High intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU is a type of treatment use for facial lifting. It is a painless treatment with minimum risk. Machines are used by doctors to transmit energy to deep layer which results in tightening of the fascia which causes facial lifting.
Ultrasound Skin Therapy
HiFU, short for High intensity focused Ultrasound, is a non-invasive procedure that uses the power of Ultrasound technology to treat the face. HiFU has many different purposes, having been used in the past to treat cancer and other growths with focused energy. However, HiFU can also be used as an alternative to traditional facelift surgery, treating your skin through the redirection of acoustic energy.
Using well-tested and refined technology, HiFUuses ultrasound technology to focus energy precisely onto a small area of the body, stimulating the body under the subcutaneous layer, activating the body’s natural healing response. This results in collagen production, which will allow the skin to tighten in a completely natural process.
This process can be used to smoothen out wrinkles and reversing the effects of sagging due to aging, allowing you to gain a more youthful look. Just like a facelift, HiFU can have an effect from the neck, to the forehead, making the skin look firmer and about five years younger, depending on your body. The effects of HiFUare immediately visiblewith the full results of the treatment progressively visible over a 3 to 6 months period! The effect of HIFU can last from 1 to 2 years . HiFU is also available in different settings, and is also able to help with acne, and prominent skin pores.
Safe and Quick procedure!
HiFU is non-invasive, involving no incision, leaving your skin intact unlike surgery. Most patients report little to no pain due to the precise nature of HiFU, and the process can be done in a less than an hour, with absolutely no recovery time required. Although the effects are not as dramatic as a facelift surgery, HiFU is a great alternative that provides minimal disruption to your daily routine.
For many years, the commonly recommended alternative to traditional facelift surgery was Thermage or Radioactive Frequency (RF) treatment. However, compared to HiFU, Thermage is less precise and more painful. The focused nature of HiFU treatment means that it can penetrate a lot deeper in the skin compared to Thermageand therefore more effective than Thermage treatment for the lifting effect. A large majority of HiFU patients are more than satisfied with the effects on their skin and body, with over 90% of patients reported as being satisfied with their treatment. This contrasts with Thermage, with up to 66% of all patients report being happy with their treatment.
Where can I get it done?
HiFU treatment has become more and more common, as its effects become increasingly well known. A session of HiFU would cost about $S5000 in Singapore, however it is also available at aesthetic centres in Johor Bahru. A similar session in JB would cost about $S2500, with prices as low as $S1200 SGD during promotion. The one-time nature of HiFU means that going to Johor Bahru for treatment from Singapore is a cost effective and easy affair. As with most aesthetic procedures, results may vary from person to person, and also depending on the skill of the doctor. A day trip to Johor Bahru for a HIFU treatment is definitely worth it!