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What Makes High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) a Popular Choice?

May 28, 2024

Due to the impact of gravity, the jawline can often be the most difficult feature to treat, whether it is for the accumulation of fat or for skin laxity.

  • One of the most innovative technologies to treat this condition is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that has gained popularity for its efficacy in skin tightening and reducing jawline fat.

Below, we delve into the technology behind HIFU, its benefits for skin improvement, safety considerations, the number of treatments required, and the ideal age group for this procedure.

What is HIFU technology?

  • HIFU utilises focused ultrasound energy to target the deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting tissue rejuvenation.
  • The technology works by delivering high-frequency sound waves to specific depths in the skin, creating thermal coagulation points without damaging the surface of the skin.
  • This process triggers the body’s natural healing response, resulting in firmer, tighter skin over time.

Benefits of HIFU for skin tightening and jaw fat reduction

How do I tighten the skin?

Collagen Stimulation

  • HIFU stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. As collagen production increases, the skin becomes firmer and tighter.

Lifting and firming

  • The procedure targets deep skin layers, leading to a natural lifting effect. It is particularly effective for areas such as the face, neck, and décolletage.

Long-Lasting Results

  • The effects of HIFU can last up to a year or more, as collagen regeneration continues over several months post-treatment.

    Jaw fat reduction

    • HIFU can target and reduce subcutaneous fat, helping to contour the jawline and reduce the appearance of a double chin.


    Unlike surgical options, HIFU offers a non-invasive solution with minimal downtime, making it an attractive option for those seeking facial contouring.

      Safety considerations and treatment settings

      As with every technology, safety considerations are so important. Here are the key areas to consider to ensure the safety of your treatment:

      Settings for Safety and depth control

      • HIFU devices typically offer multiple depth settings (e.g., 1.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.5mm) to target different layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.
      • The choice of depth depends on the treatment area and desired outcomes.

      Energy levels

      • Proper calibration of energy levels is crucial to avoid burns or over-treatment. Professional practitioners are trained to adjust the intensity based on individual skin types and treatment goals.

      Device certification

      • Ensure the use of TGA-approved HIFU devices to guarantee safety and efficacy. Devices should be operated by certified professionals to minimise risks.

        Number of treatments needed

        Initial Course

        • Typically, a single HIFU session can yield noticeable results, but the optimal outcome is usually achieved after 1–3 sessions, spaced about 3 months apart.


        • Annual maintenance sessions are recommended to sustain the benefits, as the natural aging process continues.

        Ideal age group for HIFU treatment

          30s to 50s

          • The most suitable candidates for HIFU are individuals in their 30s to 50s with mild to moderate skin laxity.
          • Younger patients can benefit from the collagen-boosting effects, while older patients may achieve visible lifting and tightening.

          Beyond 50s

          • While HIFU can still be effective for those over 50, results may be less dramatic if there is significant skin sagging or volume loss. In such cases, a combination of treatments might be recommended for optimal results.

            HIFU technology offers a non-invasive, effective solution for skin tightening and jaw fat reduction.

            By stimulating collagen production and targeting deep skin layers, HIFU can significantly improve skin elasticity and facial contour.

            Safety considerations, including proper depth control, energy settings, and professional application, are crucial for achieving the best results. Generally, 1 to 3 sessions are needed, with annual maintenance, making it suitable for individuals primarily in their 30s to 50s. As with any cosmetic procedure, consulting with a certified practitioner is essential to tailor the treatment to individual needs and ensure safety.

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