HIFU Treatment in Singapore: How it Works, Benefits and Cost
Whether you like it or not, our bodies will age just as we do when the years go by. The dermis layer is the structural foundation of the skin, and it loses collagen and elastin fibers as we age. While not everyone is prone to acne scars or any sort of pigmentation, sagging skin or skin laxity issues exempts no one. Experts would always advise people to take better care of their skin, especially in their younger years. Because in the long run, their skin texture and skin tone will start to take in the effects of aging skin.
HIFU treatment is a popular procedure for reducing wrinkles and increasing collagen and elastin production. After a few HIFU treatments, fine lines and wrinkles are significantly reduced. You’ll start to see that your skin is firmer and more youthful-looking.
WHAT IS HIFU TREATMENT?
HIFU is a quick and effective treatment for reducing signs of the aging process and restoring a youthful glow to the skin. This ultrasound device is designed to target the dermis and superficial aponeurotic muscles system (SMAS) layers, which in turn enhances skin sagginess and reduces wrinkles. This treatment is perfect for patients with issues of skin laxity throughout the face, nose, and body.
If you currently have frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, laugh lines, stretch marks or any kind of mild to moderate case of skin laxity, HIFU treatment is your way to go. If you’re seeking a reliable place to get your HIFU treatment done, visit our aesthetic clinic, and we’ll assure you that you will be treated with care.
How does HIFU Treatment in Singapore work?
HIFU is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to replace face lift surgery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved both the treatment and the HIFU device to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. This way, the skin will look more firm and toned. HIFU is a treatment for facial rejuvenation and body contouring.
It uses ultrasound energy to heat tissues under the skin’s surface. Your skin cells may suffer some damage as soon as the energy waves reach a certain temperature. Although this procedure may sound a bit alarming, it actually encourages the cells to make more collagen. The more collagen produced in the affected area, the more your skin will tighten and have a smoother appearance.
Since the ultrasound energy only targets the tissue under the surface of the skin, HIFU is considered a safe and effective procedure. Patients should be assured that HIFU will not damage their skin’s outer layers. Even though HIFU is a popular choice for skin tightening, it may not always be the recommended treatment for certain people. This treatment is normally recommended for adults over the age of 30. Older patients who have severe cases of sagging skin may be advised to take face lift surgery.Watch Video
What kind of results should I expect from HIFU?
Initially, right after HIFU treatment, the patient will notice an immediate mild to medium-lift to the face. This is, however, temporary as it is because of the swelling of facial tissues caused by the HIFU heat. That is why most patients feel disappointed in the second week as they might not see any visible difference than to the face. Collagen formation occurs over weeks, and you might start to see the mild face lifting after a month which improves over the months. One can only expect to see distinct results over 3-5 sessions.
What is interesting to note is that some patients allege that HIFU is a painful procedure while others say it is painless! ULTHERA or ULTHERAPHY is the oldest and most renowned HIFU brand in the aesthetic market. Ulthera is also one of the HIFU devices that can deliver high levels of ultrasound energy to the fat. It is also the most painful HIFU treatment. The theoretical understanding is this: the higher the energy delivered, the higher temperature it can raise in the fat, the more heat shock proteins it stimulates and the more collagen stimulation and thus collagen formation there is. So if your HIFU treatment is very comfortable, perhaps you might not experience any results from it.
HIFU itself is an exhaustive topic which we will address in detail in the services section.
Which Areas of the face can be treated by HIFU?
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound treatment is a well-known skin tightening facelift procedure in Singapore. People experiencing a mild to moderate case of sagging, uneven skin layers can opt for a HIFU facelift treatment. HIFU facelift treatment is mostly used to treat facial features such as the eye, mouth, cheeks, and nose area. The newer and advanced HIFU devices are also now being used for the neck, jawline, and other areas of the body that has loose or wrinkled skin.
You might want to consider HIFU if you want a non-surgical treatment to lift or tighten your skin. But it is still better to consult your doctor before proceeding with the treatment as they may advise you of a better, effective option for your skin condition.
Types of HIFU
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound facials have two categories: Macro-focused and micro-focused.
- Macro-focused HIFU works effectively to remove fat tissues on the face or other parts of the body.
- Micro-focused HIFU, the treatment removes small particles of skin tissues in which the collagen results in stimulating production. Ulteraphy is a type of macro-focused HIFU, and Ultraformer 3 can be both macro-focused and micro-focused.
Benefits of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment
HIFU facelift treatments are one of the highly recommended non-invasive skin tightening treatments that can be a great alternative for various surgical procedures. One of the reasons why a lot of people would go for non-surgical treatment is for them to avoid going under the knife. Also, the treatment only has minimal, temporary side effects, which makes it perfect for those looking for a quick-paced treatment. With that said, here are some of the common benefits you can get from the non-invasive HIFU treatment:
- Smooth, flawless skin
- Tightened, lifted skin
- Treats fine lines and wrinkles
- Defined jawline
- Lifted appearance for the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
- Treats double chin
If you’re curious about HIFU treatment and what you can benefit from it, give our clinic a call, and we’ll guide you throughout the procedures.
HIFU Treatment price in Singapore
HIFU treatment price range may start from $800 and up. The price for the treatment may vary depending on the patient’s skin condition, type, and how many sessions they may need to take. Give us a call at our aesthetic clinic if you want to know more about our High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound treatment, and we will give you an estimated quote.
Is HIFU Treatment safe?
HIFU is a safe, non-surgical treatment that works effectively to tighten the skin for all skin types. Although, those with severe sagging skin conditions may be advised to take multiple sessions. Also, HIFU has been used around the world for over five decades.
Is it painful?
Thanks to the numbing cream that our professional skin doctors will apply before the treatment procedure, you may only experience a slight pain that will only last a few seconds. HIFU facelifts deliver heat waves into the skin. That’s why you may feel a heat sensation that is very much tolerable. These heat waves are what helps the collagen and muscle tissues to contract. When you start to feel the warm pulses, you’d best expect that collagen fibres and being produced. The latest versions of HIFU treatments like Ultraformer III HIFU is said to have little to no pain, which is good for those who have a low pain tolerance.
How long is the HIFU treatment procedure?
First off, a numbing cream will be applied to the area where the treatment will take place, and it may take 15 to 20 minutes for the effects to start to kick in. When that’s done, the doctor will proceed with the face lift treatment, which may take 30 minutes for a partial lift treatment and an hour for a full-face treatment.
How long does HIFU results last?
With a continuously healthy lifestyle, the patient may expect the results to last up to three years. Although, these longer-lasting results are the result of continuous touch-ups. If you’re dealing with a severe skin condition, you may take multiple sessions of HIFU treatments for ideal results.
What are the side effects of HIFU?
Just like any other cosmetic treatments, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) facelift also has its set of side effects. What’s good about it, though, is that such side effects are minimal and temporary. Patients may feel some mild pain during the treatment process, but it’ll be gone after the procedure. Since the energy waves from the HIFU treatment penetrate deep into the skin (SMAS layer), it may lead to temporary numbness. This side effect rarely happens, though. Other temporary and rare side effects that can happen during and after the treatment is blotching of the skin and mild swelling. These minimal side effects normally go away after a day or two.
Is there any downtime for HIFU Singapore treatment?
Generally, HIFU facelift treatment only has minimal recovery or downtime. You won’t have to stress about your plans for the weekend in case you get your HIFU treatment.
How many sessions do I need for this non-invasive treatment?
HIFU is a non-invasive treatment process that works effectively for facial skin lifting (face lifting) and fat-melting. Facelift treatments may be repeated after 12 to 18 months. When you undergo a double chin or jowls reduction, you may expect to have a session or two for optimal results. After completion of your skin tightening treatment to reduce your double chin, you’d best expect a v-shape face.