HIFU: more than just a medical miracle for anti-aging

Although HIFU is a popular treatment for aging and saggy skin, it is also found to aid in fat loss. Read more to see if this treatment works for you or against you.

Author Nuffield Aesthetics 25 November 2020 | 2 mins read

Does HIFU cause fat loss?

Despite HIFU treatments mainly targeting anti-aging skin issues, the technology aids in fat loss in the process. HIFU, also known as High-intensity Focused Ultrasound, uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production which aids skin laxity and body contouring.

Although HIFU is designed for skin lifting by targeting the different layers of the skin up to the SMAS layer, ultrasound waves from HIFU can reach deeper into the subcutaneous layer (fat layer). As fat cells are sensitive to temperature changes, a sharp change in temperature initiates destruction of fat cells. The high frequency of the ultrasound wave results in heating of the subcutaneous layer. The thermal-induced destructed fat cell are permanently removed via the lymphatic system. This targeted treatment allows effective fat remodelling over the treated area. 

As we get older, our body loses collagen naturally. Since collagen helps to keep our skin taut, the more fibers we have, the firmer it is. The HIFU Body Lipolysis treatment is a non-invasive body treatment that can help those looking to get rid of their loose skin. It breaks down fat cells and reduces the volume of fatty tissues under the skin. This process also tightens the skin in the area simultaneously. Collagen production is stimulated which results in smoother and tighter skin than before.

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Is HIFU the best choice for fat loss?

Compared with surgical fat removal procedures, The HIFU Body Lipolysis has a minimal risk and no scarring. The recovery time is shorter than with some other similar procedures. You can usually resume your normal activities immediately.

At Nuffield, we trust our Ultraformer III to deliver an effective, fast and safe experience. With its multi-depth cartridges, the ultrasound technology penetrates into different levels of the skin and destroys fat cells. This reduces the thickness of the fat layer under the skin surface which results in both reduction in body fat and skin tightening.

What to expect during treatment?

Each treatment takes 15 to 90 minutes depending on the target areas.

Although it sounds like a painful process, it is almost painless. Numbing cream is usually applied prior to the procedure to minimise discomfort. Patients usually notice a tingling feeling during treatment. 

Some slight redness or swelling may occur after the treatment but it should subside quickly. A light tingling sensation of the treated area may persist for a few weeks. Although rare, you may experience temporary numbness or bruising, but these side effects usually go away after a few days. 

There is no downtime which means regular activities can be continued as per usual after treatment. 

When will I start to see results?

Results take 4 to 12 weeks to be noticed with full effects taking up to 9 months. The effects can last for at least 18 to 24 months as long as it is well maintained with a healthy lifestyle which includes lower alcohol and caffeine intake together with increased water intake. 

With our medical-grade technology, you would be able to see a difference in just 1 treatment. The number of treatments needed depends on individual goals which can be consulted by the doctor.

It must be stressed, however, that HIFU is not a weight loss procedure and does not replace the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. However, it is still very effective in reducing the volume of subcutaneous fats or cellulite. Despite lipolysis killing fat cells, you can gain weight if you are not careful. 

It is also important to note that this is not a suitable treatment for older patients who do not want any more fat loss.  

As the size of the treatment area differs, prices can only be more accurately advised after consultation. When the treatment area is big, more lines are required to ensure that the treatment is effective. 

To find out more, come down to our aesthetic clinic at Scotts Road.

Why choose Nuffield Aesthetics?

At Nuffield, we care about serving with medical-grade machines. You can trust that our aestheticians and doctors will do their best to target your problem areas. With our wide variety of treatments from the face, skin, body and medical facials, you can be sure to find something that will suit your needs.

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