Skin Tightening

Skin tightening procedures provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality. Skin tightening procedures are a noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin. They are performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort, and little to no downtime. Skin tightening procedures can be used for all skin types.

Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

There are three general options for nonsurgical skin tightening. After evaluating the desired area of treatment and your skin quality, Dr. Namazie will choose the option that is best suited for your specific situation.

Radiofrequency Therapy

Radiofrequency (RF) therapy stimulates the production of collagen, a protein in the body that gives your skin its firmness. RF therapy uses energy waves to heat the layer of your skin known as your dermis, which in turn increases collagen. The treatment usually takes around an hour and should be painless.

The process of Radiofrequency therapy includes the following:

  • 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


An alternative skin tightening therapy uses ultrasound. The ultrasound device reaches to the deepest layers of the skin to deliver collagen-stimulating energy. This non-invasive treatment is usually only necessary once, and the full effects can be seen three to six months after the procedure.

The ultrasound therapy process includes the following:

  • 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