What Is Surgical Skin Tightening?

Our experienced plastic surgeon has one goal in mind: to help you look and feel your absolute best. To reach this goal, she frequently complements surgical procedures with technologies such as radiofrequency and ultrasound heat energy. 

These advanced tools – which include the VASERlipo device as well as the Renuvion® J Plasma, FaceTite™, BodyTite and ThermiTight systems can be employed alongside surgical techniques to gently lift the deep layers of skin and create a tighter, firmer result. When used in tandem with liposuction or other procedures, surgical skin tightening can help reduce the need for skin excision and resulting scarring. We can also perform these strategies on their own for a less intensive solution. 

At ICLS, our team works with each patient to create an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Khanna is excited to meet with you to determine which surgical and non-surgical procedures can best meet your aesthetic needs. 

How Is Surgical Skin Tightening Performed?

Our unique skin tightening with radiofrequency techniques can accompany body contouring surgeries that target excess skin and tissue on the arms, abdomen, thighs, knees, breasts and elsewhere. Additionally, certain skin tightening treatments (e.g. the FaceTite™ system) can address the face, neck and chin (submental area).*

Depending on the unique system being utilized, skin tightening typically involves a minimally invasive process in which a small device is placed into the subcutaneous skin layer. We often use a local anesthetic to numb the area. From there, Dr. Khanna will heat the skin with powerful RF energy, which can renew collagen and encourage cell regeneration.* Patients may feel warmth or a tingling sensation as the device is used in the treatment area, but these effects are generally mild. Keep in mind that the course of the rest of the procedure will vary depending on whether other surgical techniques (e.g. liposuction, abdominoplasty, or facelift surgery) are employed.

What Does Surgical Skin Tightening Aftercare Involve?

Following a standalone skin tightening session or the skin tightening component of surgery, the treatment area is cleaned and a compression garment is applied. This should be worn as much as possible for the first week and then nightly for three weeks. An ice pack can be used to help cool the area down post-treatment. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks in order to avoid excess swelling.

Otherwise, the specifics of your recovery will depend on the other procedure(s) performed. During your consultation, we will form a personalized plan to help you have a smooth, safe and quick aftercare process.

How Much Does Surgical Skin Tightening Cost?

At ICLS, we offer a range of advanced body contouring and surgical skin tightening procedures, each tailored to meet your unique aesthetic goals. Here is an overview of our treatment options and pricing, which includes facility fees and varies based on additional treatments like liposuction or radiofrequency (RF) enhancements:

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck): $14,000 – $24,000 + HST. Additional costs may apply if lipo or RF treatments are involved.
  • Abdominoplasty with Upper and Lower Back Lipo: $14,000 – $24,000 + HST. The final price depends on whether additional lipo or RF treatments are included.
  • Thigh Lift: $15,000 – $22,000 + HST, with variations based on the inclusion of lipo or RF.
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty): $15,000 – $22,000 + HST. Pricing adjusts if lipo or RF is utilized.
  • Belt/Buttock Lift: Starts at $18,300 + HST. Prices may increase if lipo or RF treatments are included.

The final cost for these procedures may also be influenced by factors such as the specific areas being treated, the use of postoperative medications, compression garments, and other relevant details.

At ICLS, we understand that each patient’s needs are unique, and we are committed to providing a personalized treatment plan. Our team is here to discuss all aspects of your procedure, including our plastic surgery financing options. We offer third-party financing programs through iFinance and Beautifi, available for eligible patients to help manage the cost of treatment.

If you are considering surgical skin tightening, please contact ICLS today for more detailed information and to discuss your options.

Medical References*

Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening

Before and After

Lower face skin tightening using Contour liposuction & Thermitight

Lower face skin tightening using Contour liposuction & Thermitight

Skin Tightening using Thermitight

Skin Tightening using Thermitight

Photos are for educational purposes only.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is a skin tightening procedure?

    The cost for radiofrequency skin tightening ranges from approximately $6,000 – $11,800 plus HST depending on the complexity and area(s) being treated. Contact us for more information.

Aftercare and Recovery

After treatment, the area is cleaned and a compression garment may be applied. This should be worn as much as possible for the first week and then nightly for three weeks. An ice pack may be provided to help cool the area down post treatment if needed. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 1-2 weeks in order to avoid excess swelling.

Our Specialist

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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