The best known skin tightening procedure is a facelift. This is a surgery where excess, sagging, skin is removed and the facial skin is pulled back to create a tighter appearance. Usually facelifts don’t require general anesthesia, although in some cases, where major work is required, the plastic surgeon may elect to do so. In most cases, a facelift is an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require an overnight hospital stay.

Another skin tightening procedure is Thermage. This is a treatment that uses captive radiofrequency to heat up the collagen in your skin. This stimulates the collagen in your skin and makes it stronger. Collagen is absolutely essential for tight skin, and as we age, collagen production slows in our bodies and our skin loses its elasticity.

Non-invasive skin tightening can also be achieved by a focused ultrasound procedure called Ultherapy. In a way, this is similar to Thermage, in that it heats up collagen to stimulate the natural collagen production in your body. Over time, this produces tighter, younger-looking skin. This skin tightening procedure is effective in decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and has a very short recovery period.

Dermal fillers involves injections of chemical compounds directly into the problem areas on your face. They are designed to create skin tightening by either taking up space in the hollow areas underneath the skin, stimulate collagen production through chemical reactions, or to temporarily paralyze some of the facial muscles (think Botox).

A loss of normal skin folds and shrinkage of collagen either as a result of overly aggressive resurfacing of the skin or as a consequence of a sclerosing disorder such as progressive systemic sclerosis is defined as body tightening.

If you’ve been looking for a way to have more youthful, fuller skin, then skin tightening can make a big difference in your life. Here’s the thing, as we get older our body just doesn’t work the same way anymore. Collagen and elastin production becomes slower, sun damage begins to rear its ugly head, and when we look in the mirror and see those bags under our eyes, we remember that gravity does exist. But there is a way to turn back the hands of time and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s called skin tightening and is a procedure that has become more common because of recent advancements in technology. In fact, skin tightening can be a very simple outpatient procedure that can dramatically improve your appearance with little recovery time.

Before a skin tightening treatment session, it is important for a patient to remove all make-up, oils, sunscreens, and any other substances that may be on the skin. Then, the laser skin tightening practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic cream to the area to be treated and supply the patient with protective eye wear.

Laser skin tightening takes place in the office of a cosmetic dermatologist or other highly trained skincare professional. During a laser skin tightening treatment session, the practitioner uses a hand piece to apply brief pulses of laser energy to the skin. A continuous burst of cool air from the laser will ensure the patients’ comfort.

Laser skin tightening is a safe, effective way to lessen the effects of time. Using advanced laser technology, the collagen beneath the surface of the skin is heated, causing it to constrict, thus tightening loose facial skin and giving the appearance of firm, youthful skin with less fine lines and wrinkles.

Men and women between ages 30 and 60 are ideal candidates for laser skin tightening procedures. As long as you’re in good health, laser skin tightening can repair loose facial skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines all over the body.

Laser skin tightening treatment cost varies depending on the individual patient’s needs such as the size and location of the area to be tightened, and the type of laser used.


Laser skin tightening offers many of the same results as plastic surgery without the lengthy recovery time. While the procedure cannot remove excess skin, patients experience tightening of loose skin immediately, with less wrinkles in the treated area and a firmer, healthier-looking complexion. Laser skin tightening requires no recovery after treatment because it is a non-surgical procedure that involves no incisions.

Laser skin tightening is a safe and painless way to rejuvenate the appearance of skin in any area of the body. After the initial series of skin tightening treatments, some patients opt for yearly “touch up” sessions to target areas most prone to wrinkles and lines.