What Are the Best Skin Tightening Treatments Available?
If you’ve lost a lot of weight from a bariatric procedure or a weight loss program, or you’re noticing that your skin is becoming loose or sagging because of the aging process, you could be a good candidate for a skin tightening procedure. Even though some plastic surgeons can perform surgical techniques that remove excess skin and reposition the tissues to create a sleeker appearance, skin tightening treatments work from the outside to strengthen the skin and improve its texture and tone.
Laser skin tightening procedures are now readily available at many cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country, and many deliver results within a few short weeks after the procedure.
Most Popular Skin Tightening Procedures
Both Thermage and Refirme have been spotlighted in the media, especially after singer Carnie Wilson talked about her experience with ReFirme after her major weight loss. Thermage has been demonstrated on several TV shows and has also been featured on local and national news networks.
Some of the most popular skin tightening procedures available in the United States include:
- Reaction by Viora
- Polaris WR Laser
- GentleYAG Laser
Reasons to Get Skin Tightening Treatments
Skin tightening treatments can treat a number of skin problems and help to create a more youthful, toned appearance. Many people undergo these treatments to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, improve the contours of their body, or just to firm up and tighten the skin after weight loss. You might be a good candidate for skin tightening treatments if you want to:
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes
- Tighten the skin around your jawline
- Improve the contours of your waistline
- Tighten loose or sagging skin around your stomach, hips and thighs
- Improve the shape and skin tone of your buttocks and thighs
- Increase the strength and resilience of your skin
Most skin tightening procedures use radiofrequency energy to target the tissues with heat and cause a collagen contraction. Increased collagen helps create a smoother, firmer and more youthful appearance, and most patients see results within a few weeks after their first session.
Procedures such as Thermage typically only require one treatment and you’ll see progressive results for several weeks and months after the session. Others may require a series of targeted treatments spaced a few weeks apart. A series can also deliver significant results over a period of three to four months after the first session.
Some of the key benefits of skin tightening treatments is increased skin firmness, stimulation of collagen production, and an improvement in the texture and tone of the skin. These treatments are suitable for almost all skin types and are performed with little to no discomfort. Most people can return to regular activities immediately after their procedure.
Learn more about skin tightening procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out which of these procedures is a good fit for you.