Also known as laser skin tightening or ultrasound skin tightening

Skin tightening procedures have become very popular in recent years because they provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality. Today your plastic surgeon can choose among a number of different devices and technologies that provide noninvasive skin tightening solutions.

When to Consider Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

  • If you have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms or abdomen
  • If you have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure
  • If you would like an improvement in the quality of your skin
  • If you are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive, surgical procedure to correct skin laxity

Considerations

Pros

  • A noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin
  • Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime
  • May be used for all skin types

Cons

  • Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures
  • Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results
  • Skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur

Are you a good candidate for a nonsurgical skin tightening?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider nonsurgical skin tightening:

  • You have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms and abdomen
  • You have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure
  • You would like an improvement in the quality of your skin
  • You are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive surgical procedure to correct skin laxity

How is a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure performed?

Depending on your skin quality and the area being treated, your surgeon may choose one of the treatments described below. Before the procedure begins the area to be treated is cleaned of makeup and skin lotions. Some treatments require a thin coat of ultrasound gel during treatment. Oral or
intravenous pain medication may be required depending upon device,treatment area, and your individual needs.

Radio Frequency

  • The treatment area is measured and marked
  • Your skin is cooled for comfort and safety
  • A specially designed treatment tip is placed against your skin
  • Radiofrequency energy penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, heating the treatment areas and stimulating collagen production
  • You will feel a gentle vibration as well as cooling and heating sensations during each pulse
  • The upper layer of your skin is cooled

Intense pulsed light (IPL)

  • If your face will be treated, you will be provided with protective eye covering
  • A handpiece is used to administer a continuous cooling while an infrared light heats the deep dermis (deep layer of your skin)
  • One or more passes may be performed