Deeper layers of skin are heated through targeted energy in Skin tightening procedures. This heat stimulates collagen and elastin production and gradually the skin tone and texture improve. Ultrasound energy, non-ablative radiofrequency waves, and intense pulsed light are used for the same. This results in a tightening and lifting effect on the face, neck and around the eyes. It is most effective in mild to moderate cases of sagging of the lower face and jowls. The treatment can be repeated after a gap of 3–4 weeks.
Focused ultrasound energy heats skin at specific depths and locations to induce collagen production making the skin firm. A handheld device, which transmits the ultrasound waves through the skin’s surface is used. It has an excellent safety profile.
Nowadays, Radiofrequency (RF) energy is also being used can also be used to heal the skin and trigger collagen production. In contrast to ultrasound, RF focuses on epidermal layers to achieve a firmer, smoother appearance.
This combines intense pulsed light (IPL) with radiofrequency (RF) to heat deeper layers of skin and induces a natural healing response, which further triggers collagen production. The addition of IPL to RF allows treatment of the skin at multiple levels and helps focus the RF energy for better treatment.