Skin Tightening

Skin-tightening cosmetic procedures can improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin on the face and body. These procedures use various technologies such as radiofrequency, ultrasound, lasers, or surgery to tighten skin by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin elasticity. The results can create a subtle or dramatic shift in the appearance of the skin and can improve the overall contours of the area. Results can vary depending on the type of procedure and the individual’s skin type, age, and overall health, so it’s important to see a board-certified plastic surgeon so they can help you determine which treatment or procedure is right for you.

Dr. Quita Lopez‘s expertise and commitment to her patients have earned her a reputation as a trusted cosmetic surgeon in the Lake Oswego-Portland area. With a focus on skin-tightening treatments, she offers a range of procedures to help her patients achieve their desired look and feel confident in their appearance. Her certification from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is a testament to her expertise and commitment to providing high-quality patient care. To find out which treatments best suit your needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lopez at Aesthetic Laser Center today. Call (503) 353-0888 or fill out an inquiry form, and we would be happy to schedule your appointment or answer any questions.

Learn more about the procedures that can help elevate your look and improve your quality of life on the Aesthetic Laser Center blog.

Before and After Photos

Cosmetic Skin Tightening Improvements

Skin laxity or sagging is a natural process that occurs as a result of: 

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Weight loss
  • Exposure to environmental factors such as sun damage
  • Other factors

Over time, the skin loses its elasticity and the underlying supportive structures, such as collagen and elastin fibers, break down, needing replacement and reinforcement. As a result, the skin becomes loose and less taut, causing it to sag or wrinkle.

The concept of “healing” lax skin refers to the idea of repairing or restoring the skin’s natural elasticity and youthful appearance. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers, skin-tightening treatments can improve the skin’s elasticity, making it look firmer and more youthful.


Renuvion is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that combines the precision of cold helium gas plasma with the energy of radiofrequency (RF), resulting in highly accurate treatments to tighten and rejuvenate loose or sagging skin on the face and body. The procedure is performed using a small device that delivers RF energy to the deeper layers of skin, stimulating the production of collagen and promoting skin elasticity.

Renuvion is commonly used to improve the appearance of sagging skin on the

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Other areas of the body

Radiofrequency is a popular method for heating deeper skin layers without damaging the epidermal or dermal layers. It is not only an effective way to induce skin tightening but also to reduce fat. [1] 

The procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, to achieve more comprehensive results. Liposuction effectively removes excess subcutaneous fat in areas with loose skin, but the challenge of tightening and reshaping the skin and soft tissue for improved definition is only achieved through a combination of procedures.

Erchonia Niera Laser

Erchonia Niera Laser is a type of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) used in cosmetic and medical settings. It uses a specific wavelength of light energy to penetrate the skin and stimulate the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the body’s main source of energy. [2] The increased energy levels are believed to improve cellular function and accelerate the healing process.

In cosmetic medicine, the Erchonia Niera Laser is used for a variety of purposes, including skin tightening, fat reduction, and pain management. Some studies suggest that the laser therapy can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve skin texture, but the results may vary from person to person. [3]


Microneedling involves using fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The procedure stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, which leads to the production of new collagen and elastin fibers; this increased collagen production can help improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness, making it look tighter and more youthful.

Microneedling is commonly used for skin tightening on the face and neck, but it can also be used on other parts of the body such as the arms, legs, and abdomen. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed with or without the use of topical treatments.

Surgical Skin Tightening

Surgical skin tightening is a more invasive option for those looking to address advanced-stage loose or sagging skin; this type of procedure involves surgically removing excess skin and fat, then pulling the remaining skin tight to create a more youthful and toned appearance.

Some common surgical skin tightening procedures include

These procedures can provide long-lasting results, but they also come with more risks, a longer recovery period, and a higher cost compared to non-surgical skin tightening procedures.

What are the Benefits of Skin Tightening?

There are many benefits patients can experience when undergoing skin tightening treatments at Aesthetic Laser Center with Dr. Lopez. In short, they include the following:

  • Improving the appearance of sagging skin
  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Cost-effective
  • Versatile
  • Younger appearance
  • Improved confidence

At Aesthetic Laser Center, Dr. Lopez provides the latest and most advanced skin-tightening treatments to benefit her patients and help them achieve their desired results. With her expertise and personalized approach, patients can trust that they will love the way they look. Whether it’s a non-invasive procedure or a surgical option, Dr. Lopez and her team are committed to helping their patients look and feel their best.


In general, people who are considering skin tightening are typically looking to improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin on their face or body. Some common reasons people consider skin tightening include:

  • Aging – As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
  • Weight loss – Significant weight loss can lead to loose skin, especially in areas such as the abdomen, arms, and thighs.
  • Genetics – Some people are simply prone to loose skin or sagging due to genetics, and may need skin tightening to address these concerns.
  • Pregnancy – Pregnancy can cause skin to stretch and sag, especially in areas such as the abdomen, hips, and breasts.

People who are considering skin tightening should be in good overall health, and should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. They should also have a clear understanding of the risks, benefits, and possible outcomes of the procedure, and should choose a qualified and experienced practitioner like Dr. Lopez to ensure the best possible outcome.

Personal Consultation

A personal consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon is an important step in the process of undergoing skin tightening. During the consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and goals, and to learn more about the different skin tightening options available to you.

Dr. Lopez will assess the texture, tone, and elasticity of your skin, and will help you determine the best approach for you. She will review your medical history, and may request additional information, such as recent blood tests, to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure or surgery.

The consultation is an opportunity for you to learn more about the various skin tightening treatments we offer, and to make an informed decision about whether the procedure is right for you. Don’t delay, call (503) 353-0888 today.


Preparing for your skin tightening procedure may range from staying hydrated and avoiding blood-thinning medicines, to undergoing pre-operative testing and making arrangements for post-operative care. Dr. Lopez and her team will provide specific instructions to help you prepare for your procedure. The Aesthetic Laser Center team is here to answer any questions you have to ensure you feel confident heading into your procedure.

Recovery After Skin Tightening

The recovery period after skin tightening procedures can vary depending on the type of procedure and the extent of treatment.

For non-surgical procedures such as Renuvion, microneedling, and Erchonia Niera Laser, patients may experience some swelling, redness, and discomfort for a few days after the procedure, but these side effects are typically mild and subside quickly. Patients can return to their normal activities within a few days, although they may be advised to avoid exposure to the sun and to use sun protection.

For surgical skin tightening procedures, recovery can take longer, and patients may experience more discomfort and swelling. Patients are typically advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks after the procedure, and to avoid exposure to the sun. They will also be given specific instructions for caring for the treated area and for preventing infection.

What Results Can I Expect After Skin Tightening?

The results of skin tightening procedures can vary depending on the type of treatment and the individual patient. However, in general, patients can expect to see a reduction in the appearance of sagging skin, and an improvement in skin texture and tightness. Some procedures, such as surgical skin tightening, may produce more dramatic results, while others, like microneedling or non-invasive treatments, may provide more subtle results.

See your skin conform to the contours of your face and body after just one session (though multiple sessions may be needed) and greet the world with confidence!

What is the Cost of Skin Tightening Treatments in Portland, OR?

The cost of skin tightening treatments can vary depending on several factors. It is best to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Lopez, for an accurate estimate of the cost of your specific treatment plan.

To start the process of receiving a cutting-edge procedure to tighten the loose skin on your face, neck, or body, call (503) 353-0888, or fill out our contact form.


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