What is Skin Tightening?
Skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure that may use lasers, radio-frequency, microneedling, or fibroblasting to tighten the skin. Controlled ‘damage’ or heat is introduced into the skin by use of any of these devices, some are a combination. The controlled wounds signal your body to produce a cascade of healing substances that ultimately create fresh collagen. This can turn back the clock and make the skin tighter, more elastic, and supple, much like the skin you had when you were younger.
While these types of procedures won’t produce the same outcome as surgery, e.g. face or neck lifts, or blepharoplasty for eyelids, the results can be enough to make that difference for you. This is especially true if you are just not ready for surgery, or are physically unable to undergo surgery, or just don’t want to deal with the surgical downtime.
Our Solutions for Skin Tightening
Dr. Amiry continually stays abreast of the latest technologies for skin tightening. While he has yet to find a device that he thinks would be ideal for our patients, he does endorse Emtone, microneedling with SkinPen, and CoolSculpting for the neck/under chin area. In the meantime, Dr. Amiry continues to be on the lookout for a treatment protocol that will deliver the best tightening results to our patients that he can wholeheartedly endorse.
Morpheus8 Skin Tightening
Morpheus8 uses a combination of radiofrequency technology and non-invasive micro-needling to banish saggy skin on the face, back, knees, and abdomen. Treatment is quick, painless, and typically results in a significant difference after only one treatment.
QWO is a prescription medication cellulite treatment. The enzymes in QWO, called collagenases, are thought to target the structural cause of cellulite under the skin. QWO works to release the fibrous bands, redistribute fat cells, and stimulate the production of collagen. This improves the appearance of cellulite.
EMTONE is the first and only device that simultaneously delivers both thermal and mechanical energy to eliminate all main causes of cellulite and loose skin effectively and non-invasively.
Microneedling with SkinPen
Because microneedling with SkinPen creates shallow microchannel ‘wounds’ into the skin, it ignites the wound healing cascade resulting in a modest amount of collagen building. When Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is added to the procedure, fibroblasts and growth hormones help boost the healing process creating a fresher, better textured skin. Package of 4 Microneedling sessions $1325. PRP add $300 each session.
Radiesse is a dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth in the skin for more youthful looking complexion. When hyperdiluted, Radiesse acts as a bio stimulating agent as opposed to a volume builder. Benefits include:
- Collagen and elastin production within the skin
- Long term skin tightening benefits
- Reduction in fine lines
- Reduction in crepiness of the skin
- Reduction in skin laxity
- Improved tone
- Improved elasticity of the skin
In addition to the many skin benefits of this treatment, hyperdiluted Radiesse is also popularly used to treat cellulite. When injected into an area of cellulite, the skin plumps which reduces visible dimpling.
CoolSculpting for Submental Area Tightening
While we can’t say that CoolSculpting tightens skin in all areas, we know that it can tighten skin in the under chin/neck area when treated for fat. That’s a great bonus to getting rid of a double chin with CoolSculpting! Starting at $750.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening FAQ
Can skin tightening replace facelift surgery?
Non-invasive treatments offer different results from a facelift. If you want to achieve drastic changes, a facelift may be the best option. However, if you wan to avoid surgery and improve loose skin, nonsurgical treatments can make a significant difference.
What makes the treatments different?
The treatments work in different ways. Some treatments use heat or cooling to target the source of sagging in the deep layer of skin. This boosts collagen production and results in tighter skin. Radio frequency treatments target the dermal layer of skin with energy to produce new collagen growth. This creates a gradual lifting and tightening of the skin.
Is it safe?
Non-surgical skin tightening treatments must be thoroughly researched and tested to gain FDA approval. When used appropriately, these treatments are safe and effective.
When will I see results?
This depends slightly on which treatment you choose. But all these treatments provide gradual results since they rely on the body’s production of collagen to create the changes in skin. Most patients see results in 2-3 months, and it can continue to improve for up to 6 months.
Which areas can I treat?
This will depend on which treatment you are considering. Each treatment has received clearance for treatment of different areas of the body and face. Some are used to treat the face, neck, and chest while others can be used on different areas. Speak to our provider about your goals for a recommendation on the treatment plan.
How many treatments do I need?
If you only have minimal sagging, one treatment may be enough. If you have moderate sagging, you may need more treatments to reach your desired results.
Is treatment painful?
Most patients experience a heating or cooling sensation during treatment. We provide different numbing methods to ensure your comfort during the treatment.