Frequently Asked Questions
What makes HIFU unique?
PlasmaBlast™ is the only cosmetic treatment to use plasma to reduce the volume of excess skin. It is a cost-effective alternative and minimises some of the risks involved in more invasive skin treatments. PlasmaBlast™ meets the demand for skin rejuvenation treatments with a natural healing process, offering lower down-time, faster recovery, being less risky with more long-lasting results.
How long has the technology been in use?
Devices generating an electrical arc have been used in operating theatres since the early 20th century. The first electrosurgical unit is credited to William T. Bovie, and introduced to clinical practice in 1926 by Dr. Harvey Cushing, the founder of modern neurosurgery. Plasma skin treatment is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry but has been used for a number of years in Europe.
What is unique about this procedure?
HIFU is the only non-invasive treatment that can specifically target the deep foundation below the skin that is addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. It is also the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows us to actually see the layers of tissue we target during treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
What does the HIFU therapy do?
HIFU deposits focused ultrasound energy below the surface of the skin to contract the facial layer as well as stimulate the body’s creation of new collagen. As a result, skin will actually begin to lift and tone over time.
What does collagen do? How does HIFU stimulate the creation of collagen?
Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed, toned and elastic. As we age, collagen loses its elasticity and its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity that pull the skin downward. HIFU jump starts a repair process that produces fresh, new collagen.
Is HIFU surgery?
No. Unlike a face lift, HIFU is a non-invasive procedure that addresses the skin and support layers below it, but doesn’t entail cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.
Is the treatment painful?
Most people do not report pain. There can be slight aching over bony areas or a warm sensation in the skin during treatment.
Can HIFU replace a face lift?
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.
Is it safe?
The procedure has been cleared after demonstrating safety in clinical studies, and tens of thousands of treatments have been performed safely worldwide. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.
Who is the ideal candidate?
The client should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no pre-existing health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu the treatment should be rescheduled.
Client’s skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure.
Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
Clients with a sunburn should postpone treatment.
Clients who have a history of Hyperpigmentation / Hypopigmentation are not ideal candidates.
The client must not display herpes simplex (cold sores when working in the lip area). It is recommended they consult with their medical doctor and begin taking the prescription 4 days prior to treatment and 4 days following treatment.
If the client wears a pacemaker avoid treatment with electrical arcing.
Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not undergo treatment.
Clients should have eyelash extensions removed prior to eye treatment.
Patient with epilepsy is not allowed to be treated.
Cancerous person and patients with infectious disease are not allowed for this treatment.
Patient with any metal in our body is not allowed.
Patient being injected with kreotoxin in a year is not allowed to be treated.
What if I’m not sure about which area to treat?
All treatments are preceded by a free 15-minute consultation. During this consultation the practitioner will do an individual assessment and your treatment requirements could be discussed in detail.
What should I do on the day of treatment?
The online medical history and consent forms should be reviewed / completed before your appointment. Feel free to have all your questions answered during the consultation before signing the forms.
Please remove all make-up and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
How long is a treatment session?
All HIFU treatments are scheduled for 45-70 minutes. Sessions start with a consultation in order to do an individual assessment of the desired treatment area, go through a medical checklist, the consent form, and provide pre-treatment advice. At the start of the session, before-pictures will be taken. For Example: A full face treatment takes 60minutes, and a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 45 minutes - neither with any downtime.
What should I do after the treatment?
Following the aftercare instructions will ensure that you see the best results. The most important points are to keep the treated area clean and out of the sun. Even with SPF50, direct or indirect UV exposure should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Complete after-care instructions
Slight red and swelling is normal phenomenon after HIFU treatment, which will be relieved several hours after treatment.
Please clean treatment area with cold water and mild cleaning products after treatment. If the redness persists, please do not touch hot water until the redness is weakened.
Do not use any exfoliator products on treatment areas in at least one week after treatment, even if the sensitive phenomenon appears until the symptom is relieved.
Wearing makeup is feasible after HIFU treatment (mineral makeup is preferred).
Non-irritating cream may be applied after treatment. Skin regeneration set is recommended to use in combination with HIFU for ideal anti-aging treatment effects.
Please use SPF 30 or above sunscreen to avoid sunburn if you need to go out.
What should I do if something goes wrong?
Please contact the clinic for advice as this may suggest an infection has developed.
How soon could I do the next treatment?
Patients are encouraged to schedule a follow-up consultation not sooner than 6 weeks after the treatment, bearing in mind that it could take 8-12 weeks for final results.