Beauty Friday: What is HIFU or Ultherapy?

Photo from IdealImage

HIFU is short for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or what is more commonly known as “Ultherapy” or “Ulthera”. Ultherapy or Ulthera is the brand name, but the actual procedure or treatment is technically known as “HIFU”. You guys, it’s the new thing in terms of non-surgical face lifting and skin tightening Have you heard of it?

To make the long explanation short, it’s an aesthetic skin treatment that uses ultrasound to safely lift and tighten the skin. I won’t bore you with the technicalities, but here’s a link to know more about the deets.

To sum it all up, here are the benefits of HIFU:

– Clinically Proven Safe and Effective
– Cost Effective Alternative to a Surgical Face Lift
– No Need for Anaesthesia or Sedation
– No Incisions or Risk of Infection
– No Downtime
– Comfortable and Painless Treatments
– Results can be seen after just one treatment
– Results can last for 2 years plus
Photo from Aesthetics Hub showing where the pressure will be focused on the face

The machine is connected to a handheld device that is used to apply the ultrasound on the skin. It applies pressure on different areas of the skin and depending on what you are trying to correct or treat, the direction of the pressure can also differ. Mostly, it is used for the cheeks, the forehead, the eyebrows, and the jawline.

As you know, I’m my sister’s guinea pig so I was able to try it first-hand. I can tell you right away though that it’s basically painless. This is coming from a girl with very low pain tolerance.

On the first session, I was able to see some difference. Pardon the quality of the photos though, because I got these from the clinic’s tablet where they record all the photos of their patients.

Before and After

The right side of my face or my right cheek is slightly bigger or fatter than my left cheek. I learned that it’s because I usually sleep on my right side. After the 30-minute treatment, I was able to see the difference – although not significant.

Before and After (Sideview) – see the contour?

What I noticed right away was the appearance of my cheek’s natural contour. Like I used a bronzer or a contour powder over my cheeks. My skin also felt tighter – all the way from my forehead to my chin. While you can’t see it here, I was also able to see the difference between my cheeks right after they finished applying the ultrasound – it was smooth, tight, and I can clearly see my jaw line.

I was told that the appearance will improve for about two weeks and it’s been more than a month since then. While I don’t really have fine lines or wrinkles yet, I can def tell you that I can see my cheek’s natural contour all the time now. As long as I don’t gain weight or get chunky, I was told that the appearance will improve better.


Will you ever consider doing HIFU, or have you ever tried it?

For my Philippine readers, if you’re interested and you live near Subic, Olongapo, send me an email at, so I can hook you up with my sister for a free consultation.

It’s September!

Okay, I know this is out of topic, but I just wanna say – where did the time go??? My frame of mind is still in August and I’m not ready for September yet! Waah! How are you doing on your side?

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