Some of you may remember my delightful facial back in December with Rachel, the owner of the Skin Lounge. Rachel has created something very special in the heart of Richmond and is constantly looking for the world’s best treatments for her long list of loyal clients.
Well, the quest for greatness has been found in the HIFU treatment (High Intensity Focus Ultrasound). Last week I was kindly invited to the HIFU introductory evening that Rachel organised for some of her clients. Some of Rachel’s clients have been with her since the start of her career and travel from far and wide to have their treatments done by her goddess-like hands.
I arrived just in time to see Rachel start her presentation for her excited guests, but still in time to receive a glass of champagne with pomegranate (delicious but only one for me as I was driving – BOO!). I was ready to hear about this amazing treatment that, “reduces the appearance of ageing by 4 – 8 years in just one treatment” and “gives the same results as a facelift without going under the knife”.
During the presentation, Rachel explained exactly what the HIFU is: “The HIFU targets deep down in the foundation layer of your skin, the same layer addressed in cosmetic surgery. Unlike lasers, which penetrate the skin from the outside in, the HIFU procedure bypasses the surface of the skin and delivers targeted energy specifically into the deep, structural tissues and muscles where collagen lives. HIFU involves penetrating ultra-sound energy to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermal and sub dermal levels. Which results in micro injury to that tissue. As the tissue heals it increases collagen, and as the collagen fibers organise and shorten, a tightening effect is seen on the skin”.
The treatment takes about 2 hours, which sounds long, but it really isn’t when you think about the results, and that you only need one treatment! Ever!
Unlike other treatments, there is no downtime. So you can go to work, the gym or even bask in the sun. You see 20% of the results immediately after the treatment and then the rest will become apparent gradually over 9 months. It’s the treatment that just keeps on giving!
Rachel took us all through to the treatment room to show us this god of all machines, that looks very similar to a laser machine. She tried the machine on each of our hands, so we could see how it feels. For a split second I could feel cold, whereas some of the other ladies couldn’t feel anything, or only felt a slight tingling sensation. But we all agreed that it’s painless.
Now HIFU is not a cheap treatment but the results are worth every penny, and keep in mind that you only need one treatment! At £1495 for the face and neck, Skin Lounge’s price is very competitive compared to other offerings out there. I think this could be one worth raiding the piggy bank for.