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Skin Tightening | Non-Surgical facelift

Skin tightening treatments can firm and tighten excess skin caused by aging or weight loss. Nonsurgical treatments including Profound RF, Skintyte, and Morpheus8 can address mild to moderate sagging. If you have a large amount of loose skin, you may need a surgical procedure (e.g., facelift, body lift, arm lift, etc.) to get the results you want.

What is SkinTyte and how does it work

SkinTyte by Sciton is a noninvasive treatment for skin tightening that gives skin a more youthful appearance. 

SkinTyte uses gentle pulses of advanced infrared-light technology to heat deep dermal layers, triggering the body’s natural healing process and boosting new collagen production. Coupled with the contraction of collagen fibers that are already in your skin, this increased dermal collagen results in skin tightening and improved skin firmness.

The treatment works on any area of the body with mild sagging or loose skin, but popular areas for rejuvenation include the face,

  • SkinTyte is safe for all skin types and tones. 
  • It’s much more affordable than surgical solutions, with fewer risks. 
  • There’s no reported downtime and no risk of scarring, swelling, or bruising. jawline, neck, abdomen, arms, and thighs.

What happens during SkinTyte Treatment?

While the applicator delivers heat in a series of pulses, its cooling tip keeps the skin’s surface from getting too warm. Most patients say that the treatment is comfortable, with no need for a topical anesthetic, though some RealSelf members did experience pain. 

SkinTyte feels a bit like an ultrasound massage. Gel will be on your skin to keep it cool, and the BBL [broadband light energy] will be flashing and in constant motion, to evenly heat your deep layer of skin and make it contract. If it feels too hot, speak up.

It takes about 30 minutes to perform a SkinTyte procedure on the face and neck. The length of your session will depend on the size of the treated area.


What happens after Skintyte Treatment?

There is no downtime afterward, although the treatment area may be slightly red or pink for up to 30 minutes after the procedure. The entire treated surface will be more sensitive to sunlight, so apply a high-SPF sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure on that first day. Otherwise, you can resume your regular activities right away.

The tightening effects aren’t immediate: it takes about four months for the collagen foundation of your skin to rebuild. Doctors recommend committing to a series of three to six treatments, every other week, to achieve the full results. 

How long do Skintyte results last?

SkinTyte results can last up to two years, depending on your age, diet, exercise, and skin care habits. Sun exposure can weaken the structure of your skin, so a high-SPF sunscreen will help you prolong your results.

Before and After

What is Profound RF Microneedling?

Profound RF is an FDA-cleared, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure for the face and body. It combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to tighten loose skin, add volume, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging by reinvigorating the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen, the building blocks that keep skin firm and elastic.

The treatment is most often performed around the mouth and cheeks, along the jawline to treat jowls, and on the neck. It can also be used on the body to fade scars and stretch marks, lift sagging skin, and diminish the appearance of cellulite.

The temperature-controlled Profound device uses microneedles to deliver RF energy in the form of heat directly into the reticular dermis, the skin’s lower level, where most collagen fibers reside. The RF microneedling device gives your provider real-time feedback on the energy level and the precise temperature of treated tissue, making it easier for them to control the level of injury and stimulate a healing response that remodels skin.

  • The combination of microneedling and RF energy produces much more significant skin remodeling than you’d get with either type of procedure alone.
  • Precise temperature control may give Profound treatments a more reliable result than other RF microneedling treatments, in a single treatment session.
  • Clinical studies funded by Candela (the makers of the Profound device) claim a 100% response rate for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a 95% response rate for tightening sagging skin. 
  • They also claim that the procedure revs up your cell turnover to generate up to five times more elastin and double the rate of new collagen production, while boosting your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid.
  • Profound RF is safe and effective for all skin types and tones because it targets the skin’s deeper layer, reducing the risk of hyperpigmentation.

What happens during a Profound Treatment?

Each Profound treatment begins with an injection of local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Then your provider presses the handheld device into your skin, and the disposable cartridge generates heat while 12 microneedles create tiny injuries in your dermis. The needles deliver the radiofrequency energy to the depth where the maximum regenerative response can take place, heating the tissue to 67 degrees for 3 seconds, without damaging the outer layer of skin. 

Your provider will lift and move the device to treat each small patch of skin, until the entire area has been treated. A session can take 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.

What should you expect afterward?

The treated area will be swollen, red, and possibly bruised. The swelling often gets worse for a few days before it gets better. Everyone heals differently, so while some people may be fine having the treatment on a Friday and covering bruising and redness with makeup on Monday, many need up to a week of social downtime. Some RealSelf members say the healing process took up to three weeks before swelling and bruising had fully subsided. 

How soon will you see results?

Some people start to see results from a single treatment in as little as two weeks, as new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid forms, but it typically takes three months (and sometimes longer than six) before you’ll see optimal results.

How long does Profound RF last?

Profound RF results last between one and two years, depending on how well you take care of your skin. You can prolong your results by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and using medical-grade skin care.

Profound RF Before and After

What is Morpheus8?

Morpheus8 is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that pairs microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy. It uses tiny needles to deliver RF energy deep into your skin, creating micro lesions that trigger your body’s natural healing response and promote production of new collagen and elastin, to firm and remodel skin.

Morpheus8 benefits a wide range of skin concerns. It can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten lax skin, smooth out rough or uneven skin texture, treat hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, help fade stretch marks, and even reduce some fat (though not significantly enough that you’d have to worry about volume loss in your face). Morpheus8 can be used anywhere on the body, including the abdomen or buttocks, though it’s most popular for the face, jawline, and neck.

For optimal results, you’ll need a series of up to three sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart.

  • It can take up to three months after your initial treatment series to see your full results.
  • You’ll need yearly maintenance treatments to keep up noticeable results.
  • In Morpheus8 reviews, some RealSelf members have noted unwanted side effects, including bumps, grid marks, and discoloration for about a week post-procedure. A few have experienced hyperpigmentation and scarring, which additional treatment to resolve.
  • The treatment can be painful if your provider uses a higher setting on the device, so ask whether you’ll need just numbing cream or local anesthesia.

What happens during a Morpheus8 treatment?

The treatment takes 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. Your doctor begins by covering the treatment area with numbing cream, which may need up to an hour to take effect. If your provider plans to use a higher setting on the device, you may need local anesthesia.

What sets Morpheus8 apart from similar microneedling devices is that the depth of the radiofrequency heat delivered by its microneedles can be customized to reach different depths of the dermal layers (e.g., superficial, intermediate, deep), so your provider can adjust it based on your specific skin concerns.

First, they should do a test spot, to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions. Then they’ll stamp the device across your skin, allowing the needles to puncture below the surface and deliver the radiofrequency energy.

You may feel pressure and dull discomfort during the procedure, but it’s typically not too painful, due to the numbing cream.

How soon will you see Morpheus8 results?

You may begin to see the benefits of Morpheus8 within a few days of your first treatment and some skin tightening within three weeks.

How long does Morpheus last?

Morpheus8 results last about a year, so you’ll need an annual follow-up session in order to maintain ramped-up collagen production.

morpheus 8 before and after

What is EXILIS?

Exilis is a noninvasive skin tightening and fat-reduction treatment designed to address skin laxity and reduce pockets of unwanted fat in areas like the face, neck, jowls, abdomen, arms, and thighs. 

Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009, the Exilis Ultra 360 device combines ultrasound and radiofrequency energy to destroy targeted fat cells and stimulate new collagen production, contouring the body and firming the overlying skin. 

When it comes to fat reduction, the treatment is an option for anyone who’s already close to their ideal weight and wants only subtle body sculpting. For skin rejuvenation, you can expect a softening of fine lines and wrinkles as well as improved tautness.

  • Exilis targets small, stubborn areas of fat that haven’t responded to regular exercise and a healthy diet. 
  • While the treatment can be uncomfortable, pain is usually minimal.  
  • It’s a noninvasive treatment with no recovery time.
  • While other treatments harness only radiofrequency energy, Exilis uses them both. This combination tightens loose skin, which can be a side effect of other fat-reduction treatments. 

How does it work?


Uneven skin appearance caused by loss of collagen due to the natural aging process.



360 Volumetric Heating disrupts old collagen fibers and initiates the process of new collagen formation.


EXILIS ULTRA 360 treatment leads to deep tissue and skin improvement.

What happends to an Exilis Treatment?

You’ll lie down, and a grounding pad will be placed on your back (or the area of the body opposite the one you’re targeting) to help the device direct its energy. Then, your provider will massage the handpiece (it comes in two sizes: large and small) over the treatment area. 

The device heats to a set temperature (typically between 105ºF and 109ºF) and then automatically cools, allowing your doctor to treat both deep and superficial layers while ensuring the surface of your skin doesn’t burn.

Each treatment lasts about 15–30 minutes and delivers varying depths of heat, to tighten skin and reduce fat. It’s relatively pain-free (no anesthesia needed), but your skin may feel hot or look red during the procedure.

What should you expect after an Exilis Treatment?

There’s no downtime after an Exilis treatment session. Aside from residual heat, redness, and some possible bruising, there’s nothing that should prevent you from going back to your usual routine immediately afterwards.

While no specific aftercare is necessary, moisturizing may increase the benefits of the treatment.

After the fat cells have been liquefied, your lymphatic system carries them away and expels them through urination. Drinking plenty of water and staying well-hydrated will help your system clear away the damaged fat cells.

You may see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, but that will only be temporary.

How long will you see Exilis results?

Each patient responds differently. Some notice improvement immediately following one or two treatment sessions, but most see optimal results after five to six.

It takes at least 90 days for your skin to produce new collagen and months for your body to naturally eliminate the damaged fat cells, so you probably won’t see full results until three to six months after your final treatment.

How long do Exilis results last?

Results typically last about two years.

This treatment is no substitute for weight loss and does not prevent weight gain. While destroyed fat cells can’t grow back, remaining fat cells in the area can expand if you gain weight. Maintaining your weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise will help prolong your results.

Exlis Before and After


A nonsurgical facelift is a combination of noninvasive or minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments intended to refresh aging and damaged skin.

This usually involves a handful of cosmetic procedures that variously smooth fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate or remove damaged surface skin, boost the production of new collagen and elastin, and provide a lifting effect. You can address skin concerns such as sun damage, skin laxity, acne scars, and more.

It allows you to avoid invasive procedures, like a surgical facelift—and the attendant incisions, anesthesia, and scarring of plastic surgery—while still reaping moderate anti-aging benefits.

  • There’s minimal downtime. Noninvasive treatments may leave you swollen or bruised for a few days, but they still carry significantly less downtime than facelift surgery, which can put you out of commission for up to three weeks.
  • The only form of anesthesia you’d need for any of the involved treatments would be a topical numbing cream (not general anesthesia or sedation).
  • Because these treatments are less invasive than surgery, they come with fewer potential health risks.


The right combination of noninvasive cosmetic procedures can create a fresher, more youthful appearance for people with mild to moderate signs of aging.

Talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to determine the best nonsurgical facelift options for you. They’ll be able to recommend the most suitable procedures for your specific skin concerns while taking into account your skin tone and skin type, which sometimes limit the procedures that can be performed without risk of adverse effects.

Just keep in mind that noninvasive techniques can’t address severely sagging skin or tighten underlying muscles, especially along the jowls and in the neck, like a surgical facelift or neck lift would. 

It may be helpful to think of a nonsurgical facelift not as a substitute for a surgical facelift but as a preventive treatment—undoing some damage and taking good care of your skin can put off the need for a surgical facelift for many years.


After injectables, you may have swelling and tenderness for at least a few hours. Bruising is another common side effect and, depending on the severity, can last anywhere from several days to weeks.

Laser resurfacing and chemical peels may leave you flushed and flaky for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the depth and strength of your treatment. If you’re concerned about prolonged downtime, talk to your doctor about how your treatment plan can meet your goals without extensive lifestyle changes.

There’s no real downtime after energy-based skin tightening treatments, since they bypass the surface of the skin to target only the deeper layers. But you may look flushed and feel sore from the rubbing of the heated devices against your skin.


How soon you’ll see results depends on both the treatments you choose and how you, personally, respond to them.

Results can vary, based on each person’s unique anatomy. In the hands of the right injector, patients can expect to see a significant difference with a nonsurgical facelift—restored volume to the [under-eye area], midface, and lips and definition/contour to the cheeks, chin, and jawline. Additionally, fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the brows as well as crow’s-feet can be softened with neurotoxins

The results of fillers and neuromodulators will be apparent within a week. Most fillers last from six months to a year, while toxins last three to four months.

The effects of a chemical peel will vary with the strength of the solution. After a lighter peel, your skin will heal quickly (or you’ll have no downtime at all). The results should be visible immediately or within a couple of days but may last only a month or two. Medium-strength peels may leave you red and flaky for a few days, revealing full results a week or two later. The effects may last closer to four to six months.

Lasers and skin tightening treatments can take up to six months for final results to show; it takes that long for skin to rejuvenate and grow new collagen. Laser resurfacing is often done in a series of three to six treatments, spaced about a month apart, so while you should see some improvement after every treatment, the final six-month countdown doesn’t begin until the last laser treatment. Tightening treatments are not done as a series—one Ultherapy or Thermage session should yield a result that lasts for up to two years.

You can extend the longevity of any of these treatments by taking good care of your skin with quality skin and suncare. Be sure not to forget about the quality of skin by using medical-grade skin-care products and getting regular treatments from an aesthetician. 

Results are cumulative, and patients may need follow-up visits in order to achieve the best results.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive procedure that lifts the neck, chin and brow, and improves lines and wrinkles on the upper chest. Through the ultrasound imaging with Ultherapy, energy is delivered precisely to the place where it will benefit you most—for natural-looking results that improve over time.

Ultherapy relies on ultrasound therapy to go deeper than other non-invasive treatments for collagen stimulation. And it leverages traditional ultrasound imaging so Ultherapy providers can see the layers of tissue they are treating. This ensures the treatment energy is delivered to where it benefits you most.

How Ultherapy Works?

As a natural protein, collagen works to give skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity. That’s where Ultherapy steps in and lifts up, through ultrasound therapy. Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery, and other technologies, nonsurgical Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin through ultrasound energy with focused imaging—to target just the right amount at the right depths and the right temperature. The result is a jumpstart to your body’s own collagen production.

Ultherapy Before and After

The proven results of Ultherapy are clear, appearing over two to three months as new collagen works to lift skin on the neck, chin, and brow—as well as smooth skin on the upper chest. Results may improve over the following three to six months, and can last a year or more.* It won’t duplicate the results of a surgical facelift, but Ultherapy is a clinically proven non-invasive alternative for those not ready for surgery.

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