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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound - HiFu Treatment (Ultherapy)

HiFu Treatment Zones

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HiFu), sometimes known as Ultherapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure. It is designed for skin tightening, lifting, fat reduction and skin rejuvenation.

HiFu is especially suitable for treatment of mild to moderate skin-looseness (laxity) around the jaw, neck (i.e. double chin) and cheeks (i.e. jowels). It also provides a mild lifting and tightenting effect and is also suitable for brows and forehead. HiFu is frequently combined with fatloss injections to dramatically improve double chin appearance by both tightening skin and dissolving fat with an injection.

The HiFu technology is based on skin rejuvenation as it stimulates the formation and remodelling of collagen molecules. Collagen is extremely important for keeping skin looking both young and firm.

HiFu Treatment

The major benefits of HiFu treatment are:

  • Relatively non-invasive
  • No needles
  • Very little downtime after treatment
  • Is delivered very precisely, where you need it
  • Long-lasting results from a small number of treatments

This SMAS layer is the most important for skin toghtening and skin tone This SMAS layer is the most important for skin toghtening and skin tone..How it works


During High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HiFu) treatment, focused ultrasound energy is delivered to very precise points under the skin at different levels. This energy rapidly heats the point to disentangle collagen, stimulating both remodelling of collagen, the production of new collagen and harnesses the bodies own healing response to renew and rejuvenate these areas under the skin. HiFu in particular is able to reach the ciritical SMAS layer where most of the collagen and elastin for skin appearance and elasticity is present. This SMAS layer is the most important for skin toghtening and skin tone.

At Hardwick Clinic we use a CAD HiSonix 3D HiFu machine. This type of HiFu treatment is able to deliver a very controlled set of points to a single area of skin allowing alloing a faster more accurate treatment. Traditional HiFu involves using a single line at a time, whereas 3D HiFu is capable of delivering multiple lines in one area very precisely.

The Procedure

During your consultation we would define which areas would most benefit from HiFu treatment and make sure that HiFu is right for you. Your doctor will clearly mark out the treatment zones on your face for each 3D HiFu application. We apply ultrasound gel to the face and neck where required and apply the ultrasound to each treatment zone. The procedure is not particularly painful but you may find it a little uncomfortable in places, particularly the brow regions. We will work slowly with you to assess how much power to use to minimise discomfort while providing effective treatment.

Is it for Me?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HiFu) is not for everybody. In particular it is not suitable for people who are:

  • Have metal implants, pacemaker or defribilator devices.
  • Metal plates or implants in the face or skull
  • Severe acne or other active skin complaints at the treatment zones.
  • Are on anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Suffer from: Haemorrhagic disorder or hemostatic dysfunctions such as haemophillia or auto-immune diseases
  • If you are taking asprin or blood thinning medications then the approach may not be suitable for you

It is important to note that HiFu could disrupt recently delivered filler products such as HA (Hyaluronic Acid) or other non-surgical implants such as threads. We will work with you to assess your suitability for treatment given your previous history and treatments.

Excessive Sweating

This procedure can also be used to suppress the activity of sweat glands in patients suffering from excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), for more information please read here. This is frequently called miraDry and has FDA and British Association of Dermatologists approval.

Body Contouring

We can also use the lipolytic effect of HiFu to help break up fat in difficult areas including: thighs, underarms, buttocks and stomach. This may be beneficial for stubborn pockets of fat or loose skin following weight-loss. This procedure is not a substitute for weight-loss but may be beneficial in some cases. We utilise lymphatic drainage to assist in the breakdown and removal of fat.

Side Effects

HiFu is a very safe procedure in general. The most common side effects include: redness (erythmia), swelling (oedema) and sometimes a dull ache for a day or two, particularly around the jaw. Your skin will be sensitive for a number of days post-treatment and we require you to follow a comprehensive aftercare plan to moisturise the skin, protect it from the sun and to drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate your body.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments will I need ?

Treatment will vary from individual to individual according to requirements. A course of three treatments delivered 3 months apart may be required to achieve the full effect.

Will I notice results immediately ?

The final effect of HiFu treatment does not become fully apparent until around 3 months. However, you may notice a tightening and lifting effect straight after the procedure. The procedure will stimulate regeneration, rejuvenation and improvement in skin tone and quality. Lifting and tightening results vary from person to person.

Are the results permanent ?

To continue to maintain good skin-quality, it is required to engage in a good skincare regime. In general the results should last at least 12-18 months. A good skincare and skin rejuvenation regime will prolong the longevity of the results and also slow down ageing processes in general. Single maintenance treamtents may be required at 12 month intervals to preserve the initial effect.

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**Results described here and in the picture are indicative. Actual results may vary from patient to patient

Further Information

To learn more about ageing and how it affects our skin, you can read more about ageing here.

For further details about this and other procedures, please contact us for more information.

Additional treatments may be available, please contact us for more information

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