Today’s patients are very proactive about their appearance and their health. They are more concerned about treating the early signs of aging than their parents. Patients today are looking for faster, less invasive procedures with little, if any, downtime that can reduce forehead lines and “crow’s feet”, frown lines, smoker’s lines around the lips, and sagging cheeks. Many of them want to treat aging in their neck, chest, underarms, abdomen, hands, thighs and knees, and in some cases even their breasts.
There are many different technologies performed by our medical providers for patients in our region, including radio frequency and light technologies to tighten the skin.
What is Skin Tightening?
Skin tightening is a non-invasive procedure used to tighten or lift sagging skin. The procedure is non-surgical and uses safe, infrared light or radio frequency to cause the collagen in the skin’s dermis to contract and tighten. It can be used in all areas of the body where tighter skin is desired. The deep heating of the skin causes some immediate contraction of the collagen and additional improvement over the next 3-6 months. The optimum treatment is performed with multiple passes and moderate settings.
Who are the best candidates for this procedure?
All patients who would like to look younger and are concerned with loose sagging skin, regardless of skin type or color, may benefit from Skin Tightening.
What kind of results can I expect?
Facial skin and the skin along the neck can be tightened providing a mild, non-surgical browlift or facelift effect. This treatment is often used for sagging jowls. The tightening effect may be used to firm up loose or sagging tissue in other parts of the body such as the abdomen or legs. Most patients see results immediately. However, the results may be gradual over a three to six month period as the skin tightens and more new collagen is formed. Depending on the area treated, the skin laxity and your desired results, more than one treatment may be required.
Choosing Skin Tightening
During your consultation, you will want to explain the level of skin improvement you hope to achieve to the doctor. The doctor will examine your skin and your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for Skin Tightening. Together you will discuss your expectations and decide on the best treatment for you. Photographs may be taken for reference to compare your results.
What are the benefits of Skin Tightening?
- Treats lax and sagging skin
- Treats many areas of the body
- Stimulates long-term collagen growth
- Is safe, comfortable and non-surgical
- Has NO injections and NO recovery
The procedure You may experience a heating sensation or pain during the treatment. The pain is expected to be mild and disappears in a few minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on your skin’s laxity, the area to be treated and the results you desire, multiple treatments may be required. During your consultation, your doctor will advise you as to the number and frequency of treatments that may be required to achieve your desired results. Keep in mind that the results from Skin Tightening are gradual and may take from three to six months to maximize the effects of the treatment.
What about recovery?
After our medical providers perform your skin tightening treatment, you may notice some mild swelling and/or redness in the treatment area. This usually disappears in a few hours. You may resume normal activities immediately.