Uncover the truth behind High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) in Singapore with our comprehensive guide. We debunk 10 prevalent myths to set the record straight. Educate yourself and make informed decisions for your skincare journey today.

10 Myths You Need to Know about HIFU

TL:DR Summary

  • RF V-Lift: Non-invasive, stimulates collagen, tightens skin, contours face, painless, no downtime.
  • HIFU: Targets deep skin layers, lifts muscles, reduces sagging, more intense, can be painful.
  • Similarities: Both non-invasive, safe, long-lasting, improve wrinkles, fine lines, facial shape.
  • Differences: RF gentler, comfortable, affordable; HIFU more intense, immediate results.
  • Choosing Treatment: Depends on individual needs, preferences, budget; combining both can optimize results.
  • Treatment Focus: RF ideal for fine lines, superficial issues; HIFU better for deeper wrinkles, sagging.
Navigating the world of beauty and skincare treatments can be a daunting experience, especially in a bustling city like Singapore. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) has become an increasingly popular non-invasive skincare treatment, attracting attention for its promise of lifting and tightening skin. At Wellaholic, we offer RF V-lift facials, but we do have customers coming to ask to ask about HIFU. What myths surround this treatment? Wellaholic is committed to empowering you to make well-informed choices by debunking 10 common myths about HIFU. Let's read on to find out more~


As someone deeply entrenched in the aesthetics industry for many years, with a robust educational background including a CIDESCO certification and a Beauty Therapy & Salon Management Certification from Brentwood College UK, I’ve come across a myriad of treatments and technologies.

One such treatment that often sparks curiosity and, occasionally, misconceptions is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). In this article, I’ll put to the truth 10 common myths about HIFU. These myths range from misunderstandings about the treatment’s safety and efficacy to misconceptions about its suitability for different skin types and ages.

if you have more severe sagging skin, HIFU may be a better choice. If you are concerned about side effects, RF Vlift may be a better option.

Myth 1: HIFU is Painful

Contrary to what many might think, undergoing a High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) procedure is typically not associated with pain. It’s true that the level of comfort or discomfort can be a subjective experience, differing from one individual to another.

Notwithstanding, a large majority of customers tend to describe the sensation felt during the procedure as a kind of gentle tingling or a warm feeling occurring beneath the skin’s surface.

Myth 2: HIFU is Only for Older People

Based on my years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I’ve encountered a repeated myth: HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatments are exclusively for older individuals. This belief, however, doesn’t align with what I’ve learned and observed. HIFU, with its remarkable skin-lifting and tightening effects, isn’t just for those combatting the signs of aging. Younger clients can also benefit from this technology.

Proactive Skincare with HIFU: Delaying Aging Clock for Youthful Skin

It’s a proactive approach to skincare, helping to maintain youthful skin and delay the onset of aging signs. From what I’ve seen in practice and through continuous learning, HIFU can be a preventive measure for those in their late 20s or 30s. It’s about preserving the skin’s natural firmness and preventing sagging, rather than just correcting it.

Myth 3: Immediate Results

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is often misunderstood as giving instant results. However, the truth is that while you may notice some initial tightening, the complete effects take about 2 to 3 months to fully show. This time is needed for HIFU to stimulate your body’s natural collagen production, which is a gradual process. HIFU works by sending ultrasound energy deep into the skin. It targets the same layers as surgical facelifts but is non-invasive. Instead of surgery, HIFU promotes natural self-rejuvenation over time.

Myth 4: HIFU is Not Effective for Wrinkles

HIFU is also recognized for its aesthetic benefits including wrinkle reduction, tightening sagging skin on the neck, lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids, and enhancing the jawline. The treatment is noted for its non-invasive nature, allowing for aesthetic improvements without the need for surgery or injections​​. Furthermore, a study reported by Suh et al., noted the safe, effective, and non-invasive nature of HIFU for tightening facial skin, demonstrating both clinical and histopathological changes post-treatment.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Radio Frequency (RF) are both treatments used for skin lifting and tightening, but they work in different ways.

Myth 5: One Session is Enough

While HIFU delivers impactful results, maintenance sessions are recommended for long-term benefits. The effects can last up to a year, but touch-ups can help sustain the skin’s lifted and tightened appearance. Similarly, for our RF V-lift facials, repeated sessions can accelerate results, leading to the “lifting” effect that many of our customers desire.

Myth 6: HIFU Causes Burns

With certified practitioners and FDA-approved equipment, the risk of burns from HIFU is extremely low. At Wellaholic, safety is our utmost priority. Our specialists undergo rigorous training to ensure a safe and effective treatment process.

While HIFU treatments may have been costly in the past, technological advancements have made it increasingly accessible. Wellaholic offers competitive pricing options without compromising on quality or results. Our Radiofrequency V-lift facials start from just $149 per session for a 12-session plan.

Myth 7: HIFU is Expensive

While HIFU treatments may have been costly in the past, technological advancements have made it increasingly accessible. Wellaholic offers competitive pricing options without compromising on quality or results. Our Radiofrequency V-lift facials start from just $149 per session for a 12-session plan.

Myth 8: All HIFU Machines are the Same

Not all HIFU machines are created equal. The quality of the machine can significantly impact the results. Wellaholic uses state-of-the-art technology that has been rigorously tested to ensure effectiveness and safety.

Myth 9: HIFU is for Everyone

HIFU, which stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is an amazing treatment choice for many, yet it doesn’t fit the bill for everyone. This procedure could be a game-changer, however, there are certain medical conditions or specific skin types that might not play well with it. For instance, certain individuals might have a medical history or skin characteristics that could possibly make HIFU less effective or maybe not the right choice for them.

That’s where our professional advice steps in. When you come to us, a thorough consultation with our seasoned specialists is the golden ticket to figuring out whether HIFU is your match made in skincare heaven. We will do our best to assess your skin’s condition, and have an in-depth discussion with you (if necessary).

The choice between HIFU and RF should be based on individual skin type, age, specific concerns and pain threshold, ideally under the guidance of an experienced skin care professional.

Myth 10: HIFU is Just for the Face

While facial treatments are the most popular use of HIFU, this non-invasive ultrasound technology can also be effectively applied to other areas of the body, such as the neck, décolletage, and even the abdomen. HIFU works by delivering focused ultrasound energy to deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin. This can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin elasticity, and lift sagging skin.

If you are considering HIFU treatment, it is important to discuss your specific needs with a qualified professional. At Wellaholic, we can also help assess your skin condition and develop a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results.

Here are some examples of how HIFU can be used to treat specific areas of the body:

  • Neck: HIFU can be used to tighten and lift sagging skin on the neck, reduce the appearance of jowls, and define the jawline.
  • Décolletage: HIFU can be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the décolletage, tighten loose skin, and reduce the appearance of sun damage.
  • Abdomen: HIFU can be used to tighten the skin on the abdomen, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, and improve the overall appearance of the stomach area.


Myths and misconceptions often cloud our judgment and discourage us from exploring potentially beneficial treatments. In Singapore’s evolving beauty landscape, it’s crucial to educate yourself and make well-informed decisions. We hope this guide has clarified some common misunderstandings about HIFU. At Wellaholic, we strive to offer you the most accurate information and effective treatments to guide you on your journey to better skin and a more confident self. Come check-in with us for a free consultation for your facial and skincare needs~

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is HIFU suitable for all skin types?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is generally effective for most skin types. However, it is advisable to consult a professional before undergoing the treatment, especially if you have sensitive or reactive skin.

How does HIFU compare to other anti-aging treatments?

HIFU offers a non-invasive solution for skin lifting and tightening, making it a popular choice among those who prefer to avoid surgical procedures. It may not provide the same level of transformation as a facelift but offers noticeable improvements.

What is the duration of the results from a HIFU treatment?

Results from a HIFU treatment can last up to 1-2 years, depending on various factors like skin type, age, and lifestyle.

Can HIFU replace a traditional facelift?

HIFU is not a replacement for a surgical facelift but can be an excellent option for those looking for subtle improvements without the risks and downtime associated with surgery.

How many sessions of HIFU will I need?

Typically, one session is sufficient for noticeable results. However, some individuals may require more than one session, depending on their specific needs and conditions.

Are there any side effects to be aware of with HIFU treatments?

Common side effects include redness, swelling, and minor pain during the procedure. These usually subside within a few hours to days.

Founder and Managing Director for Wellaholic, an aesthetic chain with 8 outlets island-wide in Singapore.

Willie Chan, Founder

Willie Chan, a visionary leader and relentless pursuer of excellence, is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain with 8 outlets across Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics. 

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