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July 5, 2021

A crash course on HIFU treatments

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When it comes to your skin, collagen is your greatest ally. It helps maintain your skin’s appearance — making sure it looks youthful, bouncy, and firm. While women often turn to skincare products on a whim as an easy way to maintain their look, it may not be as effective as it sounds. 

With treatments, you’ll get the aesthetic results you need in the same, or in some cases, a shorter amount of time. Growing in popularity in recent times, HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment can achieve significant non-invasive skin lifting that is equivalent to your facelifts of the past. Read on to find out more about what HIFU is exactly all about.

What is HIFU?

A regenerative, non-surgical treatment, High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) helps lift and maintain the skin. It uses ultrasound energy to effectively stimulate the natural collagen rebuilding process under the skin layer. 

The ultrasound used in HIFUs is similar to the ultrasound scans used in clinics and hospitals. The main difference? It focuses on a small area in the skin compared to scanning a broad area. Aside from stimulating collagen production, HIFU treatments can also help with fine lines, wrinkles, and basic facial contouring. With no surgery, injections, and side effects, it’s a non-invasive procedure that is perfect for a boost to your usual beauty routine. 

Are there different kinds of HIFU treatments?

In short, there are two different categories of HIFU treatments:

1. HIFUs administered by doctors - Focus Ultrasound

This procedure allows for deeper penetration under the skin to effectively target the SMAS layer responsible for a non-surgical facelift and can also reduce excess fat.

2. HIFUs administered by therapists - Fractionated Ultrasound

This has a smaller heat concentration, does not penetrate as deep into the skin, and requires more sessions to see its effectiveness.

At Cambridge, you’ll get enough time to enjoy both grabbing a bite and taking care of your skin during your lunchtime break with the Doublo Gold HIFU. Known as a lunchtime treatment administered by doctors, this cutting-edge device uses ultrasonic energy to elevate skin laxity. 

Widely popular in South Korea, this is the new standard of HIFU treatments that kickstarted HIFU in South Korea. The procedure uses heat energy to stimulate the regeneration of collagen and elastin to tighten the skin. The new standard of technology can penetrate deeper than most radiofrequency treatments that usually reach just above the subcutaneous layer. 

For the Doublo Gold, it is capable of reaching the deeper SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer below the fat. The procedure is done via a handheld device that sits on the surface of your skin. With 4 different cartridges, your doctor can customise a combination especially for you as they would be able to control the depth and frequency of the energy waves. 

On top of that, the Doublo Gold takes a shorter amount of time to complete the treatment. Unlike other technologies like Ultherapy, it only requires half the time needed as it uses a two-way round shooting technology compared to a one-way shot. The entire treatment only takes a maximum of 10 minutes, with no downtime required. You can hop back to work immediately, with slightly blushed skin that fades as your skin cools. 

If you’re worried about pain, you’re in luck. Besides being fast, non-invasive and effective, the Doublo Gold is virtually painless. Most patients describe it as a slight tingling sensation with some prickling and warmth. If you’re concerned, you can always discuss a topical numbing option. 

What kind of results will I be expecting?

To see visible results, you’re recommended to have at least 1-2 sessions with a follow-up about 4 to 6 months after, although most individuals see results in 1 session. You’ll usually see the most visible results 10 weeks after the treatment, but individuals usually notice firmer skin right after the treatment. as your collagen is regenerated, results may gradually appear over 3 to 6 months. 

Why is it important to choose the right HIFU?

As with all treatments, it’s easier to visit a clinic with a good idea of how the procedure works so you’ll know whether the clinic is the right choice for you. This is the time you would need to hit the search button, to learn more about the in and outs of HIFU treatments. A few questions you should ask yourself are:

  • What is the budget you’re looking at?
  • Is this treatment administered by a doctor or a therapist?
  • What kind of results would I be expecting?

It is essential to go through this as part of your research as a treatment done by a trained doctor and a therapist would yield very different results. In Singapore, proper HIFU machines are registered medical devices and can only be done by licensed aesthetic doctors. The machine they use as a therapist and a licensed doctor can also affect the visible results.

For example, a micro-fractionated HIFU or unbranded HIFU may not omit the same amount of energy as a proper HIFU machine-like Doublo Gold and may require more sessions for you to achieve your goals. With more sessions, you may likely spend more money, and it would be good to know if it is within the budget you’re looking at. Plus, you might not get the results you are aiming for.

Besides your budget and effectiveness, the safety of these machines is what you should prioritise while doing your research as well. It is important to learn more about the clinic you are visiting and if it is administered by a licensed practitioner as an unbranded machine may lead to adverse effects that would require more time to heal from. 

Now that you’re in the know of what HIFU stands for, you’re halfway there on your journey to bouncy and firmer skin. If you’ve decided that this is the treatment for you but have some concerns, fret not! Put in some more time for research, or reach out to the consultation team in the clinic who would be able to address your worries and set your mind at ease. 

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