About Skin Tightening
Before you come for a consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong encourages you to select a few areas on your body where lax skin troubles you most — these should be areas that may benefit most from skin tightening. At birth, your body has a full supply of collagen and elastin that keeps your skin smooth, soft, healthy, and resilient. However, this supply of nutrients runs low and the skin of the face and body decreases in elasticity, leading to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you want to improve the firmness and overall appearance of your skin without plastic surgery, consider nonsurgical skin tightening at our facilities in Upland and Newport Beach, CA. With our advanced Thermage technology, nonsurgical skin tightening encourages the production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas so you can have firmer, healthier skin. After an assessment and consultation, Dr. Leong will offer nonsurgical skin tightening to her patients who qualify. If you are wishing to tone the skin on your face and body without the recovery time and expense of a surgical lift procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Leong to find out more about nonsurgical skin tightening.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
Nonsurgical skin tightening can help if you do not wish to undergo cosmetic surgery. Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures can be done on most areas of the face and body, including the neck, stomach, arms, and thighs. The best patients for this procedure:
- Are in good overall health
- Are at or near a healthy, stable weight
- Have mild to moderate skin looseness on the face or body
- Have lines or wrinkles on the face or body
- Want to enhance the health and appearance of their skin
To start the session, the skin being treated will be sanitized to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil. Local anesthesia options can be considered if you would prefer, but most patients find that any mild discomfort during the laser session is temporary and manageable. As soon as you are ready, a handpiece with the laser will be passed evenly over the skin multiple times. The energy prompts the body’s natural healing properties to produce collagen and elastin, which tightens and firms the skin. The procedure can take about 30 – 90 minutes depending on the size and number of areas being treated. After the session is complete, you will be able to leave and resume your daily activities.
What to Expect
After your nonsurgical skin tightening appointment, the treated areas may be mildly inflamed, numb, or red. This is expected and you should clear up on its own within several days. During your consult, Dr. Leong will talk about the best ways to care for your skin after your session, like keeping the skin moisturized and protected from sun and environmental damage. Most patients will not have visible results immediately after the session. Since the collagen and elastin stimulation and production is a gradual process, you can have the total results of your treatment around 2 – 6 months after the procedure. However, these results should be long lasting and improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. You may require multiple treatments to get the ideal outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will help you determine your personalized treatment plan based on your concerns and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does nonsurgical skin tightening cost?
Depending on the size and amount of areas being treated, the cost of a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment will vary. Prior to your treatment, we will discuss your out-of-pocket costs and customize a specific treatment plan for your needs. We can also discuss alternative payment options and financial planning.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein-based tissue naturally produced by the body. Along with other functions, it works to help keep skin hydrated, elastic, and firm. However, through the natural aging process, the natural supply and production of collagen tends to slow down. This then leads to looser, thinner, and less elastic skin. With nonsurgical skin tightening, the production of collagen is stimulated to allow the skin to be healthier and firmer over time.
Is the procedure painful?
During a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, you may experience a slight warming sensation, but no major discomfort. If necessary, a local anesthetic may be applied to the area prior to your treatment, but this is not always needed. If you are nervous about your treatment, talk to your laser technician about what to expect.
What can I expect after my treatment?
After a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, you may experience some redness, temporary swelling, and/or numbness of the treated area. This will usually subside within a few days. The results of your treatment will continue to develop in the months following your procedure as collagen continues to be produced. Some patients may need several treatments before achieving their desired outcome.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment are rare and can depend on the type of technology used during the procedure. The most common side effects are redness, slight swelling, numbness, and loss of volume in the area. Talk to your laser technician before your treatment to learn more about any side effects to be aware of after your procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $950
- Recovery Time
- 5 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Keep It Tight
If you're trying to keep your skin firm and tight as long as possible while avoiding going under the knife, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Leong to hear more about nonsurgical skin tightening. An effective, noninvasive treatment that calls for no downtime after the appointment, nonsurgical skin tightening can help you improve the health and tone of your skin when you notice the earliest signs of lines, wrinkles, and sagging. Get a unique treatment plan for nonsurgical skin tightening during your appointment at Dr. Leong in Upland, CA.