HIFU Facelift

HIFU and non surgical facelift

RM 3,800 ONLY

1 session of HIFU treatment  and

1 syringe of Ellanse Dermal Filler

(Usual price RM5,600)




Above: Before and after photos of a patient who had done non-surgical face lift at Dr Bob Clinic. Consent has been obtained for use of image. Photos are for reference only, individual results may vary

Everyone wants to maintain a youthful look, and are continuously seeking out all the different options available. An increasing number of patients are embracing non-surgical methods for face lifting. Although non-surgical face lifting produce less dramatic results, they offer less downtime, less risk and lower cost.

These treatments are perfect for those who are not quite surgical candidates, having only mild signs of ageing, as well as those who want to delay the sagging before it becomes more serious. Then there are also a number of patients who may be surgical candidates, but are either afraid of surgery or have been put off by some less than favourable outcomes from surgery.

The most well known non-surgical face lift devices utilise ultrasound technology in the form of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Besides HIFU, there are also other modalities out there that are lesser known, but bring something to the table that HIFU does not.

In this article we will delve into the different types of non surgical face lift treatments, and explain to you the different technologies available. But before that, we need to understand the ageing process of our faces, and the role of non-surgical face lift in delaying or reversing that process.

Collagen and the ageing process

While most people think of ageing as the development of wrinkles, the reality is that the ageing process is much more complicated than that. The ageing process affects the entire facial structure, including skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles and facial bone.

The majority of age related skin changes occur in the middle layer of our skin. Due to ageing and environmental factors, our skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin starts to slow down. In fact, it has been shown that our dermis layer loses 20-80% of its thickness with the ageing process.

Collagen and elastin are the two proteins that keeps our skin plumped, firm and toned. When the amount of collagen and elastin is reduced, our skin takes longer time to assume its original position when pulled or tugged. This gradually leads to skin wrinkles and sag.

Dermal fillers are perfect tools to address loss of volume. Certain dermal fillers such as biostimulators are also indicated for skin tightening to address fine lines, wrinkles, loose and sagging skin. 

However, there must be a limit to just how much dermal fillers should be injected, as injudicious and unrestrained use results in Facial Overfilled Syndrome and Pillow Face appearance. 


Non surgical face lift delays the ageing process

Non surgical face lift devices work by delivering energy into various layers of our skin to cause what is known as a thermal coagulation zone. These coagulation zones will elicit an inflammatory response and subsequently lead to collagen stimulation and contraction.

Above: Before and after photos of a patient who had done non-surgical face lift at Dr Bob Clinic. Consent has been obtained for use of image. Photos are for reference only, individual results may vary


What are the non surgical face lift treatments in Malaysia?

The main difference between the different non surgical face lift devices is in how their energy is delivered.

Between 2005-2009, Radiofrequency was the most popular non surgical face lift device. External radio frequency devices produced bulk heating within the skin.

In 2015, the first generation Ultracel was introduced which was based on the principle of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). HIFU is able to create thermal coagulation zones under the skin without affecting the surface. In 2019, the latest generation Ultracel Q+ was released. It is the first HIFU to introduce a linear handpiece which is able to target fat reduction.

The Lutronic Genius was introduced in 2019. It utilises the micro needling radiofrequency (RF), that introduced thermal energy within the deep dermis while sparing the outer layers.


High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU): Ultracel Q+

HIFU releases highly concentrated ultrasound energy, delivered deep into the skin causing very precise thermal coagulation zones as deep as the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer. 

HIFU devices are able to deliver energy to different preset depths, typically 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm. 4.5mm is where the SMAS layer is at. Only HIFU is able to penetrate to this depth, and this is what sets HIFU apart from other non surgical face lift devices. 

Ultracel Q+ is the latest generation HIFU which is able to deliver the required amount of energy to stimulate neocollagenesis while at the same time maintaining comfort. Having also the fastest shot speed in the world (8 minutes per 300 shots), the procedure time is much shorter and less painful compared to previous generation HIFU devices. 

Ultracel Q+ has an extra advantage in that it has a 2.0mm depth transducer for sensitive areas like the periorbital areas.

Microneedling RF vs External RF devices

Microneedling RF uses radio frequency attached to microneedles to cause similar thermal coagulation zones below the skin, much like HIFU. This is in contrast to traditional external radiofrequency device which works by bulk heating.

Eliminating the bulk heating means there is less unwanted thermal injury to surrounding tissues, thus reducing the risk of complications whilst maximising results. 

The Lutronic Genius is an Intelligent Microneedling RF treatment which is so much more advanced compared to any other device available in the market today. It has a proprietary tissue intelligence  “smart” feature that helps practitioners provide outstanding care. 

Apart from face lifting, Lutronic Genius is also indicated for the treatment of acne scars, pores, fine lines and wrinkles reduction, and as a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis

Above: Before and after photo of Dr Bob having done non-surgical face-lift treatment. Consent obtained for use of image. Photos are for reference only, individual results may vary

Profhilo 5 points face lift

Profhilo is an injectable anti-aging treatment containing high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, with the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid available (64mg/2mls).

Profhilo is used to treat loss of skin elasticity and firmness by a process called bioremodelling. Profhilo effectively stimulates the production of both your natural collagen and elastin to renew your skin from within. 

Profhilo is injected to the face with a 5 point injection technique called the Bio-aesthetic point (BAP).


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