HIFU Facelift Treatment

Achieve skin tightening through micro-focused ultrasound therapy.

Boost collagen remodelling, enhance skin elasticity and lifting naturally.

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Skin tightening effect due to dermal remodelling of the skin

What Is HIFU?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) skin tightening treatment is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to stimulate the production of collagen, resulting in firmer and tighter skin. HIFU is a revolutionary technology that offers a safe and effective alternative to surgical facelifts and other invasive skin tightening methods.

OUR APPROACH

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HIFU is an innovative, non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of focused ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production and achieve natural skin tightening and lifting. By targeting deeper skin layers, it triggers the body’s own regenerative processes. To provide the best HIFU facelift treatments in Singapore, Dr. Ng creates a unique treatment plan for each patient according to their unique needs. 

What are the benefits of HIFU?

  1. Non-Invasive and No Downtime: HIFU skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure that does not require incisions or injections. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment, making it an ideal option for those with busy lifestyles.

  2. Stimulates Collagen Production: The focused ultrasound energy penetrates deep into the skin layers, specifically targeting the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer. This triggers the body’s natural healing process and stimulates the production of collagen, leading to gradual tightening and lifting of the skin.

  3. Precision and Depth: HIFU technology allows for precise targeting of different skin depths, ensuring effective treatment of various areas, including the face, neck, décolletage, and body. The ability to deliver energy at specific depths ensures optimal results tailored to individual skin concerns.

  4. Long-Lasting Results: While initial improvements may be visible shortly after the procedure, the full effects of HIFU treatment continue to develop over the following months as new collagen is produced. The results are long-lasting, typically persisting for up to a year or more.

  5. Safety and Comfort: HIFU skin tightening is a safe procedure with a low risk of side effects. The treatment is generally well-tolerated, with patients experiencing minimal discomfort. Advanced HIFU devices are equipped with real-time imaging to ensure accurate targeting and consistent results.

How does HIFU Facelift Treatment work?

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HIFU can penetrate to greater depths within the skin

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is an advanced non-invasive treatment that uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten and lift the skin. Here’s a detailed explanation of how the HIFU procedure works:

1. Focused Ultrasound Energy

HIFU employs focused ultrasound waves to penetrate deep into the skin layers. Unlike other ultrasound procedures that target the superficial layers of the skin, HIFU precisely focuses on specific depths, including the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer, which is the same layer targeted during surgical facelifts.

2. Thermal Coagulation Points

The focused ultrasound energy creates thermal coagulation points in the targeted tissues. This means the energy is concentrated into small, precise areas, generating heat. The temperature at these points rises to about 60-70 degrees Celsius, causing controlled damage to the tissue.

3. Stimulation of Collagen Production

The controlled damage triggers the body’s natural healing response, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and firmness to the skin, while elastin allows the skin to return to its original shape after stretching or contracting.

4. Gradual Skin Tightening and Lifting

As the new collagen forms, it gradually tightens and lifts the skin over time. Patients typically start to see noticeable improvements in skin firmness and texture within a few weeks, with the full effects becoming apparent over several months as collagen production continues.

5. Precision and Depth Control

HIFU devices are equipped with real-time imaging, allowing practitioners to see the layers of skin they are treating. This ensures that the ultrasound energy is delivered precisely where it is needed, enhancing the treatment’s effectiveness and safety. Different cartridges can be used to target various depths, typically ranging from 1.5mm to 4.5mm below the skin’s surface, depending on the area being treated.

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HIFU face and neck rejuvenation

HIFU Treatment Areas

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a versatile procedure that can be applied to various parts of the body to tighten and lift the skin. Here are the primary areas where HIFU treatment is commonly used:

1. Face and Neck
  • Forehead: To reduce fine lines and lift the brows, providing a more youthful and rested appearance.
  • Eyebrows and Eyelids: To lift sagging brows and tighten the skin around the eyes, reducing hooded eyelids and crow’s feet.
  • Cheeks: To lift and tighten the mid-face area, reducing nasolabial folds and improving overall facial contour.
  • Jawline: To define the jawline and reduce jowls, creating a more sculpted and youthful look.
  • Chin: To reduce the appearance of a double chin and tighten the skin under the chin.
  • Neck: To tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of neck lines, achieving a smoother and firmer neck.
2. Décolletage
  • Chest Area: To tighten and lift the skin on the upper chest, reducing wrinkles and improving skin texture.
3. Body
  • Upper Arms: To tighten and lift the skin, reducing the appearance of sagging or “bat wings.”
  • Abdomen: To firm and tighten loose skin on the stomach, often used post-pregnancy or after significant weight loss.
  • Thighs: To tighten the skin on the inner and outer thighs, reducing sagging and improving the contour.
  • Buttocks: To lift and firm the skin, enhancing the shape and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
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HIFU procedure

How is the HIFU facelift procedure done?

  1. Consultation: A thorough consultation with a doctor is conducted to assess the patient’s skin condition and determine the suitability of HIFU treatment. This includes discussing medical history and aesthetic goals.

  2. Preparation: The treatment area is cleansed, and a topical anesthetic gel may be applied to ensure comfort during the procedure.

  3. Ultrasound Application: The HIFU device is placed on the skin, and your doctor delivers focused ultrasound energy to the targeted areas. Patients may feel a slight tingling or warming sensation as the ultrasound energy is delivered.

  4. Post-Treatment Care: There is minimal downtime associated with HIFU treatments. Patients may experience slight redness or swelling immediately after the procedure, which typically subsides within a few hours. It is important to follow any post-treatment care instructions provided by the practitioner, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure and maintaining a proper skincare routine.

Frequently Asked Questions About HIFU

HIFU facelift treatment is suitable for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity, wrinkles and those who desire a procedure with minimal to no downtime.

While HIFU treatment is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, it’s a non-invasive treatment for skin lifting and tightening.

Most individuals tolerate the procedure well and normal activities can resume shortly after your treatment. 

During the procedure, you may feel a stinging sensation underneath your skin when the HIFU microbeams are being delivered. 

Sensations of discomfort vary among individuals, but most people report mild discomfort during the procedure, such as tingling or heat sensations. However, pain levels are generally manageable, and some practitioners may offer numbing cream or pain medication if needed.

  • Open skin wounds 
  • Active skin infections or inflammation
  • Severe acne and cystic acne
  • Keloids
  • Implantable devices e.g. pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators.
  • Severe skin laxity
  • Medical conditions such as autoimmune disease, bleeding disorders, diabetes, epilepsy and Bell’s palsy.

You may experience transient discomfort, swelling and redness after your procedure. These are usually mild and may lasts a few hours to a few days.

Occasionally, bruising may occur but resolves within 2 weeks. 

Rare complications include blisters, burns, fat loss (atrophy) and nerve damage.

The focused ultrasound microbeams stimulates collagen and elastin from within.

The skin lifting and tightening effects are best appreciated 3-4 months after your HIFU procedure.

As the treatment response and longevity depends on individual collagen production,  HIFU facelift treatments may be repeated every 6-12 months to maintain results.

The duration of a HIFU treatment session can vary depending on the areas being treated and the specific device used. However, treatments typically last between 30 minutes to an hour.

The longevity of HIFU results can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s age, skin condition, and lifestyle factors. However, results typically last anywhere from 1 to 2 years or longer, and maintenance treatments may be recommended to prolong the effects.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

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HIFU skin tightening treatment represents a significant advancement in non-invasive aesthetic procedures. By leveraging high-intensity focused ultrasound technology, it offers a safe, effective, and convenient solution for individuals looking to achieve firmer, tighter skin without the need for surgery. The procedure's ability to stimulate natural collagen production and provide long-lasting results makes it a highly desirable option for those seeking to enhance their appearance with minimal disruption to their daily lives.

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HIFU offers a safe and effective solution for individuals seeking to improve skin laxity and achieve a more youthful appearance without surgery. Under the care of Dr. Ng, you can achieve visibly tighter, firmer and more youthful skin. To experience customised HIFU facelift treatments, schedule an appointment with us today.

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