long-lasting firming, tightening and lifting of the skin, giving you a more youthful and energised appearance after just
“The length of the treatment will usually depend on the areas being treated, for example a full-face treatment takes around 1.5 hours and a partial face or eye lift treatment take around 45 minutes,” she says.
Most patients generally find the treatment quite comfortable, however comfort levels can vary from patient to patient. There is minimal downtime involved (if any), making it the perfect ‘lunch time’ procedure, as you can return to work or usual activities straight away.
Some improvement is typically seen immediately and will gradually increase over the next four to six months after the treatment. These results can be maintained for several months to a year afterwards, depending on the degree of lifting and tightening that is needed.
Suitable candidates have good skin elasticity with mild to moderate sagging of the face and neck. Patients who have a thick layer of fat or excessive loose skin in the target area are not good candidates for this particular procedure. When used on the right patient, HIFU can offer significant results in skin tightening and firming.
“Most of us want a tighter, more youthful-looking complexion, but not everyone is ready to undergo surgery. Non-surgical anti-ageing treatments are becoming increasingly popular for people who want to combat the signs of ageing without going under the knife and also for those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery,” says Porreca.
If turning back the clock is at the top of your to-do list, or if you want to “stay ahead of the ageing game”, HIFU could be your treatment solution for natural-looking, visible results. CBM