Skin Tightening Procedures

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Tina Alster with the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery explains the process of skin tightening and how it can give skin a firmer look.

    Dr. Tina Alster: Hi! I'm Dr. Tina Alster with the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. I'd like to talk to you about some of the non-invasive or non-surgical ways that you can tighten your skin much like a face lift.

    There're two technologies that we use in the doctor's office to non-invasively tighten your skin. The first one involves radio frequency and the name of this procedure is called Thermage RF. The Thermage treatment actually works by delivering radial frequency to the deeper layers of the skin in order to contract the skin layers and cause it to tighten from below.

    This is totally non-invasive, does not require any incisions, it's totally bloodless, it is virtually painless and you see immediate results with the final clinical results in the most tightening observed 3-6 months after a single treatment.

    The second is called Ulthera or Ultherapy. The Ulthera procedure uses high grade or medical grade ultrasound technology to target the deeper layers of the skin to cause tissue tightening at the same level that many of the skin lifting procedures are performed.

    This is done in a totally non-invasive way such that there are no incisions and no recovery time. The most tissue tightening occurs within 1-3 months after a single procedure, but I tell my patients to wait a full 6 months to see the ultimate tightening effect.

    Now the results from this procedure as well as the Thermage procedure are long standing, so that you can usually undergo just one treatment in order to get the tissue tightening that most people desire. However, repeat treatments can be performed for further skin tightening.

    We use these non-invasive skin tightening procedures to treat various parts of the body, the face, the arms, the thighs, even the abdomen. You don't need to undergo an invasive surgical procedure in order to achieve younger, firmer looking skin. You can use one of these non-invasive treatments such as Thermage or Ulthera to achieve the same thing.