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Skin tightening technologies are directed primarily at producing deep dermal heating with stimulation of new collagen. The market leading technology was Thermage, a noninvasive nonablative device that used monopolar radiofrequency (RF) energy to bulk heat underlying skin while protecting the epidermis to produce skin tightening. A number of new technologies have been developed including refinement in RF, infrared lasers including Titan, fractional lasers including Fraxel and Affirm, fractionated RF, focused high energy ultrasound and laser liposuction with Smartlipo.

Results with current skin-tightening technologies are mild to moderate and are not intended to replace surgical procedures. Many patients will choose more subtle tightening to avoid the risks and downtime associated with surgery. Newer treatment protocols have improved treatment predictability and the extent of efficacy, and novel technologies with the potential for even greater results are currently in development. Further improvements in outcome can be achieved with the combination of skin tightening and non invasive treatments such as botulinum toxin and soft-tissue fillers.


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Ultrasound tightening of facial and neck skin: a rater-blinded prospective cohort
study. Alam M, White LE, Martin N, Witherspoon J, Yoo S, West DP. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(2):262-9.

Skin tightening effect using fractional laser treatment: I. A randomized half-side pilot study on faces of patients with acne.
Dainichi T, Kawaguchi A, Ueda S, Tajiri R, Fumimori T, Kakuma T, Hashimoto T. Dermatol Surg. 2010;36(1):66-70

Periorbital skin tightening with a broadband infrared device: preliminary study
results. Monica E. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2010;12(1):38-41.

About sk:n clinics:

Established in 1990, sk:n has 20 years of experience and has carried out over 3 million treatments on more than 300,000 clients. sk:n clinics was the first network of clinics to be registered on the Treatments you can Trust register from the IHAS and is the UK's leading provider of affordable and innovative laser and rejuvenation treatments, including laser hair removal, injectable treatments, botox and acne treatments. Each of its 36 clinics nationwide is registered with the Care Quality Commission and each highly-trained team is headed up by an expert medical director. 10% of all UK dermatologists work for or with sk:n.


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