Skin Tightening Methods
If you’re considering a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure, you typically have three choices for the type of method that will be used.
Ultrasound Skin Tightening
Ultrasound skin tightening procedures use focused ultrasound energy to heat the tissues just below the surface of the skin. In response to this heat, your body stimulates the growth of new collagen, which helps smooth wrinkles and improve the overall elasticity of the skin.
During the procedure, your provider will thoroughly cleanse your skin and apply an ultrasound gel to the treatment area. Then, they will smooth the gel using a hand-held ultrasound device, which delivers focused ultrasound energy to the tissues.
Ultrasound skin tightening can typically be performed in just 45 to 90 minutes with no recovery time, and you should be able to see some results of the procedure immediately.
Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
Similar to ultrasound therapy, radiofrequency uses a hand-held device to heat up skin tissue and promote collagen production. With radiofrequency, results appear gradually over several months following the procedure, and it may take anywhere from two to six treatments to achieve optimal results.
Other radiofrequency methods are administered by making a small incision and inserting a probe to target fat cells and deeper skin layers.
IPL/RF Combination Skin Tightening
Another type of nonsurgical skin tightening procedure uses a combination of Intense pulse light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF).
Combining these two methods allows your provider to treat your skin at multiple levels and may even boost the effectiveness of radiofrequency.
Like the radiofrequency and ultrasound methods, this combination treatment can be performed in-office with very little downtime, and Results appear gradually as the skin produces new collagen.