High-intensity focused ultrasound

HIFU is a safe cosmetic procedure that removes wrinkles, tightens and lifts sagging skin & reduces body fat. Delivering focused ultrasound energy to the subcutaneous (fat) layer HIFU melts away excess body fat on arms, stomach, hips buttocks and thighs.

HIFU is a non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses ultrasound energy and low levels of heat to lift muscles and reduce sagging or elastic skin. The treatment gives the skin a significant lift and is relatively painless, with many patients only feeling a slight sensation during the treatment. By using ultrasound energy, HIFU technicians are to perform on more specific areas and penetrate deeper skin layers for the best results. In particular, HIFU can concentrate on the dermis layer of the skin, which is the second layer directly under the surface and usually where bacterial infections and unrepairable cellular damage can occur.

The HIFU Process

High intensity and focused ultrasounds work by creating micro injuries, injuries that can not be seen or felt, to destroy cells that provide the skin with laxity. This may seem counterproductive, however by targeting these cells and destroying them two things happen; firstly, it binds cells and pores closer together, effectively lifting the skin. Secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen which is used to repair and rejuvenate cells to their original form. Therefore, after undergoing HIFU a patient will have a refreshed and slightly younger appearance.


Common areas to get HIFU are:


  • Forehead
  • Eyelids
  • Neck
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Stomach
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Saggy Biceps
  • Thighs


After HIFU treatment results are not instantaneous, and may take up to four months to reach full visibility. This is because it will take a while, depending on the size of the area treated for the body to flush out the destroyed cells and tighten. However, treatments can usually be performed in under 90 minutes and there is downtime needed, so you may resume normal activities straight away.

Sounds like you need HIFU? At St Mary?s we require all potential patients to meet with one of our highly trained medical professionals to ensure that this treatment is right for you. Book now by filling out the form below.