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HIFU Facelift

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound. It is an advanced cosmetic technology which can significantly tighten and lift several areas of the face, reduce the signs of ageing and improve the tone of the skin in a single session, with potentially long-lasting effects*. See a list of medical research supporting the effects of cosmetic HIFU.

Treatment Summary

Procedure Time
Procedure Time
30-90 minutes (approx)
Back to Work
Back to Work
Not required
Full Recovery
Full Recovery
Sesitivity Period
Sensitivity Period
2-3 days estimated
Number of Treatments
No. of Treatments
1 treatment
3-6 months
Duration of Results
Results Duration
6 Months+
Risks and Complications
Potential Risks
Mild redness, swelling & tenderness

*Results may vary. VIVO Clinic cannot guarantee specific results.

A revolution in non-surgical facial rejuvenation

The technology is unique in its ability to penetrate the dermis and the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer. No other technology can target these layers deep within the skin in a non-invasive procedure. SMAS is the same layer which is tightened during conventional facelift surgery. Unlike surgery, HIFU is more affordable and requires no time off work.

HIFU Price

HIFU Prices

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Traditional Facelift (S-Section)£199 £60
Eye Lift£158 £48
Jaw Lift£237 £72
Neck Lift£237 £72
Décolletage£237 £72
Upper Facelift£316 £95
Lower Facelift£316 £95
Full Face, Neck & Décolletage£399 £120
Traditional Facelift (S-Section)€230 €69
Eye Lift€180 €55
Jaw Lift€270 €81
Neck Lift€270 €81
Décolletage€270 €81
Upper Facelift€360 €109
Lower Facelift€360 €109
Full Face, Neck & Décolletage€455 €137
Traditional Facelift (S-Section)$260 $78
Eye Lift$205 $62
Jaw Lift$305 $92
Neck Lift$305 $92
Décolletage$305 $92
Upper Facelift$410 $123
Lower Facelift$410 $123
Full Face, Neck & Décolletage$515 $155
Traditional Facelift (S-Section)R3635 R1091
Eye LiftR2885 R866
Jaw LiftR4325 R1298
Neck LiftR4325 R1298
DécolletageR4325 R1298
Upper FaceliftR5770 R1732
Lower FaceliftR5770 R1732
Full Face, Neck & DécolletageR7280 R2184

What to expect

In addition to your treatment time, all procedures include a 15-minute consultation, 15-minute skin analysis, and marking and a 10-minute patch test.

Please note that prices listed are for guidance purposes and vary by the location of each clinic. Please check the prices for each location by calling us on 0333 305 8486.

The Science

HIFU uses multiple beams of ultrasound. Individually the beams do not affect the tissue. However, their area of convergence under the skin becomes a point of thermal energy. Heating the tissue below the surface causes it to contract and tighten, while also forming new collagen fibres. (see research)


Collagen proteins begin to lose their integrity with age, which causes frown lines, crow’s feet, and a drooping neck. Tightening the SMAS layer and replenishing collagen will tighten and tone the skin.

Before and After

What areas can be treated?

The procedure can be effective at treating the following areas of the face:


How many sessions are required?

Generally, only one or two sessions are required. Most improvement can be seen within 3-4 weeks, with further gains being reported for up to six months*.

Clients who have undergone the treatment can experience results lasting in excess of six months*. (see research)

Book a telephone consultation to find out more about High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound.