The Science Behind Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I see all types of patients for pre-treatment consultation, and it’s clear to me that some people are more naturally curious than others. Some patients just want the basic information, like the procedure I recommend for them and what results they can expect. Others, though, want to know all the details and the medical process behind the procedure. This seems especially true for procedures that use technology. One of my most asked-about procedures is nonsurgical Band Aid Skin Tightening. Whether you’re considering the treatment for yourself or you’re just a curious-minded person who wants to learn, I’ve delved deeper into the science behind this innovative skin treatment.

The Science Behind Nonsurgical Skin Tightening


The primary purpose of nonsurgical skin tightening is to increase your skin’s collagen, so to understand the procedure, you need to know about collagen first.

Collagen is a specific protein your body produces. There are many different types of collagen and different roles it plays within the body, but for the most part, its rigid bands serve the purpose of creating structure and keeping cells in place. Collagen is such an important part of facial rejuvenation treatments because it’s collagen that makes skin firm, smooth, thick, and youthful. It’s also the protein your body uses to repair injuries in your skin.

As collagen breaks down (naturally or from factors like sun exposure, smoking, or excess sugar intake), your body produces new collagen to replace it. However, as you get older, your body produces less and less collagen while the breakdown stays the same. This is why your skin becomes thinner and looser with age.

How Band Aid Skin Tightening Works

The goal of nonsurgical skin tightening is rather simple: to cause your body to produce more collagen. There are a number of ways to do this, but my Band Aid Skin Tightening has achieved predictably successful facial rejuvenation results with brief treatment times and no recovery time. The procedure uses a gentle applicator called the Protégé that is smoothly guided along the skin. This applicator is releasing a precise radio frequency (RF) energy.

While keeping the surface of your skin cool and comfortable, the RF energy heats the deeper layer of the skin, called the dermis. It warms the dermis to a temperature of 107-111 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body interprets this heat as an injury, so it triggers collagen production and reorganization to repair it. This collagen is built into the treated area of skin, giving it a youthful lift and firmness.

Band Aid Skin Tightening is generally performed as a series of five sessions. It takes your body time to produce the collagen, so the results will develop gradually over the course of three to six months. The good news, though, is that the results typically last for two years or more. We generally recommend maintenance sessions (depending on the speed of your aging process) to help your results last longer.

If you’re a person who is always seeking out new information, you already have an advantage when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Educating yourself about the available options allows you to advocate for yourself and to know when a treatment actually has the ability to deliver the results it promises. If you’re ready to find out if you’re a candidate for nonsurgical skin tightening, schedule a consultation with me today. Or, for more interesting articles about the latest advancements in plastic surgery, follow the Dr. John LeRoy Facebook page, as well as my profile on Twitter and Google+.