HIFU vs Laser Treatment: A Detailed Comparision

HIFU vs Laser treatment

HIFU vs Laser Treatment: A Detailed Comparision

HIFU vs Laser Treatment: A Detailed Comparision

Non-surgical treatment

Non-surgical treatments have become very popular for people who want to look better without the risks and downtime of surgery. HIFU and laser treatments are two of the most popular. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Knowing the differences will help you decide which one is best for you.

What is HIFU

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) uses thermal energy in the form of multiple beams of ultrasound to stimulate collagen while penetrating into the deep skin. This causes skin tightening and lifting. This is a popular treatment and highly recommended if you want facial rejuvenation and want to shape your body.

HIFU benefits

  1. Injection or surgery isn’t required, lowering the risk of injection.
  2. It can target deeper layers of the skin than many laser treatments, resulting in more lifting and tightening.
  3. The collagen stimulation from HIFU can last for months (up to 1 year or more) after treatment.
  4. You can continue with your day-to-day activities as there might be only mild redness or swelling after the treatment.
  5. It costs less than Laser treatment.
  6. Less chance of side effects due to no surgery.


Laser Treatments

Laser uses light to target different skin concerns. Ablative and non-ablative lasers have different intensities and depths. Laser treatments are used for skin resurfacing, pigmentation, and collagen stimulation.

Laser Treatments benefits

  1. Lasers can treat many skin concerns, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, and texture irregularities.
  2. This treatment can be very precise, and target specific areas without affecting surrounding tissue.
  3. Many patients see results shortly after treatment, especially with ablative lasers.
  4. Like HIFU, laser treatment can also stimulate collagen production for long-term skin rejuvenation.


Comparison in terms of effectiveness

Several studies have compared the effectiveness of HIFU and laser treatments.

  • HIFU is better for skin tightening and lifting due to its ability to target deeper skin layers. A study done by “The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy” found that HIFU showed significant lifting on the cheeks, jawline, and neck.
  • Laser treatment, especially ablative laser, is better for skin resurfacing and texture. They can treat fine lines, scars, and pigmentation. A review in “Dermatologic Surgery” found that ablative laser showed significant improvement in skin texture and tone which HIFU never could match.
  • Non-ablative laser and HIFU are both well tolerated by patients during the treatment. But HIFU has less downtime compared to ablative laser, so it’s more convenient for those with busy schedules.



Price varies depending on provider, location, and area treated. On average:

  • HIFU: £300 to £1,200 per session
  • Laser: Non-ablative laser £500 to £3,000 per session, ablative laser £1,500 to £5,000 per session.

While laser may be more expensive upfront, multiple sessions for both can add up.



HIFU and laser both have their own uses for skin rejuvenation depending on your needs and wants. HIFU is for those who want deep skin tightening and lifting with no downtime. Laser is for those who want to improve skin texture, address pigmentation, and get instant results. Compare the benefits and costs to determine which one is the best for you.

Estetika Clinic has provided outstanding results through HIFU treatment. Consult with a professional aesthetic practitioner to get the best approach for your skin concern and treatment goal.


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