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HIFU vs Profhilo

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HIFU or Profhilo

Want to know if you can tighten a saggy neck without surgery?

Absolutely you can. I’m not making this statement lightly, I’ve performed the treatments, seen the results and delighted clients. So what are your options for tightening a saggy neck? Here’s my honest guide to 2 specific treatments which I know work…

Can you tighten a saggy neck without surgery?

If you think of the face in 4D, specific treatments are designed to work at different depths, in different planes of the skin. HIFU (high intensity focused ultra sound) based treatments target the SMAS layer, a protective fibrous coating of the muscle and blood vessels, below the skin. By tightening the SMAS, HIFU has a skin lifting effect – rather like pulling the ground sheet taught, providing a basis for treatment of the more superficial layers.

In practice we have found HIFU a great way to prepare the skin around the neck and jawline before using collagen stimulating treatments such as Radiesse or the hyaluronic acid based treatment of skin laxity (Profhilo). The field of Aesthetics is increasingly recognising the need for a multifaceted approach, incorporating the muscles – to achieve lift or reduce movement lines, as well as correcting volume loss to improve facial contours.

This multilayered, small step by step approach to treatment plans enables the patient and practitioner to work together to achieve natural looking, refreshed results.

HIFU Treatment

HIFU is the latest facial rejuvenation, aesthetic treatment offering non-surgical skin tightening and lifting as well as addressing fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin the youthful, fresh, glossy, smooth look you are looking for. It’s safe, proven and one of our most popular choices.

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound. HIFU is non-surgical, non-invasive, so no-one will know you’ve had it done. It involves passing a hand-piece over your skin and shooting hundreds to thousands of ultrasound waves into the skin. The ultrasound hits a very deep layer or your skin and tightens it from the inside out. In fact when you have HIFU you usually cover the area twice (regardless of whether it’s you neck or face). The reason it’s covered twice is so that you can ‘hit’ the skin at 2 difference depths for a better result.

After the HIFU treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately without any post-treatment restrictions.

HIFU treatment North East

HIFU facial treatment work on the deep foundation layer addressed in cosmetic surgery (SMAS layer), but won’t duplicate the results of the facelift. However, it is a great alternative, especially for those not ready for surgery, or clients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery.

HIFU treatments are based on hyperthermia lifting theory. The HIFU transducer irradiates 65-75Cº of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy into the skin, this then creates thermal coagulation on the target layers of skin tissue with no damage on the skin surface. Following the initial treatment, the skin starts to undergo wound healing process that simulates collagen synthesis and regeneration. Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other cosmetic procedures, HIFU bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths within the skin at the desired temperature. This HIFU energy triggers a natural response under the skin, causing the body to enter into the regenerative process, resulting in the production of new collagen.

How effective is HIFU to tighten a saggy neck?

It’s hard to give a full guarantee, as each client is different, and responds differently to the treatment. However here at RT Aesthetics we have seen some excellent results, and also seen some moderate results. You can find out more by checking our reviews and results page.

How many treatments do you need?

This is the great thing about the HIFU facelift treatment. It is a one off treatment which you only repeat every 12 – 18 months.

When do you see the result?

The tightening takes full effect between 3 – 6 months after the treatment.

What are the side effects?

There are virtually no side effects, which also makes HIFU a very popular treatment. The HIFU procedure has been used safely in over 450,000 treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy itself has been used safely in the medical field for the 50 years. Immediately after you may look a bit pink but his usually goes down within an hour or so. You could possibly get a bruise, but this is rare. Other than that your skin may feel a little tender for a few days. Click here to learn more about HIFU side effects.

How many treatments will I need?

Most clients only need one treatment. However, as this may be based on the degree of skin laxity, the biological response to ultrasound energy and individual’s collagen-building process, some clients may benefit from additional treatment. Because the skin continues to age, future touch-up treatments can help clients keep pace with the body’s natural ageing process.

How much does the HIFU treatment cost?

The cost of the treatment can range depending upon the area being treated. Please click here to see our pricing.

Advantages of HIFU
  • HIFU helps tighten the jowls, enhances jawline definition and sculpts the chin area.
  • HIFU offers long lasting effects, tightens skin and promotes wrinkle reduction.
  • HIFU deliver visible effects in lifting and tightening. It will also create new collagen which will help your skin maintain its youthful glow.
  • The HIFU treatment is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure with no downtime.

Profhilo Treatment

Profhilo is a skin remodelling injectable treatment based on hyaluronic acid to treat skin laxity. Profhilo rejuvenates and hydrates your skin and improves volume and elasticity. This aesthetic treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to significantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It involves tiny injections all over the face and neck area with ‘Profhilo’ which is a type of hylauronic acid. This ingredient grabs moisture so plumps the skin, and at the same time the it stimulates the growth of new collagen and elastin fibres (these are what gives the skin its firmness). These tiny injections are quite innocuous and won’t cause you much pain or much downtime. You may look like you’ve been stung by a bee for a few hours, but that’s about it.

The great advantage of Profhilo is that it’s quick to have, no-one will really know you’ve had a treatment and it lasts around 6 months.

Profhilo is most commonly used for facial areas, but can also effectively be used for rejuvenating the neck, decollete, arms, knees and hands. Profhilo is not a volumising treatment in the same way that dermal fillers are, and is not used to enhance specific areas of the face (e.g. lips, cheeks, chin). Profhilo is mainly a hydrating treatment, and the Hyaluronic Acid it contains is dispersed evenly throughout the face, giving your skin a more plump and firm look overall.


Results can differ from person to person but as a guideline, the Profhilo treatments will most often last for up to six months. Results are extremely natural and are visible results can be seen after 2 sessions, one month apart. You can expect to see gradual intense hydration and tightening of the skin 2 weeks after the treatment. At 8 weeks post-treatment is when the results are more noticeable and the skin feels lifted and tightened.

Advantages of Profhilo
  • Improve skin tone, texture, hydration.
  • Rejuvenate tired, dull and ageing skin.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen.
  • Increase firmness
  • Increase elasticity by plumping the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Natural-looking results to reveal healthier, softer, younger-looking skin.

The prices of Profhilo treatment range from £500 – £1000, and a course of treatment is highly recommended.

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If you are interested in facial rejuvenation with HIFU Treatment or other aesthetic treatment such as Radio Frequency.

Call our clinic to schedule a face-to-face consultation or click here to book an appointment today.

Posted: 15th October, 2020
Written By: Ryan Towart
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