Skin Tightening - Using light energy such as IPL (intense pulse light), the light passes through the skin surface without damaging it. The light then heats up collagen in the skin which results in tightening of the skin. This method provides a way to tighten your skin using a non-invasive, no-down-time method.
What should I expect?
With IPL treatment, each IPL pulse causes heat when it contacts the collagen in the skin. This discomfort can range from a mild snapping sensation to more discomfort. Some patients tolerate treatments without any topical or local anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with medication to alleviate this discomfort. To increase your comfort, a cold compress is applied to the treated area. It is common for your doctor to apply a test pulse as a safety check before treatment. You be will provided with a soothing cream to ease discomfort and enhance healing. Irritation may last for several minutes.
How should I prepare?
Sometimes a topical anesthetic can be used before IPL treatment but to be effective, it may need to remain in place for at least 45 minutes before its anesthetic properties take effect.
What are the risks?
Some patients may experience side effects such as pain, or redness. Pain may be controlled with medication prescribed by your physician. All side effects are temporary.
How do I ensure my safety?
Machines that produce skin tightening are typically non-invasive and use various energy sources to tighten the skin temporarily. This is a very safe procedure with minimal risk of skin burns (similar to a sunburn) or pain.
What will recovery be like?
There is no downtime associated with IPL treatment in uncomplicated cases of skin tightening.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, the average cost of skin tightening is $1,700, according to BuildMyBod's 2020 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
See more detailed pricing for this procedure
Prepare for your consultation. View these common questions you should ask your surgeon.