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Skin tightening

at Dr Deborah McManners’ clinic

The natural ageing process, effects of gravity, sun exposure and genetic and lifestyle factors call all lead to loss of skin firmness and elasticity. Sagging skin can also occur after childbirth or dramatic weight loss. At Dr McManners’ clinic, we use high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment to tighten skin in a completely non-invasive way.

HIFU treatment uses highly-focused acoustic energy to create thermal coagulation zones within the skin. This coagulating effect in the skin’s lower layers results in immediate tightening. It also triggers a healing response which stimulates the formation of new collagen. The new collagen helps to ensure longer-term tightening with skin looking and feeling more firm and toned.*

The treatment can be used on larger areas of the body including the stomach and thighs. With no surgery, incisions, anaesthetic or downtime, this walk-in walk-out procedure is easily accommodated into busy schedules.

  • Immediate tightening effect with cumulative results as collagen builds*
  • Can be used on larger areas such as stomach and thighs*
  • Firmer, tighter skin*
  • Non-invasive with no downtime

Individual results may vary.

Treatment at a glance


Depends on treatment area


Longer-term results which build over time*


Minor redness, swelling and tingling which subsides quickly*


Individual results may vary.

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Your questions answered

  1. What does HIFU stand for?

    HIFU stands for high-intensity focused ultrasound.

  2. What is HIFU treatment?

    This pioneering therapy uses HIFU energy to create thermal coagulation zones at 3 selected depths within the skin. The process triggers a healing response resulting in the formation of new collagen. HIFU can help to firm, lift and tighten skin including large treatment areas.*

  3. How long until I see results?

    This varies from one individual to the next, but most patients begin to notice an improvement in lift and firmness within 4 weeks. Optimum results should be seen around 3 months.*

  4. Are there any side effects?

    Side effects are minimal with this non-invasive procedure.

  5. How many treatments will I need?

    We’ll develop a personal treatment plan after your consultation but most patients have.

  6. Is the treatment safe?

    This is a safe treatment with many thousands of procedures carried out worldwide with no significant adverse effects. Ultrasound energy has been safely used in medicine for more than 50 years.


Individual results may vary.

“A few years ago I lost quite a lot of weight. This left the area around my stomach loose and saggy. Skin tightening has really helped and it feels much firmer now.”

Camilla, Folkestone

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    *Individual treatment outcomes may vary. Specific outcome is not guaranteed.