Preparing for Your Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatment

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Dec 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Preparing for Your Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatment.jpgMinimally invasive procedures can create cosmetic improvements without the risks and commitment of cosmetic surgery.

Non-surgical skin tightening treatments provide a less invasive way to correct skin laxity and boost skin quality. Plastic surgeons use a number of different technologies and devices, such as laser and ultrasound technology, in order to tighten skin without surgery.

Men and women of all skin types with mild to moderate loose skin on the abdomen, arms, neck, thighs, or face, or those with residual skin laxity from a previous operative procedure, as well as those who cannot, or do not want to, undergo a surgical procedure should consider non-surgical skin tightening. This type of treatment is performed with absolutely no incisions and leads to very little discomfort and downtime.

In order to see the most successful outcomes from your non-surgical skin tightening, here are some pre-treatment instructions to follow.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can lead to altered blood flow patterns, which can inhibit your body’s ability to heal and slow down your recovery. Your plastic surgeon will require you to quit smoking for at least six weeks before your treatment in order to promote enhanced healing and minimize downtime. You’ll have to cut out nicotine in all forms, including cigarettes, second-hand smoke, patches, and nicotine gum to ensure that your skin circulation is not compromised.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Sunburned or tanned skin cannot be treated. For at least one week before treatment, avoid sun exposure and tanning beds.

Avoid Some Medications

Before your treatment, you will need to avoid taking certain medications, including some anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and some herbal medicines and supplements. These types of medications can react to the treatments and increase bleeding, which can harm your skin and your recovery.

In addition, if you are currently being treated with Accutane, you will have to discontinue treatments for six months before getting non-surgical skin tightening.

Certain antibiotics, such as Tetracycline and Doxycycline, can also make you photosensitive. You will have to wait two weeks after your completion of these antibiotics before you can get non-surgical skin tightening treatment.

Talk to your plastic surgeon about the medicines you currently use to ensure that they are safe to continue using before, during, and after your treatment.

Discontinue Topical Skin Products

The skin being treated for non-surgical skin tightening should be free of all skin products. The skin should be clean and dry. Remove all makeup, oils, topical anesthetics, creams, and self-tanning products before you begin your treatments. All skin irritants will need to be stopped, including retinol products, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic/glycolic acids, and vitamin C. These products can react negatively to the heat used for skin tightening and increase your risk of complications.


Hydration is very important for a safe recovery from any type of treatment or surgery. Drink plenty of water before and after your non-surgical skin tightening treatment. Hydration will help limit swelling and discomfort.

Reschedule for Cold Sores and Skin Infections

The skin being treated must be healthy on the day of treatment. Therefore, if you have an active cold sore or skin infection, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

Though non-surgical skin tightening treatments require little special preparation, these guidelines will help ensure that your procedure experience is as comfortable and successful as possible. These pre-treatment instructions are aimed at reducing the risk of complications, minimizing discomfort and downtime, and boosting your body’s ability to heal for a faster recovery.

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