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30 Simple Questions to Help Your Prepare for HIFU Facelift in Singapore


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The HIFU facelift is a relatively new treatment that has proven to be effective at face-lifting. Without requiring any surgery, the treatment can immediately tighten and lift areas of your face, proving to be an effective solution for saggy skin, wrinkles and a more refined jawline.

With HIFU Facelift’s booming popularity in Singapore; chances are, you’re already preparing for your first treatment. Here’s a list of 30 questions to help you understand better about the treatment including what it is, how it’s done and pre & post care.

This checklist is medically reviewed by Dr. Chin Kok Ping.

Ask Yourself These 30 Questions Before Going for HIFU Facelift

1. What Exactly is HIFU Treatment?

HIFU is short for High-intensity Focused Ultrasound, a non-surgical treatment which utilises ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen and promote face tightening. The treatment targets deep beneath the skin without damaging the surface. This procedure is part of a trending procedure used to battle signs of aging without surgical needs.

2. How Does HIFU Work?

HIFU works by sending medical-grade ultrasound energy deep into the skin at precise depths to stimulate skin tightening. The ultrasound energy heats tissues below the skin surface to approximately 60 – 70 degrees Celsius, triggering the body’s natural response to heal damaged tissues and hike up collagen production.

The HIFU procedure also generates sufficient heat to melt away fats at the targeted area, making it great for double chin and droopy eyes.

3. Which Part of My Skin Does The Ultrasound Target?

HIFU is currently the only non-invasive medical device that can penetrate the deepest into the skin without surgery. Each probe targets a different depth. As the repair is done deep under the skin, results tend to have longer-lasting effects.

HIFU targets 3 key layers under the skin:

Epidermis (1.55 mm depth)
Reduce melanin production to lighten pigmentation and brighten skin

Deep Dermis (3mm depth)
controlled heating of skin tissue stimulates collagen growth and tightens skin

Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System or SMAS (4.5mm depth)
The SMAS layer is traditionally targeted by plastic surgeons for facelift procedures. Precision targeting of this area results in a lasting and visible lifting effect.

hifu vs other skin tightening treatment

4. What Skin Problems Am I Trying To Address?

Knowing the exact skin problem you are trying to target helps achieve desirable results. HIFU treatment helps reduce signs of aging around the face and neck, and common fine lines and wrinkles such as forehead wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines and necklines. 

The treatment is right for you if have these skin problems:

  • Saggy skin
  • Fine Lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines
  • Necklines
  • Double Chin

5. Is HIFU A Common Procedure?

The treatment has seen a major increase in popularity over the past decade, not only in Singapore but across the world. Research has suggested that the total number of HIFU procedures performed between 2012 and 2017 has increased by 64.8%. A separate study involving 32 Koreans showed that HIFU has improved skin elasticity in the cheeks after 12 weeks.

6. Are The Reputation And Reviews Of The Clinic Good?

Treatments for your skin are extremely personal hence the reputation of the clinic must be favourable. A common way for you to verify a clinic’s reputation is simply through Googling. You are able to check out the Google reviews, the number of reviews and the star rating of the clinic.

At the time of writing, Become Aesthetic Clinics in Singapore are honoured with customer reviews of 4.9 stars, averaging 400 Google reviews across all of our 3 clinics.

Reviews for Become Aesthetics Clinics in Singapore

7. Is The HIFU Treatment Painful?

You may experience minimal discomfort from the heat generated by the ultrasound machine, especially across the jawline and cheekbones. Numbing cream is an optional application for the treatment and generally, most patients find the pain level rather tolerable. If you’re more sensitive to pain, you may request for numbing cream before the treatment.

8. How Does The Treatment Feel Like?

You may experience a mild prickling feeling and a heated sensation as the Ultrasound device administers the pulses into the skin. But rest assured, even without numbing cream, many patients described the procedure as tolerable.

9. Will There Be Any Incisions?

HIFU is a non-invasive procedure and will not administer any incision or surgical cuts into the skin. This makes the procedure highly favourable, safe and comfortable.

10. How Does HIFU Stimulate Collagen?

HIFU uses ultrasound energy to heat deep layers underneath your skin. Once the cells reach a certain temperature, the skin’s natural healing process begins and signals skin cells to produce collagen, resulting in tightened skin as it heals. It’s a natural process that relies on your body’s collagen-building mechanism.

11. Do I Have Loose Neck Skin?

Saggy skin around the neck is often overlooked. Spot for neck lines which are signs of loosening skin. HIFU treatment is effective at tightening skin around the neck which reduces skin laxity to present a fresher, younger skin around the neck.

12. Can I use HIFU for my eye bags?

Yes, due to the effective skin-tightening result, HIFU is an effective fix to reduce eye bags and tighten the skin underneath the eye. This results in less puffy eyes.

13. Does HIFU cause the fats around my skin to reduce?

The ultrasound and heating from the HIFU treatment do indeed cause fat melting around selective areas. However, it is important to understand the primary focus of the treatment is not fat reduction but skin tightening and collagen stimulation. Understanding your expectations regarding the treatment will help boost satisfaction.

14. Is HIFU FDA Approved?

Yes, HIFU is FDA-approved in Singapore for ultrasound skin tightening treatment for face and skin lifting.

15. Can HIFU Be Used To Reduce Scars?

HIFU can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of new or older scars such as acne scars as the ultrasound waves penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production.

16. Can I do HIFU Every Month?

There are a few considerations for the frequency of treatment. You’ll need to factor in the natural healing time of the body that is brought about by every session. Rushing the treatments may hinder the body from proper recovery. Besides, collagen requires time to form so the full results may only appear after 1-3 months.

In many cases, overly frequent treatments may not necessarily bring more benefits. Different individuals may require different frequencies of treatment and we generally suggest spacing sessions at intervals between 4 – 6 weeks. 

17. How Long Does A Session Last For?

A session of HIFU lasts approximately 30 – 40 mins so you won’t need to make big changes to your daily schedule. 

18. What Are The Risks And Side Effects Of HIFU?

HIFU is one of the safest procedures and serious complications are extremely rare. After the procedure, you might observe redness on your face but it will gradually go away in a few hours. We have also not observed any prolonged side effects with multiple sessions.

19. Is There Any Downtime?

Thanks to its non-invasive nature, the treatment has minimal to no downtime. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘lunchtime’ treatment because you may return to your daily routine straight away to your procedure. You may observe minor side effects such as redness and swelling but these symptoms do not hinder your looks and may gradually fade over time.

20. How Many Sessions Do I Need To Achieve Results?

Most patients will only require 1 HIFU treatment to achieve visible results, with a maintenance session every 6 – 12 months. This is dependent on your skin laxity and your individual collagen-building process. As the skin continues to age, future touch-up processes may be required to achieve skin tightening.

21. Can I See The HIFU Results Immediately?

Many patients have described an immediate visible skin tightening right after the treatment but generally, the results will gradually show over three months.

22. How Do I Care For My Skin After The HIFU Treatment?

Remember that your skin needs to heal after the treatment. Proper hydration and a diet rich in antioxidants such as vegetables and fruits can help enhance skin recovery. Besides, it is crucial that you avoid sun exposure for at least a week. If you need to step out, opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 and above. Other activities that you should skip include hot baths, steam rooms or excessive sweating. These activities weigh down on the skin and cause irritation while you heal. 

To Adopt:
– Proper hydration
– Rich diet in antioxidants

To Avoid:
– Direct sun exposure
– Hot baths
– Excessive sweating

Worry not as you won’t need to memorise this as our doctors will provide post-treatment instructions

23. Can I Wash My Skin After The Treatment?

You may use lukewarm water, a gentle cleanser and a light moisturiser on the first few days after the treatment. Avoid exfoliating cleansers for a least a few days. Generally, you may resume your usual skincare regime after approximately 3 days.

24. How Is HIFU Different From Laser Procedures?

Although both HIFU and laser treatments are non-invasive, they are different in methods of skin tightening. HIFU uses sound energy while lasers use light energy. HIFU relies on ultrasound which has unique properties to penetrate more deeply into the SMAS layer and heat targeted area to induce natural healing and melt away fats. Meanwhile, lasers use light energy to target precise areas surface areas of the skin.

Deciding the right treatment for you requires a more thorough assessment of your skin condition. You may book an appointment with our doctors and we’ll devise a more personalised treatment plan for you.

25. Are There Any Dietary Restrictions After The Procedure?

There aren’t many restrictions to what you can’t eat after a HIFU treatment. You can resume your daily palate but do avoid alcohol as it dehydrates your body and may risk inflamming your treatment area. Plain water should be your preferred drink, ensuring your skin is well hydrated.

26. Who Is Not Suitable For HIFU?

Conditions that are not suitable for the HIFU treatment include pregnancy or having a pacemaker installed. You’re strongly advised to disclose your medical doubts or concerns during the consultation and our certified medical doctors will be able to advise suitability of treatment.

27. Can I Combine HIFU With Other Treatments?

Yes, HIFU is a non-invasive procedure and can be combined with other treatments to enhance the aesthetic outcome. You may describe your skin goals to our medical doctors and we will devise a personalised plan for you.

28. Is The Treatment Suitable For Sensitive Skin?

Yes, HIFU is suitable for individuals with sensitive skin provided that the treatment is customised to your specific conditions such as skin type and sensitive levels. It’s important to share your skin sensitivity concerns with our qualified doctors to assess your conditions.

29. What’s The Price Of HIFU Treatment?

The price of the procedure depends on a few factors such as the treatment areas and number of shots administered by the machine. In general, the price of HIFU treatment at Become Aesthetics Clinics Singapore starts from $300.

30. Where Can I Receive The HIFU Treatment in Singapore?

HIFU treatment is one of our signature treatments and is accessible at 3 strategic locations in Central Singapore – Novena, Somerset or City Hall. Click to locate our Become Aesthetic Clinics in Singapore.

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