Loose skin is an evitable skin ageing condition that all will come face to face with an old age overcomes our existence. We become at risk of even developing saggy skin at an early age when we let go of our health and miss out in pampering our skin by keeping our diets filled with nutritious foods. Not being able to hydrate the body every day also brings a negative effect to it. Moisture within the layers of the skin is very important to keep it plump and not looking dull.
Normally, wrinkling and loosening of the skin as signs of ageing start to show past the age of 30. These proofs of skin ageing are commonly found on the face. A lot of patients, mostly women, wish to reverse these symptoms. No one wants to look old for their age, do they?
HIFU treatment in Singapore is an aesthetic procedure that is effective in bringing back what the past years of living have stolen from the face. Dr Edwin Lim is a medical practitioner at Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic that is well-versed in this kind of treatment. In this article, he shares the following information about HIFU treatments in Singapore:
- What is HIFU treatment?
- What are the benefits of HIFU treatment?
- How much do HIFU treatments in Singapore cost?
- How is a HIFU treatment done?
- What are foods that can help the skin recover and promote health while healing from a HIFU treatment?
HIFU treatment definition
HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound. As its name goes, the treatment is focused on two things: to lift and tighten the skin.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU is considered as a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment. Instead of scalpels and needles that penetrate through the skin, HIFU is performed with the use of equipment that uses powerful ultrasound technology to deliver energy using a handheld device to the skin’s target area. This intense focused heat triggers the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer of the skin to produce more collagen. The production of collagen then causes the skin to undergo reformation, resulting in its lifting and tightening effect.
Areas treated by HIFU
HIFU can be applied to the following areas where there is the presence of skin laxity:
Benefits of HIFU treatment
HIFU can improve the skin by:
- Improving the V-contour of the jawline
- Instantly lifting sagging skin on the face
- Lessening of wrinkles
- Tightening of loose skin
- Smoothing the skin
HIFU treatment process
A session of HIFU treatment in Singapore starts with the cleansing of the skin’s target area. The procedure may cause some people with very low pain threshold to feel a little discomfort while undergoing the procedure. To lessen this, a topical anaesthetic cream will be placed on the skin. Next, a cool ultrasound gel is generously applied to the skin, allowing the transference of the energy from the ultrasound device. This handheld device is then pressed onto the skin and releases shots of ultrasound energy through the layers of the skin. Once the number of HIFU shots are completed, the ultrasound device is removed.
The treatment generally lasts from half an hour. The maximum time that a HIFU treatment completes is an hour and a half. The length of time would, of course, depend on the size of the area being treated. HIFU treatment is considered as “lunchtime facelift” because it can be done on your lunch break.
No downtime is needed following a HIFU treatment. A patient can resume their usual schedule right after the procedure is concluded.
Food for healing
A vitamin that is pro-skin is Vitamin A. Foods like carrots, kale, and squash are packed with this vitamin and helps greatly in promoting skin growth and healthy cell turnover.
Another vitamin that pampers the skin is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to boost the body’s immune system, thereby aiding in the healing of any wound or inflammation in the skin. Likewise, this vitamin encourages the production collagen, which enhances the skin’s elasticity. Chow down on foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, parsley, and Brussels sprouts to get a serving of this vitamin.
Inflammation is one side effect that can result from treatment of HIFU. To combat this, eat fruits and vegetables that are filled with anti-oxidants. A few examples of antioxidant-rich foods are blueberries, blackberries, green leafy vegetables, spinach, and kale.
Cost of HFU in Singapore
The cost of HIFU in Singapore varies depending on several factors:
- Brand of HIFU device
- Doctor’s expertise
- Number of HIFU shots needed by the patient
Basing on brands, Sygmalift HIFU is the cheapest with prices that start at $500 per session. Ultraformer follows with charges that begin at $2,000 per session. Ulthera is the most expensive of the three brands, charging $2,500 for a single session. You can be sure that you are not getting the gold standard HIFU treatment if the price offered is lesser than the ones offered by clinics that use the authentic devices mentioned.
HIFU treatments and Medisave
Unfortunately, if you wish to lessen your expense on HIFU, Medisave is not the answer. HIFU is considered a cosmetic treatment and is not covered by Medisave and other health insurances.
Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic
#02-12/13 Changi City Point,
5 Changi Business Park Central 1,
+65 6904 2218