HIFU Facelift Treatment Pros And Cons: Why Is It Getting Popular

hifu facelift pros and cons

For those who do not know, HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, an advanced cosmetic technology that significantly tightens and lifts several areas of the face.

It also reduces signs of aging and improves the tone of the skin in a single session.

HIFU Facelift is a long-lasting, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift the skin.

Benefits Of HIFU Facelift Treatments

Each year more people take the HIFU route to facelifts because of its numerous benefits.

Here are some of its benefits of taking the HIFU Facelift treatment:

  1. Reduces wrinkles and tightens saggy skin
  2. Lifts the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
  3. Defines the jawline and tightens the décolletage
  4. Natural looking and long-lasting results
  5. No downtime, safe and effective

HIFU Facelift vs. Traditional facelift

facelift surgery

The traditional facelift is a cosmetic procedure where a surgeon alters the appearance of patients' faces.

The aim is to make a face look younger by adjusting and removing parts of the skin and muscle tissue in the face and neck.

Before the procedure starts, the patient is placed under general anaesthetic to numb the pain that is often part of the procedure.

In spite of recent developments in that field, people still "go under the knife" because its results are relatively "permanent."

That is despite the risks involved in and the possibility of sustaining medical complications and scars that take longer to heal.

Traditional facelifts are also very expensive, and the results are not always natural.

 hifu facelift treatment

The HIFU Facelift was developed a little over a decade ago.

It involves using ultrasound energy or laser beams to trigger the production of natural collagen in the body.

This production of collagen then makes the skin around the face tighter and more supple.

One of the reasons why it is so popular is that it leverages on the body's natural resources.

This means that there is no need for surgery and so there is no need for healing and recovery.

In addition, it is a natural procedure, so clients only look like an enhanced version of themselves.

What's more, it costs less than the traditional version (more on HIFU treatment costs in Singapore here). However, it is not a one-off process as the client has to return every two to three years.


  Invasive? Recovery Time Risks Efficacy Long-term effects
HIFU Facelift No need for incisions Nil Mild redness and swelling The improvements in skin may require a 3-month follow-up visit. There is a need for successive procedures as the natural aging process takes a toll.
Surgical Face Lift Requires incisions 2–4 weeks


Blood clots
Hair loss where the incision is made

A lot of people are happy with the results over the long-term. The result from this procedure is long-lasting. Improvements are said to last up to a decade after the procedure.


Illumia's Hyfu HIFU Facelift is a powerful non-invasive procedure that uses the latest ultrasound technology to tauten loose cheeks.

It achieves this by using 10Hz velocity ultrasound, which stimulates collagen and triggers dermal collagen fiber regeneration.

The Hyfu facelift focuses on all layers of the skin from the epidermis through to the SMAS layer.

This procedure is built around an ultra-fast speed that triggers a Hyfu shot every 1.486 seconds.

hifu treatment process diagram

The ultrasound used in the procedure is first emitted at a depth of 3.0-4.5mm and a fractional shape that creates thermal damage to the facial, SMAS, dermis, and subcutaneous layers.

With this procedure, the skin tightening and lifting effects are visible over a period of months.

Besides the improved tightening of the skin's structure, the procedure also reduces fat and is especially effective in making chubbier cheeks and fat pads under the eye look better.

It is also great for wrinkles and loose skin.

facial wrinkles diagram

In sum, it is a safe and non-invasive procedure that offers long-term results. It is best for folks who have:

  • Wrinkles on their foreheads and under the eyes
  • Lifted brows
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Double chins and,
  • Neck wrinkles






However, clients should be aware that since it takes the body some time to produce new collagen, it might take up to a couple of weeks before they start seeing results.

There might be slight redness, bruising, and/or swelling after the procedure. Then there is the need for repeated procedures and good HIFU treatment aftercare to arrive at and sustain the best possible results.


HIFU treatment in Singapore took a boost with the RF Face LegacyLIFT HIFU facelift, which uses (MP)2 technology in addition to VariPulse technology to shape and sculpt the neck and face.

It is able to smoothen wrinkles and fine lines in areas that are difficult to reach, like the eyes and along the jowls. It utilizes 4D technology that delivers great face lifting results.

This procedure comprises Multi-Polar Radio Frequency (RF), Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF), VariPulse Technology (VF), and RealTime Thermal Feedback.

rf legacy lift diagram

The radiofrequency energy targets fat cells and stimulate natural collagen production by creating a uniform thermal reaction at a particular depth within the skin tissue.

With successive treatments, the production of collagen and elastin is enhanced, thus lifting, tightening, and improving the texture of the skin.

This facelift procedure effectively sculpts and lifts the face while improving lymphatic drainage. This procedure is best for folks who have:

  • Puffy eyes: It treats this condition by reducing the fluid around the area and improving circulation
  • Chubby cheeks
  • Loose skin 
  • Wrinkles
  • Saggy Necks

With the RF Face LegacyLift, clients will get immediate yet long-lasting results that are 100% safe for all skin types.

What's more, this non-invasive procedure offers a pleasant and comfortable treatment experience that facilitates wrinkle reduction and tightens the skin around the face and neck.

rf-facelift-before-after 1

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How to Choose A HIFU Facelift Treatment

There are more cons associated with going under the knife than taking the non-invasive route.

This is why a lot of folks prefer the HIFU option.

Choosing the right HIFU facelift treatment in Singapore becomes the issue, given that there are a lot of fakes in the industry.

Remember to do your due research and only choose proven treatments

Ready to start your skin-tightening journey? Book a consultation with Illumia's team of certified experts today at our medispa in Serangoon or in the heart of Orchard today. 


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