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December 23, 2020

Non-Surgical Facelift: HIFU vs Laser vs Airjet vs Thread Lift vs Profhilo


What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Ageing causes wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of fat. Volumetric changes, according to studies shown, result from bone and facial fat loss as well. A non-surgical facelift procedure such as HIFU would often also be able to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines and restore the lost volume.

Both the skin layer and the subcutaneous fat layer have fibrous collagen tissue that requires tightening. The deep fascia layer that is supporting all the layers above it or the SMAS is the most crucial layer. [1]

A facelift is a general term for a cosmetic aesthetic procedure that helps alter the signs of ageing in the face. The main goal is to be able to restore the face’s youthful glow as well as lift sagging skin. A couple of decades ago, whenever someone heard the word facelift, it would often be associated with surgery and having to go under the knife. However, due to progress in medical technology, individuals are able to enjoy a variety of facelift treatments that are less intrusive than surgery with lower risk of complications. 

Cambridge Medical offers the following minimally invasive aesthetic treatments to achieve the facelift best suited for you.

Non-Surgical Facelift Methods

Doublo Gold HIFU

Known as a lunchtime treatment with only half the time needed as compared to conventional treatments, the Doublo Gold HIFU treatment will deliver a noticeable yet natural difference to droopy skin and help you target that double-chin, leaving you with enough time to grab a bite before your lunchtime is over. HIFU, or High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, uses heat energy to aid in tightening the skin to stimulate the regeneration of collagen and elastin. The advanced device shoots the heat waves throughout the layers, at a faster shot speed of 300 shots in 8 minutes, reaching the muscle layer under the epidermis and dermis to help elevate skin laxity in the face and neck. [2]

The treatment is fast, safe and comfortable, with no bleeding, no downtime, and produces long-lasting results. Essentially a non-surgical face and neck lift, other areas can also be treated for body contouring with the Doublo Gold.

Fotona 4D Laser Face Lift

Fotona 4D Laser Facelift is a non-surgical laser procedure to strengthen the skin tone and facial structure while lifting saggy skin. The treatment reinforces collagen and immediately lifts the skin by collagen contraction. Collagen is a key ingredient that keeps our skin firm, healthy and youthful-looking, hence, the immediate result will be a stimulation of collagen that results in the tightening and increased elasticity of your skin. A six-session treatment programme is effective in reducing the buccal fat in the patient’s face, giving them a much more defined and shapely face.

The Fotona 4D facelift is a 4-step laser technology that utilises two different wavelengths and a combination of four lasers to produce effective results inside out. 

The first step, the SMOOTH mode, is administered on the inside of the oral cavity. This laser gives off a well-controlled and gentle heat and is ideal for effective results in improvement of laxity and elasticity in the treated tissue to restore volume in sagging skin. 

Secondly, the FRAC3 mode uses a fractional beam to target deeper layers and gently removes imperfections on the surface of the skin and can effectively reduce imperfections such as atrophic scars, hypertrophic scars, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation on the skin to restore a much youthful appearance.

The PIANO mode, the third step, is a safe tissue heating method that delivers energy to reduce pigmentation, scarring and wrinkles to build an even skin tone.

Lastly, the SupErficial mode enhances the appearance of the skin by removing dead skin cells to promote a healthy glow while reducing obvious imperfections such as fine lines, loss of volume and uneven skin tone.

Kinetic Airjet Facelift

Utilising Kinetic Energy to rejuvenate and tighten the skin, the Kinetic Jetlift is a modern full facelift treatment that is minimally invasive. One of the few in Singapore to use this technology, it helps to improve facial skin laxity and elasticity. This type of facelift, unlike lasers such as HIFU, does not make use of any thermal heat and aims below the SMAS layer to achieve facial rejuvenation, reverse the ageing process, and tighten up excess skin. Hence, the Airjet Facelift makes it rather effective at removing wrinkles and eradicating fine lines. 

The benefits of Kinetic Airjet Facelift consist of having no direct contact, no needles, and no surgery. During the treatment, the energy is delivered directly to the target tissue through a dispersion effect. Other benefits include:

  • Non-invasive face tightening
  • Immediate and long-lasting Facelift
  • Anti-ageing effects
  • Wrinkle removal and reduction
  • Removal of acne scars of the following types: Ice pick, Boxcar, Rolling, Hypertrophic

Thread facelift

Among older patients looking to lift droopy skin and restore a firm and youthful appearance, thread facelifts are among one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. The non-surgical thread facelift is a viable solution without having to experience the pain and side effects of a surgical procedure. Cambridge Medical’s signature Ultra V treatment that is non-surgical and minimally intrusive, is designed to provide in an au naturale way, an added lift to sagging skin. 

Ultra V Facelift makes use of thinner, less invasive Polydioxanone threads that stimulate collagen synthesis which tightens the skin, producing the much-coveted V shape face. These ultra-thin, Polydioxanone board-certified threads (PDO) are designed to be biocompatible, hence, fully absorbable by the skin. When introducing a thread into your skin, it promotes the body’s collagen production which brings back the firmness of the skin. There are three main types of threads used: Mono threads, Screw threads and Cog threads.

Threads used in non-surgical facelifts

Mono Threads: They consist of a single polydioxanone filament inserted in a mesh-like pattern and patients average 10 to 30 threads. They provide a very effective tightening effect by inducing collagen stimulation which aids in combating sagging skin and wrinkles.

Screw Threads: These consist of one or more polydioxanone threads wound around the inserting needle to amplify results. It helps to add volume to the sunken area during the thread lifting process and is considered the most efficient way to deal with sagging skin and to obtain a sharper looking face.

Cog Threads: Similar to mono threads, these contain barbs that can attach to the underside of the skin to provide additional support along with promoting collagen production. [3]


Profhilo may be the solution for you if you’re looking into firming and improvement of skin elasticity as well as dramatic hydration to your skin. The treatment addresses skin laxity and signs of ageing as the first revolutionary bio-remodelling “injectable moisturiser” by stimulating lost collagen, elastin and adipocytes (fats). Profhilo does not just help with deep skin hydration, but also adds the right amount of volume to even out fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing out skin texture. It will also help to boost collagen and elastin levels.

Profhilo is a skin treatment that is injected into all the layers of the skin, delivering hyaluronic acid (HA) in high concentrations invoking a bio-remodelling process. The concentration of HA is 5 times more than the average skin booster treatment, at 64mg/2ml. Profhilo is administered by the Bio Aesthetic Points (BAP) Technique, which includes only 5 injections on each side of the face. Other than the rejuvenating of the face, Profhilo may also be used for the abdominal and neck area. Some of Profhilo benefits include:

  • Dramatically hydrates the skin
  • Provide firming, tightening, and lifting effects on the skin
  • Bio-stimulates elastin, 4 types of collagen and hydration in the 3 main layers of the skin
  • Evens out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Boosts collagen and elastin
  • One of the highest concentrations of HA (64mg/2ml)
  • Provides tissue repair process, ideal for acne scarring

Non-Surgical Facelift Quick Comparison

Doublo Gold HIFUFotona 4D Laser Face LiftKinetic Airjet FaceliftThread FaceliftProfhilo
Duration of Treatment8 to 10 minutes for a full-face procedure30 minutes30 minutesNot more than 60 minutes10 minutes

No downtimeNo downtimeNo downtime1 to 5 days1 hour
No. of sessions needed a year

2 sessions, spaced 4-6 months apart6 sessions, spaced two to three weeks apart6 sessions, spaced two to three weeks apart1 session2 sessions, a month apart
Pain Level

A slight tingling and warm sensationA mild sensation of warmth and pinchingNo pain, with slight impact sensationPerformed under local anaesthesia to ensure comfort for the clientTopical numbing cream will be applied prior to the procedure
ModalityDoublo Gold is a state-of-the-art device that makes use of ultrasonic energy to help elevate skin laxity in the face and neck.Fotona 4D Facelift is a 4-step laser technology that uses two different wavelengths and a combination of four lasers to lift sagging skin while strengthening the skin tone and facial texture.Airjet Facelift uses Kinetic energy, to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, helping to improve facial skin laxity and skin elasticity through the form of a non-invasive mini facelift.Thread Lift makes use of thinner and less invasive Polydioxanone threads that perform the added function of stimulating collagen synthesis which tightens the skin and produces the much-coveted V-shaped face.Profhilo is a skin treatment that uses injectibles to deliver hyaluronic acid (HA) in high concentration into all the layers of the skin.
SuitabilityBest suited for those 30 years of age or older, with mild to moderate skin laxity.Best suited for any individuals who have Sagging skin, wrinkles, loss of volume, obvious ageing spots; Loss of firm skin and skin laxity; Nasolabial folds; Uneven skin tone and texture.Best suited for young patients (mid-20s to 40s), patients with thin skin and patients with soft skin.Best suited for patients experiencing mild to moderate amounts of skin laxity or for those over the age of 55 that are unable to undergo traditional facelift due to medical reasons.Best suited for those above the age of 30, or lacking in skin laxity, looking for a subtle lift.


To summarise, Doublo Gold HIFU, Fotona 4D Laser Face Lift, Kinetic Airjet Facelift, Thread Facelift, and Profhilo are all non-surgical facelift options, each with their own set of benefits and suitabilities. Speak to Dr Lee Mun Heng to understand more about which treatment is the best for you.

  1. Whitney, Z. B., Jain, M., & Zito, P. M. (2020). Anatomy, skin, superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) fascia. StatPearls [Internet].
  2. Kim, J., So, B. J., & Ryu, H. J. (2014). Clinical effectiveness of a high-intensity focused ultrasound in skin lifting. Medical Lasers3(2), 55-58.
  3. Kalra R. (2008). Use of barbed threads in facial rejuvenation. Indian journal of plastic surgery : official publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India41(Suppl), S93–S100.


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