Nonsurgical skin tightening also known as laser skin tightening or ultrasound skin tightening are procedures that have become very popular in recent years because they provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality. Today your plastic surgeon can choose among a number of different devices and technologies that provide noninvasive skin tightening solutions.
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best cosmetic Surgeons in Iran. All cosmetic surgeons working with Iranian Surgery specialize in plastic surgery and perform cosmetic surgeries in well-equipped hospitals, so after Nonsurgical Skin Tightening in Iran you will face the least possible complications.
For more information about the cost of Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Procedures in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.
Before Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Procedures
When to Consider Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
. If you have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms or abdomen
. If you have minimal to no laxity and are looking to be pro-active and help prevent or delay the onset of skin laxity
. If you have had a previous face lift or other surgical procedure and are hoping to prolong your results and improve skin quality and elasticity
. If you have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure, weight loss or pregnancy
. If you would like firmer, smoother skin with improved elasticity
. If you are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive, surgical procedure to correct skin laxity.
Advantage and Disadvantage of Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
. A noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin
. Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime
. May be used for all skin types
. Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures
. Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results - treatments generally need to be repeated every 18-24 months and results may take weeks or months to be apparent
. Discomfort, skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur
These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering nonsurgical skin tightening. If you want to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.
How do I prepare for a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure?
Your provider will prepare you with pretreatment instructions, answer any questions that you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.
In advance of your procedure, your provider will ask you to:
. Stop smoking for at least six weeks before undergoing treatment to promote better healing
. Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications can cause increased bleeding
. Discontinue any topical skin products that might increase your risk of complications from treatment
. Regardless of the type of treatment to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery
Nonsurgical skin tightening is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the treatment performed, you may need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment and to stay with you at least the first night following your procedure.
Risks and Complications
Fortunately, significant complications from nonsurgical skin tightening are infrequent. Your specific risks for nonsurgical skin tightening will be discussed during your consultation.
All procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all nonsurgical procedures are:
. Adverse reaction to anesthesia, if applicable
. Changes in sensation
. Contour irregularities
. Damage to underlying structures
. Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Other risks specific to nonsurgical skin tightening are outlined below:
. Sensitivity to sun
. Small burns
. Skin reddening, swelling, and numbness of the treatment area(s)
. Pigment (skin color) changes
. Loss of volume beneath the treatment area(s)
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon and physician extenders, both before and after your nonsurgical skin tightening.
During Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Procedures
What can I expect on the day of nonsurgical skin tightening treatment?
Your nonsurgical skin tightening treatment may be performed in an accredited hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based procedure suite. Most nonsurgical skin tightening procedures take at least thirty to ninety minutes to complete but may take longer.
. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure.
. Oral, local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation may be desirable in some instances.
. If a procedure is more invasive, various monitors may be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
. Your provider will follow the treatment plan discussed with you.
You will probably be permitted to go home after a short observation period unless you and your provider have made other plans for your immediate post-treatment recovery.
How is a nonsurgical skin tightening procedure performed?
Depending on your skin quality and the area being treated, your surgeon may choose one of the treatments described below. Before the procedure begins the area to be treated is cleaned of makeup and skin lotions. Some treatments require a thin coat of ultrasound gel or other conducting gel during treatment. Topical, oral or intravenous pain medication may be required depending upon device, treatment area, and your individual needs.
. For certain devices, the treatment area is measured and marked
. Your skin is cooled for comfort and safety
. A specially designed treatment tip is placed against your skin
. Radiofrequency energy penetrates deep into the skin's tissue, heating the treatment areas and stimulating collagen production
. You may feel a gentle vibration as well as cooling and heating sensations during each pulse
. The upper layer of your skin is cooled
. Intense pulsed light (IPL) or Broad Band Light (BBL)
. You will be provided with protective eye covering
. A handpiece is used to administer a continuous cooling while light heats the deep dermis (deep layer of your skin) and addresses dyschromias (brown and red discoloration) in the skin
. Multiple passes are performed and multiple treatments will be necessary
. The treatment area is measured and marked
. An ultrasound gel is applied to your skin
. A smooth handpiece is placed on your skin and an image of the tissue beneath is projected on a screen so your provider can see the treatment area and underlying structures
. Small thermal bursts stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin without disturbing the skin's surface
. Multiple passes are performed at varying depths within the skin
What are my options?
There are three general options for nonsurgical skin tightening. After evaluating your skin quality and the area being treated, your provider will choose the option that is best suited for your particular situation and will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic goals.
Radiofrequency and intense pulsed light treatments heat only the deep layer of your skin. The epidermis or outer skin layer is not damaged. Your body's natural wound healing response causes collagen changes in the skin which results in skin tightening. A series of treatments is usually performed. Some technology combines radiofrequency with the benefits of microneedling.
Ultrasound treatments focus ultrasonic energy to the dermal layer (the deep layer of your skin). Your skin above the focus point and tissue below the focus point are protected. New collagen growth is stimulated, which gradually lifts and tightens the skin. Like radiofrequency and IPL, multiple treatments may be needed.
What are the brand names for nonsurgical skin tightening?
. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Broad Band Light (BBL)
. VelaShape (combines radiofrequency and IPL)
. Venus Legacy
. Exilis (combines Radiofrequency and Ultrasound)
After Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Procedures
Aftercare and Recovery
Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures have minimal recovery and you are usually able to resume full activity immediately after treatment.
Your provider will discuss whether there are any immediate restrictions on your activities and if so, how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity. After treatment, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about the care of the treated areas, including information about:
. Normal symptoms you will experience
. Potential signs of complications
Immediately after nonsurgical skin tightening
You may notice an immediate improvement in your skin, but your results will unfold over the course of two to six months.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may have some pain. If the pain is extreme or long-lasting, contact your treatment provider immediately. Depending on the device your provider used you may experience skin reddening, swelling, and numbness at the treatment area(s). Contact your provider to find out if your pain, redness, swelling, and numbness are normal or a sign of a possible problem.
Recovery time frame after nonsurgical skin tightening
Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures have minimal recovery time and you are usually able to resume full activity immediately after treatment unless otherwise directed by your provider. It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions. You will receive detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first two to six months
Because the natural process of creating new collagen builds over time, your results will become more evident over the course of two to three months. You may see continued improvement and contouring for up to six months as new collagen is formed. Contact your provider to discuss if additional treatments are needed.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Most nonsurgical skin tightening results will last one to three years on average. Subsequent procedures may need to be repeated periodically in order to maintain the benefits.