Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Skin Tightening?

Is there such thing as too much non-surgical skin tightening?


Multiple options are available for tightening mild skin sagging without having to undergo surgery. Those options often involve an energy-based treatment to stimulate collagen production, leading to a tightening effect.

While multiple options are available to reverse the signs of aging, it may be tempting to stack on several treatments over time in hopes of boosting the results. Each of these treatments heats the skin, so what can happen with excessive tissue heating? Here’s what you need to know.

Common types of skin tighteners

Energy-based treatments used to tighten skin are either laser-, radio frequency-, or ultrasound-based. Lasers use light to target tissue, while ultrasound and radiofrequency devices heat below the skin’s surface. Laser and radio-frequency treatments focus energy on the skin’s surface, while ultrasound treatments reach a few millimeters below the skin’s surface.

The long-term effects of skin-tightening

There isn’t any conclusive data that measures the long-term effects of skin tightening, but with any treatment or procedure, there are risks involved. Repeat laser or radio frequency can induce scarring and challenges related to skin texture. Minimal skin-tightening treatments are fine, but continually repeated nonsurgical treatments that heat tissue can cause concern rather than improvement over time. When undergoing any skin-tightening treatment, our team at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery will guide you in to selecting the best treatment and any maintenance treatments that will give you optimal, long-lasting results.

Options for skin-tightening

For patients looking to tighten their skin, the right treatment – surgical or non-surgical – depends on your skin and desired aesthetic. Dr. Burke Robinson is a Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with 30 years of experience dedicated to facial cosmetic surgery. If you’re concerned about sagging skin, Dr. Robinson can assess your skin to determine if a facelift is right for you.

During a facelift, Dr. Robinson removes excess, sagging skin and tightens underlying face structure and muscle tissues, restoring a more youthful and radiant appearance. In a traditional facelift, small incisions are made under the chin to enable liposuction on neck and jowls while also tightening neck muscles. Then additional incisions are made to either side of the face, hidden behind the ears and in the hairline, allowing Dr. Robinson to life the facial and neck tissue, trim away excess fat and tightening underlying muscle as necessary.

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A non-surgical skin tightening option is ProfoundRF. Profound RF skin tightening technology delivers precise wavelengths of temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy through the skin to create the three main building blocks of youthful skin.   Unlike other energy-based treatments that send energy from outside the skin’s surface, Profound uses microscopic needles to safely and precisely target each layer of skin.  This more effectively helps the skin become dramatically firmer and smoother, and even achieves a mild lift in just one treatment, without incisions or scars.

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If you’re looking to explore ways to tighten your skin, contact us for a consultation.