Ultherapy vs. HiFu: Is There a Real Winner Here?

Ultherapy vs. HiFu: Is There a Real Winner Here?


Is there anyone who doesn’t want a slimmer face or a fool-proof skin tightening option these days?


And yet, not everyone is lining up to get their skin sliced open or needles stuck into their faces. As the conversation heats up among those of us who are looking for a non-surgical facelift, Ultherapy vs. HiFu are among the hottest buzzwords that keep cropping up.


This inevitably begs the question of which of the two is better, but the truth is that Ultherapy and HiFu both use ultrasound technology. There are some differences, though, which may affect your decision-making process when it comes to choosing how you want to achieve the look you want.
In this article, we’ll take a look at just what Ultherapy and HiFu really are, as well as the differences between them and pros and cons of each. After all, this is your skin, and your face we’re talking about here, so making a careful, well-informed decision is the smart thing to do.


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What exactly is Ultherapy?


The US FDA has cleared the use of Ultherapy as a non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to counteract gravity’s effects on skin. It slowly lifts the skin on the face, neck and décolletage to help smooth out lines and wrinkles. Healthline notes the growing popularity of non-surgical alternatives to a facelift such as Ultherapy.


Ultrasound imaging enables specialists to actually see the tissue layers being worked on during treatment to make sure the energy reaches and affects the target areas. During treatment, a specialist uses an applicator to deliver focused ultrasound energy at just the right temperature to encourage collagen and elastic tissue regeneration in muscles as well as skin.


The Ulthera System has 4 components: control unit, handpiece, cart & transducers

The Ulthera System has 4 components: control unit, handpiece, cart & transducers. Image Source: Ultherapy.com


What exactly is HiFu?


HiFu, on the other hand, is short for High-intensity focused ultrasound, which was developed as a non-invasive procedure for treating facial wrinkles and laxity. This treatment has proven effective in improving the appearance of skin on the jawline, cheek and around the mouth. HiFu has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as early as 2009 for browlifting, and is now used for body contouring as well as for the face.
Sygmalift is a sterling example of HiFu treatments for aesthetic purposes. During a HiFu Sygmalift treatment, HiFu energy is combined with a cold laser to encourage bio-stimulation up to 5mm deep in the skin. It uses a large handpiece that helps to remodel and breakdown fat without damaging the skin’s outer layer or nearby tissue.


Sygmalift is recommended for patients from 25 to 60 years of age, whether to address the signs of skin aging, or to prevent fine lines and laxity around the eyes, mouth, lips, and jawline. It is also suitable for those who would like to firm up their double chins.


The choice is up to you.


After effectiveness and visible results, pain and discomfort are major considerations when it comes to treatment choices. Those of us with low thresholds for pain might be glad to know that Sygmalift is virtually painless because the ultrasound energy is broken up into fractions and affects targeted, areas at a time. Sygmalift thus eliminates the need for painkillers or numbing creams.


Sygmalift might produce a slightly painful sensation for some, but this discomfort is a lot less than that produced by Ultherapy, which is generally acknowledged as the more painful treatment of the two. Some people who go in for Ultherapy need to have a local anaesthetic or take painkillers prior to treatment. This is because Ultherapy goes beyond the skin’s surface and deep into the muscle tissues.


Those of us, however, who believe that “beauty knows no pain”, might be gratified to know that Ultherapy produces noticeable results after just one or two treatments, and that follow-up visits may be limited to just once a year. Sygmalift, on the other hand, can have you back at your aesthetic clinic as often as once a month for maintenance purposes.


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Stepping up for Sygmalift


In addition to providing a far more comfortable way to achieve a slimmer, more V-shaped face, having a HiFu Sygmalift offers the following advantages:


– It is painless and has no downtime.
– Treatment time takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the treated area.
– Precision targeting of tissue depth.
– It is a unique solution for submental fat or double chin.
– It is a medical-grade treatment for wrinkles and sagging skin.
– Progressive results within 40 days.


On top of helping reshape the face, Sygmalift can also help improve skin appearance in the neck and chin area, as well as improve pore size. You will notice immediate visible skin tightening and lifting after the treatment over the next 5 or 6 weeks or so as your skin continues to generate collagen, allowing you to have more youthful-looking skin day by day.


Although the results can take a few weeks to become noticeable as compared to a surgical facelift, you won’t have to take time off to let incisions heal. Sygmalift lets you walk in for your treatment and walk right back out in less than an hour so you can go on about your day.


There are also no known major side effects of Sygmalift, with the only real precaution to be taken is to minimize sun exposure. As the treatment makes skin more sensitive to UV rays, those who choose Sygmalift can always use sunblock and moisturiser, which in any case, should form a part of most skincare regimens.




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