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Skin Tightening Treatments: Best Treatments for Firmer Skin

April 8, 2024

Skin tightening treatments are a category of clinical procedures that help reverse skin laxity. Unlike skincare products that primarily impact the skin surface, these deep-penetrating treatments stimulate the lower levels of the dermis, the level where collagen degradation causes the skin to become loose as we age. The treatments help the skin produce collagen and elastin more effectively, just like when you were younger, to tighten up the skin. 

There are many different types of skin tightening treatments, so in this guide, we’ll give you the scoop on the best treatments for different types of skin sagging. 


How Skin Tightening Treatments Work

When we’re young, our skin maintains its firmness and bounciness thanks to two important connective proteins: collagen and elastin. That’s why babies have such supple skin! 

As we age, our body slows down its production of those connective proteins, leading to sagging and deeper wrinkles. Thankfully, advanced treatments like radiofrequency and laser skin tightening have an energizing effect. Through targeted stimulation, they induce coagulation and collagen remodelling. In the weeks and months after a skin tightening treatment, this results in renewed and increased production of the skin’s main connective tissues, rebuilding the scaffolding responsible for your skin’s integrity and bounciness.  


6 Best Skin Tightening Treatments

The best skin tightening treatments feature technologies that can penetrate beyond the epidermis, to renew the scaffolds of the skin and boost its firmness. 

1. Best Skin Tightening for Face: Laser Skin Tightening

One of the original ways to treat skin laxity is with laser treatments that utilize a concentrated and powerful beam of light. By adjusting how deeply the laser can penetrate, treatments can range from gentle and mild to extremely transformative. 

Gentler laser treatments, like classic laser skin tightening, heat the dermis to generate new collagen and elastin production, without impacting or damaging the epidermis at all. Adjusting the settings can also allow us to address surface concerns, like signs of photoaging or sensitivity.

 Laser skin tightening treatments are usually best done in winter, and they’re ideal for those with lighter skin tones and who aren’t prone to hyperpigmentation. 


2. Best Gentle Treatment: Sublime Radiofrequency Skin Tightening 

Radiofrequency (RF) energy is a mild option for tightening the skin, that’s suitable for all skin types. The radiofrequency current penetrates through layers of skin, to heat the lower layers in a very targeted manner, inducing tissue coagulation and neocollagenesis. Our gentlest radiofrequency skin tightening treatment is Sublime. Carried with the eTwo system, it also features elōs infrared therapy for further skin rejuvenation. It’s phenomenal for treating the area around the eyes or for those who want results without any downtime. 


3. Best Resurfacing Treatment: Sublative™ Rejuvenation (eMatrix resurfacing)

When you want to treat both skin laxity and skin surface concerns, eMatrix sublative resurfacing can work incredibly well. Also carried out with the eTwo system, sublative rejuvenation utilizes radiofrequency energy that has been fractionated into a matrix, which creates pin-point spots of stimulation. Through targeted heating, this is a non-invasive treatment that nevertheless stimulates collagen and elastin while also addressing wrinkles, pigmented lesions, acne scars, and more. It’s a highly effective alternative for those who aren’t candidates for laser skin tightening.  


4. Best Skin Tightening for Body: Venus Freeze Skin Tightening

Venus Freeze body contouring is one of the best treatments for tightening the skin on the body. It combines radiofrequency skin-tightening with magnetic pulses. The two energies work together to stimulate dermal fibroblasts and enhance collagen and elastin synthesis. These energies also trigger lipolysis, helping to break down spots of subcutaneous fat. The final result is firmer skin and a reduction in cellulite and unwanted fat. 


5. Best Advanced Skin Tightening: Microneedling With Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

Another powerful way to stimulate skin tightening is by combining radiofrequency and microneedling. Microneedles are tiny needles that penetrate the skin, creating a microtrauma response that stimulates healing and collagen production without actually damaging the skin. 

Advanced treatments like SylfirmX feature microneedles that emit radiofrequency deeply into the skin, resulting in more intense collagen induction. This kind of treatment creates results similar to laser, but it suits all skin tones and it can also be done around the eyes. 


6. Best Tightening and Rejuvenation: Vampire Face Lift

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an intensely reparative material that exists in your blood. It’s made up of growth factors and anti-inflammatory components that the body usually discharges as part of the wound-healing process. 

During a PRP vampire facial treatment, your blood is drawn and centrifuged to separate the PRP from red blood cells. Then, it’s either injected into the skin or applied during a microneedling treatment like our V2 Beauty Booster. Combining PRP and microneedling results in a very powerful healing response that’s ideal for reversing both skin laxity and surface imperfections in the skin. 



What is the best skin tightening for the face? 

If your main goal is to see major results, the best skin tightening for the face can be achieved with either laser or radiofrequency microneedling treatments. These two intense skin remodeling treatments provide the most profound results. That said, they can lead to a little more downtime compared to other options, so take into account what kind of side effects you’re willing to accept. 


What is the best skin tightening for the body? 

The best skin tightening treatments for the body include Venus Freeze, which we love for firming the skin on larger parts of the body like the legs or stomach. For those also wanting to treat scars or stretch marks, SylfirmX RF microneedling provides both effects. 


Book Your Skin Tightening Vancouver Treatment

Would you like to give your skin a tone-up? Our Vancouver Island clinic specializes in advanced, non-surgical skin tightening treatments like microneedling, laser, and radiofrequency skin tightening. Book a consultation at Discovery Laser, and we’ll recommend the treatment that’ll give you the best results.  

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