Ultraformer 3 HIFU
What is Ultraformer 3 HIFU?
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), uses precise medical grade ultrasound for non-surgical face lifting and skin tightening. The Ultraformer III HIFU is a 3rd generation HIFU machine offering higher power, lesser discomfort, increased safety and clinically proven results.
HIFU is Dr Edwin's first choice for non-invasive face lifting.
Which layers can HIFU target?
Focused ultrasound waves are produced by the transducer handpiece targeting 4 different levels of the skin.
- 4.5mm (Targets SMAS layer for lifting effect)
- 3.0mm (Deep dermis tightening)
- 2.0mm (Ideal for treating eyebags and around the eye)
- 1.5mm (Superficial dermis tightening)
How does HIFU Facelift work?
Heat is generated at that specific level, starting a thermal coagulation process which stimulates existing collagen fibres to thicken and shorten producing a tightening and lifting effect of the skin.
For lifting, the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) layer is specifically targeted with the 4.5mm transducer. The SMAS layer is a crucial support structure of the face. In fact, surgical facelifts by plastic surgeons target this exact layer to achieve a face lifting effect.
With age, the SMAS layer loses its elasticity and results in sagging skin, jowl formation and deepening of the nasolabial folds. Stimulating and tightening this layer with HIFU allows us to achieve a “Medical Facelift”.
At a depth of 1.5mm and 3.0mm, thermal energy triggers collagen remodelling leading to tighter skin, improved fine lines and wrinkles and smoother skin texture.
Which areas of the face can be treated with HIFU?
Benefits of HIFU
The most popular treatment indication for HIFU is the face and neck lift. By stimulating one's own collagen production, HIFU delivers natural looking skin lifting and tightening results.
Depending on the setting used, HIFU is able to "melt" facial fats while tightening the area simultaneously. This is very useful for V shaped face contouring, jowl reduction and treating double chins.
Eyebags can be targeted and treated with HIFU by tightening the orbital retaining ligament as well as reduction of infraorbital fat. (fats found under the eye)
HIFU is also able to effectively treat cellulite and stretch marks, perfect for post-pregnancy mums!
To reduce discomfort, oral painkillers are prescribed and a strong numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes.
Dr Edwin will develop a customised treatment plan after discussing with you about the areas to focus on. Depending on the size / number of areas treated, treatment duration may vary between 30 to 90 minutes.
An aching feeling / mild discomfort may be experienced during the procedure and may last up to 1 week.
Downtime is minimal. Some patients may have redness lasting a few days. We recommend applying our Intensive Recovery Cream to accelerate the healing process.
Results are natural and will gradually be seen over 3 to 6 months. HIFU should be done once a year for maintenance.
How long is the procedure
A treatment typically takes between 60 to 90 minutes depending on the number of areas treated
Is it painful?
Numbing cream will first be applied to reduce discomfort. During the procedure, mild aching pain may be felt over bony areas.
How long before I can see results?
How long do results last for?
Results typically last for 12 months.
Is there any downtime?
Your skin may appear flushed after the procedure but redness should subside in 2 to 4 hours. However some patients may experience an aching feeling which may last up to 1 week.
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