Summertime Prep: Skin Tightening Techniques

Get Ready for Summer with Skin Tightening

 Overall Skin Health
During the summer months, individuals spend large amounts of time outdoors, exposed to the damaging effects of the sun. Although getting out and playing in the sunshine is good for your overall health, you must take the necessary steps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Using a broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every time you are outside is crucial to skin health. Most people consider sunburns to be the primary type of sun damage, however, you may experience negative long-term effects from unsafe sun exposure. These include dry skin, the early onset of wrinkles and permanent discoloration. Speak to your dermatologist about the ideal skin care products for your skin.

It happens every year, the weather starts to heat up and people will shed their cold layers to soak up the sun. For some individuals, however, this can be a stressful time of year as they worry about the extra skin they can’t shed or tone. Thankfully, new technology has provided skin tightening solutions to help you with your toughest problem areas – we’re talking about stretch marks, loose skin, and cellulite!

Broad-Spectrum Light Sources

This high-tech, skin-tightening process uses infrared light to heat up the middle layer of skin to stimulate new collagen development. The development of new collagen causes the outer layer of skin to tighten as result.


Thermage has gained popularity as an easy, non-surgical skin-tightening alternative for individuals suffering from loose skin following childbirth or weight loss. The thermage process uses heat and motion to treat loose skin. and the process has greatly improved in recent years with predictable, noticeable results.

Laser Skin Tightening

This procedure is most commonly used to tighten the skin of the face and neck area. It has increased in popularity due to the simplicity of the procedure and the minimal down time required during recovery. This process can greatly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It has also been used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring in patients who have suffered severe acne.

Radio Frequency Therapy

Radio frequency therapy has been used with great results on post-partum mothers to tighten skin on the stomach following childbirth. The process involves using a special skin treatment cream in conjunction with weekly radio frequency massage sessions. The sessions basically massage the loose skin on a very deep level to tighten the tissue. This type of treatment may require follow up treatments every couple of years.