VitalLift™ - Non-Surgical Face Lift (HIFU)
VitalLift™ is a new treatment that uses HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) to deliver an effective, non-surgical facelift. The technology works by targeting layers of the skin just below the surface. Once cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage. This damage stimulates cells to produce more collagen -- a protein that provides structure to the skin.
Benefits of HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound)
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 64.8 percent between 2012 and 2017.
HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:
Tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
Lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
Enhancing jawline definition
Tightening of the décolletage
Smoothing the skin
Study results are promising. A 2017 study Trusted Source involving 32 Korean people showed that HIFU significantly improved skin elasticity of the cheeks, lower abdomen, and thighs after 12 weeks.
In a larger study of 93 people, 66 percent of those treated with HIFU perceived an improvement in the appearance of their face and neck after 90 days
HIFU Skin Tightening | Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Treatment Like?
A cool ultrasound gel is applied to the skin first which soothes the surface of the skin and allows for the conductions of the ultrasound energy. The handpiece is applied to the skin and delivers several highly focused shots of ultrasound energy into the skin. In certain areas this can feel a little uncomfortable such as the forehead but is not generally described as painful.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Like any medical intervention, there are potential risks that are associated with having a HIFU treatment, however most are mild in nature, such as redness for a few hours and a little sensitivity. As part of your consultation with us, you will be advised on these in more detail before you decide to proceed with any treatment. . You should plan your treatments around social events in case you do experience any effects that could affect your appearance such as bruising. You will be given our aesthetician's out of hours mobile telephone number, should you require any urgent advice.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Many patients will see improvement in skin laxity and tightening after only 1 treatment, however some people will require further treatments 3 months later. The maximum number of treatments a person can have is 3 and should not be repeated for 2 years after this.
When Will I See Results?
The results of HIFU take up to 3 months to develop, during which time your body will be creating new collagen and elastin within your skin.
How Long Will The Effects Last?
The effect of duration can vary from person to person and depends upon the the degree of skin ageing. Treatment results can last up to 2 years.
Are There Any Post Procedure Instructions?
Yes, although these will be discussed in greater detail during your appointment: Making a conscious effort to stay hydrated and eating a healthy diet to support your body in its regeneration. Below are some collagen skin boosting foods that may be useful:
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: As a natural consequence of inflammation from surgery, the body will temporarily produce higher levels of free radicals. You can help combat this and support oxidative balance by eating more antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach, kale and other leafy green vegetables, along with fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Vitamin A-rich foods: Vitamin A is essential for epidermal (skin) growth, aiding in the reproduction and differentiation of cells. It’s also an immune-booster and anti-inflammatory nutrient. Vitamin A-rich foods include kale, spinach, beet greens and other leafy greens, carrots, and squash.
Vitamin C-rich foods: While you may already know that vitamin C promotes the synthesis of collagen, during wound healing it also plays an additional role in helping to stabilize the structure of collagen. And on top of this, vitamin C boosts your immune function, sending in special immune cells that can assist with the wound healing process. Vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, mustard spinach, broccoli, kale, parsley, brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
Avoid UV sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment, and wear sunscreen with an broad spectrum SPF 30 or above.
What Happens If I Stop Receiving Treatments?
Your skin will gradually return to its natural state for your age and quality of skin.