Ways of Noninvasive Facial Skin Tightening and Fat Reduction

Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Jun;32(3):276-82. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1584214. Epub 2016 Jun 1.


For skin tightening, ablative and nonablative lasers have been used with various parameters full or fractionated. Currently, other energy-based technologies have been developed such as radiofrequency (RF) from mono- to multipolar, microneedling RF, and high-intensity focused ultrasound. They heat up the tissue to a clinical endpoint. Temperatures above 42°C stimulate fibroblasts to produce more collagen and some technologies produce small coagulation points that allow to shrink and to tighten the tissue with less downtime or side effects. Alternative treatments not based on heat can be chemical peels from light to deep and microneedling without RF.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Catheter Ablation* / methods
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Face*
  • High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation*
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy
  • Needles*