Week before treatment

  • Avoid sun exposure and sunless tanning. Sun burned or newly tanned skin will not be treated.
  • All skin irritants must be stopped 1 week prior to treatment (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products such as Retin A, Tazorac, Triluma, Differin, and Vitamin C) on the area being treated
  • Advise staff when taking antibiotics. Certain antibiotics (Tetracycline, Doxycycline) can make a patient photosensitive, therefore, treatment may not be able to done until two weeks after completion of antibiotic.
  • Increase your water intake to 2L of water per day

 

Day before treatment

  • Please let the staff know if you have a history of cold sores/fever blisters PRIOR to treatment, so an antiviral medication can be prescribed. Treatment cannot be done if you have an active cold sore or skin infection and will be rescheduled.
  • Avoid sun exposure and sunless tanning. Sun burned or newly tanned skin will not be treated.
  • All skin irritants must be stopped 1 week prior to treatment (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products such as Retin A, Tazorac, Triluma, Differin, and Vitamin C) on the area being treated

 

Day of Treatment

  • If this is your first treatment, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your treatment to take photos and make sure consents are signed.
  • Do not wear any make-up or moisturizers on the area being treated, however, we have cleaners that can be used for you to remove in the office.
  • If a patient chooses to use a topical numbing (aesthetic) cream or take an anti-anxiety medication, please arrive 15 minutes prior to treatment.

 

Post-treatment Instructions

It is normal for the area treated to have redness and swelling. It is uncommon for a blister or bruise to develop. Should you develop a blister, a topical antibiotic ointment such as polysporin can be used twice daily until it is healed. Ice packs should be avoided to maximize treatment results. Pain medication post treatment is not necessary.

Skincare:

  • Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands prior to touching your face and body post treatment.
  • A non-exfoliate cleaner and light moisturizer can be used the day of treatment.
  • All skin irritants and active ingredients (glycolic/ salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol products, or vitamin C) can be resumed 3 days post treatment
  • Botox, Dysport, chemical peels, and dermal fillers can be resumed 1-3 week post your treatment
  • Waxing, tweezing, and depilatory creams can be resumed 3 days post treatment.

Showering and Activities:

  • It is okay to shower and cleanse the skin immediately after the procedure.
  • Avoid hot tubs, hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and exercise post treatment. However, all other normal activity can be resumed.

Post treatment expectations:

  • Your skin may appear flushed after the treatment, but typically fades within a few hours.
  • It is not uncommon to experience swelling for up to a week following the procedure. Tingling, soreness, and tenderness to the touch for a few weeks following the procedure are not uncommon, and a normal part of the healing process.
  • Small areas of bruising, welts, or numbness are also a normal side effect of this procedure and will resolve in a matter of days to weeks.
  • The skin will continue to improve over the next 120+ days as cellular regeneration, lifting and toning continues to take place.

Possible nerve inflammation:

  • Local muscle weakness may result after treatment due to inflammation of a motor nerve. This is a temporary and normal reaction and will resolve in a period of days to weeks.
  • Temporary numbness of the skin may result after treatment due to inflammation of a sensory nerve. This is due to irritation of a nerve from the ultrasound procedure and will resolve over time (typically days to weeks with most patients).

Possibility of edema (swelling):

  • Elevate your head on two pillows to decrease swelling post procedure.
  • Ice for 20 minutes only if swelling is significant.
  • Please wash your face and body gently with warm water for couple of weeks following the treatment.

Sun precautions:

  • Avoid UV sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment, and wear a daily sun protectant with an broad spectrum SPF 50

 

It is important to make a conscious effort to stay hydrated and have a healthy diet to support your body in collagen regeneration. Below are some collagen a skin boosting foods that may be useful:

Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: As a natural consequence of inflammation from surgery, the body will temporarily produce higher levels of free radicals. You can help combat this and support oxidative balance by eating more antioxidant-rich foods such as spinach, kale and other leafy green vegetables, along with fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Vitamin A-rich foods: Vitamin A is essential for epidermal (skin) growth, aiding in the reproduction and differentiation of cells. It’s also an immune-booster and anti-inflammatory nutrient. Vitamin A-rich foods include kale, spinach, beet greens and other leafy greens, carrots, and squash.

Vitamin C-rich foods: While you may already know that vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis. During wound healing it also plays an additional role in helping to stabilize the structure of collagen and boosts your immune function. This works by sending in special immune cells that can assist with the wound healing process. Vitamin C-rich foods include bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes and tomato juice, mustard spinach, broccoli, kale, parsley, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

 

Dermal Fillers and Anti-Wrinkle Injections

There have been a numerous of studies examining the effects of different lasers on fillers. These studies have included tissue biopsy examinations. It was examined that HIFU does not effect the longevity of the filler.

It is reccommended to perform Fillers and Anti-Wrinkle treatments After HIFU treatments (either same day or 3-6 weeks after). The reason why performing Dermal filler and Anti-Wrinkle treatments 3-6 weeks after HIFU is recommended is because that is when you can see the early skin tightening and lifting effects of HIFU. This allows the clinician to make:

  •  A more accurate assessment of the remaining volume loss  – which can  potentially reduce the amount of Filler needed.
  • HIFU can minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles which can potentially reduce the amount of Anti-wrinkle product needed.

Another point that supports the safety of HIFU for filler is this: the focal point of HIFU energy is not being delivered to the plane where the filler is located. For example, Fillers are not injected at the level of the SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System). Therefore it should have no bearing on the longevity of the fillers. .

The recommendation would be to do the HIFU treatment first, and then wait a few weeks to have the dermal fillers injected

If you have dermal fillers, please wait 4 weeks until the filler sets before starting the HIFU treatment.