TITAN skin tightening is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses infrared laser energy to tighten and lift the skin by stimulating collagen production. The procedure can smooth and tighten loose skin on various parts of the body including the face, neck, buttocks, abdomen, legs and arms. TITAN can provide more youthful looking skin without the need for anesthetics, injections or incisions.
GOOD CANDIDATES for TITAN skin tightening are:
The following patients are NOT GOOD CANDIDATES for TITAN skin tightening:
TITAN skin tightening is painless, does not require any anesthesia and takes between 60 and 90 minutes. The treatment introduces infrared light to the sagging skin of a patient. The light penetrates the epidermis and boosts the production of collagen. The doctor delivers the infrared laser energy through a handheld device with a sapphire tip. TITAN uses a pulsed broadband infrared source of 850-3000nm. Each pulse can feel like a hot pinch and can be slightly uncomfortable but it won’t hurt. As the device is applied to the skin, a six-second cooling and heating cycle treats a dime-sized area at a time. The doctor will pass the laser through the treatment area multiple times. TITAN does not penetrate the skin at the same depth all over the treatment area. The infrared light passes through the surface of the skin and then stimulates the layer under the skin surface. The heat from the laser causes an increase in collagen production, underneath the skin, and a tightening of the existing collagen over time.
Alternative treatments include laser skin tightening treatments which use radiofrequency (such as Thermage). Radiofrequency also heats the dermis but the results may not be noticeable for several months.
Ulthera is a comparable treatment that uses ultrasonic energy to heat the dermis and encourage collagen production. However, the heat generated by Ulthera can be uncomfortable and may require drugs to relieve the pain and discomfort.
The cost of TITAN skin tightening is based on the size of the area being treated and can range from $600 to $1800. The cost may vary according to the doctor’s skills and the geographic location of the treatment.
There is no recovery or downtime after TITAN skin tightening. Patients may experience some redness at the treatment site but this usually subsides within a few hours. Mild swelling is also common and could last a few days to a week. In some instances, patients may notice a whitening of the treatment area. However, this will generally resolve itself within 24 hours. Patients can immediately apply makeup or sunscreen and resume all activities after TITAN skin tightening.
While some patients can see tighter and more toned skin after one TITAN treatment, the results generally appear over 2 to 6 months. The results will continue to improve over three to five treatments as collagen growth continues. Therefore, it can take up to 6 months for the final results to be visible. For best results, patients are often encouraged to undergo two TITAN sessions about a month apart. The effects of TITAN skin tightening can last up to two years. To maintain longer lasting results, patients should consider touch-up sessions.
The limitations of TITAN skin tightening include:
The risks of TITAN skin tightening include:
TITAN skin tightening is an FDA-approved treatment which can improve lax skin throughout the body and face. This procedure has minimal to no side effects as well as low risks and no recovery time. It is important to understand that multiple TITAN skin tightening sessions might be needed to achieve the desired results. Plus, this type of procedure cannot provide the same drastic results as surgery. Patients who are considering TITAN skin tightening must have realistic expectations for a successful outcome.
Written By Cosmetic Town Editorial Team - MA
Based on an exclusive interview with Richard Foxx, MD in Indian Wells, CA