Ultherapy and HIFU? You might’ve heard these buzzwords being thrown around and how they can help in anti-aging and skin tightening, but what are they? Essentially, Ultherapy and HIFU are medical devices that deliver precise amounts of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy into your skin. This non-surgical, non-invasive treatment provides the effect of stimulating collagen production, reducing the look of wrinkles, and causing skin to appear younger, firmer, and much more supple.
But because of so many HIFU devices available in the market – Ultraformer, Doublo-S, and Ablatherm, just to name a few – it may be confusing to determine the real difference between Ultherapy as well as other HIFU devices. We breakdown the major differences between Ultherapy and other HIFU devices for you:
1. Ultherapy has FDA Approval – The 醫學美容 which offers Ultherapy skin tightening is a form of HIFU device, however it is the sole HIFU device approved by the United States’ Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) for lifting and tightening skin, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the face, neck and chest.
The Usa FDA is known for being stringent in terms of safety and efficacy, and its approval of Ultherapy brings about assurances of effectiveness and safety. This is particularly important because of the different styles of HIFU devices we have seen on the market today. Not every HIFU devices are of medical-grade standards, neither are all HIFU devices recognised by Singapore’s Health & Sciences Authority (HSA) – hence there is a need to take extra precaution. Simply to be on the safe side, our clients prefer Ultherapy for simplicity of mind!
2. Ultherapy is conducted by doctors only – The Ultherapy skin tightening treatment can only be performed by licensed doctors in Singapore; these high medical standards set by HSA makes sure that Ultherapy is conducted in a safe manner for the advantage of all patients. HIFU treatments however, usually are not as regulated – they can be performed by either doctors or beauticians. Should you wish to go on having a HIFU treatment, it is best to clarify whether your treatment is going to be carried out by a doctor, as there were cases of partial blindness and facial burns through the improper use of HIFU machines stemming from inadequate anatomical knowledge.
Ultherapy Skin Tightening HIFU Treatment – 3. Ultherapy has ultrasound imaging. Ulthera is definitely the only HIFU machine to possess ultrasound imaging, effectively allowing Dr Kok to view the layers of skin tissue he is targeting. This enables him to accurately place the Ultherapy tool and effectively target trouble spots. Ultrasound imaging works like how one odzkxw imagine within an ultrasound pregnancy scan.
Ultherapy effectively targets 2 areas – 1) the dermis (where our collagen is structurally located) and two) the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) muscle (a tough, deep layer of muscles and fibrous tissue that forms the structure in the face and neck – this is actually the layer that plastic surgeons focus on when you are performing a facelift!).
When targeting the dermis, the focused ultrasound pulses delivered by Ultherapy stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, causing increased collagen and firmer, younger-looking skin as time passes. When Ultherapy targets the SMAS muscle, the ultrasound energy delivered posseses an effect of tightening the fibrous tissue in the SMAS, causing one to have a lifted, rejuvenated appearance. Given the importance of directing ultrasound waves into the right elements of the facial structure, the ultrasound imaging in the Ulthera device helps doctors reliably target focused ultrasound energy in to the dermis as well as the SMAS muscle, providing added security and in turn bringing about effective results.