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Would you like to have a tighter and firmer body for the New Year? Well, getting to know about how skin tightening treatments work and how they differ from body sculpting can bring you one step closer to your goal. That way, you can make a better assessment of which procedure is best designed for your weight-reduction or fat-loss needs.

 The Basic Difference between Tightening and Sculpting

Skin tightening is used for firming up the skin and toning it while body sculpting is used to break down fat cells so the skin appears toned and tight.While you may not weigh less from body sculpting, your measurements will reflect your progress. Your clothes will fit better!

 The Ulthera Skin Tightening Procedure

Skin tightening features two types of non-invasive treatment options today. These options include Ulthera and the Venus Freeze. Ulthera provides both tightening and lifting of the skin with no downtime, such as surgery. For instance, a single treatment of 60 minutes will offer dramatic results almost immediately. This ultrasound procedure offers a non-invasive and non-surgical option that utilizes the natural healing process of the body to lift, tighten and tone loose or sagging skin. The treatment primarily targets the areas of the chin, brow, face, and neck. 

Many patients opt for Ultherapy as the treatments are not uncomfortable and, again, the process does not involve downtime. The quick procedure lasts up to 90 minutes and is recommended for tightening hard-to-reach places. The process works for tightening and toning as it uses ultrasound to build up the collagen beneath the skin, a protein that is needed to keep skin youthful and supple. However, growth of the protein tapers off with age. That is why tightening procedures encourage collagen remodeling or growth. 

Collagen helps build muscle and lift the skin over time, just like exercise tones and builds up muscles. Therefore, Ulthera uses this type of process to stimulate the supportive layers of the skin, including the layers that are normally addressed in a traditional facelift. 


The skin tightening therapy initiates collagen synthesis without damage to the surface of the skin. This popular system was approved by the FDA in 2009 and is the only non-invasive technology of its kind to receive FDA endorsement for a lift.

 The Venus Freeze

The Venus Freeze, yet another skin tightening procedure, is offered to reduce the look of cellulite and tighten the skin. This process makes use of pulsed magnetic fields as well as radio frequency to encourage the production of collagen. The therapy takes about 30 minutes and usually requires eight to ten treatments per area.

This type of treatment can be performed on any area of the body and produces tighter and smoother skin while, again, decreasing cellulite. Many patients compare the non-invasive procedure to a hot–stone massage. The Venus Freeze is often chosen for smoothing the skin and getting rid of the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs.

Body Sculpting Using the CoolSculpting System 

Another non-invasive procedure is CoolSculpting, a body sculpting procedure that is both non-invasive and painless. While skin tightening involves firming and toning the skin, body sculpting, when using CoolSculpting technology, enables patients to get rid of that stubborn fat that cannot be whittled away by diet and exercise.

Supported by the FDA, CoolSculpting freezes unwanted fat cells in the body and helps you lose inches at specific areas. You are a good candidate for this form of body sculpting if you want to get rid of bulging, stubborn fat but do not want to undergo surgery. CoolSculpting allows you to feel your best as the treatment helps you get rid of fat naturally. Results can be seen starting from 3 weeks to final results visible in 3 months.

Now is the Time to Make a Decision for the New Year

Now that you know the options, it is time to schedule a consultation. You can look your absolute best this New Year. See which treatment will give you the best results for your particular body type and weight loss or fat reduction goals.