Nonsurgical Skin Tightening in Marin County

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About Skin Tightening

At birth, you have a full stock of the nutrients elastin and collagen that keeps your skin soft, smooth, resilient, and healthy. However, this stock of nutrients becomes depleted and the skin of your body and face decreases in resiliency, causing wrinkles, lines, and skin that sags. If you want to improve the firmness and general health of your skin without plastic surgery, look into nonsurgical skin tightening at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera. With state-of-the-art Fraxel and ResurFX laser equipment, nonsurgical skin tightening encourages the production of elastin and collagen in the areas treated so you can develop healthier, firmer skin. Tracy Evans, M.D. is happy to perform nonsurgical skin tightening for her Corte Madera, CA patients looking to firm their skin without the recovery time and expense of a surgical lift procedure. Make an appointment at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera to find out more information on nonsurgical skin tightening.

Ideal Candidates

Nonsurgical skin tightening may be a good option if you have mildly loose or sagging skin but don't want to have cosmetic surgery. Skin-tightening surgeries or "lifts," like a face or body lift, are still the best option to improve severe sagging. Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures may be done on many areas of the body and face, such as the stomach, neck, thighs, and arms. The ideal patients for this treatment:

  • Are generally healthy with no chronic conditions
  • Are maintaining a healthy weight
  • Have light or mild sagging on the body or face
  • Have fine lines and wrinkles
  • Want to achieve healthier and younger-looking skin

Procedure Technique

To start the session, your skin will be sanitized to eliminate any oils, lotions, cosmetics, etc. If you would prefer, we can apply topical numbing cream; however, many patients feel that any pain from the laser energy is temporary and manageable. As soon as you are ready, a handpiece with the laser will be evenly passed over the skin several times for an efficient session. The laser energy stimulates the body to start producing elastin and collagen, which firms and tightens the skin. A session may take around 30 – 90 minutes based on the size and number of areas treated. Once the session is complete, you'll be allowed to leave and get back to your daily routine.

What to Expect

Following your skin tightening appointment, the affected skin can be mildly inflamed, numb, or red. This is expected, and your skin will clear up naturally in 5 – 7 days. We will talk to you about methods to care for the treated skin at home after your session, like keeping the skin moisturized and protected from sun and environmental damage. The results of nonsurgical skin tightening are not typically visible immediately following the treatment. Since the elastin and collagen stimulation and production is a slow process, your results will continue to develop for several months after your session. However, your results should last a long time and truly enhance the general appearance and health of your skin. You will probably require several sessions to achieve the most ideal outcome. At your initial consultation, Dr. Evans can help you determine your personalized plan for treatment to meet your concerns and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does nonsurgical skin tightening cost?
The total costs for one skin tightening session will vary based on how many areas are being addressed. During your consultation, a team member will personalize a treatment plan based on your goals and then talk about costs. We will also review the payment methods we accept and how you can apply for financing.

What is collagen?
A protein-based tissue, collagen is produced naturally in your body. Along with other functions, it works to help keep skin firm, elastic, and hydrated. However, with the normal process of aging, your levels of collagen diminish. This results in thinner, looser, less elastic skin. Boosting collagen levels is a great way to improve the firmness and suppleness of your skin.

Is the procedure painful?
Throughout your session, you might feel a little warmth; however, you should still feel comfortable. A numbing cream can be applied to your skin before the session, but this is generally not necessary. If you're nervous before your session, ask a team member for more information about the procedure or about a topical numbing solution.

What can I expect after my treatment?
Following a skin tightening procedure, you might have temporary numbness, redness, or swelling in the treatment areas. This should fade in a week. Your results will continue improving for a few months after your session as the increase in your natural collagen production firms and tones your skin. Many patients require multiple sessions to reach their optimal results.

How does this procedure tighten skin?
At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera, we use a combination of Fraxel and ResurFX technologies to perform the skin tightening treatment. ResurFX is used to "resurface" the skin or to remove dulled and damaged skin. Fraxel is able to stimulate an extra boost of your body's natural collagen production. Together, these effects lead to higher cell turn over and skin that is overall tighter and fresher.

Keep It Tight

Schedule a consultation with Tracy Evans, M.D. to hear more information about nonsurgical skin tightening. It is noninvasive and effective and can help you keep your skin tight and firm longer while avoiding going under the knife. Laser skin tightening rejuvenates the tone and health of your skin at the first signs of lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Get a unique plan for noninvasive skin tightening at your appointment at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera.

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