About Skin Tightening
When you're born, your body has a full supply of collagen and elastin to keep your skin smooth, soft, healthy, and resilient. Eventually, this natural supply of nutrients runs low, and the skin of the face and body decreases in elasticity, which leads to lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you want to improve the tightness and overall appearance of your skin without surgery, nonsurgical skin tightening at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin could be a solution. Using advanced Fraxel and ResurFX laser technology, Tracy Evans, MD performs nonsurgical skin tightening that stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas so you can have firmer, healthier skin. Dr. Evans is pleased to provide nonsurgical skin tightening to her San Francisco, CA patients wishing to tone up their skin without the time and expense required with surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Evans at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco to learn more about nonsurgical skin tightening.
"Dr. Evans has performed Mohs surgery on my face twice and I could not be happier with the results. For the past couple decades, I have spent almost every Summer in the South of France because I have family and friends there. Of course it is a sunny place with lots of gorgeous beaches and other outdoor activities. I guess I got a little too much sun exposure on these trips, especially since I have fair skin and blue eyes. When I first found out I had a basal cell spot on my face I was very upset, but Dr Evans and her staff are absolutely amazing!!! I had never had any surgery on my face and I was worried about it, but I truly felt I had the kind of empathy and care that you would get from a family member or a great friend, from Dr. Evans and everyone else on her team. Dr. Evans did such a great job on both surgeries and they have healed so well, so much so that no one even notices that I have had two surgeries on my face. I have been going to her office for years now with regular skin checks and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the entire staff. In addition to the Mohs surgery, and after I had basal cell a second time, I decided to get Fraxel Laser done at Dr. Evans office. A lot of people do this for cosmetic reasons, but I did it because I found out that Fraxel can help reduce the chance of getting basal cell in the future. As a guy, I did not see myself spending thousands of $’s on laser for my face the first time, but after I got the 2nd basal cell on my face I decided it was worth the money if it reduced the chance of more basal cell in the future. I was very pleased with the Fraxel procedures and I have not had another basal cell issue since I had it, so I am very happy with the decision. The Fraxel laser procedure also evened out the toning on my face, so that was great as well. I highly recommend the Fraxel Laser to anyone who wants to potentially reduce the chance of basal cell, and I also have been taking Nicotinamide (a special form of vitamin B) which can also potentially reduce future basal cell issues, and I use a DNA enzyme repair cream at night which reduces the chance of basal cell. As I said before, I have not had basal cell since I had the Fraxel and I think taking Nicotinamide and using the DNA enzyme repair cream all have helped. After all this I realize how important skin care is and I am grateful that I got such great care. Most of my friends never go to a dermatologist and have an ignorance is bliss attitude, but with Dr. Evans and her amazing team, I am much more aware of how important it is to get regular checks and what can be done to maintain my skin going forward. My skin looks great and people think I look much younger than my actual age. One final point: I also have a couple friends that have HMO insurance that also have had basal cell. They have had surgeries at their HMO and I can tell you the care and the results they received are not even close to the care and outstanding results I have had with Dr. Evans. In some cases, the HMO made my friends wait a long time before they could even get the Mohs surgery and they also made mistakes, and their results in terms of scarring and healing were not the best. There is no way I would trust an HMO to do this surgery. At this point, I would only trust Dr. Evans with something this important. Thanks to Dr. Evans, Clarence, Shantelle, Kirstie, Danielle, Leslie, and the entire team! You all have helped me in a difficult situation more than once and I got through it as if nothing ever happened because of your amazing care and skills!"- E.R. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2021
"I want to write this review for Dr Evans’ staff and specifically for Krystal and Ava. I have been treated there 4 times this year. Each time I go I feel like my health and happiness is the most important thing in the world to both medical and administrative staff. I am not just the next person in their busy day that needs treatment and a means for the practice to make money. I am made to feel the same way as when I fly first class or stay in a world class hotel. The entire experience from the time I walk in the door until I walk out again is unlike anything I have experienced at any doctor or dentist or any medical facility. They are professional and compassionate with a great "bedside" manner. I am cared for as a patient and valued as a human each visit."- S.G. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2021
"Dear Tracy Evans M.D. Thank you_Thank you_Thank you. For your amazing expertise and talents. I could not be happier with my care. Everyone on your staff is so competent and awesome. So grateful, Deb Protheroe"- D.P. / Google / Jul 11, 2021
"Excellent, thorough medical care for the skin. I appreciate the fact that Dr Evans monitors my skin every 6 months for medical issues and catches anything amiss early. Knowledgeable staff to help with skin care products after medical needs met. Beautiful relaxing spa like waiting area."- B.F. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"I was in desperate need of a quick remedy to extract my pores and hydrate my face. Mallory recommended the hydrafacial treatment for me. The whole treatment was quick, only taking about 30 minutes, and very affordable with NO down time! Mallory was an absolute gem! Prior to the treatment, she explained the process and made sure I was comfortable. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans team at Pacific Skin Dermatology. Can’t wait for my next treatment!"- K.K. / Yelp / May 30, 2021
Surgical skin tightening or “lift” procedures, like facelifts, remain the most effective way to minimize sagging, loose skin. Nonsurgical skin tightening can help if you do not wish to undergo a surgical procedure. Nonsurgical skin tightening can be used 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 improve the health and appearance of their skin
Before your procedure, the areas being treated will be thoroughly cleansed to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil. A topical anesthetic can be used upon your request, but most patients report only mild discomfort during the treatment that is brief and easily tolerated. Once you are ready, the laser applicator will be passed evenly over the skin multiple times for the most effective treatment. 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 treatment areas. After the procedure is complete, you will be able to leave and resume your normal activities.
What to Expect
After your nonsurgical skin tightening procedure, the treated areas may be slightly red, swollen, or numb. This is normal and should resolve on its own within about a week. During your consultation, Dr. Evans will discuss the best ways to care for your skin after your treatment, including keeping the skin moisturized and protected from the sun. Most patients will not be able to see visible results immediately after the procedure. Since the collagen and elastin stimulation and growth is a gradual process, you can expect to see the full results of your treatment within 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 need multiple treatments to get the ideal outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Evans will help you develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and cosmetic goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost for nonsurgical skin tightening?
Depending on the size and number of areas being treated, the cost of a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment will vary. Prior to your treatment, we will customize a specific treatment plan for your needs and discuss your costs. We can also discuss payment options and where to find low-interest medical financing.
Why is collagen important?
Collagen is a protein-based tissue that occurs naturally inside the body. It works to help keep skin hydrated, tight, and firm, among other important functions. During the aging process, the natural supply of collagen becomes depleted, leading to thinner, laxer skin. This is a large part of why we develop sagging and wrinkles. Stimulating your natural collagen supply is important for fighting the visible effects of aging.
Does laser skin tightening hurt?
During a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, you may experience a slight heating sensation but no major discomfort. If necessary, a local anesthetic may be applied to the area prior to your treatment, but this is typically not needed. If you are nervous about your treatment, we can take our time and explain every step.
What happens right after the treatment?
After a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, you may experience some numbness, swelling, or redness 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 more collagen continues to be produced. Some patients may need several treatments before achieving their desired outcome.
How does nonsurgical skin tightening work?
The nonsurgical skin tightening treatments at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin combine two technologies, Fraxel and ResurFX. The Fraxel laser stimulates the production of collagen while the ResurFX laser removes older, damaged skin. They work together to promote cell turn over, resulting in newer, tighter, clearer skin. In general, nonsurgical skin tightening is best for early problems with loose skin.
Keep It Tight
If your goal is to keep your skin firm and tight as long as possible without going under the knife, schedule a consultation at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin. Nonsurgical skin tightening is an effective, noninvasive treatment that requires no downtime after the process. It can help you improve the health and tone of your skin at the earliest signs of lines, wrinkles, and looseness. Get a customized treatment plan for nonsurgical skin tightening during your consultation with Tracy Evans, MD or one of her experienced medical professional staff members.