Lift & Tighten
What is it?
HIFU (High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound) is the only non surgical cosmetic procedure that can target the deep structural layers of the skin using ultrasound to lift and tighten the face, neck and décolletage areas.
Loved by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey, it was the celebrity best kept secret until now. This technology is unique in its ability to penetrate the dermis and the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) layer, which is deeper than all other non-invasive facial treatments. The SMAS is the same layer which is tightened during traditional facelift surgery. The ultrasound energy is able to target the deep layers of the skin and kick start the body’s healing response. The levels of collagen in the tissues then naturally increase, as the collagen increases, this leads to a gentle lifting and tightening of the skin. The process can take 12-24 weeks to see the full benefits, as this process takes place your skin will be plumper, fresher and smoother.
This procedure allows your own natural collagen to do the work of looking youthful in a more natural and healthier way. To enhance the treatment, we recommend Radio Frequency Microneedling. These two treatments go hand in hand and work wonders when taken together. See our UltimoSkin Packages.
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If you don't want to go under the knife and would like to look youthful in the most natural way possible then this is the option for you. High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound is the best non surgical procedure currently on the market to reduce the signs of ageing without surgery or injectables. This technology breakthrough in anti-ageing is the only FDA approved treatment with the specific intention of tightening the jawline and neck, and reducing wrinkles and lines
HIFU is the only treatment to reach 4.5mm below the skin. Laser reaches 1.5mm, Radio Frequency can reach 3mm but HIFU has precise energy spacing and reaches 4.5mm which is the same depth a surgical face lift would reach.
HIFU treats all areas of the face, neck and decolletage, it is particularly good for sagging jowls, nasolabial folds and crepey skin. Your face will be more defined, look more toned and your skin will look plumper, fresher and more youthful. Unlike a surgical facelift, there is no down time, no incisions, no recovery time and no hugely expensive costs.
State of the art technology.
Our HIFU machine differs from most being used within salons currently. It shoots 11 lines as opposed to the one. This means that the targeted areas receive a more focussed level of ultrasound and we can ensure that the face or body has the optimum level of shots in the correct order. This also means that you receive more shots of Ultrasound in less time. Our machine also has a specific handle for small areas so that the eyes and nasolabial folds can receive direct treatment successfully.
For a reputable HIFU machine the average amount of lines shot for a Full Facelift is around 900 to 1000 and takes around 2 hours.. Our owner and founder of Clever Contours carries out all HIFU treatments. Jo is a specialist and trainer in this treatment and has referrals from Cosmetic Surgeons who have performed surgical face lifts and recommend HIFU for achieving longevity with their surgery.
Jo has resounding success in the HIFU treatment and is considered a leader in her field. Her reputation in this treatment is unrivaled and she is known as the "jaw lady" for her ability to define jaw lines.
It is important to choose the right practitioner and clinic based on the quality of their equipment and experience before handing your face over!
Don't just take our word for it.
Check out our recent HIFU reviews.
I just thought i would drop you a line to say how thrilled i am with the results of my HIFU treatment. My chin looks more contoured and that horrible sagging under the chin has almost gone.
I just need to send you this picture! I can't believe how quick the results have been. You are in my will!
OMG! I have a jaw! I actually have a jawline. Thank you so much. I can't believe it. This is the best treatment I've ever had. Even my husband noticed!
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Does HIFU really work?Yes! It absolutely works. It is also FDA Approved and has been vigorously tried and tested in order to receive the accreditation. In addition to having FDA approval, we can honestly say that we have never seen results like it from a non invasive procedure. The results speak for themselves. It is particularly good for jowls, nasolablial folds and skin laxity.
What areas can i have treated?Eyes Brow Lower face to include lasonabial folds Jaw Line Neck Decolletage Hands
How long does it take?Anything from 60 minutes to 120 minutes. It depends on what areas you are having treated. A full facelift will take approx 2 hours.
How many treatments will i need?One treatment is enough to have excellent results and most people do not need a further treatment for 12 months. You can have up to 3 treatments to acheive optimum results but this depends on your skin structure and would require a full consultation. It is most common to have the one treatment every 12 months. In some older clients who have never had any facial treatments, there may be the need to have the treatment every 9 months for the first 2 and then continue onto 12 monthly treatments. You will often see a salon or clinic advertising that HIFU will last for 2-3 years. This is extremely unrealistic. In our experience we have found that the treatment realisitcally lasts for around 12-15 months, age and skin dependent. The younger you are, the longer it lasts.
What will i feel during the treatment?You can certainly feel the treatment but it is by no means painful or unbearable. You will feel a small amount of heat and a slight tingling sensation. It is a strange sensation as the treatment is working below the skin and you can feel the ulstrasound activating beneath your skin. All of our clients happily chat through the whole treament.
What happens after the treatment and are there any side effects?Jo will go through all of the potential side effects with you prior to your treatment and answer any questions you have. You will be given an aftercare leaflet to take with you and a contact number to call should you have any questions after your treatment. You may experience a slight redness or flushed sensation to the skin but this will disipate after a few hours. You could experience slight pale bruising (rare) or numbness but again, this will go after a few days. The feeling for the first couple of days is a little like after going to the dentist and you have had your mouth open for a long period. Yes that sounds strange but it is the best way to describe it! After the treatment, we advise the following: Do not expose your skin to the sun or sunbeds for at least 24 hours. No facials for 48 hours Use plenty of moisturiser Drink plenty of water to keep your skin fully hydrated.
When will i see a change?You will see a difference immediately in the tightening of your muscles but the full effects will not be apparent for 12 - 18 weeks. This is the time it takes for the natural collagen in your skin to work its magic. If you have opted for the Full Face and Neck treatment, you return after 12 weeks for a further treatment. This treatment compounds the first treatment and gets the best results. You will generally see a noticbale difference after the second treatment.
What is the downtime after the treatment?None whatsoever. You are even able to have the treatment in your lunch break and head back to work.
Is the treatment suitable for everyone?The treatment is suitable for any age. Anyone experiencing lowered brows, jowls, sagging skin on the neck, lines on the face and chest are all perfect candidates for this treatment. The treatment is also extremely popular with younger people who are trying to achieve jaw definition. There are certain contraindications but the best way to find out is to book a consultation and we will advise if you are suitable.
What is the difference between your 4D HIFU and regular HIFU?Our machine is the latest version of HIFU. Most machines will shoot one line of ultrasound at a time and the practitioner will move the handle along the face to shoot further lines. Our handles are able to shoot up to eleven lines at a time without moving the handle, meaning that is it more precise and has more accuracy at targetting the chosen area. Our machine also has a smaller handle which is specifically for the smaller areas such as eyes and nasolabial folds. Our machine is the only technology to have this handle in the UK.
Do i have to have before and after pictures?Yes. These are purely for our treatment records and will never be shared for marketing unless you give your written permission.
Why are you cheaper/more expensive than other companies?You will find treatments on the market more expensive and cheaper than our treatments. Firstly, anyone offering a full Facelift at £200 is not offering a 4D Treatment with a state of the art machine and it is highly unlikely that they have paid for thorough training (which comes at a cost) You will almost certainly be disappointed with the results and not return. The prices on Harley Street are almost double the price of ours. These clinics are mostly using the same machines as ours (often not as good). However, we do not have the expensive cost of running a clinic on Harley Street so we are able to pass the saving onto the client. The best thing to do is book a consultation and investigate any treatment you are having thoroughly. Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to ask more! Jo is a specialist in HIFU and leads the field. She has likely carried out more treatments than anyone in the country so you are in very safe hands.