As you age, your skin begins to undergo certain changes. Your natural collagen and elastin starts to break down, causing your skin to lose its firmness. When compounded by sun exposure, environmental pollutants and lifestyle choices such as smoking or more than moderate drinking, these changes can transform smooth, youthful-looking skin into aged, sagging skin.
Fortunately, facial plastic surgery is no longer your only option when skin sags or your face falls. The field of cosmetic dermatology offers a variety of minimally invasive skin tightening treatments that can help firm, tighten and lift your skin to restore a more youthful appearance.
Skin tightening procedures are an effective way to improve skin quality and address issues associated with skin laxity. You can find out if these treatments will achieve your goals by speaking with Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald in person. Please call 323-464-8046 today to schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles cosmetic dermatology office.
Am I a Candidate for Skin Tightening?
You may be a good candidate for skin tightening if:
- You have mild to moderate loose, sagging skin on your face, neck or body
- You would like to improve residual skin laxity caused by a prior surgical procedure
- You would like to experience an improvement in your overall skin quality
- You prefer a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment option to tighten and lift loose skin
Skin Tightening Options
Dr. Fitzgerald offers a variety of skin tightening treatments to patients in the Los Angeles area. These options utilize some of the most advanced technologies available, including ultrasound and radiofrequency. During your initial consultation, Dr. Fitzgerald will evaluate your skin quality and listen carefully to your aesthetic goals in order to determine the right procedure to address your unique needs.
If you are just looking to tighten loose skin, Dr. Fitzgerald may recommend:
Thermage is based on radio frequency.
Totally noninvasive, the collagen response "shrinks" loose collagen and causes production of new, tighter collagen.
Exilis Elite utilizes radiofrequency technology to firm and tighten both facial and body skin.
This treatment stimulates and strengthens your skin’s collagen network in order to improve skin laxity and texture.
Genius also uses radiofrequency technology.
However, the Genius treatment both resurfaces your skin and improves firmness.
If you would like to achieve some lifting as well as tightening, Ultherapy may be the right option for you.
Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved nonsurgical lifting procedure. It uses focused ultrasound to lift, firm, and smooth your skin. Dr. Fitzgerald often recommends Ultherapy to nonsurgically lift the brow, chin, neck and decollete.
To reduce the AMOUNT of lax skin in the lower face, Ellacor Micro-Coring uses the tiniest of hollow needles to actually extract columns of skin.
Ellacor is the only FDA-approved tissue extraction procedure available in the U.S.
Skin tightening can also be used to improve the appearance of a double chin. Dr. Fitzgerald offers two options for double chin sculpting:
Both of these treatments are performed to eliminate fat accumulation beneath the chin; however, they each use different methods to achieve this goal. Kybella is an injectable fat dissolver. CoolMini is a new procedure introduced by CoolSculpting which uses fat freezing to improve the appearance of your chin.
Benefits of Skin Tightening
Skin tightening offers you many benefits, including:
- A minimally invasive, nonsurgical alternative to plastic surgery that effectively tightens skin on your face and body
- No incisions necessary
- Minimal discomfort
- No downtime
- Effective on all skin types
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald using the form on this page or call 323-464-8046 today to schedule your skin tightening consultation. We serve patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Larchmont, California.