What is "Skin tightening"?
Skin tightening is a new and exciting area in plastic surgery. Skin tightening devices are a unique category of technologies that reduce loose, sagging and inelastic skin on the face, neck and other parts of the body without surgery. They are different from laser devices that have been used to treat specific targets at the surface of the skin, such as brown spots, fine lines and broken blood vessels. Instead, they use radiofrequency energy (RF) to make skin look more youthful. Radiofrequency energy stimulates younger skin by promoting the synthesis of new collagen, elastin fibers and hyaluronic acid in the skin.
However all skin tightening devices are not the same in either design or function. Some devices apply heat to the surface of the skin with a temperature controlled wand. Other devices use micro-needles or a small cannula to apply heat deeper into the skin or below the skin. The results of the treatment depend on the area treated, the method of heat delivery, and the temperature profile in the target tissue.
We employ several devices for tissue tightening because we believe that no single device on the market is ideally suited to every patient. The best treatment choice will depend on the patient's age, skin type, area to be treated, amount of skin laxity and the amount of fat under the skin. For instance, some devices are better suited for treating early skin laxity in younger patients. Other devices are better for treating more advanced laxity or laxity associated with deep wrinkles. And still other devices excel at treating particular areas on the body where loose skin is associated with fat.
We believe that every aesthetic treatment should be customized according the needs of the patient -- not according to the device the doctor has in his office. That is why we offer more than one solution for skin tightening. Click the links below to learn more about these skin tightening options.
Forma® For Non-Invasive Skin Tightening of the Face, Neck and Body
Fractora® Micro-Needle RF for Skin Tightening and Wrinkle Reduction and Acne Scarring
ThermiTite®™ Micro Cannula RF for Skin Tightening and Body Contouring