Nonsurgical 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.
Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive, non-surgical process that uses an infrared light source (a laser) to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract (tighten).
Detailed Procedural Information
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.
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
- Intense pulsed light (IPL)
What are my options?
There are three general options for nonsurgical skin tightening. After evaluating your skin quality and the area being treated, our plastic surgeon will choose the option that is best suited for your particular situation and will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic goals.
- Radiofrequency and intense pulsed light treatments .
- Ultrasound treatments.
How do I prepare for a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure?
Our surgeon will provide you with pretreatment instructions, answer any questions that you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking for at least six weeks before undergoing treatment to promote better healing
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications can cause increased bleeding
- Discontinue any topical skin products that might increase your risk of complications from treatment
- Regardless of the type of treatment to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Aftercare and Recovery
Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures have minimal recovery and you are usually able to resume full activity immediately after treatment.
Our surgeon will discuss whether there are any immediate restrictions on your activities and if so, how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity. After treatment, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about the care of the treated areas, including information about:
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Any potential signs of complications.
Results of this treatment vary greatly from person to person.