HIFU being safe, effective and fast is the 1st line treatment. It is effective for double chin, chubby face, sagging face, eye bags and fine wrinkles.
HIFU or high intensity focused ultrasound was initially developed for oncological purpose to destroy cancer cells using ultrasound technology. It has since being modified for aesthetic purpose. HIFU penetrate different depth of the skin to cause multiple focal points of coagulation to regenerate collagens & ligaments thus giving the face lifting effect. HIFU also works for some wrinkles and has tightening effect as it destroy fat cells as well.
HIFU is a minimal to no downtime procedure. It is recommended for anyone who wants to start their non-surgical & non- invasive face lifting journey. Most commonly patients will feel mild aching over the bony prominence such as jaw & cheek bone during the procedure. Occasionally if the power or the contact of the transducer is not appropriate, patient may feel pain with risk of burns. Therefore it is advisable to seek highly trained physician to do the procedure for you. After the procedure most patients will have slight redness on their face which will resolve after few hours.
HIFU is the only aesthetic device able to penetrate deeper into the SMAS layer. SMAS layer is an important layer where tightening of the ligament will give the lifting effect. Generally radiofrequency device penetrate up to the deep dermis region while lasers up to adjacent region of deep dermis. HIFU also helps to destroy superficial fat thus makes your face slimmer. It also helps to reduce double chin and gives you a more chiseled look.
HIFU generally is suitable for most people looking for non-surgical face lifting. However, patients who have severely loss of volume and excess fat of the face, in general are contraindicated. This is because for this type of patient filler is more appropriate as it restore volume of the face. It is advisable to consult a doctor before proceed.
Staff will clean your face then the doctor will mark out the area of treatment. A layer of ultrasound gel will be applied. Then the transducer will be placed on your face and the doctor will fire the shots according to the area marked. You may feel a bit of muscle ache sensation but generally it is comfortable. HIFU for whole face takes about 45minutes.
It is a fast and lunch time procedure. There will be mild redness after treatment. It will resolve after few hours. You may feel mild muscle ache like sensation for few days as well. Doctor will usually review you after 1-2 months. No extra precaution needed. You can continue to apply make-up and use your facial products.
Some patients are able to see results almost immediately. There will be gradual improvement up to 2 months
The effect of HIFU treatment usually last for 6 months. Once you feel the effects wear off you can redo again. We recommend 2-3 treatments a year.
HIFU is a good start for anyone who wants a face lift. Usually one type of treatment is not enough. Most of the time a combination of fillers, neuromodulators, lasers and even thread lifts are needed to achieve desired results. It is best to consult a doctor and plan your aesthetics journey.
Although there is no evidence HIFU destroys fillers. However, in our practice we will do HIFU first before proceed with fillers.
The procedure typically requires about a half hour.
First, our therapist will help you remove any residual makeup and cleanse your face properly to ensure no other agents are on your skin before the treatment.
Next, our doctor will do some grid marking on your face with a white face chalk, for clear indication of the handpiece movement.
Ultrasound gel will then be applied to your skin. Different handpieces will then be used to deliver ultrasound energy beneath the skin at different levels. Some patients may feel the energy at this point. Do not worry, our doctor will work with you to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
There may be slight redness for up to a few hours following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.
Q: How is HIFU different?
HIFU is currently the only non-invasive medical ultrasound procedure that allows the deepest penetration of energy, up to 4.5mm, for skin lifting and tightening, compared to lasers that do not penetrate that deeply.
Q: How long do the results last?
Usually, each procedure should last for 6 months. Patients with a larger degree of sagging skin usually can benefit from a treatment once every 6 months.
Q: Is this treatment safe?
HIFU is safe for all skin types. Any patient who has experienced some sagging of skin will benefit from this treatment. It is likely that if your sagging is severe, you may need a repeat treatment for optimal results.