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Can Skin Laxity on the Face and Neck Be Treated Without a Facelift?

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2020 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Fort Myers

Years ago, the only way to tighten loose skin was to undergo surgery. If you had concerns about laxity or loss of definition in your lower face, you had to have a facelift or neck lift to resolve the problem.

While it is still true that surgical procedures such as facelift provide the most dramatic transformation in lax areas, non-surgical skin tightening treatment options offer noticeable results with little to no downtime. With these modern technologies, you can feel more confident about the appearance of your lower face and neck without the stress, time commitment and expense of surgery.

If you want a minimally invasive treatment to help you look younger and more refreshed, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Douglas Stevens recommends the following treatments:


FaceTite harnesses the power of radiofrequency energy to contour the jawline and neck. A double-sided probe delivers radiofrequency energy externally and internally to contour fat and tighten loose skin. This produces a heat response that causes the gradual formation of new collagen and elastin for firmer, smoother skin. Results appear within a few weeks of treatment and continue to improve over the next six months. Results last four to five years.


Morpheus8 also utilizes radiofrequency energy to improve the appearance of loose, saggy skin on the face and neck. Morpheus8 treatment involves combining radiofrequency energy with microneedling, a technique in which a needle-tipped device creates tiny, controlled punctures in the skin. In response to the punctures and the radiofrequency energy, the skin gradually starts to look firmer, smoother and plumper.


Evoke is yet another non-invasive treatment that deploys radiofrequency energy to refresh saggy, aged facial and neck skin. Evoke treatment is delivered through a hands-free applicator; the device is placed against the skin and heats the underlying tissue to trigger the production of collagen for more youthful-looking skin.


Bellafill is an injectable filler that Dr. Stevens uses to sculpt and shape aging areas of the face. No other injectable has Bellafill’s ability to prompt the body to make its own collagen.  Dr. Stevens likes to use Bellafill to volumize and sculpt the jawline/jowl area as well as the cheeks, temples and tear trough deformities under the eyes. Bellafill is virtually unmatched by other injectables in terms of longevity — the results last five years or more.

Want more information about turning back the clock without surgery, anesthesia or scarring? Dr. Stevens invites you to visit our practice for a consultation. During your appointment, he will evaluate your specific areas of concern and suggest the best treatment or combination of treatments to help you achieve the refreshed, rested look you desire. Contact us today to request a consultation.

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