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Last updated on June 2nd, 2023 at 1:00 pm
HIFU Treatment in Singapore

HIFU Treatment in Singapore

Solve Saggy Skin Without Surgery
Treatments from $300!

This uses ultrasound energy that helps encourage the production of collagen, which then leads to tighter, firmer skin. The high-frequency beams used by HIFU treatment allows it to focus below the skin’s surface, avoiding damages to the upper layers. Unlike surgical facelifts, HIFU has no scarring, incisions, and no required recovery time.

HIFU treatment can potentially give the same results as a surgical facelift, but without cutting and disrupting your skin’s surface. Instead, the ultrasound energy used precisely penetrates deep into the skin layers with higher temperature compared to other treatments.

A number of problem areas can be treated by HIFU treatment such as the chin, jawline, eyelids, neck, and other face regions that are wrinkling or sagging.

Similar to radiofrequency like Thermage, the energy delivered to the deep layers of skin stimulate collagen and elastin production. This results in natural skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation over time.

Sozo Aesthetic Clinic offers HIFU Singapore treatments using the Ultraformer 3 HIFU.

What Can HIFU Ultraformer 3 Treat?

Ultraformer 3 HIFU provides an effective and quick treatment for reducing any signs of skin aging and restoring that youthful glow. The HIFU device targets the dermis and superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) that triggers collagen production, which in turn, improves saggy skin and reduces wrinkles.

This treatment is ideal for patients who have skin laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and other wrinkled skin throughout the face, neck and body.

The common fine lines and wrinkles it can effectively treat are the smile lines, frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. It can also be used on the cheek fat, double chin and brow line for an added skin lift and contour.

Benefits of HIFU Facelift Treatment

Aging skin is something we can never avoid. As we age, the dermis, which is the structural foundation of our skin, loses elastin and collagen.  

The reduction or lack of elastin and collagen will result in wrinkles and sagging skin. HIFU Facelift Treatment is an effective procedure that helps reduce the signs of aging and help boost collagen and elastin production. Fine lines and wrinkles are drastically reduced after a few treatments of HIFU Facelift. You will find yourself with firmer and youthful skin.

No Injections
Stimulates Collagen
HSA Approved
60-min treatment
Visible Results in a Single treatment
Lasts Up to 12 Months

HIFU Facelift can potentially give similar results as a surgical facelift but without invasive surgery. You don’t need to go under the knife, and there are no injections involved. Compared to surgical procedures that will require you to stay in the hospital for recovery, HIFU Facelift has minimal downtime. After the procedure, you can immediately get back to your normal routine.

Here are the benefits you can experience from a HIFU Facelift Treatment:

  1. Non-invasive facelifting
  2. Lifts and tightens the chin/jaw area, eyebrows, cheeks, and neck area
  3. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  4. Stimulates the natural healing process of the body
  5. Minimal downtime
  6. No damage to your skin’s surface

HIFU Treatment: What is it Like?


Ultraformer HIFU 3 offers a much more comfortable procedure with its patented technology, compared to first-generation HIFU devices.

Only numbing cream is needed


HIFU is HSA-approved for being a safe and effective treatment. It is similar to a surgical facelift procedure, but of course, without the surgery. This is perfect for patients who don’t want to go under the knife.

Minimal Downtime

HIFU patients don’t require to stay in the clinic for recovery. After the procedure, patients are immediately discharged and allowed to continue with their normal routine. You may find yourself with a slightly pinkish skin after the treatment, but this usually subsides after a few hours.

Immediate and Gradual Enhancing Results

HIFU Treatments offer immediate results that can be noticed straight after treatment. The results just don’t stop there as you will see continuous improvements up to 6-12 months post-treatment. Best results are usually seen 3-6 months after the treatment because collagen production takes time.

How Does Ultraformer 3 HIFU Work?

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High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive treatment that may replace facelifts. The treatment itself and the device used is approved by the FDA for improving lines and wrinkles. It is an effective and safe procedure for facial rejuvenation, facial lifting effect, and body contouring. Our HIFU treatment of choice is the Ultraformer 3 HIFU.

Ultraformer HIFU is a non-surgical tightening and lifting procedure that uses targeted energy to reach and heat deeper skin layers. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which ultimately improves skin tone and texture.

Micro-focused waves of ultrasound energy are what creates the powerful energy. This reaches and stimulates the dermis. Unlike surgical treatments, Ultraformer HIFU doesn’t require any cuts on the skin’s surface to reach the deep layers.

This innovative treatment lifts the skin not only on the surface but also in the deep muscles. The heating of the dermal and muscle layers results in fibroplasia and mild inflammation. New collagen growth is triggered through this technique and eventually tones and strengthens the skin deep within.

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Ultraformer 3 HIFU also tightens chubby cheeks and saggy double chin.

At 1.5mm depth, the ultrasound energy aims to lighten any pigmentation by targeting the superficial dermis. After a few treatments, the amount of melanin on the skin reduces which lightens the pigmentation and brightens the skin.

At 3mm depth, the device’s target is to heat the skin tissues for the tightening effect. The energy penetrates deep into the deep dermis which stimulates collagen production.

At 4.5mm depth, the lifting effect takes place. The ultrasound energy reaches the SMAS layer, causing stimulation and tightening of the said layer, which in turn results in excellent lifting results.

How many HIFU treatments are needed to achieve results?

In order to see results, only 1 HIFU treatment session every 6 to 18 months is needed.

On average, most patients need 1 HIFU treatment per year to achieve and maintain their results.

This is because Ultraformer 3 HIFU is a medical-grade HIFU treatment device.

Medical-grade HIFU devices stimulate collagen production over weeks and months. Results can be visible in 2-3 months and peak around 6 months. Following which, the results are maintained from 6 to 18 months, depending on the individual’s genetics, skin condition and ability to produce new collagen.

Multiple monthly sessions are not needed to achieve collagen stimulation and skin tightening effects.

Why Choose Sozo for HIFU Treatment Singapore?

1. Customised treatment plan

  • Dr. Justin Boey believes that facial rejuvenation needs to be customised as every patient is unique.
  • During consultation, Dr. Boey will perform a detailed examination of your face to help you better understand which areas of the face can benefit most from HIFU.
  • Dr Boey has personally performed more than 2000 full face HIFU treatments.

2. Certified in Korea

  • Dr Justin Boey was Certified in Korea at Classys HQ (developers of Ultraformer III) by top Korean plastic surgeons.
  • From his training, Dr Justin Boey developed the Vector Lifting technique that yields impressive results for Under-eye Lift, Jaw-line Sculpting and Double Chin Reduction in just one treatment.

Ultraformer 3 vs Other HIFU

Ultraformer 3 HIFU is the most popular HIFU treatment in Korea and is expanding globally due to the following reasons:


3 Reasons Why Ultraformer 3 is Our Favourite HIFU

1. Higher Peak Power

Stronger ultrasound energy gives more effective results.

2. Specialised, Slimmer 2.0mm Transducer

Most other HIFUs only have 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm transducers.

Developed in Korea, the Ultraformer III has the slimmest 2.0mm transducer (known as MF2), which fits the contours of the Asian face more snugly.

By making firmer contact with skin, this surprisingly thin transducer is more preciseand delivers superior results for challenging regions of the face.

This precision is especially important for the Eyes (Under-eye, Crow’s Feet) and Mouth (Nasolabial Fold).

3. Less Discomfort

Compared to 1st generation HIFU devices like Ulthera, the Ultraformer 3’s patented technology ensures less discomfort.

With more patient comfort, Dr Boey can perform the procedure optimally at high energy levels with more ‘shot counts’ to deliver better results.

Ultherapy vs HIFU (Ultraformer)

Ultherapy/ Ulthera and Ultraformer 3 are both ultrasound face lift treatments. They are different brands of ultrasound treatment machines for face lifting and skin tightening.

Both Ulthera and Ultraformer 3 are HSA (Singapore) approved medical devices.

Ulthera and Ultraformer 3 are able to treat and reach depths from 1.5mm to 4.5mm precisely – this helps stimulate collagen and elastin effectively.

However, Ultraformer 3 has an additional 2.0mm handpiece for specialised skin tightening treatment around your eyes.

Being a high-intensity focused ultrasound device, Ultraformer 3 has an additional benefit of melting excess facial fat at selected high settings to help you to achieve a slimmer face.

Ultraformer III Hifu Singapore

HIFU vs Thermage

Thermage uses monopolar radiofrequency while HIFU uses ultrasound energy. Both types of energy are delivered into deep facial tissues to stimulate collagen production and tighten the targeted areas.

The difference is that Thermage, which is an earlier device, uses bulk heating which may spread outward from the targeted area, while HIFU uses focal heating that concentrates on a more specific area.

HIFU delivers more energy deep into the skin which is more effective for tightening and lifting the tissues underneath.

Thermage provides treatment only up to the dermis, which means you will need more treatment to achieve your desired results.

HIFU can reach depths of 1.5mm up to 4.5mm, which stimulates collagen production from all layers of your skin from the superficial layer down to the SMAS layer.

Thermage Treatment

Does HIFU have Side Effects?

HIFU Treatment in Singapore

HIFU Facelift promises a non-surgical way for skin tightening and lifting effect. It is a quick treatment that brings fast results through targeting specific areas of the face or neck.

While HIFU is an overall safe method for face lifting, there are some side effects you need to be aware of.

Mild Pain

Some patients may feel some sensation of pricking and heat during a HIFU Treatment – but this is only felt during the treatment. There is no further pain felt after the procedure. A numbing cream can be administered on the target area if there is intense pain. However, this is very rare.


The waves from the HIFU procedure penetrate through the deep layers of the skin to reach the dermis and superficial muscular aponeurotic systems layer (SMAS). This technique occasionally may cause minor damage and may lead to a feeling of numbness. The tingling sensation occurs in delicate areas, like the lips and eyes. Note that this side effect is very rare.

Blotching of skin

Patients with sensitive skin experience this side effect. The targeted area becomes red and blotchy, but they’re not permanent and will subside a few hours after the treatment. As an aesthetic clinic, we have the necessary creams to help to settle blotchy areas of your skin.


Since each individual’s skin is different, some may experience bloating and swelling. This is a rare side effect of HIFU facial treatments. The swelling will disappear a few days after treatment. Then you can notice the age-rewinding benefits of your treatment.

Ultraformer HIFU 3, being a third generation HIFU Treatment, offers the same effective results but with fewer side effects.

Is HIFU treatment painful?

There’s minimal discomfort as you may feel a heat sensation or slight pain that may last for a few seconds during the procedure. The warm pulses of energy cause the collagen and muscle layers to contract. This is just a good sign that collagen production is taking place. Some patients find this uncomfortable, but others reported feeling no pain. Third generation HIFU Treatments, such as Ultraformer 3 HIFU, are still as effective but come with less to no pain at all.

How long does HIFU Treatment last?

Usually, a patient treated with HIFU can still produce new collagen a year following the procedure, which may continue for another year depending on the patient’s condition and lifestyle. Overall, the results last for a long time and patients may expect it to stay from one to three years.

But ultimately, a HIFU treatment’s lasting results will depend on your skin condition and the future touch-ups you will be undergoing. It is recommended to get future touch-up treatments to keep pace with the unavoidable aging process.

HIFU Singapore Price

HIFU treatment Prices Singapore

Prices start from $300
1 treatment lasts up to 12 months.

The cost of a HIFU Singapore treatment will depend on the treatment area, the brand of HIFU, doctor’s experience, total number of treatments, and the consultation fee.

The price of HIFU (Ultraformer 3 HIFU) Facelift in Singapore starts from $300 for small areas of the face.  

If you wish to have a full face HIFU treatment, you can enquire for your customised price quote at Sozo Aesthetic Clinic.


For expected results of Ultraformer 3 HIFU facelift treatment, click here.

Ultraformer 3 HIFU is a non-invasive facelift treatment that is safe for all skin types.

Any patient who has sagging or loose skin will benefit from this non-surgical facelift treatment.

It is likely that if your sagging is severe, you may need a repeat treatment for optimal results.

High-intensity focussed ultrasound energy in general has a proven record of having been in use in the field of medicine for over five decades.

Ultrasound is a non-laser medical technology that has no radiation or long-term side-effects.

Lasers specifically address problems of the superficial layers of the skin (e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, pigment changes).

HIFU, on the other hand, addresses the deeper skin layers such as the SMAS layer- which is the foundational skin layer that is tightened in cosmetic face lift surgery.

Instead of pitting these two treatments against each other, HIFU and lasers are actually complementary to each other.

HIFU is facelift treatments in Singapore for those with mild to moderate loose, sagging, wrinkled or uneven skin.

The areas of your face that can be treated are around your eyes, lids, mouth, and nasolabial folds (the area between your nose and mouth).

HIFU facelift treatment can also be used for sagging skin on the jawline, neck, and other areas of the body with skin laxity.

If you prefer a non-surgical approach to address skin aging in Singapore, Ultraformer 3 HIFU is skin tightening and face firming treatments for you.

A full-face treatment can take up to an hour, while a partial face or brow lift treatment can take around 30 minutes.

Prior to HIFU treatment, numbing cream (topical anaesthesia) is applied for 15-20 minutes.

No, HIFU treatment has minimal downtime.

The Ultraformer 3 HIFU treatment is a non-invasive procedure that allows you to return to your daily activities immediately.

You may notice an initial lift immediately after HIFU treatment.

Based on clinical research, your skin will continue to lift and firm gradually over the next 3-4 months.

This is because HIFU treatment triggers a gradual process of collagen repair and regeneration which takes weeks and months.


Medical Director

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.