HIFU vs Ultherapy: Which is Better?

hifu vs ultherapy: which is better?

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Choosing Between HIFU and Ultherapy?

HIFU vs Ultherapy? People are often confused about HIFU and Ultherapy, which makes it hard to make an informed decision between the two.

While both may seem similar, they have their differences as well. In order to understand which is a better option, we need to look at their key differences. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Similarities

Both are face-lifting treatments that help to rejuvenate and tighten your skin for a structured, youthful look. Their rising popularity is attributed to the fact that it is cheaper, painless and risk-free while providing the same results as face-lifting surgeries. Needless to say, they are great non-surgical, painless alternatives to standard anti-aging face-lift.

The main gist is that both treatments use heat energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production. These are essential proteins that hold our skin together, giving us a firmer look that we desire. Unfortunately, they deplete overtime as we age, hence, HIFU and Ultherapy are here to restore the lost collagen in our body.

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Ultra Imaging

The BIGGEST difference is that Ultherapy is equipped with real-time ultrasound imaging while HIFU doesn’t use imaging technology.

Ultherapy was approved by FDA in 2004 and became a gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening and lifting. This is due to its unique imaging technology that allows doctors to visualise how the ultrasound penetrates the deeper layers of the skin. This gives Ultherapy an added advantage in terms of effectiveness, accuracy and precision which we will touch on later.

On the other hand, doctors are unable to see the layers of skin they are treating with HIFU, which means that it may be more difficult for them to gauge the impact of each penetration.

How HIFU machine looks like 

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Ultherapy machine has ultra imaging

How Ultherapy machine looks like 

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Types of Ultrasound Beams

HIFU uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) while Ultherapy uses micro-focused ultrasound (MFU) beams.

The way the two ultrasounds are delivered to our skin is different. HIFU can hit the surrounding tissues and our bones, while MFU is more focused on one target area.

HIFU vs Ultherapy: HIFU ultrasound beam

HIFU ultrasound beam

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Ultherapy ultrasound beam

Ultherapy ultrasound beam

HIFU vs Ultherapy: Different Depth Levels

While both HIFU and Ultherapy are designed to target the skin at a deeper level, the maximum depth they can reach is different.

HIFU typically reaches the depth of 1.5mm and 3.0mm while Ultherapy can reach as deep as 4.5mm. This is why Ultherapy is often done by certified doctors.

Although, a skilled practitioner can perfectly adjust the depth according to your skin laxity, your needs and your desired outcome.

different depths of penetration

Different depths of penetration

How can HIFU and Utherary help you?

Both treatments can be used to:

  • Reduce wrinkles around the forehead and eye area
  • Smoothen frown lines and laugh lines
  • Lifting of cheeks, eyebrows and eyelids
  • Enhance jawline
  • Skin tightening around the face, neck and chest

Watch Dr Shiau explain how Ultherapy works as a speaker at Channel 8.

Evaluation: HIFU or Ultherapy?

Lastly, for HIFU vs Ultherapy. In order to determine whether HIFU or Ultherapy is more suitable for you, we will judge them based on the following factors; Effectiveness, Results, Safety and Price.

HIFUUltherapy
EffectivenessAs HIFU does not have visual imaging, there is no way for practitioners to know whether they are hitting the correct tissues at a depth. Therefore, it is hard to gauge whether each shot is contributing to the results.With visual imaging, practitioners can see how each shot penetrates the deeper layers of skin. This allows greater accuracy. It stimulates collagen and elastin in problematic areas that have lost the most volume much more precisely.
ResultsWhile HIFU may not have that great of an accuracy, many patients have reported seeing progressive improvements as the body continues to produce collagen. Results can last 6-12 months depending on individuals.You will start noticing visible changes within a few days after the treatment. There will also be progressive improvements so long as your body continues to produce collagen. Results can last up to 2 years depending on individuals.
SafetyHIFU is safe for all types of skin. The treatment is painless and does not leave any skin damage.As it allows visualisation, practitioners will know where to deliver ultrasound energy without affecting surrounding areas. Hence, Ultherapy is much safer due to its precision. Similarly, it does not leave any skin damage.
PriceHIFU is cheaper than Ultherapy, ranging from as low as $98 to $1000 for a full body treatment. You can easily find HIFU treatments in legitimate aesthetic chains in Singapore.Ultherapy is more expensive ranging from $1000 to $3000 per session in Singapore.

Final Thoughts

Whether HIFU or Ultherapy is suitable for you depends on how severe your problem is, how your body will respond to each treatment, what do you prioritize and the results that you want. Hopefully this article on HIFU vs Ultherapy can help you make your decision better! If unsure, it is best to consult a professional.

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