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Aesthetic Practice in Orange County, CA

Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening

When Is Skin Tightening Used?

Gravity and the loss of fatty deposits in the skin can cause droopiness and sagginess. Skin tightening helps to rejuvenate the skin. Tightening procedures also help to address the loss of firmness in the muscle tissues that lie under the skin. During a skin tightening procedure, all aspects of the area must be addressed, which includes the stretched ligaments, tendons, muscles, and skin in the area. The procedures help to reposition the muscles and connective tissue, as well as rejuvenate and tighten the skin, making it firmer and more toned. As the technique is primarily used to restore firmness to the skin, it can also be used when trying to fight the effects of aging on the tissues.

What Steps Are in the Skin Tightening Process?

Skin tightening does not require surgery and is used to firm up loosened areas of skin. Before the treatment, the skin is carefully measured, and marks are made where the technique will be applied. The temperature of the skin is lowered so the effects of the procedure will be less noticeable. Depending on where the procedure is going to be performed, a gel is applied to the skin, and either an ultrasound tool, sound waves, or an intense pulsed light is directed at the problem areas of the skin. The different types of light and sound waves enter the tissues, creating heat and stimulating the production of collagen and other elements that rejuvenate and firm the skin

Is a Skin Tightening Procedure Painful?

Skin tightening procedures can cause minimal discomfort. Although they do not involve a surgical incision, waves of energy, light, and sound are sent through the skin and directed at specific areas of tissue. The effects of the waves on the tissue are caused by the intense vibration. This alters the tissue, creating intense heat. At the same time, the production of collagen is increased as well. The changes that take place in the tissues can result in minor inflammation and discomfort. Before and after the procedure, the temperature of the skin is lowered to reduce any discomfort a patient may feel at the time. Any pain the patient feels dissipates rather quickly after the tissues have started to heal.