Skin Tightening

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The natural ageing process brings a number of unwanted changes to the skin. When combined with a modern lifestyle, more and more patients seek a solution to concerns such as skin laxity and flaccidity.

Luckily, significant progress has been made in skin tightening solutions using energy-based devices, such as lasers, radiofrequency, and high-intensity focused ultrasound. At The DOC Cosmetic & Skin Clinic, we use the Fotona Dynamis to repair sagging skin. This innovative laser system offers a wide range of modalities to address numerous skin concerns. Through the use of the T-Runner handpiece, Fotona Skin Tightening treatments work to stimulate collagen production to improve the quality of the skin.

The T-Runner Handpiece

Skin tightening treatments with Fotona are performed using the V-SMOOTH modality of the laser. The V-SMOOTH pulses aim to trigger signals that drive skin regeneration. Delivered by the T-Runner robotic handpiece, these short, high-temperature superficial heat shock pulses do not cause any irreversible damage to the skin and instead send effective “danger signals” deeper into the skin.

Essentially, this works to heat the deeper layers of the skin, which contracts collagen fibres and initiates neocollagenesis. This results in both an immediate and delayed effect. You will notice an instant tightening of the skin, however, as collagen continues to increase, the appearance of the skin will only continue to improve.

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Fotona Skin Tightening Treatment Process

Before your Fotona skin tightening treatment, you will need to discuss your concerns, expectations and treatment options during a consultation at The DOC Clinic. During your consultation, Dr Ed Omarjee will assess your areas of concern to determine whether you may be a suitable candidate for treatment.

During your Fotona skin tightening treatment, Dr Omarjee will pass the T-Runner handpiece over the treated area, delivering energy deep into your skin. You may return to your normal daily activities directly after treatment.

Depending on your desired results, you may require at least four to six treatments, spaced two to three weeks apart. Most patients experience an immediate skin tightening effect following their first treatment, with results gradually improving as collagen increases after each additional treatment.

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Fotona Skin Tightening Recovery

Fotona skin tightening treatments using the T-Runner handpiece require absolutely no downtime. Patients are free to resume their everyday activities immediately after treatment. You may experience some swelling, redness or tenderness, however this will resolve within a few days. Note that treatments will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so we implore you to apply an SPF 50+ to the treatment area daily.

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Fotona Skin Tightening FAQs

Is this treatment painful?

During your Fotona skin tightening treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort. However, to manage this, Dr Omarjee may apply a medical-grade topical compounded local anaesthetic cream 45 to 60 minutes prior to treatment.

How should I prepare for a Fotona skin tightening treatment?

On the day of your Fotona skin tightening treatment, you should ensure that you don’t have any open wounds or active breakouts. You should also avoid any products with active ingredients or retinoids for a week before treatment.

What areas can be treated with Fotona skin tightening?

Dr Ed Omarjee can use the Fotona T-Runner handpiece to tighten the skin on various areas of the face and body. This includes the cheeks, lower face, neck, décolletage, upper arms, abdomen and thighs, to name some.

Are there any side effects to be aware of?

Following a skin tightening treatment with the Fotona T-Runner handpiece, you may notice some mild swelling, redness and skin sensitivity. This is all to be expected, and should resolve within one to two days. In rare cases, you may experience skin irritation, resulting in small bumps and rashes. Very rarely, infection, localised skin burns, and skin pigmentation changes could occur.

Am I a candidate for Fotona skin tightening?

Skin tightening treatments with the Fotona T-Runner handpiece are ideal for patients who experience sagging skin in various areas of the body, due to age, weight loss or pregnancy, and are looking for a non-surgical solution. To determine whether you may be a candidate for this treatment, please get in touch to book a medical consultation at The DOC Clinic.

When will I see results?

Skin tightening works through the production of new collagen, which takes time to come into effect. As such, it may take up to three to four months after your last treatment to see your final results.

How many treatments will I need?

For optimal results, Dr Omarjee typically recommends a series of four to six treatments, spaced two to three weeks apart. While results are long-lasting, annual maintenance treatments may be needed to retain firm skin permanently.

How much does it cost?

Every patient’s body is different. As such, it is essential to examine your area of concern medically, to determine whether your skin laxity is best addressed using the Fotona T-Runner handpiece. We provide a no-obligation thorough medical assessment at The DOC Cosmetic & Skin Clinic, where all your questions can be addressed and the costs of the treatment for you can be discussed.

Fotona Treatments

The following treatments can be performed using this advanced laser technology:

Before any Fotona laser treatments are performed, a detailed consultation and examination process with Dr Omarjee will be required.

During your consultation, your unique concerns as well as your medical history will be reviewed to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for this treatment.