Dr. Prendergast Talks The Hottest New Non-Invasive Treatments


Sculpted chins, toned abs, and strong arms — going under the knife is no longer the only option to achieve desired looks. Advanced technology has provided effective non-invasive treatments to assist in attaining the ideal image with little down time and minimal pain.

“Non-invasive skin tightening treatments are a hot new category that integrates some old and new technology to help give results without the need for more invasive surgical procedures. This category is broad and includes a number of different energy devices (radiofrequency, ultrasound, or lasers),” Santa Monica based plastic surgeon, Dr. Christie Prendergast said.

While each device works by delivering heat energy resulting in collagen remodeling and subsequent skin-tightening, there are many differences in how the energy is delivered.“Choosing the right energy for the right patient is the part that takes a highly trained professional, so they don’t suffer from unintended side effects." Some examples of best devices on the market include FaceTite/BodyTite, SkinFinity, Ultherapy, Thermage, Tripolar, and J-Plasma.

One of the many benefits of non-invasive skin tightening treatments is that they can be used on any part of the body that a patient desires tightening. Common areas including the neck/jawline, anterior abdomen, inner thighs, arms, and labia. The ideal candidate is a patient who does not want an invasive procedure and has mild-to-moderate skin laxity. However, there are some patients for whom surgery will continue to be the best, most cost effective option.

While all cosmetic procedures have risks of mild to severe reactions, the most common side effect with skin tightening treatments includes bruising and swelling. However, severe side effects may include skin burns, nerve damage, and subcutaneous fat loss. "Seeking the help of a qualified professional to help patients navigate through the technology plays an important role in patient satisfaction,” Dr. Prendergast said.

Between long-term results, modern technology, and skilled professionals, non-invasive skin tightening treatments are the ideal procedure for those looking to achieve desired looks without the anxiety of surgery.