Beauty & Skin Services

Atlantis Clinic offers skin treatments using the ULTRAFORMER III HIFU 7D system.

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, an advanced cosmetic technology that significantly tightens and lifts several areas of the face and body. HIFU uses ultrasound to create heat at a deep level in the skin. This heat treats targeted skin cells, causing the body to produce collagen to aid in cell regrowth. Collagen is a substance in the skin that gives it structure and elasticity. HIFU uses high energy waves to target specific areas of the body. From body contouring to face lifts it is a long lasting, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment which people favour as opposed to surgery whilst also being a considerably cheaper alternative.

It also reduces signs of aging and improves the tone of the skin in a single session.

How Does HIFU Treatment Work?

HIFU device targets the skin layers below the surface with focused beams of ultrasound energy. The ultrasound energy immediately heats this layer. When the target cells reach a specific temperature, they experience cellular damage.

Cellular damage encourages collagen production, and collagen is responsible for maintaining the skin’s natural structure. As a result, the skin becomes tighter and younger because of an increased level of collagen showing remarkable improvements twelve weeks past the treatment.

The HIFU facelift is a long-lasting, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift the skin.

According to a trusted source, HIFU uses ultrasound waves, which are the same waves used in sonography. Using HIFU at 1 to 3 MHz, focal peak intensities of 5000 to 20,000 W/cm, encourages the production of Collagens fibers through the exploitation of thermal mechanism for the heating of tissues as well as mechanical bioeffect energy for cavitation.

HIFU is a powerful non-invasive procedure that uses the latest ultrasound technology to tauten loose cheeks. It achieves this by using 10Hz velocity ultrasound, which stimulates collagen and triggers dermal collagen fiber regeneration.

The HIFU facelift focuses on all layers of the skin from the epidermis through to the SMAS layer.

Benefits of HIFU Treatment

Here are some of the benefits of doing the HIFU Facelift treatment:

  1. Reduces wrinkles and tightens saggy skin
  2. Lifts the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
  3. Defines the jawline and tightens the décolletage
  4. Natural looking and long-lasting results
  5. No downtime, safe and effective

The HIFU Facelift was developed a little over a decade ago. It involves using ultrasound energy or laser beams to trigger the production of natural collagen in the body. This production of collagen then makes the skin around the face tighter and more supple.

One of the reasons why it is so popular is that it leverages on the body’s natural resources. This means that there is no need for surgery and so there is no need for healing and recovery. In addition, it is a natural procedure, so clients only look like an enhanced version of themselves.

Unlike other clinics in Malta, Atlantis Clinic uses the latest technology. We are the first clinic in Malta to offer the ULTRAFORMER III HIFU 7D technology.

The 7D HIFU device uses ultrasound energy to tighten the skin and reduce unwanted fat in certain areas. In this process, energy is concentrated and penetrates deep into the layers of the skin, causing thermal effects (heat).

Ultrasound energy is concentrated in the 7D HIFU device and is then targeted at a small focal point in the skin. This increases collagen and elastin production and the degradation of fats.

Collagen and elastin are the main factors in the youthfulness of the skin. These waves do not cause any damage to the skin or the surrounding tissue but rejuvenate the tissue in question. As a result, 7D HIFU devices can target deep layers of skin to tighten and rejuvenate the face without needles or surgery.

The effects of HIFU therapy lasts one to two years, and the amount of collagen production in the skin will be higher. There is less discomfort when performing HIFU therapy with 7D HIFU technology. In summary it is longer lasting, less painful and faster.

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HIFU Treatment vs Facelift Surgery?

As compared to facelift surgery, HIFU is more cost-effective and safer. However, its results may not last as long, and repeated treatment sessions may be needed. A summary of the significant differences between each procedure is provided here.

 Invasive?Recovery TimeCostRisksEffectivenessLong-term Results
HIFU 7Dnon-invasive; No incisions requiredNoneFrom 80 to 360 EURSlight redness and swellingcontinuous skin lift improvement for up to 3 months after treatmentThe results usually last for up to 6 months. After that, you will need follow-up sessions
Facelift With SurgeryAn invasive procedure that involves cutting and suturing the skin2 to 4 weeksEUR 7562 on averageRisks associated with anesthesia Bleeding Infection Blood clotting Pain and Scarring Hair loss at the incision siteImproved appearance and long-term resultsThe results are long-lasting and will be visible for years after surgery

HIFU Treatment Costs

HIFU treatment costs are far less than facelift with a surgery. The exact treatment costs depend on the skin condition and the total number of sessions required. On average your treatment will cost from EUR 80 up to EUR 360, depending on how many areas you want treated. One of our packages may work out more cost effective.

Facial Areas (See Below)

Single Sessions

AreaOur Price
1. Mid Face/ Cheek area160
2. Crow’s Feet80
3. Under Eyes80
4. Forehead100
5. Jawline150
6. Neck150
7. Temples80
8. Brow lift80


PackageOur Price
Full Face (1,2,3,4)260
Full Neck (Areas 5,6)180
Full Neck & Face360

We offer a free 15-minute consultation which can be used for a test patch and to confirm you are suitable for treatment. Please read our client onboarding form below. If possible, please print, complete and sign and bring it with you for your appointment.

Recovery Time

There is no downtime, and you can immediately get back to your everyday life after HIFU treatment.

In contrast, a surgical facelift is a relatively long surgery that takes 2-4 hours. The facelift recovery time is between 2-4 weeks. After the surgery, a dressing is placed on your head, the drainage of fluid from the surgical site continues for several days, and the sutures are typically removed after one week. Pain, swelling, and bruise are common postoperative complications, which may persist for a few weeks or even months.

You will not experience any of this with HIFU treatment.

HIFU Treatment Results

HIFU treatment is based on the natural rejuvenation mechanism of the skin. In other words, skin laxity and wrinkles are treated only by stimulating the skin to produce natural proteins.

With HIFU treatment nothing is injected into the body, facial muscles are not paralyzed, and there is no excessive stress from anesthesia, wounds, and sutures.

The efficacy of HIFU treatment for rejuvenating and lifting the skin has been proven and measured objectively. for instance, the average peak of the eyebrow and/or pupil-eyebrow peak angles show a significant increase after HIFU treatment.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU treatment is among the relatively new non-invasive and painless replacements for face lifting and tightening surgery. 

In a recent study, the efficacy of HIFU treatment has been accurately documented. 73 female patients as well as 2 male patients with Fitzpatrick skin phototypes of 2-4 were studied after HIFU treatment.

Improvements in the jawline, nasolabial, submental, and also neck area were evaluated independently. The results of the study showed that the improvement rate in the aforementioned areas was more than eighty percent.

Before and After

HIFU Treatment Before and After

Therapy with HIFU is almost painless (mean pain score for HIFU is reported to be 4.2 on a scale of 0-10) non-invasive and helps to rejuvenate the skin and gives the best results. However, even though the process is straightforward, it is necessary to know as much as you can about the care before and after HIFU treatment.

Before the Treatment

The Day Before Therapy

HIFU is relatively safe. However, people who want to have HIFU treatment should not have a sore throat or fever before treatment. Cold sores and fever interfere with the healing process.

HIFU is performed after complete recovery from a cold or fever in such cases. Note that at least one day before the treatment, you should not have any of these problems.

Treatment Day

It is essential to avoid applying makeup and moisturizers on the day of treatment. Try to get to the treatment center on time, as this will help keep you calm and eliminate any anxiety.

Before your treatment, you have a free consultation with your therapist. She explains the entire procedure and walks you through treatment aftercare.

Also, you can book a consultation earlier than your appointment and talk to your therapist about your concerns.

HIFU Aftercare

After Therapy

It is essential for patients undergoing HIFU treatment to know and take post-treatment care seriously to minimize the risk of side effects. You will also contribute to the success of your treatment.

So, let’s take a look at some of the things that patients undergoing HIFU treatment should adhere to. You will get the most out of the treatment by following these steps.

Avoid Exposure to Sunlight

After HIFU treatment, it is essential to avoid exposure to sunlight and cold for a few weeks. The use of sunscreen is also recommended, as it helps prevent direct UV light from hitting the skin. This should continue until the skin tightening process is complete.

Drink More Water

After the therapy, water should be the priority before other drinks because it helps improve things by producing collagen in the body. It is in your best interest to keep your body hydrated, so drink as much water as possible. In a recent study, it was proved that removing water from collagen will result in dramatic negative effects on the nanoscopic and molecular features of fibers.

Avoid Alcohol

By stopping consuming alcohol, stop the extra work of your liver. Alcohol causes your liver to do extra work. After the treatment, the liver must break down the inactivated fat.

Alcohol consumption means that the liver now has to break down alcohol in addition to inactivated fat. Excessive alcohol consumption will lead to three main types of liver disease: Alcoholic hepatitis, where cells of your liver become inflamed, fatty liver, in which there is a buildup of fat in the liver, as well as cirrhosis.

In addition to damaging the liver, alcohol also lowers blood pressure. One of the consequences of less dense blood is that excessive bleeding may occur because blood clotting is a challenge. Therefore, do not drink alcohol.

Avoid Scratching Your Skin

As sweet as scratching your body when it itches is, it is recommended that you do not irritate your skin after HIFU treatment. Because the skin is very sensitive, scratching can damage your skin. If there is a wound on your skin, let it heal naturally.

Avoid Showering with Hot Water

When bathing, use chilly water, preserving the skin’s natural oil and preventing skin irritation. If you are accustomed to using warm water, use lukewarm water, as this will help your skin heal faster.

Final Word

HIFU treatment is a non-invasive procedure that uses a special type of waves (high-frequency ultrasound) to rejuvenate photoaged skin and stimulate the immune system as well as lift and tighten the skin. The treatment leads to the reduction of wrinkles, and laxity of the skin. HIFU can also be used to lift the cheeks, the eyebrows, and the chin.

Frequently asked questions

Can HIFU cause fat loss in face?

HIFU treatment is a non-surgical way to lose fat. HIFU helps remove excess fat using high-intensity focused ultrasound technology.

Does HIFU Treatment really work?

HIFU treatment is one of the best face and neck rejuvenation methods available today. Based on a 2022 Study, rapid facelift, wrinkle removal, skin tightening, and breaking down body fat are just some of the benefits of HIFU treatment. HIFU treatment results can be seen immediately after the end of the treatment sessions.

Does HIFU work on double chin?

HIFU treatment is an effective and low-risk procedure that helps you to get rid of your double chin in one to three sessions and restores beauty and youth to your face.

How painful is HIFU?

HIFU treatment only causes some irritation and redness. The pain is entirely tolerable. If this procedure proves especially painful for you, the therapist will numb your skin before the treatment.

Can you exercise after HIFU?

After undergoing HIFU treatment, it is best to wait for at least 48 hours (about 2 days) to do any intense workout.

What does HIFU feel like?

Some patients describe it as tiny electric pulses or a noticeably light prickly sensation. Immediately after the treatment, you may experience mild redness or swelling, which will gradually recede over a few hours.

How many HIFU treatments are needed?

To achieve the best results, many clinics recommend having three HIFU sessions in the first year. For the following years, one to two sessions per year is recommended.