The HIFU Ultrasound Facelift

The HIFU Ultrasound Facelift

Perhaps injectables aren’t for you but you would like a lift and to look ‘fresher’. High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU is an FDA-approved alternative to invasive treatments. For women and men who experience skin laxity, jowls or neck ageing it can be an alternative treatment; with results lasting up to a year.


HIFU is ultrasound focused below the skin’s surface causing cellular friction within molecules and precise target-point heating. The friction between the molecules produces heat and thermal injury at the focal point of the HIFU delivery. The cells then repair using collagen which tightens and restores elasticity and the structure of the skin.

The HIFU machine emits ultrasound waves to specific depths within the skin. The  technology is unique in this aspect, because it can penetrate the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer as well as the dermis and epidermis.

What happens during a HIFU Treatment?

You may feel a mild discomfort while the ultrasound is emitted, however this can be adjusted so you are comfortable. The treatment lasts from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the area it’s required to lift.

Side Effects

Pain can be experienced shortly after the procedure that can be successfully treated with pain relief. Side effects can include:

  • numbness
  • swelling
  • Bruising
  • In very rare cases a rash can appear

These side effects usually disappear within a few days.

Cost for HIFU at The Wicklow Street Clinic

Full Face: €500

Full Face and Neck: €700

Full Face, neck and decollete: €800

Jaw Line: €300