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The Skin Tightening Edit

Carruthers & Humphrey Cosmetic Dermatology, Vancouver, British Columbia

Positive aging is a cornerstone of our practice, and we look to meet each passing year with appreciation rather than fear. While you can’t (nor should you) escape the hands of time, you can take steps to embrace them with confidence, feel your best, and continue living life to its fullest.

Many of the changes that spark trepidation—skin laxity, fine lines, volume loss—are the result of slowing collagen and elastin production, and the degradation of supportive skin structures. For this reason, a comprehensive treatment plan should look to reinvigorate skin at multiple depths. Today’s non-invasive skin tightening science is well-understood and extensively researched. Treatments like Thermage® and Ultherapy® help stimulate surrounding collagen to lift and tighten underlying structures, bringing it back to a healthier, vital state.


Thermage delivers radiofrequency energy precisely to deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production. This energy application breaks apart lax skin fibres and, over time, brings about new, tighter collagen bonds. The result is an overall tightening of lax skin, and better defined facial (or body) contours. The result of a Thermage treatment can last up to one year, and we may recommend you repeat your treatment annually to maintain benefits long term.


Clinically indicated for a non-surgical lift, Ultherapy simultaneously lifts and tightens lax skin on the face, neck, and décolleté. By applying focused ultrasound energy to multiple depths in a single session, Ultherapy is proven to remodel existing collagen fibres and activate new collagen production. The treatment can also be tailored to smaller, specific areas of concern, such as the brow or jowl line.


A 360° approach to skin tightening requires important attention to the daily ritual of skincare. A personalized, evidence-based skincare routine can support skin health and thus the quality and integrity of the skin. A thoughtful daily routine also helps ensure the results of skin tightening treatments are more meaningful. Daily skincare can be powerful and empowering – it allows us to both support and enhance the outcomes of cosmetic treatment, while honouring our routines for self-care.

Whether it be skin tightening treatments, skincare routines or any other form of self-care, investing in ourselves lends to our resilience as we age. So the question remains: what have you done for you lately?

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