Facial Plast Surg 2014; 30(01): 062-067
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1363756
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Skin Tightening Technologies

Ryan M. Greene
1   Greene MD Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Weston, Florida
2   Voluntary Assistant Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Jeremy B. Green
3   Dr. Brandt Dermatology Associates, Coral Gables, Florida
4   Voluntary Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
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Publication Date:
31 January 2014 (online)


Radiofrequency (RF) and intense focused ultrasound (IFUS) are increasingly used to address skin laxity of the face and neck. Both nonablative RF and ultrasound create a heat-induced tissue response that leads to collagen remodeling and other ultrastructural changes. Although these treatments are not meant to replace surgical procedures, patient satisfaction in the majority of studies has been consistently high. This article discusses the various RF and IFUS technologies currently in use and reviews pertinent clinical studies evaluating their efficacy and safety.