Skin Tightening Treatments

How Do Skin Tightening Treatments Work?

Skin laxity and the loosening of the structure of the skin on the face is one of the most frustrating parts of aging for many individuals. While some turn to surgical intervention, many prefer non-surgical alternatives including skin tightening treatments. Skin tightening procedures use targeted energy to heat the layers of the skin below the epidermis. This stimulates the production of key proteins such as collagen and elastin, and overtime improves skin tone and texture. Skin tightening treatments can also be used to address fibrous tissue that causes cellulite in various areas of the body.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Skin Tightening?

Patients who have pre-existing health conditions may not be good candidates for the procedure and should consult closely with a doctor. Some pre-qualifying conditions could include:

  • Those who have started to notice a looseness in the skin around their face, jawline, knees or thighs can be good candidates for skin tightening.
  • Those who have gone through bariatric surgery or experienced significant weight loss are also good candidates for this intervention.

You should not undergo skin tightening if you expect to lose more weight. Pregnant women should avoid laser tightening procedures, and those with skin conditions such as cancer or herpes should consult with their physician before undergoing treatment.

Are There Side Effects to Skin Tightening?

Most side effects from skin tightening procedures are mild to moderate and resolve shortly after the procedure. Patients who undergo skin tightening procedures may experience mild side effects such as redness, bruising, blistering and swelling. On rare occasions, more serious side effects such as scarring, subcutaneous loss of fat or infection can occur.

Conditions Treated by Skin Tightening Treatment

Skin tightening treatments are typically used to address skin laxity in the face, jowls and neck. They can also be used on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen to address the symptoms associated with cellulite. Skin tightening treatments can involve a wide variety of interventions, so consult closely with your dermatologist to determine which skin tightening treatment will work best for you and your needs.

Sagging or Fatty Skin

Sagging or fatty skin involves a loss of elasticity in the skin which causes the skin to droop or even hang in folds. Learn More

Skin Laxity

Skin laxity is an age-related skin condition where the skin begins to lose some of its elasticity. Learn More


Cellulite is a common, harmless condition of the skin. When someone has cellulite, the skin appears dimpled. Learn More

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