The Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

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Have you considered non-surgical skin tightening but aren’t sure how the pulsed light or radio frequency waves work in helping to tighten and tone the skin? There are many pros and cons to the procedure, and many things to be answered before you may feel comfortable scheduling the procedure.

The Non-surgical Options

There are different options for skin tightening without surgery. There are the radiofrequency options like Thermage, pulsed light options like Titan, or the combination of radiofrequency and pulsed light such as Velashape.

The ones that use radiofrequency work to induce heat on your tissues to tighten them. Pulsed light options will convert the light to heat up tissue and also helps stimulate the skin’s repair cells. The combination options use both the radiofrequency waves and pulsed light to tighten without damaging the outer skin layer.

Non-surgical Skin Tightening Pros

There are a few great things about using radiofrequency or pulsed light for skin tightening. These include:

  • There is typically very little recovery needed.
  • All skin types are able to use this type of treatment.
  • There is a low risk of skin changes and very little discomfort to the procedure.

Non-surgical Skin Tightening Cons

There are also a few things that could be considered cons to the procedure, and these are:

  • Non-surgical techniques do not work as well as surgical techniques.
  • There is usually the need for more than one treatment to achieve lasting results.
  • There are some risks and complications that may occur such as small burns and red skin.

Recovery from These Non-surgical Skin Tightening Procedures

Always ask your doctor about your specific recovery, as not all patients are the same. However, typically there is no downtime from normal activities. Recovery from these procedures is not like recovering from surgery, which may require days out of work and cessation of normal activities for a while. If you have had redness or swelling, this shouldn’t last long. If you start getting any odd sensations or skin issues after the procedure, talk with your doctor immediately. Most people tolerate the procedure with little to no side effects, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will react the same.

These treatments have little to no pain involved and there is a very low risk of scarring or other side effects. There may be redness or some slight swelling from the procedure, but it should be only temporary and will wear off after the procedure has been completed. If you have other questions about these type of treatments, ask your doctor about them. Knowing what to expect about any medical procedure can help you go into it with better expectations and obtain your goals easier.

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