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Home-based HIFU Treatments: Should I Risk Using Them?

By SL Aesthetic Clinic
Home-Based HIFU Treatments

In our quest for youthful and radiant skin, we often find ourselves intrigued by the convenience and allure of at-home beauty devices. The latest addition to this growing trend is home-based High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) devices, which were once mainly used in clinics and by professionals.

The idea of achieving skin tightening and rejuvenation without leaving your home is undoubtedly appealing. However, before you dive headfirst into the world of at-home HIFU treatments, it’s essential to consider the potential risks. 

In this blog post, we’ll cover these risks and just how home-based HIFU treatment is different from professional HIFU treatment.

How Hifu Treatment Helps With Signs of Ageing

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens sagging skin on the face and neck through ultrasound energy.

This precision targeting sets HIFU apart from other treatments, as it enables practitioners to reach areas that were previously only accessible through surgical procedures.

During the procedure, the ultrasound energy induces controlled thermal injury and activates the production of new collagen, combating visible signs of ageing. 

These signs of ageing include: 

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin 
  • Loss of facial


Professional HIFU treatments can be customised to address specific areas of concern, such as your face, neck, décolletage, and certain areas of your body.

How at-home HIFU Devices Differ From Professional Hifu Treatments

An at-home HIFU device is a portable, handheld device that is designed to replicate the skin rejuvenation effects of professional HIFU treatments in the comfort of your own home. They are available for purchase to the general public without the need for a prescription or an order from a professional. 

At-home HIFU devices are marketed as a more affordable and convenient alternative to professional treatments. However, there are significant differences between the two in terms of technology, safety, and effectiveness.


Professional HIFU machines used in clinics are typically equipped with advanced ultrasound technology, allowing for precise targeting within the skin. These machines have undergone rigorous testing and are designed to deliver consistent and controlled energy levels. 

In contrast, at-home devices often have limited power settings and may not have the same level of precision or reliability.


Professional HIFU treatments are performed by trained and experienced medical professionals who have a deep understanding of anatomy and potential risks. They can customise the treatment based on an individual’s unique needs and ensure that the procedure is carried out safely. 

Home-based HIFU treatments lack the supervision of a medical professional. Incorrect usage or improper settings may lead to undesirable outcomes, such as burns, skin damage, nerve damage and ineffective results.


Professional HIFU treatments are designed to deliver optimal results with carefully calibrated energy levels and treatment depths to achieve the desired outcome. 

At-home devices, while offering convenience, often have limitations in terms of energy levels and depth of penetration, which reduce their effectiveness in delivering noticeable and long-lasting results.

Monitoring and follow-up

Professional HIFU treatments involve a consultation with a medical professional who can assess your suitability for a treatment, discuss expectations, and provide post-treatment care. A medical professional can also monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments during subsequent sessions.

If you’re doing HIFU treatment on your own at home, you might not know what to monitor and how to track your progress. You could end up with subpar outcomes, and worse, complications. 

What Can Go Wrong With an at-home HIFU Device?

While the idea of administering HIFU treatments in Singapore at home may seem convenient and cost-effective, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks and complications that can arise from self-administration.

Improper Usage

There is a risk of using the device incorrectly, applying excessive energy levels, or targeting the wrong areas. This can result in adverse effects such as burns, skin damage, nerve damage or ineffective results.

Lack of Individualised Assessment

HIFU may not be the correct treatment option for every individual. An experienced aesthetic doctor will be better able to advise whether HIFU is the best treatment for your situation. 

Inadequate Safety Precautions

At-home users may not be aware of safety precautions required to operate the device, increasing the risk of accidental injury.

Delayed Detection of Underlying Issues

A holistic treatment requires a deep understanding of the facial structure and skin layers. Skin ageing is often multi-faceted, and an experienced professional will be able to detect related or underlying issues that can be addressed to improve treatment results. 

Professional HIFU Treatment in Singapore

When performed by trained professionals in a clinical setting, HIFU treatments in Singapore carry a lower risk of complications and provide a higher level of safety and effectiveness. With professional treatments, you can also ensure that the procedure is tailored to your specific needs and your skin is assessed comprehensively.

Given the potential hazards, we strongly advise speaking with a medical professional before pursuing any HIFU treatment, rather than attempting to administer it yourself at home.

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we provide professional HIFU treatment, among other aesthetic treatments in Singapore. Our doctors are qualified and highly experienced in non-invasive skin rejuvenation and face lifting procedures. They prioritise safety when performing any treatment.

The cost of a HIFU treatment varies based on the areas of your skin being treated. The price for the procedure starts at $700. Consult us to know more.

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