Today’s Best Skin Tightening Treatments

Written by Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist on November 29, 2016 5 Comments

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One unfortunate aspect of normal facial aging is a decline in facial volume (skin, fat, and other tissues leading to loose, sagging, and wrinkled skin. As we age the skin’s connective tissues, elastin and collagen weaken and break down, so the skin loses its youthful, springy texture. In extreme cases (see “The Sagger” type), skin elasticity loss combined with gravity can make the skin appear as if it’s sliding away from the facial bone structure.

It’s no wonder that skin tightening treatments and skin care products are in such high demand. Both men and women want fresh, young and beautiful looking skin. While it may be hard to prevent facial aging, here are some of today’s most effective methods of skin tightening:

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Skincare Products

There are a number of effective products that can have both immediate and long-term anti-aging benefits. Look for products made from proven anti-aging ingredients like retinol, antioxidants, growth factors, or hyaluronic acid. We offer many advanced, dermatological-grade skincare products in our clinics and through our online store. Your provider can help you determine the best regimen to fit your skin’s needs.

Dermal Fillers

Ideal for individuals with minimal sagging, dermal fillers can provide instant volume and lift to targeted problem areas – smoothing out wrinkles and lines, plumping flat lips, and correcting hollow areas. Fillers like Sculptra, work to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen while restoring volume and fullness to the skin. Voluma, Juvederm, and fillers of the Restylane family are ideal for lifting and enhancing the contours of the face. Radiesse is a gel-like filler that can correct the appearance of aging hands. .


This treatment, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, involves the creation of microscopic channels through the surface of the skin, which leads to formation of new tissue and collagen production. By creating minor skin injury, micro-needling induces the skin’s natural healing process and initiates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers that thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Laser Skin Tightening

Skin tightening lasers can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin to provide a smoother, more youthful appearance. Thermage helps prevent the signs of aging by stimulating the body’s production of connective tissues, thereby tightening the skin and reducing the saggy, aged appearance. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to stimulate the collagen within the skin, creating a lifting effect. Ablative and nonablative fractionated lasers like Fraxel and ActiveFX can also create skin tightening.

Facelift Surgery

A facelift procedure is the most effective treatment for individuals with moderate to severe facial aging. Facelift surgery enables plastic surgeons to remove excess skin and tighten facial muscles to dramatically tighten the skin. There are several variations of the facelift procedure ranging from the s-lift to a full facelift, each with the ability to treat different degrees of skin sagging and looseness.



Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD

Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD is a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon specializing in the practice of both cosmetic and medical dermatology. Dr. Geddes-Bruce is fellowship-trained in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She served as Chief Resident at one of the nation’s top dermatology programs – The University of Texas at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

5 Responses to “Today’s Best Skin Tightening Treatments”

  1. Avatar Johnson says:

    Thanks for your valuable information on regarding skin care because these will give a fresh feel till My wife is using susan kallal MD product these product are also well, She will use your product too.

  2. Avatar Rosie says:

    I have noticed a lot of loose skin around my chin and face that makes me self-conscious. I am thinking about getting a skin tightening treatment and I appreciate all of the information in this article. It is good to know that there are many non-invasive options. This way I can get the procedure done quickly and I won’t have to worry about a long recovery time.

  3. Avatar Angela says:

    It’s true that aging skin leads to wrinkling. I think I’ll get some anti-aging skin therapy treatment to supplement my skincare products. Hopefully, there are laser skin tightening treatments that are available from a good clinic so that I can make sure that I can look younger.

  4. Avatar Jane R. says:

    I am almost 72, petite, thin and active. My thin face is “falling”. I’ve tried various fillers, but my slightly sagging jowl is becoming more evident. Which non-surgical procedures will help with the sagging? And what minor (if there is such a thing) surgical procedure would be effective for me? I don’t want a full facelift…my skin is too thin and I don’t want that “stretched skin” look, I’ve seen all too often. Many thanks!

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