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HIFU Treatment & Botox: What Is The Difference?

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Are you thinking of getting rid of wrinkles or wanting to look younger but don’t really understand the difference between HIFU treatment and Botox. With the evolution of medicine, there are now more options for non-surgical treatments and anti-ageing treatments.

However, it may be confusing to know which is best with many to choose from. Fortunately, we’ve summarized the details for you so you can make an informed decision. Let us take a look at the differences between both treatments.

The Difference Between HIFU & Botox

Both treatments have their pros and cons in terms of anti-ageing properties. Let’s understand what each treatment is all about.

HIFU Treatment – What is it?

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is a non-surgical and needle-free treatment that uses soundwaves to heat up fat cells at the cellular level to destroy them. This isn’t a bad thing, instead, it helps with the regeneration of new tissue and collagen production that will bring you youthful taut skin.

It also helps to tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, define the jawline, neck and eliminate dark circles under the eyes. The effect is said to last up to a year and sometimes even longer. However, the results will be visible after 2-4 weeks after the first session. No matter, HIFU in Singapore tends to be popular due to its long-term results and affordable pricing nature.

Botox – What is it?

Many are looking for ways to look young and reduce signs of ageing, Botulinum Toxin better known as Botox is an effective form of medical aesthetic treatment. This treatment involves the injection of Botox under your skin in small dosages to reduce the appearance of fine lines while tightening the skin. It minimises under-eye circles, dark circles, and gives the overall face a revitalizing look.

Which Treatment is Better?

 There is no better treatment, just which is more suitable for you based on your wants.

Pain & Side Effects


Patients can expect minimal, if any, pain with the treatment as it does not require any surgical procedures. The ultrasound waves pass through different layers of skin and boost collagen growth. Some may find slight discomfort or irritation due to the heat and may notice slight redness or swelling on their faces during and after treatment. This is very common and patients are told to not worry.


Pain is minimal for Botox treatments as well as a layer of numbing cream is applied to the targeted area. The pain may be described as a pinch, similar to an ant bite.

Some side effects to be aware of includes bleeding, bruising, redness or swelling at the injection sites. Consult with your doctor for more explanation on the possible side effects.

The Effects

HIFU can last for up to 12 months with results showing after 2 – 4 weeks. Effects of Botox, on the other hand, can be seen after 3 – 5 days but it tends to last between 3 – 6 months.

Treatment Cost

Prices for Botox and HIFU in Singapore is said to differ depending on which clinic you visit. You will need to contact the clinic to find out how much each session will cost you.

Can I do HIFU if I’ve Done Botox Before?

According to dermatologist experts, you can still undergo HIFU if you have previously done Botox. However, do ensure that the Botox was done at least 1-2 weeks before your HIFU treatment. It is safe and you will not experience side effects. In fact, HIFU is mild and the treatment is mostly painless. Make sure to inform your doctor if you’ve done any anti-ageing procedures.

Final Thoughts

Although it may be a little unsettling to undergo a treatment where needles are involved, this does not mean that Botox is not effective. Rather, it is effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. However, if you are looking for a gentle and non-invasive way of skin tightening, HIFU is the way to go. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference, pain threshold, and the results you are looking to achieve.