These non-surgical devices use various types of energy (such as radiofrequency, lasers and microfocused ultrasound) to heat the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve laxity over the jowls, cheeks, neck, buttocks, extremities, abdomen, eyelids and hands without surgery. Sustained results are visible at 3 months which continue to improve over the course of an additional 6 months.
Ultherapy® uses micro-focused ultrasound for skin tightening and is FDA-approved to lift skin on the neck, chin and brow. Radio frequency (RF) devices like Thermage, 3DEEP and Protégé Elite use radio-frequency energy to instigate collagen remodeling and tighten the skin. Microneedling treatments use tiny needles to penetrate the skin and directly deliver radio-frequency energy in deep layers to promote skin regeneration and tightening. Ablative lasers can also be used for skin tightening, but require significant recovery time following the treatment.
In many situations the best approach is a personalized combination of treatments to not only tighten, but also contour the desired areas.