High Intensity Focused Ultrasound works by firing beams of ultrasound energy focused deep into the skin’s layers without causing any damage to the surface of the skin.

How Focused Ultrasound works

It is similar to focusing sunlight through a magnifying glass, which can burn a piece of paper only where the sunlight is focused, it does not cause any damage to anything around it!

The High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) heats up the SMAS layer of the skin (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System), this is a layer containing tough collagen tissue that is attached to the skin. The heat from the Focused Ultrasound causes the SMAS to shrink and tighten, creating lift!

The SMAS is the same layer that Face Lift Surgeons tighten when performing a Facelift

Side Effects of HIFU

Most people have no side effects, apart from a feeling of tightness where treated, some slight tenderness and possible redness. Very occasionally, there may be a little bruising. These will all settle within a few days. 

Why choose Zenith Cosmetic Clinics for HIFU?

We have every useful method of Skin Tightening, so we can tailor the best options to suit your particular requirements, whether this is HIFU or one of our other Skin Tightening treatments. We will take into account a thorough medical assessment, lifestyle and budget. We are focused on getting you the very best results possible and will do our utmost to achieve this.


The Ultraformer III machine we use for HIFU is a remarkable machine as it is able to deliver excellent tightening but is not painful like many other variations. If you are an extra-nervous patient, we can discuss applying a numbing cream however this probably won’t be necessary.

Expect to be at the clinic for about 1 hour, perhaps a little more if the treatment area is extensive. The process of the treatment can take a little while as it involves marking out, photography and the treatment itself.

Most people will have 2 treatments, 3-months apart, then top-ups anywhere between 6-12 months.

Yes! HIFU can be used on any part of the body to tighten skin, we can apply different heads can be used to break down fat and tighten skin anywhere on the body.

No! We have one of the best HIFU machines on the market. The Ultraformer III is regarded as one of the best HIFU machines available, anywhere in the world! Most other machines will not deliver the same results or the same level of comfort for you during your session.

Making treatments affordable

0% Finance Available

Patients are often concerned about affordability of a treatment. To help alleviate this concern we provide flexible payment plans to suit your budget.

We can offer six months 0% interest option for any procedure over the value of £2500. Interest bearing options are also available if you wish to spread your payments over a longer period of up to 5 years. Please contact our team on 0115 959 6999 for further details or click the link below.

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