About Skin Tightening
At birth, your body has a full supply of collagen and elastin that keeps your skin smooth, soft, healthy, and resilient. However, this supply of nutrients runs low and the skin of the face and body decreases in elasticity, leading to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you want to improve the firmness and overall appearance of your skin without plastic surgery, consider nonsurgical skin tightening at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. With advanced technology, nonsurgical skin tightening encourages the production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas so you can have firmer, healthier skin. During the assessment and consultation, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence will be pleased to offer nonsurgical skin tightening to her Atlanta, GA patients wishing to tone the skin on their face and body without the recovery time and expense of a surgical lift procedure. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence to find out more about nonsurgical skin tightening.
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Surgery for skin tightening, or “lift” procedures, like a face or body lift, remain the most effective option to improve sagging, loose skin. Nonsurgical skin tightening can help if you do not wish to undergo cosmetic surgery. Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures can be done on most areas of the face and body, including the neck, stomach, arms, and thighs. The best patients for this procedure:
- Are in good overall health
- Are at or near a healthy, stable weight
- Have mild to moderate skin looseness on the face or body
- Have lines or wrinkles on the face or body
- Want to enhance the health and appearance of their skin
To start the session, the skin being treated will be sanitized to remove any oils, cosmetics, and lotions. Local anesthesia options can be considered if you would prefer, but most patients find that any mild discomfort during the laser energy is temporary and manageable. As soon as you are ready, a handpiece with the laser will be passed evenly over the skin multiple times for the most effective treatment. The energy prompts the body’s natural healing properties to produce collagen and elastin, which tightens and firms the skin. The procedure can take about 30 – 90 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. After the session is complete, you will be able to leave and resume your daily activities.
What to Expect
After your nonsurgical skin tightening appointment, the treated areas may be mildly inflamed, numb, or red. This is expected and should clear up on its own within several days. During your consult, Dr. Lawrence will talk about the best ways to care for your skin after your session, like keeping the skin moisturized and protected from sun and environmental damage. Most patients will not have visible results immediately after the session. Since the collagen and elastin stimulation and production is a gradual process, you can have the total results of your treatment around 2 – 6 months after the procedure. However, these results should be long-lasting and improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. You may require multiple treatments to get the ideal outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will help you determine your personalized treatment plan based on your concerns and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does nonsurgical skin tightening cost?
The cost of nonsurgical skin tightening is determined by the number and size of your treatment area(s). During your consultation, we will work together to create a customized treatment plan. Then, we will be better able to estimate your out-of-pocket costs. Our practice accepts many forms of payment and may be able to help you secure low-interest medical financing.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a natural, protein-based tissue that is produced by your body and helps to keep your skin resilient, hydrated, and firm. Over time, our collagen banks naturally begin to deplete, leading to thinner, less elastic skin. Nonsurgical skin tightening stimulates collagen production to help the skin become firmer and healthier over time.
Is the procedure painful?
In a simple answer, no, the procedure is not painful. Patients typically explain the sensation as a warm or hot tingling sensation that is tolerable. Local anesthesia can be used if you are nervous about the procedure, but this is not often necessary. Speak with Dr. Lawrence during your consultation to learn what to expect during your procedure.
What can I expect after my treatment?
Following your nonsurgical skin tightening session, you could have some redness, minor swelling, and numbness of the treated area. This is not uncommon and typically subsides within a few days. Your results will continue to develop in the months following your treatment as collagen continues to be produced. You may need multiple sessions to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Are there any side effects?
Serious side effects after this procedure are very uncommon. The most common side effects are slight swelling, numbness, and redness of the treatment area. Speak with Dr. Lawrence during your consultation to learn more about possible side effects and what to expect following your procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $300
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 – 10 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Keep It Tight
If you're trying to keep your skin firm and tight as long as possible while avoiding going under the knife, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marisa Lawrence to hear more about nonsurgical skin tightening. An effective, noninvasive treatment that calls for no downtime after the appointment, nonsurgical skin tightening can help you improve the health and tone of your skin when you notice the earliest signs of lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Get a unique treatment plan for nonsurgical skin tightening during your appointment at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA.