Skin Tightening Surgery or Laser Treatments? Which One is Better?

Posted December 16, 2020 by in Beauty

Did you know that in 2018, there were more than 17.7 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States? If you have been pulling your skin back every morning and are tired of dealing with saggy or loose skin, we are here to help. We have put together this short guide sharing more information about skin tightening surgery and laser treatments. 

Keep reading to learn the ins and outs to help you decide what is best for your circumstances:

Skin Tightening Surgery

Opting for skin tightening surgery is a lot more invasive than other procedures. People that prefer more permanent results and drastic noticeable results prefer this option because it meets those expectations. 

With skin tightening surgery you will have downtime and a significant amount of recovery time. Something else you have to keep in mind with surgery is that you will have to deal with the risk of infection. 

We highly recommend contacting a reputable office like Venus Legacy treatment for a consultation before making a final decision on whether or not you want to move forward with a surgery procedure. 

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are popular because they are not invasive and require little to no downtime. You will not have to deal with an incision, a puncture wound, or with raw skin. There might be a bit of swelling or temporary redness but nothing extreme. If you prefer results that seem more natural then a laser treatment is best because the results tend to appear gradually and not overnight. New York Metro Vein offer laser hair removal, acne scar removal, and skin spot and discoloration removal. Book your appointment today. 

One of the first technologies that was used to help restore lost collagen or to wake up the collagen is called Thermalift. This is a device that applies controlled radio waves to the areas on your face that you want to tighten up. The pro about this option is that there is no recovery time and you do not need anesthesia to complete the procedure. 

Another laser option is called Thermage and it can be done in just one session but depending on how loose the skin is, you might benefit from more than one session. Keep in mind that the results are only slightly noticeable and usually it takes a good four months to see the full effects. 

Ultrasound and Radiofrequency

A non-invasive option is an ultrasound. This is where a dermatologist will use ultrasound to send heat deep into the skin. This heat will cause the body to produce more collagen and usually, with only one treatment you will see a slight amount of lifting.

Around two to six months after, you will see a small amount of tightening as well. The tighter you want your skin the more treatments you will need to have. 

Radiofrequency is another option where a dermatologist will place a device against your skin that will heat up the tissue underneath. Keep in mind that it takes time for your body to make collagen and although you will see some tightening after one treatment, the best results will be around 6 months later. 

With radiofrequency, the results can last between two to three years if you follow the right skincare routine. 

Minimally Invasive Options

There are options if you prefer to not have full-blown surgery but a little more dramatic results than a non-invasive procedure. With a minimally invasive option, you will have more noticeable results than non-invasive but still less downtime than with surgery and fewer side effects.

With these options, you will be sedated and you will have a few days of downtime. These are the most common minimally invasive choices you have:

Laser Resurfacing

For those that have plenty of loose skin and want one of the most effective procedures without surgery then this might be the best option. You will have to stay home between 5-7 days after the surgery in order to recover but you will have much faster results than with radiofrequency. 

Once you heal, within two weeks you will start to see a lot fewer wrinkles and a whole lot of tightening. The great thing is that laser resurfacing will diminish fine lines, dark spots, and age spots as well. With this option, you will have to deal with a higher risk of side effects like scarring. 

If you are prone to infections or have a weakened immune system this is not the best option for you. 


With this option, a dermatologist will insert needles or a thin tube into your skin to help heat up the tissue underneath it. This gives the doctor control to apply the heat exactly where he/she needs to in order to tighten the loose skin. This is a popular option for those that want to tighten the skin on the neck area. 

When heat is applied in the exact place it is needed it allows people to see much faster results. Results can be seen in as little as one month and over the course of the next year, there will be gradual lifting and tightening that will be noticeable. 

Ready to Choose the Best Surgery for You?

Now that you know more about the differences between skin tightening surgery and laser treatments, you can make an informed decision. If you decide to move forward with surgery because you feel it will help your self-confidence we want to remind you that you are not alone on this journey. Plenty of people decide to do the same type of surgery and love their results. 

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