SygmaLIFT’s latest second-generation HIFU facelift (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is the newest treatment for non-surgical face lifts. HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift entirely transforms face lifts into a pain-free, injection-free and surgical-free experience for all users.
HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift consists of focal lines and micro ultrasound to rejuvenate the face non-invasively. It concentrates 1000 intersecting beams of ultrasound energy at a target depth in the skin tissue with extreme precision. Each beam of energy creates a progressive thermal and mechanical action that enhances the drainage of fat cells and eliminates it.
HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift has an innovative Tri-Micro Focal Ultrasound feature which allows it to target 3 depths of skin (at 1mm, 1.5mm, and 2mm) for the production of collagen and to stimulate collagen production. This triple focal pulsed mode is able to target the eyes, forehead and mouth, and is clinically proven to stimulate bioactivity, remodel collagen fibres, promote oxygenation and regenerate tissue from the inside-out. The result is a HIFU procedure that is comparable to a full facelift, mini facelift or other surgical procedures and surgical facelifts by plastic surgeons. By tightening and lifting not just the skin layer, this type of facelift is perfect for facial contouring and treating sagging skin or excess skin.
HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift also incorporates Cold Laser technology to further promote healing and tissue repair. Cold Laser has been studied for over 30 years and has shown to enhance skin glow. The 635nm red laser works at 2 levels of the skin – at the epidermis and deeper subcutaneous tissue, to increase collagen synthesis and growth factor production.
In addition, HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift uses a low-level laser in a process known as photobiostimulation. This low-level laser therapy emits photons which trigger skin DNA to function again at its full capacity.
The main difference between HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift and Ulthera is the pain. As HIFU SygmaLIFT facelift uses fractionated HIFU, it is literally painless. Ulthera, on the other hand, uses very focused large beams of ultrasound energy which tends to case a lot of pain during treatment.
Both HIFU SygmaLIFT and Ulthera result in skin tightening and face lifting effect.
The recommended frequency for HIFU SygmaLIFT is once a week treatment over a span of 3 to 6 weeks. Effects are immediately visible and can last up to 12 months. Ulthera, on the other hand, is done in 1 session and shows results over 2 to 3 months.
*Photos taken from actual patients. Individual results might vary.
Cambridge Therapeutics is the 1st centre in Singapore to provide the SygmaLIFT Face Lift Treatment.
We are also recognised as a Centre Of Excellence for our technical excellence in operating the SygmaLIFT device for our clients.
As with any procedure, HIFU comes with certain side effects such as:
Pain — during the therapy, some patients with a low tolerance for pain may experience sensations of pinpricks or heat which stop when the treatment ends. However, although rare, patients can opt for numbing cream or oral medication to ease the discomfort.
Blotchy skin — you may experience red patches on your skin post-treatment, especially if you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness. This subsides a few hours after the treatment.
Swelling — you may experience slight swelling, which also subsides a few days after treatment.
Numbness — as sound waves are emitted to penetrate deeper layers of the skin, some minor damage is created, which cause numbness. This feeling dissipates after a few days.
The number of HIFU treatments you’ll need is dependent on your age, skin condition and type of results that you would like to see.
It also greatly depends on the type of HIFU used. For example, spa-grade HIFU treatments usually require 6 to 10 sessions. The Doublo Gold, for example, is a medical-grade HIFU that only requires 2 sessions, with the follow-up session 4-6 months after the first. You may undergo up to 4 Doublo Gold Hifu sessions a year.
Facial fat such as the jowls, double chin and cheeks can be reduced if the right handpieces are used. However, the main focus of HIFU is still to rebuild collagen and tighten skin.
After the procedure, your skin may be more sensitive and vulnerable so you should:
It is also very important to moisturise your skin, use sunblock and stay hydrated.
HIFU results are semi-permanent, which means the results can last for up to two years. Ideally, it would be good to go for one session every 12 months for maintenance.
In the past, HIFU treatments were quite painful. However, newer generation devices of HIFU are virtually pain-free. Patients who are particularly sensitive to pain can also opt for numbing cream to alleviate discomfort.
First, it is important to understand that a proper HIFU generates temperatures under the skin to more than 70 degrees celsius, while spa-grade ultrasound procedures generate temperatures only up to 42 degrees celsius.
In Singapore, only medical clinics can offer HSA-approved medical-grade ultrasound procedures, such as the Doublo Gold HIFU. There are other types of HIFU, such as spa-grade HIFU technology like the SymgaLIFT HIFU.
|Doublo Gold HIFU||SygmaLIFT HIFU|
|Time taken||The treatment takes about 8-10 minutes for a full-face treatment due to its highly efficient two-round firing||The treatment takes about 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the treatment areas|
|Pain||Tingling or prickling sensation, generally comfortable and some patients do not opt for numbing cream||Generally pain-free with a slight tingling or prickling sensation|
|Technology||High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment with 3 depths: 1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm||Utilises a Tri-Micro Focal Ultrasound feature to target depths: 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm
Its cold laser technology also further promotes healing and tissue repair
|Sessions required||The Doublo Gold requires about 2 sessions a year but can be undergone up to 4 times a year||The recommended frequency for SygmaLIFT is once a week over the course of 3-6 weeks|
It depends on the type of HIFU used and the patient’s expectations for a successful treatment.
However, it is important to note that HIFU may not be an ideal treatment for everyone. It isn’t recommended for people who have infections, open lesions, suffer from severe or cystic acne or have metal implants on the target area.
Conversely, it works best for people above the age of 30 who suffer from mild to moderate skin laxity.
Generally, it wouldn’t be advised to do both treatments on the same day, as one might cancel out the other. Injectables, such as hyaluronic fillers, may degrade under the high intensity focused ultrasound.
You can undergo HIFU first, then perhaps have the injectables a week later. However, if you already have fillers, then it would be best to wait 3-4 months before undergoing HIFU to maintain the integrity of the fillers.
HIFU is non-ablative and does not burn the skin surface. The high intensity focused ultrasound waves heat the dermal and superficial muscular aponeurotic system layers to promote better collagen production.
Yes, HIFU is great for addressing volume loss and treating delicate areas such as the lower and upper eyelids. It can be used under the eyes to tighten the ligaments and muscles, promote elastin and collagen production, and reduce fat volume under the eyes.
Yes, you can wash your face after HIFU, even with facial cleansers. However, keep in mind not to use wash with water that is too hot or too cold.
Any swelling or bruising after HIFU is normal and temporary, however, you can prevent or reduce it by:
It depends on what your expectations are and what end results you would like to achieve.
Using a fractional laser can help improve the texture and appearance of your skin, and reduce the appearance of dark spots, scars and hyperpigmentation. HIFU, on the other hand, is the only non-surgical treatment tailored to toning and tightening skin.
They both do, however, have a positive effect on wrinkles. HIFU tightens loose skin while a fractional laser also helps stimulate collagen production to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
HIFU and radiofrequency treatments could prove great results if you’re looking to having tighter skin and a younger-looking appearance. However, they cannot be performed at the same time.
It would be best to check in with your doctor first for a proper skin consultation and a personalised treatment plan best suited to your skin condition and concerns.