What Is Non-Surgical Skin Tightening?

In addition to our surgical skin tightening options – which involve the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy to significantly boost collagen and contour several areas of the face and body – ICLS offers non-surgical skin tightening treatments. Free of harmful toxins and chemicals, these advanced options are designed to address skin laxity or loose skin on the face, eyes and body, lifting, toning and tightening the skin to improve its overall appearance (though individual results may vary).

These systems were designed to apply powerful heat energy to reach the subcutaneous tissue layer of the skin. We can use these advanced non-surgical solutions to prevent the development of age-related concerns, maintain the effects of surgery and deliver several additional benefits. Continue reading for information about our non-surgical skin tightening options.

Which Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments Are Available?

ICLS offers a few different approaches for non-surgical skin tightening, depending on the treatment area in question, your skin type and your desired results. Below, our team has provided an overview of our non-surgical skin tightening options:  


Thermage® is a non-invasive treatment that uses RF energy to heat the deep layers of the skin.* While Thermage® can be used on multiple areas of the body, we have generally found that it works most effectively on the face and overtop the eyes, frequently providing a moderate to significant reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin.


Profound® is another highly sought-after system that combines RF with macroneedling. By simultaneously perforating the skin with micro-injuries and heating it with potent RF energy, Profound® can stimulate the body’s natural healing properties, encouraging skin elasticity and fullness. This versatile treatment can be utilized to contour and smooth not only the face and neck, but the thighs, buttocks and abdomen as well. It has also proven to help many patients combat cellulite in various areas of the body.*


Sometimes also called “Ulthera,” Ultherapy® applies focused ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin. The ultrasound energy heats the deep dermal layers and underlying supportive tissues without cutting or disrupting the skin’s surface. In the hands of one of our skilled providers, Ultherapy® can lead to a gradual tightening and lifting effect in the neck, jawline, brow, décolletage or submental area of the face.*


The world’s first FDA-approved device to offer both pulsed and continuous wave modes, Sylfirm was developed to penetrate the superficial and deep layers of the skin with RF energy and micro-needles. Not only can Sylfirm address issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and uneven texture, but it can also combat concerns like melasma, pores, scars and redness.*

These non-surgical skin tightening procedures can be ideal for patients who are not quite ready for a facelift, but who would like to have the appearance of tighter, more youthful skin around the eyes and along the facial contours. As ICLS features a variety of these options, the best way to decide which is best for you is to attend a consultation with Dr. Sheetal Sapra and his expert nursing staff.

What Is Recovery Like After Non-Surgical Skin Tightening?

While recovery times can vary based on the specific method(s) applied, we typically advise patients to avoid exercise within the first 24 hours to avoid excess swelling. With some of the above treatments, you can expect to experience swelling for three to seven days as well as tenderness and bruising for one to two weeks. Following an Ultherapy® session, you may also notice numbness, which may take months to resolve. 

Certain options – such as Profound® and Sylfirm – involve the use of micro-needles, which tend to cause more significant swelling, bruising and redness; however, these effects should not last longer than a few days to a week. If you are interested, our team would be happy to recommend products from our Skin Store to potentially expedite healing and ease discomfort during your recovery.

How Much Does Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Cost?

Pricing for non-surgical skin tightening at ICLS typically goes as follows:

  • Thermage® – From $2,075 (eyes) and $2,890 (face)
  • Profound® – From $3,675
  • Ultherapy® –  Pricing begins at $2,890 for face
  • Sylfirm – From $950 (face only) to $2,000

Please note that the final cost will depend on the treatment area(s), the number of sessions administered, the addition of other treatments and several other factors.

Dr. Sapra and the rest of our team understand that everyone’s journey towards self-enhancement is unique, including the financial aspect. As such, we strive to make your experience as comfortable and accessible as possible. We happily accept all major forms of payment and offer flexible plans through Beautifi for qualifying patients. To learn more about financing your care at ICLS, explore this page and feel free to come to us with any questions.

For more information about non-surgical skin tightening, we welcome you to schedule your consultation with ICLS Dermatology & Plastic Surgery.

Medical References*

Candela Medical

Before and After

Skin Tightening using Ultherapy®

Skin Tightening using Thermitight

Skin Tightening using Thermitight

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Skin Tightening along jawline using Ultherapy®

Skin Tightening along jawline using Ultherapy®

Skin Tightening using Thermage® and Fraxel®

Skin Tightening using Thermage®

Skin Tightening using Thermage®

Skin Tightening using Thermage® and Ultherapy®

Skin Tightening using Thermage®

Skin Tightening using Thermage®

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Skin Tightening using Profound Dermal Tightening Treatment

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best skin tightening treatment?

    ICLS offers a few different approaches to skin tightening depending on the skin type and desired results. Thermage® is used for the face and eyes while Ulthera treatments are good for the submental area of the face, the neck and chest.

  • How much does a skin tightening treatment cost?

    Pricing depends on the size of the area(s) being treated. Thermage® begins at $2,000 per treatment for only eyes, while Thermage® or Ulthera face begins at $2,750.

Aftercare and Recovery

After skin tightening procedures of the face, patients should avoid exercise within the first 24 hours to avoid excess swelling. Patients can experience swelling for 3- 7 days; tenderness and bruising for 7- 14 days and temporary numbness which in some cases may take months to resolve. Patients can apply recommended skin care to treatment area immediately post treatment.

Our Specialists

Dr Julie Khanna ICLS Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Female Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Julie Khanna

Our internationally-renowned, double board-certified plastic surgeon is considered a leader in breast reshaping, body contouring and facial anti-aging procedures. Combining well-honed surgical skill with a commitment to ethical care, Dr. Julie Khanna looks beyond the procedure to the patient as a whole, from inner self to outer beauty.

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Dr. Sheetal Sapra

Dr. Sheetal Sapra is a leader in the field of dermatology. He is a world-renowned dermatologist and pioneer of new technologies aimed at improving the lives and looks of his patients. ​​Having practiced medical dermatology for more than 35 years, Dr. Sapra has made significant contributions to the field while treating issues such as acne, eczema, vitiligo, alopecia and psoriasis. Dr. Sapra has travelled the globe to learn from the best of the best and bring that knowledge home to his clinic in Oakville, where he not only shares, but also teaches.

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