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HIFU Treatment vs Surgical Facelift: What’s the Difference?

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As we scroll through social media, we see many people talking about getting lip fillers and going through BBL surgeries. We see influencers promoting cosmetic procedures, and as a result, they have become more popular than ever.

Today, let’s talk exclusively about high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and surgical facelifts.

HIFU treatment in Singapore has been very popular lately. It has drawn the attention of many individuals seeking a non-invasive treatment for a beautiful, youthful glow. However, surgical facelifts are equally famous for their transformative results.

So, what is the difference between them, and which one should you choose?

What is HIFU treatment?

HIFU is a non-invasive treatment that penetrates ultrasound energy deep into the skin. This targeted energy prompts a tightening effect, which reduces sagging and wrinkles.

It also stimulates collagen production. As a result, your skin becomes firm and youthful. 

What is a surgical facelift?

A surgical facelift or rhytidectomy involves the inner layer of the skin and works on the fatty layer below the skin. So, the procedure is invasive. 

During the procedure, the surgeon removes your excess skin and repositions the remaining skin for a more youthful appearance. You can also get fat added to parts of your face to give it a full look.

HIFU vs surgical facelift: key differences


One of the differences between HIFU and surgical facelifts is the recovery time. 

For most of the people who have had surgical facelifts, bruises and swelling are still visible even after a week of surgery. 

It is to the extent that they have to lock themselves in their homes and take a break from work or events. After about two to three weeks, the bruises disappear, and they are good to flaunt their faces to the world.

HIFU, on the other hand, takes a maximum of 48 hours to recover.


When it comes to longevity, a surgical facelift wins the game.

HIFU stimulates collagen production, but it cannot really stop your ageing, and its results can only last for six months to two years.

“It is recommended that patients undergo touch-ups every year to ensure optimal results,” says Dr Justin Boey (an aesthetic doctor in Singapore).

Comparatively, the results of surgical facelifts can last for five to ten years. Now that is a long time!


While HIFU treatments take some time to boost collagen and require patience for results, surgical facelifts offer an immediate and noticeable transformation. HIFU’s subtle lift develops gradually and showcases its effectiveness over time.

However, surgical facelifts deliver a swift and dramatic outcome. Choosing between the two depends on individual preferences – whether you want a gradual improvement with minimal downtime or a more rapid and comprehensive change with a relatively longer recovery period.


We believe that, along with the effectiveness, the cost of the treatments plays a huge role in deciding which one is the better of the two.

Surgical facelifts are typically more costly due to separate charges for surgical facilities, anaesthesia, and post-operative care expenses. You should expect to spend an average of $9,281 in the US.

On the contrary, HIFU treatments only cost about $300–$900 per session. That’s way less than a surgical facelift.

Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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