Ok, ‘Hands up’! I’m 41 and have tried a number of non-surgical treatments so was somewhat sceptical as to what results this latest treatment could produce. However, I was intrigued that a number of high profile celebs seemed to be ‘smitten’ with this ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound also known as ‘3D SkinMed’, ‘Ultrasound Facelift’ or ‘Ultratherapy’. Curiosity got the better of me, as did my desire to look ten years younger, so I decided to ‘treat myself’ and hopefully find out why this treatment has become one of the most sought after lifting treatments for the face and neck.
Having being recommended by a friend, I booked my treatment at the well established Liverpool Lipo, who’s clinic is situated on Rodney Street, L1. My Therapist Milly greeted and invited me to the reception area to complete a general disclosure and consent form. (all reputable clinics will insist on this prior to any treatments to ascertain any pre-existing conditions that may prove unsuitable for such treatments).
After this was completed, Milly briefly gave an overview of the HIFU treatment and proceeded to settle me on the bed in the treatment room, which was impeccably clean and tidy (very important to those of us who are a tad ‘OCD’).
Next, a cool gel was applied to my face and neck to minimise any discomfort. Milly then proceeded to move the ‘hand held device’ over my face and neck, delivering ‘Hi Intensity Focused Ultrasound’ energy below the skin. The Ultraformer machine that is used at the clinic is the most advanced system and has three types of cartridges, allowing the highly focused acoustic energy to create thermal coagulation zones at 3 different selected depths triggering a wound healing response which results in the formation of new collagen thus providing a longer-term tightening of the skin. The 3 layers consist of the superficial and dermis along with SMAS ( Superficial muscular aponeurotic system) which is the same layer of tissue that surgeons ‘pull tight’ during a facelift.
Although the device isn’t pressed directly against the skin, the ultrasound energy was ‘getting to work’ and targeting my forehead, brow, cheek, jowl, and neck area. HIFI is also safe to use around the eye area to target ‘crows feet’ or as I prefer to call them ‘laughter lines’, so this area was also treated.
I felt quite relaxed and pleased to not experience any pain throughout the treatment, however, I did feel some slight discomfort around the cheek and jaw area but nothing too alarming. Apparently this is normal for some to experience as there is less tissue surrounding these prominent areas of the face.
The treatment finished after approximately 50 minutes and I was eager to inspect myself in the mirror. Immediately, I noticed that overall my skin looked tightened and rejuvenated. Already impressed, I was even more pleased to learn that HIFU treatment continues to create new collagen, meaning my skin would further improve over the weeks.
Within 10 days, my facial contours and ‘V-line’ looked more defined, with lines and wrinkles less ‘obvious’. My skin had a more ‘plumped’ appearance with a more even tone and less visible pores. Now I understood why this treatment is a firm favourite with not only celebs but anyone looking for an alternative to surgery.
Unlike some age-defying treatments, no ‘top up’ is required as results can last up to 24 months. However ‘touch up’ treatments can be performed in 1-year intervals, depending on individual requirements.
The key advantages of this treatment are:
- Stimulates natural collagen production
- Improved skin firmness and elasticity
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Evens skin tone and shrinks pores
- No abrasions or cuts to the skin
- No ‘down time’ or recovery required
- Noticeable results achievable immediately
- Once per year treatment ‘No top ups’
- Clinically proven and used worldwide
Given that HIFU gives immediate and ongoing results in one single session and without the need for ‘top ups’ the prices work out cost effective, plus it won’t interfere with your work or family time.
I highly recommend the treatment and can also see why it’s gaining popularity with males clients (no obvious ‘tell tale signs’ of a facial treatment). The clinic often has exclusive offers, so be sure to visit their website to view current offers and to explore additional treatments available, including the latest 3D Lipo Freeze, which is ‘next on my list’!
40 Rodney Street
Tel: 0151 706 8035/0151 706 8037