Would you like to look younger and have smoother skin? Why not try getting a facelift with HIFU in Singapore? High intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU is a relatively new technology that can be used to improve skin quality by stimulating the production of collagen underneath the skin. The increased collagen production leads to better skin quality, tighter and firmer skin and gives it a smoother texture.
One of the uses of HIFU technology is for facelifts. I usually use it to treat my patients with saggy skin, and the best thing is that it has almost no side effects. It is also an effective and non-invasive method of reducing adipose tissue and cellulite. The ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted tissue and the energy released increases the local temperature just enough to destroy the targeted cells.
HIFU is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle and exercise and will not in any way help you lose weight. Rather, it is an easy and quick way to help you get slim in the areas you desire and achieve a healthier-looking body.
What are the benefits of HIFU?
A HIFU procedure provides long-lasting results and eliminates the huge risks of undergoing a surgical facelift. Besides that, it is also relatively cheaper compared to traditional facelift procedures.
Some of the benefits you can expect from a HIFU facelift include:
- reduction of facial wrinkles, especially on the forehead, neck, and eyes
- a lifting effect on the cheeks, eyelids, and eyebrows
- enhancing your jawline
- tightening of saggy and loose skin on the neck (also known as a turtle neck)
- tightening of a woman’s décolletage (the neck, shoulders, back and upper chest)
- smoothening of the skin texture
Who are suitable candidates for HIFU in Singapore?
This treatment should not be used for patients having less than 1.6 cm of adipose tissue under a chosen skin depth. This is also not for people who have already been treated by liposuction, abdominoplasty, or those who have a loss of sensitivity.
It is contraindicated in patients with cancer, severe disease, or women who are or may be pregnant. It should not be used in patients with a bleeding disorder, those that use anti-coagulant drugs, or who wear an implanted electrical device, such as a pacemaker.
How does a HIFU facelift work?
Ultrasound, which is a form of an acoustic wave, is bombarded against the skin through a handheld device and destroys the fat contained in the cells. One of the main benefits of using ultrasound is that it can be performed on the whole body. It is a safe and widely used technology in many medical applications, particularly in medical imaging.
Compared to regular ultrasound machines HIFU is about four times more powerful. By concentrating the ultrasound energy, an accumulation of heat is obtained on selected areas of the adipose tissue, resulting in the disappearance of adipocytes (fat cells) that make the skin droop or sag. Ultrasonic energy only damages the fatty tissue without the risk of damage to neighbouring structures. The body then gradually and naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells out of the body. Besides the face, you will also be able to treat other areas with a volume of sagging skin: belly, thighs, back, arms.
What can you expect during and after a HIFU facelift procedure?
Before the procedure, I will first clean the area where you want to generate a lifting effect. A topical anaesthetic is then applied to the target area to reduce the discomfort you may feel from the ultrasound pulses. I will then apply an ultrasound gel to assist in the HIFU procedure. Ultrasound energy is then applied to the target area using a special handheld device attached to the HIFU machine. You may feel a tingling sensation while the HIFU is being applied throughout the area. This is done for about 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size and severity of the saggy or loose skin.
After the procedure, you may notice some effects instantly. There’s almost no downtime, so you can resume any of your daily activities after the procedure. There may be some slight redness or swelling but this should not be a hindrance to your normal activities. The whole HIFU treatment may require 2 to 3 sessions and can vary depending on the severity of skin sagging and the size of the treatment area. Full results from the HIFU treatment is expected about 2 to 3 weeks after the final session.
Are there any side effects?
Most often, there is none. Only a few people told me that they felt aches in their thighs or arms the day after the session. This little discomfort was very bearable and disappeared after 48 hours. There are also cases where there may be some bruising, but this should disappear naturally within a week.
This article was prepared by Dr Chua Cheng Yu, a top aesthetic doctor in Singapore who’s extremely devoted to aesthetic medicine and aims to make patients look beautiful and feel good about themselves. He takes pride in seeing the satisfaction of his patients after a good and effective aesthetic procedure. He is passionate about his aesthetic treatments as they help lift people’s confidence and quality of life.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
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