Wondering what the procedures entail? The experts broke down some of the most common in-office skin-tightening treatments for us below:
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing: “Carbon dioxide lasers very precisely remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures,” Hartman says. “Carbon dioxide lasers treat wrinkles, photodamage, scars, warts, keloids, and more. The chromophore is water, and therefore, patients should hydrate in preparation for the treatment.” A CO2 laser is an ablative laser, which works by traumatizing the skin. Hartman explains that it removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis). It stimulates the growth of new collagen fiber, and as the epidermis heals and regrows, skin looks clearer, smoother, and tighter. This stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated skin appears clearer, smoother, and tighter.
Ultrasound Therapy: “Certain skin-tightening treatments use focused ultrasound to heat the skin and stimulate collagen,” Imahiyerobo-Ip says. “Ultrasound therapy has been used in medicine for several decades and has an excellent safety profile. Ultherapy is a widely used, FDA-approved focused ultrasound device. Treatments take about one hour. There is no downtime. However, individuals may experience significant discomfort. It may take up to two to three months to see results.”
Micro-Needling: Also called collagen induction therapy, micro-needling is minimally invasive and stimulates collagen production. “A mechanical pen—its head filled with tiny needles—is rolled over the skin, and as it vibrates, it delivers microinjections, penetrating the skin many times over the course of a few seconds,” Hartman says. “The needles are used to create a controlled skin injury or multiple minor injuries, which will then allow the skin to heal and produce a newly rejuvenated complexion.”