Anti-Aging Skin Care

How to tighten skin from lasers to peels to masks!

By Kim Crawford, M.D. Last updated: October 4, 2018
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How to tighten skin in many ways

how to tighten skinNon-invasive lasers are how to tighten skin the best, through various mechanisms. We’ll start there and then keep going through all the ways!


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GentleWaves LED photo modulation therapy is part of the “non-invasives” which fall into the category of lasers for how to tighten skin.

These non-invasive lasers, which include this and three others I deemed worthy of mention, are the latest methods in the fight against aging.

Unlike invasive surgical procedures or treatments that use chemicals, GentleWaves uses low-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen.

It also suppresses the enzymes that break down collagen.

Although it has no effect on elastin, the skin does appear to look tighter. Wow, there is indeed more skin appeal!

However, of all of the non-invasive lasers which seem to work, the results appear to be less visible, and the picture you see is a result of eight treatments.

A LED device is applied to the area undergoing treatment, and it’s the quickest one here. It only takes five minutes. No aftercare is required, and the device is compatible with all skin types. It usually takes four to eight treatments to see results with this non-surgical treatment. Also, the procedure is completely painless.


Thermage® is indicated for those who want to address the visible signs of aging in just one treatment. It’s a laser procedure that’s clinically shown to safely treat fine lines and wrinkles on most body parts, including the face, eyes, neck, stomach, arms, hands, thighs, and buttocks.

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Thermage® has even been approved by the FDA for improving cellulite. (But it just doesn’t work – here is what does improve cellulite.) I have not seen one patient with any noticeable effect of tightening other than on their face (just my two cents here).

Thermage® uses radiofrequency to tighten skin and lift problem areas on the body non-surgically.

To illustrate the procedure, it heats the deepest layers of skin to help tighten existing collagen and stimulate the natural renewal of collagen.

The benefits of Thermage® as a non-surgical treatment, in detail, include the smoothing of wrinkled or uneven skin, better definition around the eyes, jaw, and neckline, and the smoothing and toning of dimples and wrinkles on the face and questionably the body.

It too has no effect on elastin but might have merit. Note that how to tighten skin with these lasers varies. The first was LED, this is radiofrequency.

Caution: Reviews of efficacy for everything written about vary widely so do your homework!


Titan skin rejuvenation is an infrared laser treatment that uses light energy to how to look youngerstimulate and TIGHTEN (get it?) new collagen growth deep beneath the skin’s surface. Using this method and not through elastin stimulation, Titan has been demonstrated as a way how to tighten skin on your face, arms, abdomen, and legs.

(Again, I have seen several patients with good facial and neck results but alas, not on their bodies).

A Titan procedure can also tighten pores and smooth out fine lines.

While some patients report seeing results in as few as one or two months, the full benefits of the Titan procedure are not usually visible for at least three to six months. Another caution: Reviews show best and most predictable results on face and neck only, but it does seem to work in those areas predictably.

Titan on steroids: Ultherapy

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This is the “rage” in the NYC and LA circuit: it does what Titan does but deeper and more effectively.

A painkiller is recommended and so is a deep pocket as this effective annual treatment runs about $5000. The full benefits are seen at six months, as with the Titan.

I have seen patients have excellent results with this and I do not offer it in my practice, so this is a totally unbiased endorsement. This provides great results as a non-invasive laser way to tighten skin. This, my friends, is serious skin care with heat.

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing

For those wanting drastic results as a way of how to tighten skin and resurface it at the same time, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing has been shown to be effective.

You get nice, new skin, but it’s only recommended for those with lots of sun damage due to the long recovery process.

It is thought of as a procedure to wipe out sun damage but is also a form of laser skin tightening.

Wow, is there a “recovery time!”

It can be up to 6 months of facial redness. However, do note studies of the LifeLine Proplus+ Night recovery moisture serum used after CO2 laser resurfacing, show a real shortening of recovery time. Remarkably, the Lifeline Proplus+ duo is another way how to tighten skin, and I’ll get to that in just a moment. To resume, let’s get back to CO2 resurfacing.

The hour-long procedure is usually done in an outpatient setting, and patients are sedated. As the laser is passed across the face, it sears through the paper-thin epidermis and into portions of the dermis, the skin’s thicker layer beneath the epidermis. This is done to purge old, damaged collagen and generate four to five times more new collagen than retinoic acid does.

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Prepare yourself! Your face essentially becomes an open, oozy wound that must be rigorously cared for until healed.

That means virtual house arrest for two weeks. In addition, you must soak your skin with ice-cold water every few hours then slather it with a layer of ointment to avoid scarring and infection.

During this time expect to take pain medications and get some help falling asleep in the form of a natural sleeping aid. Once healed, the skin may remain red for up to six months.

Lesser healing time – lesser “invasive” lasers which are also “ablatives”

A newer generation of lasers (“fractionated ablatives”) are much less “invasive” than the CO2 laser.

They do indeed promote skin tightening, but it’s MUCH more “gentle” than you just read with the CO2 laser.

Instead of burning off the skin’s entire surface, non-visible beams of energy lightly burn teeny areas of tissue, leaving areas of intact skin. As a result, this promotes quicker healing.

Patients are usually red and swollen for a week or so. Then, they can usually resume their daily routine.

While one carbon dioxide laser resurfacing session may yield results that last eight years, fractionated ablatives may require two or three sessions for best effects.

The CO2 laser can cost between $5,000 to $8,000, and, for instance, Fraxel®, between $3,000 and $5,000 per treatment.

Corrective Chemical Peels

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Peels, when properly administered, are one of the most powerful non-surgical skin improvements available.

To clarify, they remove cellular buildup, stimulate skin regeneration, and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, and oiliness.

They also aid in clearing blemishes, treating hyperpigmentation, and improving overall texture and tone.

Further, they re-texture and are a way how to tighten skin via collagen stimulation.

Undergoing a chemical peel is popular as another alternative to costly surgery. The procedure, in detail, involves applying an acid-based solution to small areas of the skin on the face, hands, or neck.

The solution is typically washed away after two minutes, and to minimize discomfort, a small fan may be directed to the spot where the acid was applied.

Depending on the strength of the formula used, it may take several treatments to see any noticeable results.

With stronger peels, like phenol peels, the recovery time can be up to three-plus months, because of the severely sunburned look the skin takes on.

The results of a phenol peel are often similar to the laser skin tightening results of a CO2 laser treatment at a fraction of the cost.

Before the procedure make sure the person administering it has proper training. Chemical burns, which can leave scars, are a lot more common with a phenol peel than any other procedure I’m discussing.

However, you can have light glycolic peels weekly with no “down time.” Another alternative is light TCA peels which will work more quickly and be as little as 3-4 days of “down time.”

One topical proven to increase Elastin

anteageThere is actually only one known product to TRULY stimulate elastin.

Elastin is one of the two major skin building blocks, and it controls skin elasticity and therefore firmness and sagging. The duo of day/night serums made by Lifeline Proplus+ clinically shows to increase elastin production. They do more, but we’re discussing elastin here.

These products are parthenogenetic (oocyte-non-fetal) stem cell products which are cultivated for peptides, growth factors, cytokines and more.

The products scientifically show to increase elastin content in the skin, improve texture, wrinkles, firmness, and sagging.  This isn’t an overnight thing, but it sure works. Notably, Ethocyn was thought to be “the elastin product” for years but it is over-hyped and over-priced, in my opinion. It claims to do nothing else, either.

Here is a one-month b/a picture of a tighter neck:

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How to tighten skin instantly? Kelzyme

This amazing addition to our Moor Spa line is great for instantly tightening the skin. It can prevent wrinkles and the signs of aging, as well as restore the tone and vitality of your skin.

With over 70 trace minerals, it helps to disperse local fatty deposits and other impurities giving you soft fresh, tight and healthy looking skin for life. In fact, this mask contains 40% Kelzyme.

What exactly is Kelzyme?

Kelzyme comes from an ancient mineral deposit of fossilized kelp seaweed containing an organic-natural blend of over 70 trace minerals and enzymes.

Geothermal events that occurred several million years ago served to coalesce the material.

This effect produced a near pure or very high concentration of calcium with an abundance of trace minerals in a usable form.

Notably, Kelzyme is the best natural resource for calcium, without chemical processing.

In detail, the minerals in Kelzyme include highly absorbable calcium, silicon, iron, sulfur, potassium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, boron, zinc, and copper among many others. Kelzyme is a natural and environmentally safe product mined from a deposit in northern Nevada. In fact, it is currently the only known source of Kelzyme in the world.

This product was formed in pure ancient seas, which did not contain high levels of toxic metals (as now exists in our oceans), such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.

Kelzyme has been certified 100% organic by OMRI.

It can have both temporary and lasting effects on the skin due to purification and collagen (and possibly elastin stimulation).

We need more studies to verify the claims made by many as to its efficacy, though. 

Still, fine spas around the world use this as a facial mask and body wrap.

Everything in the Moor Spa Kelzyme mask

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Source of ingredients           Ingredients used

Aqua                                     Purified Water
Kelp                                      Macrosystis Pyrifera (Kelzyme)
Clay                                      Bentonite
Clay                                      Magnesium Aluminium Silicate
Coconut Oil                       Glycerin
Grapefruit                          Citrus Grandis Seed Extract
Yeast                                    Natamycin
Lavender                             Lavandula Angustifolia Oil
Perilla                                   Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract
Sweet Flag                          Acorus Calamus Root Extract

The Moor Spa Kelzyme Mask opens pores, tightens skin, and makes the skin feel smooth and clean.

It also lightens the skin and exfoliates to leave a tight, glowing finish. I love this stuff!


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