Skin Tightening

This is a sophisticated treatment designed to tighten skin and improve the appearance of skin around the face and neck. Bristol Plastic Surgery is currently the only practice in the South West of England licensed to offer this treatment. Since the procedure works by tightening deeper skin tissue, it can complement other procedures that treat the upper layers of your skin.


The procedure tightens tissues by delivering radio-frequency (RF) energy through the skin, using a treatment wand. This heats the deep skin layers underneath while protecting the skin surface with a cooling action. Patients feel a brief, deep heating sensation with each touch of the wand, as the RF energy is delivered to your skin and underlying tissues. We may apply an anaesthetic cream to your face or prescribe pain medication to enhance your comfort during the procedure.

After Care

The procedure requires no recovery time, so you can return to normal activities the very same day of your treatment.


Best of all, there are no needles or scalpels. There may occasionally be some local swelling, surface irregularity, discolouration, itching and a mild to moderate discomfort. These signs and symptoms usually disappear within a few days but can last a few weeks.


Your skin should feel tighter but the maximum effect takes about three months as your skin collagen remodels. The results may last 24 months or longer, based on your natural ageing process.


The procedure has an excellent safety record. There can, however, be blistering and very occasionally scarring. There is a tiny risk of longer-lasting surface irregularity to the skin, but this is very rare.

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    What is skin tightening?

    Skin tightening is a leading, non-invasive treatment which uses the latest cosmetic technology to improve the skin’s appearance on the face, neck and decolletage area.

    The treatment uses the transformative power of Radio-Frequency (RF) energy to remodel the skin’s tissue. During the treatment, a wand is gently massaged around the area, warming the deepest layers of the skin to promote a tauter, more defined appearance.

    As we age, natural collagen stores are decreased leading to skin appearing less firm than it used to. Pollution, stress and modern lifestyles all have a part to play in this process, in addition to good old fashioned gravity!

    Skin tightening targets areas of the skin that have become loose, for example around the chin, jowls and throat, naturally boosting and remodelling the skin’s collagen.

    What are the benefits of skin tightening?

    – Skin appears firmer, healthier and visibly refreshed.
    – Skin’s collagen levels are increased over time.
    – This is a ‘lunch-time’ treatment with no recovery time needed.
    – The procedure is non-invasive and needle-free.
    – Less risk of complications than invasive procedures or surgery.
    – Can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
    – Beneficial effects can last over for over one year.

    To achieve the best results a course of 5-8 treatments is recommended.

    Who is skin tightening for?

    Skin tightening is suitable for people of all ages and skin types, except those with very sensitive skin or other underlying skin conditions. It is beneficial for anyone who feels that their skin looks baggier, puffier or saggier than it used to. If you are unsure whether the treatment is for you, give us a quick call and we’ll be happy to help.

    Does skin tightening hurt or have side effects?

    For the majority of people, the procedure is very tolerable with only a warm sensation being felt for a short period of time as the RF energy is first received by the skin. The procedure is non-invasive and no needles or scalpels are used. For those who wish, a numbing cream can be applied beforehand.

    Most people experience no side effects however in rare cases, redness, swelling and mild bruising may result, for which over-the-counter pain medication to reduce inflammation will be recommended.

    Why choose Bristol Aesthetics for your skin tightening procedure?

    Bristol Aesthetics is a leading treatment centre with extensive experience in helping patients to feel great in their own skin. We are currently the only practice in the South West of England licensed to offer this treatment.

    Located in the heart of Bristol, we offer leading treatments using state-of-the-art technology. Our friendly team of experts love what they do and will do their best to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your time with us.