As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and firmness, leading to the development of wrinkles and fine lines. There is a variety of treatments available to combat the signs of ageing and as far as possible, many of us are still apprehensive about using invasive options the likes of Botox and fillers to. And, this is where HI-FU, or high-intensity focused ultrasound, facial treatment comes in as a feasible non-invasive option.
What is HI-FU Facial Treatment?
A HI-FU facial treatment is a non-surgical procedure that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HI-FU) to promote collagen production and skin tightening. It is a non-invasive alternative to facelift surgery and can be used to treat various areas of the face and neck, including the forehead, cheeks, jawline, and neck.
A Hi-Fu device works by delivering high-frequency sound waves to the deeper layers of the skin, which stimulates the production of collagen.
Now, collagen is a protein that helps keep our skin firm, elastic, and youthful-looking. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and a loss of facial volume. By promoting collagen production, a HI-FU facial treatment can help to reverse these signs of ageing and restore a more youthful appearance.
So how does a HI-FU facial treatment exactly work? We got a first-hand experience at Ensoul Medical Clinic co-founded by Dr Kenneth Thean, who has more than 35 years of experience under his belt.
My visit to Ensoul started with a personal consultation with Dr Thean as I shared with him my issues and wish list. Being in my mid 40s, I am beginning to see more fine lines and wrinkles on my face but yet I am apprehensive about invasive treatments. On top of that, my skin is allergic to laser treatments.
I appreciate the fact that Dr Thean is a believer of keeping the face natural-looking. During the consultation, he even took the effort to elaborate on skin structure and explain how different types of treatments will help the skin. Taking into account my concerns and allergy to laser treatments, he recommended a HI-FU treatment for my eye area.
After a face cleansing session, the HI-FU treatment began with Dr Thean applying a conductive gel around my eye area. He then pulled my skin slightly tautly and glided the HI-FU device on my skin. While I felt tiny pricks on my skin akin to static shocks, the treatment was relatively painless. The device was warm to the touch as it delivered ultrasound waves and emitted focused energy to the deeper layers of my skin. This thermal reaction was to stimulate the production of new collagen.
To let me see the effects, Dr Thean treated one of my eyes first. Gauging from a mirror, I could instantly see that one of my eyes (the treated area) was more lifted and “higher” than the other eye. I was astonished at the immediate results and at the same time, surprised at how “droopy” my eyes had been all these while. I wouldn’t have realised if not for this before-and-after comparison.
The entire session took less than 30 minutes and there was no downtime at all. I basically could return to my normal activities immediately after the procedure. According to Dr Thean, I would be able to see more results a few weeks post-treatment. This is due to the fact that it takes time for my face to produce collagen, so the results are gradual and natural-looking.
The results of HI-FU facial treatments can last up to two years. However, it does vary from individual to individual, according to Dr Thean. Some patients may require additional treatments to maintain the results.
Is HI-FU Facial Treatment Right for You?
HI-FU facial treatment is an effective and safe option for those who want to improve the appearance of their skin without undergoing surgery or having injections. However, it is important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. Individuals with severe sagging skin or deep wrinkles may require a more invasive procedure, such as a facelift. It is also important to discuss any medical conditions or medications with your doctor before undergoing a HI-FU facial treatment.
To book an appointment with Dr Thean at Ensoul, call +65 6836 2833.
Ensoul Medical Clinic
360 Orchard Road
#08-01 International Building