Skin Tightening

Non-surgical skin tightening for the whole body in Nashville & Memphis

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

Skin tightening is a technology using Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) to apply controlled heat to the tissues under the skin. The heat is targeted precisely and safely to the affected areas to contract the tissues while leaving the surface of the skin intact. This minimally-invasive body contouring treatment achieves results previously only seen with surgical procedures like tummy tucks, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and facelifts. It is ideal for patients who want to avoid the scars and longer recovery of surgery.

At our fully-equipped cosmetic surgery centers in Nashville and Memphis, we use BodyTite or Renuvion in combination with liposuction to tighten skin and remove fat. Your procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in body contouring and cosmetic surgery.


Each patient is unique. What your treatment will look like is determined by you and the plastic surgeon who you will meet with in a personal consultation.



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Frequently Asked Questions

You can tighten any area with saggy skin: stomach, flanks, bra rolls, arms, chest & inner/outer thighs are some of the most common treatment zones. Multiple areas can be treated in one visit. Also see FaceTite for non-surgical face and neck lifts.

Results can be seen immediately after your skin tightening procedure. You may experience some bruising and/or swelling for the first week due to the combined liposuction. At your 6-week follow-up you will see the biggest difference. As more tissues coagulate over time, your results will continue to improve for 6-12 months.

It depends on how your surgeon has customized the procedure. We have found that radio frequency lipolysis is best paired with traditional or power-assisted liposuction to loosen and remove fat cells before contracting the skin. You can have multiple areas treated. Your procedure can last anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on how many areas you are having treated.

As with other minimally-invasive procedures, your recovery will take about 1-5 days. Patients can typically resume regular activities the next day as tolerated, and are advised to wait a week before resuming strenuous exercise. Some bruising and swelling can be expected and will subside after 5 days.

A surgical removal of excess skin, like a tummy tuck, will always be more effective in eliminating all of the unwanted fat and skin, with immediate results. However, many patients hesitate to undergo surgery with its longer recovery and resulting scars. Skin tightening is an excellent non-surgical alternative to tummy tucks and arm, thigh, and neck lifts. It is ideal for patients who won’t see good enough results with liposuction, but don’t want surgery. You will still see a big immediate difference, and your results will continue to improve for up to 12 months.

It is a form of liposuction, with the official name of Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis, or RFAL for short. However, it uses neither physical force nor water liposuction to break up and remove fat. It uses heat energy to damage or “coagulate” fatty tissue in underlying cells and thereby contracts the skin. It is most effective when used in conjunction with liposuction for maximum fat removal and skin tightening.

BodyTite and Renuvion are two similar technologies that coagulate tissues to tighten skin. They both use radio frequency assisted lipolysis to apply targeted heat to the affected areas. They are both applied with thin wands under the skin. One difference is that Renuvion uses helium plasma, which enables it to heat tissues to an even 85 degrees Celsius in under a second. BodyTite operates at a slightly lower temperature and may therefore take slightly longer to complete. As both treatments are typically combined with liposuction, this time difference is not very significant.


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