Skin Tightening

As you age, your skin naturally loses elasticity. With gravity, sun, physical activity, and other elements taking their toll over the years, your facial skin may begin to wrinkle, sag, or droop. At our Houston cosmetic surgery office, Dr. Michel Siegel can perform plastic surgery options to revitalize patients’ faces, but we also recognize that some patients prefer minimally invasive options. In these cases, skin tightening treatments are an excellent choice.

These personalized procedures remove old, damaged skin and signal your body to produce new skin cells. Skin tightening allows you to discard the superficial skin layer (the epidermis) and penetrate into the deep skin layer (the dermis). The dermis is made of collagen- long fibers that loosen and stretch with age and sun damage. By interacting with the dermis, skin tightening encourages new collagen to form, giving your skin a fuller and younger appearance. As you heal, a new epidermis (top layer) regenerates, restoring a more youthful you. For patients not quite ready to schedule a face lift, a skin tightening procedure can be the best option to rejuvenate their image and improve on issues like slight droopiness that many people begin to notice in their mid-thirties. There are many skin tightening treatment options, but at the core of all of these, the common goal is to firm the tissue and build up collagen. Dr. Siegel can analyze your skin to determine which method is best suited to your skin type, so we can help you achieve a rejuvenated, refreshed look.


One week after my rhinoplasty I walked into Dr. Siegel’s office to finally see the results. I’d waited for this moment for more than ten years- and I was nervous. I’d compulsively found every list online of botched nose jobs. I researched all the worst possible outcomes of recovery, but there I was just one week later; I wasn’t stuffed with gauze, there was no heavy bruising, and it certainly didn’t hurt. Just a simple splint and what felt like the longest week of my life waiting for that appointment.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

Dr. Siegel removed the splint easily and painlessly with a liquid solution and asked if I was ready to see my new nose. Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time after my surgery was unreal- it was a subtle, natural looking change, my nose finally fit my face. After waiting for nearly a decade, I finally felt like I had the nose that I should have been born with.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

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The Skin Tightening Process


The first step in the facial skin tightening process is an appointment with Dr. Siegel. During this meeting, he will help you select the best skin tightening treatment for your individual skin type and concerns. One common method used is laser skin tightening. In Dr. Siegel’s extensive facial rejuvenation experience, the best skin tightening laser is our Lumenis® Ultrapulse™ Fractional CO2 laser. This device sends micro-beams through only a “fraction” of skin tissue, stimulating collagen while leaving skin tissue in between the beams undisturbed, which allows for a much faster recovery time. Dr. Siegel can also perform a chemical peel with our proprietary solution or use a skin tightening injection, such as BOTOX® or fillers. He will tailor each treatment plan to your aesthetic preferences, medical needs, and the area you wish you rejuvenate. For example, eye skin tightening might require an entirely different treatment plan than typical overall facial skin tightening.


Since skin tightening is a highly individualized procedure, your exact preparatory instructions will depend on the treatment Dr. Siegel devises for you. He will give you a specific list of guidelines to follow before and after your face skin tightening, as well as help you plan and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments.


Since skin tightening can involve such a wide range of techniques and is individualized to each patient, there is no single standard procedure for this treatment. Dr. Siegel will use the method (or combination of methods) discussed and determined at your initial consultation to deliver your desired results. Typically, skin tightening treatments do not take more than a few hours to complete.


How long it takes you to heal from your skin tightening treatment will depend on the approach Dr. Siegel uses to accomplish it. In most cases, patients are able to return to work immediately and experience only minimal side effects for a very short time. Dr. Siegel will give you guidelines to follow to speed your healing and improve your outcomes. Depending on the treatment type, you may begin to see results immediately or within a few weeks of your skin tightening procedure.

Why Dr. Siegel

When it comes to your facial appearance, preserving natural contours, knowing which features to enhance and which ones not to, will make the difference between enhancing your self or appearing unnatural.

Dr. Siegel is sought out by highly sophisticated, discerning patients because of his innovative, yet conservative approach to Facial procedures- achieving natural, rested, and proportionate outcomes that exceed patients’ expectations.