When we age, it is not surprising that saggy skin and deep wrinkles start to appear due to collagen loss. Despite the increasing trend to go for surgical facelifts, not everyone is eager to go under the knife.
Fortunately, HIFU Facelift treatment has been gaining popularity in Singapore for its efficiency and safety in achieving similar, if not the same results as traditional facelift surgeries. If you are looking for a non-surgical method to achieve firmer and younger-looking skin, explore this guide to find out why HIFU Facelift is the best option for you.
What Is HIFU Facelift Treatment?
HIFU is short for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, it is a non-surgical and non-invasive facelifting treatment that can tone and lift the face, neck, and eye region, leading to a natural uplift to knock years off your face.
HIFU Facelift treatment can reduce signs of ageing by encouraging new collagen production, this will significantly tighten the skin and lifts several areas of the face. It also promotes effective tissue repair and melts fats in the face. Best of all, HIFU Facelift treatment has absolutely no downtime and visible results can be seen from the first session.
How Does HIFU Facelift Treatment Work?
HIFU Facelift works by using ultrasound energy to reach 3 different depths of the skin without disrupting the skin surface. The 3 different depths of the skin are Superficial skin layer, Deep dermis layer and the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer where surgeons manipulate for surgical facelifts.
The process starts off at the 1.5mm where it helps to reduce the production of melanin to lighten and brighten the skin. At 3mm is where precise and controlled heat energy is delivered to the deep dermis to stimulate collagen production for skin tightening. Lastly, at 4.5mm is usually where the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer is situated, and the HIFU energy will reach this layer for a skin lifting effect to take place.
The entire process effectively delivers focused beams to stimulate collagen and elastin production for a long term tightening and lifting effect, while melting excess facial fats for facial and jawline contouring. HIFU is the only non-invasive medical device in today’s market with the deepest penetration of energy, targeting depths of 1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm, for skin lifting and tightening.
What Areas Can Be Treated With HIFU Facelift?
HIFU Treatment can be done on areas such as forehead, eyebrow, chin, jowls, double chin or neck to reduce wrinkles and sagging. It is suitable for all skin types and is an excellent option for anyone who is looking to prevent early signs of ageing.
The common areas that people seek treatment with HIFU are:
Cheek fat pad starts to sag and droop due to loss of collagen and volume over time, this can lead to the appearance of jowling. The sagging of the cheek area can have a domino effect on the lower areas of your face too. With HIFU treatment, it can jumpstart the collagen production in skin for a lifting effect.
Jawline sagging is also due to loss of collagen as we age. HIFU can target 3 layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production to provide a tightening and lifting effect.
The main reason for loose skin on your neck is ageing and sun damage. It causes the skin around the neck area to appear thinner and wrinkled due to the lack of skin elasticity and can also cause the appearance of a double chin. HIFU treatment can do both – the stimulation of collagen production and melting of facial fats to create a defined neck line.
What Are The Benefits Of HIFU?
The number one benefit of the HIFU Facelift treatment is its non-invasive nature with minimal downtime. The skin benefits that you can expect from this treatment are:
- Kickstart collagen tightening in skin
- Tightening of the skin of the face
- Smoothening of the facial wrinkles
- Lifting of drooping eyebrows
- Reduction of the jowls and double chin
- Defining jawline and neckline
- Brightening overall skin complexion
What Should You Expect Going Into Your First HIFU Treatment ?
During your first HIFU Facelift treatment, you should expect a 30-60 minutes procedure. The treatments will begin with the application of a cold gel for easy gliding of the handheld device on the face. The HIFU energy is delivered from the handheld device in short bursts.
What Does HIFU Treats?
HIFU is a versatile treatment that can treat many skin concerns, allowing many individuals to boost their self-esteem or confidence.
HIFU is an effective non-invasive treatment for saggy skin. This treatment utilizes focused ultrasound energy to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers, stimulating collagen production and promoting tissue tightening.
The heat generated by the ultrasound energy initiates a natural healing response, leading to the firming and lifting of sagging skin.
Commonly used to address concerns in areas like the face, neck, and décolletage, HIFU is renowned for its ability to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of sagging.
The gradual and natural results make HIFU a popular choice for individuals seeking a non-surgical approach to combat saggy skin and achieve a more lifted and rejuvenated appearance.
Fine Lines & Wrinkles
As collagen is a crucial protein responsible for skin elasticity, the increased production induced by HIFU helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, particularly on the face and neck.
This non-invasive procedure is known for its ability to provide noticeable results by lifting and rejuvenating the skin, diminishing the appearance of age-related lines.
HIFU is a popular choice for individuals seeking a non-surgical solution to combat the signs of aging, offering long-lasting and natural-looking improvements without the need for incisions or downtime.
HIFU focused ultrasound energy on targeted areas beneath the skin, including the submental (under-chin) area.
The energy penetrates deep into the tissue, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening.
This results in a more lifted and sculpted appearance in the treated area, reducing the appearance of a double chin.
HIFU is a non-invasive alternative to surgical procedures for double chin reduction, offering a safe and effective way to contour the jawline without the need for incisions or downtime.
This non-invasive procedure is effective in lifting and firming the skin along the jawline, enhancing its contour and reducing the appearance of sagging or jowls.
HIFU’s ability to address laxity and promote collagen synthesis makes it a popular choice for individuals seeking a non-surgical solution to enhance the definition and youthfulness of the jawline.
Stimulate Collagen Production
During a HIFU treatment, focused ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin’s layers, reaching the foundational tissues.
This energy creates controlled thermal injuries, triggering the body’s natural healing response.
In response to this stimulation, fibroblasts, the cells responsible for collagen production, become activated.
As a result, an increased production of collagen occurs, leading to skin tightening, firmness, and improved elasticity.
Collagen is a crucial protein that provides structural support to the skin, contributing to its youthful and resilient appearance.
HIFU’s ability to stimulate collagen makes it a go-to non-invasive treatment for addressing signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
The gradual improvement in collagen levels continues over time, contributing to long-lasting and natural-looking results
Is HIFU Treatment Painful?
Pain tolerance differs for each individual, HIFU Facelift treatment is generally a comfortable procedure, most of our patients might feel a prickling sensation from the heat of the treatment. Some might feel a mild ache along bony areas, like the jawline as the ultrasound energy reflecting off the facial contours.
Most patients resume back to normal activities right after the treatment. Rest assured that at V Medical Aesthetics and Laser Clinic, we can provide you with topical numbing cream to ease any discomfort.
Does HIFU Treatment Have Any Side Effects?
HIFU Facelift treatment is a very safe treatment and has minimal downtime. After the treatment, you may experience slight redness on the treatment area which will subside within the day. In rare cases, you may experience swelling that will subside within the week.
How Many Shots Of HIFU Is Required?
The number of HIFU shots required for every patient differs. It is heavily dependent on the size of your face and the severity of the sagging condition. Typically for a full face and neck procedure, the average is 800 shots.
How Often Should You Do HIFU Treatment?
Most people may require between one to four sessions, depending on their desired results. We would recommend one session every 4 to 8 months for maintenance, depending on the severity of your condition.
When Can You See Results For HIFU Treatment?
HIFU treatment offers results with continuous improvement for up to 12 months. Usually, you can notice results such as improvement in skin tone and texture after the first session. The most apparent visible results are usually seen from 3 months as it would take time for collagen production to occur naturally in the skin.
How Long Do The Results Of HIFU Last?
The results for HIFU Facelift are permanent. The skin is able to continuously produce new collagen after the procedure. However, with natural ageing and other external factors such as your lifestyle that may affect your desired appearance, it is recommended to get regular touch-ups to keep pace and overcome the ageing process.
Who Is Suitable For HIFU Facelift Treatment?
HIFU Facelift treatment is safe for all ages and skin types, but it is ideal for people who wish to correct their saggy skin or people who have a heavier lower face such as prominent jowls or unwanted facial fats like double chin or turkey neck.
Be it whether you are in your 20s or late 60s, you can always consider HIFU for a non-surgical facelift to achieve a sharper V-shaped face or simply to maintain a youthful appearance.
What Is The Cost Of HIFU Treatment In Singapore?
The cost of HIFU treatment varies as it depends on several factors such as the treatment area, the number of shots or treatments suited for the individual, the brand of the device used, the experience of the practitioner and other fees such as doctor consultation.
Generally, the cost of HIFU starts from $300 to $500 onwards for smaller areas.
HIFU can be done on the face, neck and body. However, some practitioners tend to break down the treatments, placing focus on smaller areas like upper face or lower face. It solely depends on your objective, the smaller the region, the lesser the cost.
Number Of HIFU Shots
There are standard protocols to the number of HIFU shots for every region of the face but this could be customized to each practitioner. Generally, 800 shots is sufficient for the entire face and neck, to make it a complete HIFU Facelift treatment.
Brand Of HIFU Device Used
There are a lot of HIFU devices in the market. Using medical grade HIFU will cost more than the others. The HIFU brands that are commonly seen in aesthetic clinics are Symalift, Ultraformer 3, Ultracel Q+ and Ulthera. The estimated cost for Sygmalift ranges from $500 to $700, for Ultraformer 3 and Ultracel Q+, it ranges from $1500 to $3000, whereas Ulthera cost around $2500 to $4000.
HIFU treatment that is performed by a board-certified doctor will definitely cost more than a therapist, this is because experienced doctors have the skill-set and specific techniques to achieve a long lasting or better results.
Why Is It Important To Choose The Right HIFU?
It is important to choose the right HIFU as there many beauty salons also offer HIFU procedures using devices that are not medical grade or not approved for medical use by a doctor.
HIFU procedures performed at beauty salons might yield unsatisfactory results and possibly also cause more damage than benefits if performed incorrectly. Seek proper treatment from a board-certified doctor is necessary for a safe and effective HIFU experience. Medical Grade HIFU such as Ultraformer 3 or Ultracel Q+ is available at V Medical Aesthetics and Laser Clinic.
Before and After HIFU
HIFU expectations often include noticeable skin tightening, particularly in areas prone to sagging, such as the neck and jawline.
The treatment’s precision allows for a lifting effect, enhancing facial contours and providing definition to features like the eyebrows and chin.
This amazing treatment only requires 1 session to see results which can last for 6 to 12 months. However, a maintenance treatment might be needed if recommended by your qualified practitioner.
Will the HIFU treatment results look natural?
HIFU are celebrated for their ability to deliver natural-looking results. The process involves stimulating the production of collagen deep within the skin, a crucial protein responsible for skin elasticity and firmness.
As collagen levels increase, the skin gradually tightens and lifts, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
What sets HIFU apart is its capacity to work with the body’s natural processes, allowing for a subtle and gradual transformation.
Is There Any Post-Treatment Care Or Maintenance Required For HIFU Treatment?
Post-treatment care and maintenance are essential aspects of maximizing the benefits of High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments. While HIFU is a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime, taking certain precautions and adopting a proper skincare routine can enhance and prolong the results. Here are some recommended post-treatment care practices:
Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated, promoting optimal healing and collagen production.
Use mild and gentle skincare products to avoid irritation. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive exfoliants immediately after the procedure.
Shield your skin from direct sun exposure by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. This helps prevent sun damage and supports the skin’s recovery.
Avoiding Excessive Heat
Refrain from activities that involve excessive heat, such as hot showers, saunas, or intense workouts, for a few days post-treatment.
Follow Professional Advice
Adhere to any specific post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare professional. They may tailor recommendations based on your skin type and the areas treated.
Avoiding Invasive Procedures
Give your skin time to recover by avoiding other invasive treatments in the treated areas for a designated period, as advised by your provider.
Schedule follow-up appointments as recommended by your healthcare professional to assess the progress, discuss any concerns, and determine if additional sessions are needed.
By incorporating these post-treatment care practices, individuals can optimize the results of their HIFU treatment and maintain a healthy and rejuvenated complexion. Always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance based on your specific needs and skin condition.
Schedule a consultation today and start your journey today.
This blog post was medically reviewed by Dr. Ian Tan.