Clinics in Plymouth & Wells

HIFU: Ultrasonic Skin Lifting and Tightening

  • Would you like the benefits of a face and neck lift without needing to undergo invasive surgery?
  • Are you bothered by the appearance of jowls?
  • Do you have a double chin you would like to reduce?
  • Would you like a non-surgical brow lift?
  • Have you got crow’s feet and smile lines you would like to get rid of?
  • Would you like to rejuvenate your face and neck to be firmer and younger looking?
  • Do you have small stubborn areas of fat you would like removed on the body and skin laxity that needs tightening?
  • Are you looking for a treatment with absolutely no downtime but achieving long lasting results?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is the latest pioneering cosmetic treatment to offer all these benefits.

Our Skin Excellence Clinics skin rejuvenation specialists can advise you on the most effective use of these treatments for your requirements.

Skin Excellence Clinics is one of the few clinics in the UK offering HIFU with the latest Doublo Gold machine. This machine/system delivers High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) to offer a non-surgical alternative to face and neck=lifts and is only used in medical Clinics.

HIFU is a non invasive, non surgical medical procedure which uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to stimulate and harness the body’s power of natural healing and regenerative capacity.

What Makes HIFU Different?

The Doublo Gold HIFU is the most sophisticated technology available for this type of treatment unlike other available facial rejuvenation treatments as it uses thermal energy in the form of multiple micro-focused beams to stimulate collagen. This helps to contract and tighten the skin as well as being able to penetrate to deeper depths under the skin even down to the superficial muscular layer. The superficial muscular layer is the layer which is tightened during traditional facelift surgery.  With this breakthrough being made in non surgical face lifting technology we can now offer our patients a very effective and safe alternative to surgical intervention.  There is no downtime nor significant risk associated with surgery and the cost of treatment is more affordable.

Duoblo HIFU is effective for treating:

  • Non-surgical face and neck lift – a lifting effect without surgery
  • Tightening the jawline and lifting the jowls
  • Eyebrow lifting reducing the heaviness of eyelid skin
  • Reducing crow’s feet and smile lines
  • Nasolabial fold reduction
  • Shrinking double chins
  • Skin tightening and rejuvenation for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles

Can also be used on other areas of the body to reduce small areas of fat and tighten skin, areas can include arms, knees, décolletage, abdomen.

At Skin Excellence Clinics we use the latest and most effective HIFU system available today, The Doublo Gold.  This is a non-invasive energy based treatment to lift and tighten the skin.  HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound.  This pioneering treatment uses the latest medical technologies to help tone, tighten and firm the skin.  It is these ultrasonic waves which penetrate the skin and heat the deep layers to cause a tiny amount of damage which triggers the skin’s own healing and rebuilding functions.  This encourages the production of collagen which creates the lifting, tightening and toning effect.

Because the HIFU waves penetrate the skin so deeply, fewer treatments are needed to create the desired effects.  Often, only one treatment is needed but we will always talk you through what to expect at your initial consultation.  The HIFU procedure allows us to target different areas, even small areas like around the eyes, to produce the final result you are looking for.

This highly effective treatment to tighten and lift the skin of the face, neck and body is totally non-invasive, safe and with no downtime. Most patients will see an immediate tightening and lifting following treatment which will continue to improve over the following 3 to 6 months.   We would be happy to discuss what you would like to achieve with your treatment and let you know if we think Doublo HIFU is right for you.

What happens during the treatment?

During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping us to determine whether the treatment is safe for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results you are looking for.  This will also reduce the risk of any unwanted side effects. We will carefully map out the areas of treatment and apply a cooling gel to the skin.  The HIFU applicator is firmly pressed and moved in each of the treatment areas delivering the ultrasonic energy.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment time will vary depending on what effect you are looking to achieve but HIFU treatment usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the area being treated.

Is the treatment painful?

Most patients experience a degree of discomfort, but generally tolerate the procedure very well.

Will it cause any immediate swelling or redness?

It can cause some initial redness and some slight swelling, which usually only last a few hours post treatment in most cases.

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment time will vary depending on what effect you are looking to achieve but HIFU treatment usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the area being treated.

How many treatments will I need?


What results can I typically expect to see?

Depending on the degree of laxity and skin tightening required, most people need between one and two treatments to achieve the desired long lasting results. If a second treatment is required, this is undertaken 3 to 6 months later.

How long do the results last?

Some results can be seen immediately post treatment with optimum results expected at 3 to 6 months which can then last 1 to 2 years, sometimes longer.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients may experience some slight swelling as well as tingling which settles within a few days.  Tenderness to the treatment area is common and usually resolves in a few days.

How do I know if Doublo HIFU is right for me?

Book a consultation with Dr Strawford at one of our Skin Excellence Clinics and he will talk through your concerns and let you know if he believes this treatment will give you the result you desire.

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Doublo HIFU

Maximum depth to lift and remodel the tissues using HIFU.

Browlift (single treatment)
Course of 2 treatments
Crowsfeet & lower lids combined
Course of 2 treatments
Jawline & Upper Neck Lift (Jowl Lift)
Course of 2 treatments
Cheek, Jawline & Upper Neck
Course of 2 treatments
Full face, including jawline, upper neck, cheeks, crowsfeet, lower lids and brow
Course of 2 treatments

Treatment Summary

No. of treatments


Recovery Time


Procedure time

30 to 90 minutes

Back to normal


Discomfort level


Final Results

3 to 6 months


None required

Duration of results

1-2 years

DISCLAIMER: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients, both men and women of different ages and is based on an average treatment experience. For more accurate information about how the treatment experience would be for you, we suggest you make a CONSULTATION with Dr Strawford at one of our clinics.

Why choose Skin Excellence Clinics

What makes Skin Excellence Clinics so special and why should you choose to have your medical cosmetic treatment with us?

  • The guiding principle of Skin Excellence Clinics has always been to deliver exceptional patient care: this was the focus in 2005 when Dr Strawford started in the field of medical aesthetics and has remained the ethos we have followed for the past 11 years.
  • Dr Ian Strawford, founder of Skin Excellence Clinics will help you to find the right solution: but only if appropriate for your needs and expectations
  • You will receive a medical consultation, where you will be given plenty of time and space to consider all of your options, before deciding if treatment may be right for you.
  • We source the best products through official UK Pharmacies: we do not risk the safety of our patients, the quality of our service or the results of your treatments.
  • Whilst many people naturally assume that cosmetic treatments are all about beautification: we can help to reduce the psychological and emotional effects of scarring, acne, rosacea, excessive sweating, hair loss and skin lesions.

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