Skin tightening: Device search 101
Noninvasive skin tightening is in demand. But there are many such devices and finding the best fit for a practice can be challenging.
Michael H. Gold, M.D., medical director of Gold Skin Care Center and the Tennessee Clinical Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., says his practice has offered skin tightening since it first came to market.
“The numbers don’t lie. Outside of neurotoxins and fillers, skin tightening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic noninvasive treatments out there,” Dr. Gold tells Cosmetic Surgery Times. “I do think that one needs to be honest with your patients. These devices work over time and multiple sessions may be needed for success. Maintenance… may be needed, as well.
Barry DiBernardo, M.D., director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery, in Montclair, N.J., says that he added skin tightening devices to his practice because patients want tighter, smoother skin, without having to go through with big surgeries or long recoveries.
“Noninvasive and invasive fat removal is very popular today, but if that fat is removed and there is loose skin, it is not a becoming result. Thus, the importance of skin tightening today,” says Dr. DiBernardo.
Skin tightening devices have come a long way but questions remain, says Chris Robb M.D., Ph.D., cofounder of the Skin and Allergy Center in Spring Hill, Tenn.
“The molecular mechanisms that lead to skin tightening are not entirely understood, so the effectiveness of any given device is still being worked out. That makes a direct device-by-device comparison very difficult,” Dr. Robb says. “Finally, some patients respond to this kind of treatment and some do not. Experience will guide who you select and make for a happy customer base.”
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