Hifu Facelift Treatment

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) facelift treatment is an advanced, non-surgical cosmetic procedure available in Singapore. This non-invasive procedure rejuvenates the skin using precise ultrasound energy to target deep layers, stimulating collagen and elastin production. By delivering focused energy to specific depths and bypassing the surface of the skin, it triggers a natural regenerative response that stimulates collagen and tightens the skin.

This tightening and lifting effect offers an alternative to a traditional facelift with minimal downtime and natural-looking results. At Shen's Medical, our experienced aesthetic professionals have extensive training in HIFU technology, utilising the latest equipment to tailor each plan to your individual needs and goals. If you're considering a non-surgical way to achieve a more youthful appearance, schedule a consultation with us to explore if HIFU is the right option for you.

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HIFU Treatment Price & Details

HIFU Facelift Duration20-30 minutes per treatment
Recommended No. of Sessions
(Individual variation based on doctor recommendation and consultation)
2-3 sessions
Treatment IntervalOnce a month
Treatment AreasFace, Neck, Eyes
Treatment PricesStarting from $750
How Long Will Results Last?
(Results may vary across individuals)
Up to 18 months
Potential Side Effects
  • Discomfort (Pain Score)
  • Warm, Aching, Tingling, Swelling (Most Common)
  • Headache, Bruising (Common)
  • Numbness tenderness (Occasional)
  • Burns, Scarring (Rare)
  • Nerve damage with numbness (Very Rare)

If you experience any unexpected complications or prolonged side effects, consult a Medical Doctor immediately.

How Does HIFU Facelift Works?

Focused Ultrasound Energy

HIFU facelift devices utilise ultrasound waves that have frequencies above the audible range for humans. These sound waves are tightly focused, allowing them to penetrate deeply into the skin without impacting the surface layers. HIFU facelift targets specific skin depths, typically using wavelengths ranging from 1.5mm to 4.5mm, to effectively reach different layers of the skin.

Targeting the SMAS Layer

HIFU's unique ability is in targeting the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS). This layer lies below the skin and fat, and is usually tightened during traditional facelifts. HIFU delivers energy to precise depths (e.g., 4.5mm, 3.0mm, and 1.5mm) to target different layers.

At 1.5mm Depth

HIFU targets the superficial dermis, which is just below the outermost layer of the skin. Here, the energy from HIFU helps reduce melanin, which can lighten pigmentation and brighten the skin around the eyes. This shallow depth primarily affects the skin tone and texture, improving the appearance of fine lines and contributing to a more even skin tone.

At 3.0mm Depth

The energy reaches the deep dermis layer. At this middle level, HIFU stimulates the production of collagen by heating the skin tissue. This controlled heating promotes skin tightening and enhances the skin’s elasticity. The increased collagen production can significantly tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles.

At 4.5mm Depth

This is where HIFU targets the SMAS layer, which is the same layer adjusted during traditional surgical facelifts. By delivering ultrasound energy to this depth, HIFU can induce a lifting effect by contracting and subsequently tightening this foundational layer. This non-invasive tightening can provide a noticeable facelift and contributes to an overall more youthful facial structure.

Thermal Coagulation Points

HIFU creates tiny points of thermal coagulation (heating) within the skin's deeper layers, particularly targeting the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) and deep dermis.

This highly focused heating causes the targeted tissue to reach temperatures of around 60-70°C. At this temperature, existing collagen fibres undergo a process called denaturation. This causes collagen structure changes, causing the fibres to contract and shorten, leading to a tissue tightening effect.

Collagen Stimulation

The targeted microthermal injuries induced by the HIFU facelift procedure stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. This response initiates neocollagenesis, leading to an increase in collagen production. Collagen is a crucial protein that provides structure, support, and elasticity to the skin, enhancing the structural integrity of the skin. Additionally, neovascularization occurs, improving blood flow to the area, which aids in further strengthening and remodelling the skin from within. This comprehensive internal rejuvenation contributes to a firmer, more youthful skin appearance.

Skin Tightening

As the newly produced collagen fibres organise and mature over time, they can result in skin tightening and lifting. The increased collagen improves the skin's elasticity, reduces sagging, and enhances overall skin tone and texture. Over time, as the structure of the skin strengthens due to this new collagen, there is a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, alongside overall improvements in skin texture and elasticity. 

It is important to note that HIFU technology allows for precise and controlled energy delivery, ensuring that only specific depths within the skin are affected. The surrounding tissues remain unharmed, which is why HIFU face lifting procedure is considered a safe and non-invasive procedure. HIFU is commonly used for facelifting, skin tightening and double chin removal, but it can also be applied to other areas of the body for various medical and cosmetic purposes. HIFU facelift treatment in Singapore has to be performed by trained healthcare professionals or dermatologists using specialised HIFU devices designed for aesthetic procedures

If you're looking to further refine your skin's texture and address acne-related concerns, our acne scar removal in Singapore can complement the rejuvenation process by specifically addressing and repairing scarred areas, promoting a smoother skin appearance.

HIFU Facelift Treatment Process

Consultation

At Shen's Clinic, your HIFU facelift journey begins with an in-depth consultation with one of our trained professionals specialising in HIFU treatments in Singapore. This initial consultation focuses on evaluating your facial structure, understanding your aesthetic goals, and determining if HIFU is the best option to meet your facelift objectives.

Preparation

Preparation for the HIFU facelift procedure includes a thorough cleansing of the skin followed by the application of a conductive gel. This gel not only facilitates the effective penetration of ultrasound waves but also helps keep the skin surface cool and protected throughout the treatment.

Targeted Energy Delivery

Our professionally trained practitioner will then use the HIFU device to precisely deliver ultrasound energy to targeted skin depths. This is done by moving the HIFU wand over the targeted area, where it emits ultrasound waves that stimulate collagen production deep within the skin, achieving a non-surgical lift and tightening effect.

Sensations and Duration

The HIFU facelift procedure is generally comfortable, though you may feel a warm or tingling sensation as the ultrasound energy is delivered. Each session can last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area being targeted. The practitioner will adjust the intensity and duration of the ultrasound exposure to align with your specific aesthetic needs.

Post-Treatment Care

Following the HIFU facelift procedure, you can immediately resume your normal activities. Some patients may notice mild redness or swelling, which typically resolves within a few hours to a few days. Our professional team will provide you with comprehensive post-care instructions, which may include recommendations to avoid excessive sun exposure, use gentle skincare products, and maintain good hydration to support the healing process.

What Concerns Can HIFU Treatment Tackle?

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Double Chin

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Jowls

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Wrinkles / Fine Lines

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Nasolabial Folds

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Sagging / Loose Skin

Loss Facial Volume

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Uneven Skin Texture

Sagging Skin

Pigmentation

Benefits of HIFU Treatment

Non-Invasive

HIFU offers a non-invasive alternative to surgical facelifts, eliminating incisions and anaesthesia. It provides a safe and comfortable option for individuals seeking facial rejuvenation without the associated risks and downtime of surgery.

Minimal Downtime

The HIFU facelift stimulates natural collagen production, offering a gradual, natural lift and tightening that mimics a surgical facelift but with minimal disruption to daily activities.

Natural Looking Results

HIFU technology provides targeted, precise facelifting effects that are tailored to individual needs, allowing for specific adjustments in the depth and intensity of ultrasound waves. This ensures a precise lift and tightening of facial areas, achieving natural-looking results.

Precision

HIFU facelifts offer the advantage of minimal to no downtime, making them ideal for those with busy lifestyles in Singapore. Unlike surgical facelifts, patients can immediately resume daily activities after a HIFU procedure.

Post Treatment Care

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After your HIFU facelift, proper care is crucial to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery. Here are some guidelines to help you care for your skin following the procedure:

Avoid Sun Exposure

Protect your skin from direct sunlight following the HIFU facelift procedure, as UV rays can exacerbate hyperpigmentation and other skin issues. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you go outdoors, and consider wearing protective clothing until your skin has fully healed.

Be Gentle with Your Skin

After the procedure, your skin can be especially sensitive and may occasionally feel itchy. It's important to resist the urge to scratch. Instead, soothe itchiness with a splash of cold water or use a gentle, cooling moisturiser.

Moderate Water Temperature

Avoid hot baths and showers, which can strip away natural oils that your skin needs to heal. Opt for lukewarm water to preserve these oils and facilitate the recovery process.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

After a HIFU facelift procedure, the body processes deactivated fat cells, a task primarily handled by the liver. Consuming alcohol can increase the liver's workload significantly, impacting your overall health and the effectiveness of the procedure. Avoid alcohol to allow your body to focus on healing.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is always beneficial, but it is particularly important after any cosmetic procedures.. Hydration can help to speed up the recovery process and supports the rejuvenation of collagen in the targeted areas.

Following these post-treatment care tips can help you maintain the integrity of your skin and enhance the effects of your HIFU facelift.

Expected Improvements After HIFU

HIFU facelift has demonstrated significant effectiveness in lifting and tightening the skin, improving facial contours, and reducing sagging. While individual results may vary, most patients experience noticeable improvements within the first few weeks after the procedure. Over time, as collagen production continues, the results become more pronounced and continue to improve for several months.

The extent of the facelift achieved with HIFU depends on various factors, including the patient's age, skin condition, and the degree of sagging. In some cases, multiple HIFU sessions may be recommended to achieve optimal results. Your practitioner will provide a personalised plan based on specific goals and expectations.

It is important to note that while HIFU facelift can provide remarkable lifting and tightening effects, it may not deliver the same degree of correction as a surgical facelift. However, for individuals seeking a non-surgical alternative with natural-looking results, minimal downtime, and reduced risks, a HIFU facelift offers an excellent option.

Safety Considerations and Side Effects

The HIFU facelift procedure is generally considered safe, with minimal risk of complications compared to traditional surgical interventions. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential side effects. These may include mild redness, swelling, tingling, or temporary sensitivity in the treated area. Such side effects are typically transient and subside within a few hours or days.

To ensure safety and effectiveness, it is crucial to choose a reputable and experienced practitioner who is trained in using HIFU devices for facelift purposes. At Shens Medical Clinic, our medically trained practitioners will carefully assess your suitability for the procedure and provide detailed pre and post-treatment instructions to minimise the risk of adverse effects.

HIFU Facelift vs Surgical Facelift

Invasiveness:

HIFU Facelift

HIFU is generally considered non-invasive because it does not involve incisions.

Surgical Facelift

This is an invasive procedure that involves incisions and surgical manipulation of tissues.

Downtime:

HIFU Facelift

Usually, no anesthesia is needed for HIFU, though some patients might experience minor discomfort during the procedure. Downtime is minimal, and patients can resume their regular activities shortly after the treatment.

Surgical Facelift

Surgical facelifts require general or local anesthesia. Recovery time is longer, and patients may need several weeks for swelling and bruising to subside before returning to normal activities.

Costs

HIFU Facelift

The cost of HIFU is generally lower than that of surgical facelifts, but multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Surgical Facelift

Surgical facelifts are more expensive due to the surgical facility, anesthesia, and surgeon's fees.

Results

HIFU Facelift

Results from HIFU may not be as dramatic as those from surgical facelifts but can still provide noticeable skin tightening and mild lifting effects. Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results.

Surgical Facelift

A surgical facelift can provide more significant and longer-lasting results, addressing advanced signs of aging more effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions on HIFU Facelift in Singapore

HIFU treatment is suitable for individuals looking to lift and tighten their skin without invasive surgery. Ideal candidates are those experiencing mild to moderate skin laxity and are in good health. However, it is not recommended for those with severe skin sagging or active skin conditions in the treatment area. Additionally, pregnant women, individuals with metallic implants in the treatment area or those who have conditions that impair wound healing are advised against undergoing HIFU due to potential risks and complications. A consultation with a qualified practitioner is necessary to assess individual suitability.
To prepare for a HIFU facelift, it's important to follow a few key guidelines to ensure the best results and minimise potential side effects. Avoid taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs for about a week before your HIFU facelift procedure to reduce the risk of bruising. You should also refrain from using skincare products containing retinoids for several days prior to the procedure, as these can increase skin sensitivity. It's advisable to come to the appointment with clean skin free of any makeup or lotions
The results from a HIFU facelift typically develop gradually, with initial improvements in skin tightness and texture noticeable within a few weeks. These results continue to improve over the next several months as new collagen is produced. The effects of a HIFU treatment are long-lasting, generally persisting for up to a year or more, depending on the individual's skin condition and ageing process. Proper maintenance and post-treatment care, including good skincare and sun protection, can help extend the duration of the results.
HIFU facelift treatments are non-invasive and designed to minimise the risk of damage to the skin surface. Unlike surgical facelifts, HIFU does not involve incisions which reduces the risk of scarring or infection. Some patients may experience temporary redness or swelling, but serious side effects are rare. The focused ultrasound energy targets deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production without harming the outermost layer. This ensures a safe procedure with a low risk of complications when performed by a qualified professional.

Why Choose Us?

Shens Medical Aesthetics is committed to delivering high-quality customised treatments tailored to our patients' needs and aesthetic goals. We take pride in our ownership, attentiveness and responsibility for the consistent delivery of our medical aesthetic treatments.

Helmed by Dr Shens (Dr Shenthilkumar Naidu), a professionally Korean-trained plastic surgeon who has more than 20 years of experience and more than 5000 cases completed, Shens Medical Aesthetics aims to inspire confidence in one that shines both inside and outer.

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