HIFU Body Sculpting | Benefits, Side Effects & Advantages

  • Updated July 9, 2022
  • by Honey Seida
HIFU Body Sculpting

What Is HIFU Body Sculpting?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is nowadays known as one of the best methods of rejuvenating facial skin without side effects, but did you know that the same technology can be used to reduce body size? If you have recently heard about HIFU body sculpting, there are probably several questions about it in your mind that we intend to answer in this article.

HIFU body sculpting has replaced liposuction as a non-invasive and painless procedure, a fine example of which is HIFU treatment for double chin. The treatment is done using ultrasound with the aim of eliminating fat cells accumulated in various parts of the body.

The energy of ultrasound waves can penetrate a few centimeters below the surface of the skin and help reduce the size in these areas without much pain or annoying side effects. The results of HIFU treatment body sculpting will be visible in about 45 days (about 1 and a half months) after the treatment session.

HFU Body Sculpting Results

HIFU body sculpting can help you get rid of fat cells accumulated in the treated area. The procedure is usually performed on three areas of the body in one session. The results are quite noticeable during the first one to two weeks, but the actual results will be visible in 3 to 4 months.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The results will be observed about 2 to 3 months after the treatment session. As long as you follow a healthy lifestyle; have a proper diet and exercise; The results of HIFU body sculpting can last you for an entire year. 

Side Effects

HIFU body sculpting may cause minor side effects. Usually, patients do not feel much pain or discomfort throughout the process.


There is no downtime associated with HIFU body sculpting and clients will not need any specific recovery period. They can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment session and even return to work.

How Does HIFU Body Sculpting Work?

HIFU body sculpting is a treatment method in which heat is transmitted through high-intensity focused ultrasound waves to excess fat cells in the target areas. This way, HIFU body sculpting helps with losing that extra layer of fat under the skin in different areas of the body, such as the arms, sides, abdomen, etc.

HIFU Body Sculpting & Spot Fat Reduction

The ultrasonic gel is first rubbed into the target area to help the HIFU device send ultrasound waves to the target fat layers using a special handpiece. As ultrasound waves penetrate the target layers, the fat cells respond. The procedure can be performed for any part of ​​the body, such as the arms, abdomen, or sides.

This process is usually repeated three times for each targeted area. It is perfectly normal to feel the heat, slight tremors, and burning sensation during the treatment. Due to the heat generated, most patients experience the penetration of ultrasonic waves with a burning or tingling sensation on their skin. It is important to know that HIFU body sculpting will not damage the surface layer of the skin.

You can have the treatment performed on different areas of your body, including:

  • Arms
  • Sides
  • Inside and outside the thighs
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Hips
  • Chin
  • Armpits

Who Can Benefit from HIFU Body Sculpting?

Ideally, everyone who is looking to reduce their size in different areas of their body and has accumulated fat under the skin; can enjoy the benefits of HIFU treatment. The goal of the procedure is the reduction of accumulated fat and contouring of the body.

This treatment is a good option for people who follow a proper diet and regular exercise, and their goal is not to lose significant overall weight.

The most important point you need to pay attention to when it comes to HIFU body sculpting is that it is only effective for spot fat reduction, therefore, this treatment may not be an effective way to reduce total body fat for people who suffer from obesity. It is always best to consult a professional before making the final decision whether to go for it or not. 

Can HIFU Body Sculpting Replace Liposuction?

If you are looking for a non-invasive and effective alternative to liposuction; HIFU body sculpting can be the best option for you. HIFU body sculpting will give you more natural results compared to liposuction and is performed on the skin without the need for any incisions or surgery.

With HIFU body sculpting, just one session of treatment without any downtime will be enough to help reduce fat in any area of ​​your body. The procedure is completely effective and safe. 

HIFU Versus Other Body Sculpting Methods

  • Other body sculpting methods normally require several sessions of treatment, while HIFU body sculpting in just one treatment session, will have a significant effect on reducing body fat.
  • The technology used in HIFU treatment helps to get rid of sagging skin after body sculpting. Therefore, after the layer of fat is lost, the skin in the treated area will look nice and smooth.
  • Due to the use of ultrasonic energy in HIFU compared to RF, the stimulation of collagen production in the deep layers of the skin gets a boost and so does the process of fat reduction with HIFU and elimination of cellulite.
  • HIFU body sculpting is a unique, fast, and accurate method for fat reduction, body sculpting, and skin tightening, and unlike other body sculpting methods, it has very mild side effects.

Advantages of HIFU Body Sculpting

  • Short treatment sessions of less than 30 minutes
  • Mild side effects
  • No downtime
  • Short-term and long-term results  
  • Economical
  • Ideal for spot fat reduction

Non-surgical and non-invasive: Invasive body sculpting treatments, such as liposuction, are usually associated with specific risks of surgery and have a long recovery period, and require very special after-care.

Even newer and less invasive body sculpting methods are considered a sub-type of surgery. HIFU body sculpting unlike all these methods is non-invasive, and patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Accurate body sculpting: Different Patients have different body shapes and sizes and the way fat has accumulated in their bodies also differs from one another. In this scenario, the functionality of other body sculpting machines and methods is limited, and they normally require several hours or sessions of treatment in one area.

However, with HIFU body sculpting, the therapist will have control over the place and the amount of energy delivered and can therefore easily give the clients the desired result in a one-hour treatment session.

Better penetration depth: With other non-invasive body sculpting technologies, such as radiofrequency and laser, energy is absorbed at a high level or spreads near the skin surface, thus limiting the penetration depth into subcutaneous adipose tissue resulting in only temporary results.

The ultrasound energy however penetrates different layers of the skin and reaches the target fat area without damaging the skin or the surrounding tissues. Other ultrasound imaging devices often use low-frequency energy, which increases the number of treatment sessions and does not guarantee the desired result.

HIFU body sculpting, on the other hand, uses high-intensity, focused ultrasound energy to break down subcutaneous fat, delivering consistent and predictable results in just one session.

HIFU Body Sculpting Vs HIFU Facelift

To stretch the skin and rejuvenate the face with HIFU, ultrasound energy must penetrate the underlying layers of the skin at a depth of 1.5 to 3 mm (about 0.12 in). Of course, the new HIFU technology has advanced to such an extent that by using special cartridges, the energy is able to penetrate to a depth of 4.5 mm (about 0.18 in) or the SMAS layer which completely affects the muscles and the fat layer under the skin.

The goal of HIFU facelift is to stimulate more collagen production and heat in the deeper layers of the skin to enhance the self-healing effects of this process. In this procedure, the goal of the treatment is usually to eliminate wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin, acne, and so on.

The results will be completely visible after about three months and because it does not damage the surface of the skin, it will not leave any wounds, infections, or other severe side effects. The sessions are typically very short.

In HIFU body sculpting, cartridges that can transfer ultrasound energy to the deeper layers of the skin, up to 8 and 13 mm (about 0.51 in) are used. HIFU body sculpting targets the fat layer with ultrasound energy. This procedure is ideal for contouring the body, especially after pregnancy, to remove fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and any other areas where there is an accumulation. 

HIFU Body Sculpting Cost

The Price of HIFU body sculpting will be based on the patient's condition and the amount of accumulated fat, the type of cartridge used, and the area of ​​the body needing the treatment.

It is usually recommended that a maximum of three areas of the body be treated during one HIFU body sculpting session. Various HIFU treatment packages with reasonable pricings are offered in Brilliant Skin Australia, some of which will definitely fit your profile.


Is HIFU body sculpting painful?

A body sculpting session with HIFU will not be very painful. Most patients will not need to apply a local anesthetic cream, some clients feel the weak electrical energy being transmitted to their body and may feel a tingling or burning sensation on the skin.

These are perfectly tolerable but may vary depending on the area being treated for the face or body. In any case, if you imagine you are very sensitive to pain, it is better to let your beautician know so that appropriate measures can be taken to reduce your discomfort.

Is HIFU body sculpting safe?

Body contouring with HIFU is a completely safe and effective method that is performed without the need for surgery. The use of HIFU device with the aim of slimming and tightening the skin has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) since 2012, and because it does not damage the surface layer of the skin; It does not have any severe side effects and will not require a period of recovery.

What happens to the fat?

The lost fat is collected and excreted by the liver or lymphatic system within a few weeks to a few months after the treatment. The client will experience size reduction in the treated areas during this time, and the skin usually becomes firm as well.

Will the lost fat return?

Adults have a limited number of fat cells. Therefore, after the cells are destroyed during the HIFU body sculpting procedure, the remaining cells will not divide and as a result, their total number is reduced. However, the remaining cells can grow, depending on your diet, exercise, medications, and other lifestyle factors.

We recommend that you keep your weight constant in order to be able to enjoy the results of HIFU body sculpting for a longer period of time. However, even with weight gain, the treated areas will be significantly less fat than other parts of the body.

Who cannot have HIFU body sculpting?

Pregnant and lactating women cannot have this treatment. You must be over 18 years old, not have conditions such as hernias, infections, and skin diseases and there should be no wounds or scars in the treatment area.

How much size reduction will I experience?

On average, our clients' waist size decreases by about 3 cm (about 1.18 in). Of course, in different people, the results will be more accentuated and, in some others, less.

Final Word

HIFU body sculpting is a new method without the need for surgery, which in addition to sculpting and reducing body size can also be effective in lifting the skin of the treated area. Unlike other body sculpting and contouring methods such as liposuction, HIFU Body Sculpting does not require any injection or incision on the skin surface but uses ultrasound energy that penetrates different depths under the skin, which is why HIFU body sculpting is effective in spot fat reduction.

Due to the many advantages of this procedure, including its lower cost and increased safety, in recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of HIFU body sculpting procedures performed throughout the country.

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