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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Non-invasive Skin Tightening Treatments


Uses for Non-invasive Skin Tightening Treatments


Learn more about specific conditions where Non-invasive Skin Tightening Treatments can be used.

What are non-invasive skin tightening treatments?

Non-invasive skin tightening procedures are non-surgical devices used to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Overtime, these devices work to shrink tissue, which has lost its tone and elasticity. There are many types of non-invasive skin tightening devices produced by a large number of companies, but the majority use laser energy, radiofrequency energy, ultrasound energy, or a combination of these energies to deliver heat to the skin tissue.   

These devices can be used on multiple areas of the body, such as the face, neck, abdomen, buttock, arms, and thighs. The number of treatments needed varies from device, energy source, location, and individual patient needs.   

What should first be done before considering non-invasive skin tightening?


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 Before (left) and after (right) - Ultherapy to buttocks.

Photo courtesy of S. Fabi  
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Before (left) and after (right) - Ultherapy to the knees.

Photo courtesy of S. Fabi

 Before the procedure, your ASDS physician will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.   

In addition, the patient should:   

  • be in healthy condition  
  • have realistic expectations  
  • tell the doctor about any prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as supplements that they are currently taking  
  • avoid blood-thinning drugs should be taken for at least two weeks prior  

Where is non-invasive skin tightening appropriate? 

Non-invasive skin tightening can be used to treat laxity on the:   

  • Face   
  • Eyelids   
  • Jowls   
  • Neck   
  • Chest   
  • Arms   
  • Buttocks   
  • Thighs   
  • Knees   
  • Abdomen  

Cellulite on the:   

  • Abdomen   
  • Buttocks   
  • Legs  

Who is not a candidate for non-invasive skin tightening? 

Non-invasive skin tightening is not recommended for patients who have:   

  • Current infection in the treatment area  
  • Blood-clotting problems  
  • Patients who are pregnant  

Is non-invasive skin tightening painful? 

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 Before (top) and after (bottom) - Ulthera to brows - eye area.

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Before (left) and after (right) - full face and neck Ulthera and 3 IPL treatments to the face.

Photo courtesy of J. Peterson 

The treatments are well tolerated by most patients and vary with the device and energy source being used. Some machines may necessitate topical anesthesia and/or other means of pain control. Please speak with your ASDS physician for further details.  

What are the complications or potential side effects of non-invasive skin tightening? 

Common side effects include:  

  • Swelling   
  • Bruising   
  • Redness  

Uncommon side effects include:  

  • Skin burns   
  • Infection   
  • Numbness  
  • Muscle weakness  
  • Inflammatory/allergic reactions  
  • Contour changes  

  What can I expect after having had non-invasive skin tightening? 

Patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, and/or redness after their procedure. If they occur, then swelling or bruising can up to last 1-2 weeks. Redness typically resolves within a few hours. Many patients will feel like resuming their normal activities later that day or the next day.  

Results from skin tightening procedures which work on collagen stimulation can often take at least 3-6 months to see their effect. The number of treatments required will vary based on device used, area treated, energy source and level, condition being treated, age of patient, and individual patient characteristics.   

For more information and referrals

For more information on skin conditions and treatments, along with a list of ASDS members in your state, please visit the find a dermatologic surgeon section of our website.  

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