What is skin tightening?

As the years pass, your body steadily produces less collagen and elastin. These proteins are vital to maintaining the smooth, youthful contour of your skin. Declining collagen and elastin gradually leads to sagging skin on your face and body.

Skin tightening is a way to firm mild to moderately loose skin without surgery. Dr. Mel and the team at Sierra Ridge Cosmetic Surgery use Renuvion skin tightening system to create a visible lift to the skin on your face, neck, or body.

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How does Renuvion work?

Dr. Mel and the team at Sierra Ridge Cosmetic Surgery offer Renuvion as a standalone skin tightening procedure, or along with another surgical procedure, such as a breast lift.

Renuvion uses state-of-the-art helium plasma and radiofrequency (RF) technology. The handpiece has a long, thin metal tube that Dr. Mel inserts beneath your skin through a very small incision.

The handpiece delivers a precise stream of cool plasma energy to the underside of your skin. This causes your skin to tighten while simultaneously boosting collagen production.

What areas does Renuvion treat?

You may choose to add Renuvion to an existing surgical procedure, such as a breast or neck lift. In this case, Dr. Mel inserts the Renuvion handpiece through the same incision he makes to perform surgery.

Another option is to have a minimally invasive skin tightening treatment with Renuvion alone. Dr. Mel uses Renuvion to lift and firm the following areas:

  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Flanks
  • Abs
  • Back

He also uses this procedure to tighten skin on the lateral and medial (outer and inner) sides of your thighs.

What should I expect from a Renuvion procedure?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Mel listens attentively to your cosmetic concerns and goals for treatment. If you’re a good candidate for Renuvion skin tightening, he develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Depending on the size of the treatment area, Renuvion can take as little as 30 minutes and you can go home the same day. The amount of recovery time you need also depends on the treatment area, but you should expect a much faster recovery than traditional surgery.

You should notice skin tightening results right away, with continued improvement over time as your body produces more collagen.


Commonly asked question is if skin tightening can be performed without liposuction.  The answer is absolutely.  The ReNuvion J Plasma works with or without liposuction.  So, when the skin sags but there is no fat to remove, ReNuvion can be used to tighten the skin and remove the sag.

To find out if Renuvion skin tightening is right for you, call Sierra Ridge Cosmetic Surgery or book an appointment online today.