Say Goodbye to Sagging Skin: The Science Behind Advanced Skin Tightening

Sagging skin sometimes makes your face or body look more aged and less contoured. At Shea Aesthetic Clinic, serving Knoxville and Oak Ridge, TN, we have over 75 years of combined experience in finding the right treatments for each patient. We combine a serene environment with the latest technology to provide effective and comfortable skin-tightening treatments.

We are excited to offer a range of advanced treatments to help with skin tightening. These methods improve skin elasticity and firmness. With our expertise, look forward to noticeable improvements in the appearance of your skin.

Why Does Skin Sag? 

Skin often sags due to a combination of factors, including aging, sun exposure, and the natural decline of collagen and elastin in the skin. As we age, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture and its structural support weakens. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and weight fluctuations accelerate the loss of skin firmness.

Where Sagging Skin Is Commonly Found

  • Cheeks: Sagging skin in the cheeks results in a hollow or sunken appearance, making the face look older and less vibrant. This is due to the natural loss of fat and collagen in this area as we age.
  • Jowls: Loose skin around the jowls leads to a drooping or sagging jawline and disrupts the natural contour of the face. This occurs as the skin loses elasticity and the underlying muscles weaken over time.
  • Neck: The neck is prone to sagging due to the thinness of the skin and the constant movement. Sagging skin in this area creates the appearance of a “turkey neck,” often making the overall appearance look older.
  • Abdomen: Sagging skin on the abdomen is often a result of significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes. The stretched skin may not fully retract, leading to a loose, sagging appearance that is difficult to address with exercise alone.
  • Thighs: Thighs commonly experience sagging skin due to aging, weight fluctuations, or reduced muscle tone. This causes the skin to appear loose and less firm, affecting the overall shape of the legs.
  • Arms: Loose skin on the arms, often referred to as “bat wings,” is common with aging and weight loss. The reduction in skin elasticity and muscle tone contributes to the sagging appearance, particularly on the upper arms.

Radiofrequency and Its Impact on Sagging Skin

Radiofrequency (RF) uses energy waves to heat the lower layers of skin. Its main use in cosmetics is to contract collagen and other tissues and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen. Both of these tighten loose skin. Our RF skin tightening in Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and the surrounding areas includes treatments such as Forma, which provides effective facial skin tightening by targeting the subdermal layers to improve skin elasticity and reduce sagging.

Radiofrequency and Microneedling

Morpheus8 combines the benefits of radiofrequency skin tightening with microneedling to enhance collagen production and improve skin texture. This treatment uses tiny needles to deliver RF energy deep into the skin. The science behind Morpheus8 lies in its ability to remodel skin tissue. After this skin-tightening facial, our patients in Oak Ridge and Knoxville experience smoother, firmer skin with reduced wrinkles and fine lines.

Radiofrequency and Ultrasound

EXILIS® uses a combination of radiofrequency and ultrasound to deliver precise heating to the skin’s deeper layers. This RF skin tightening treatment also stimulates collagen and elastin production. EXILIS treatments are comfortable, with patients typically feeling a warm sensation. Benefits include skin tightening in various areas, such as the face, neck, abdomen, and thighs, with noticeable results after a few sessions.

Radiofrequency and Muscle Stimulation

EvolveX Tite and EvolveX Transform are treatments that use radiofrequency skin tightening with muscle stimulation. EvolveX Tite focuses on reducing loose skin by heating the subdermal layers. EvolveX Transform targets both skin and muscle, improving overall body contour by stimulating muscle contractions. Treatments target areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms, and there is no downtime after the appointment. 

Skincare Products and How They Improve Skin Laxity

Retinol and Retinoids

Retinol and retinoids are at-home skin tightening treatments that are administered through your favorite skincare products. These powerful ingredients are known for their ability to stimulate collagen production. 

These compounds also accelerate cell turnover and promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells, which helps improve skin texture and firmness over time. Examples like the SkinBetter Science® AlphaRet® Overnight Cream and the SkinMedica® Retinol Complex use these ingredients to provide noticeable improvements in skin laxity and overall complexion.

Growth Factors

Growth factors promote skin rejuvenation and cell turnover and are a valuable addition to any skin tightening treatment. These proteins help repair damaged skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Products such as the SkinMedica® TNS Advanced+ Serum harness the power of growth factors to deliver improvements in skin tightness and elasticity.


Maintaining a proper lipid balance is essential for skin firmness and overall health. Lipids support the skin barrier, retain moisture, and improve texture. This contributes to better skin elasticity and reduced sagging. An example of a product that supports skin tightening is Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 from SkinCeuticals®, which replenishes essential lipids to restore skin firmness and smoothness.

Peptides and Antioxidants

Peptides and antioxidants are key ingredients that enhance skin elasticity and protect against environmental damage. Peptides stimulate collagen production, while antioxidants neutralize free radicals, preventing further skin damage. 

Combined, they offer comprehensive benefits for skin tightening treatments. Products like D·E·J Daily Boosting Serum® and D·E·J Night Face Cream® from Revision Skincare® incorporate these ingredients to improve skin tightness and overall health, delivering a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Explore Skin Tightening Options in Oak Ridge

Skin tightening treatments at Shea Aesthetic Clinic incorporate advanced technology and years of expertise to effectively improve skin firmness and elasticity. With a serene environment and cutting-edge methods, we help our patients achieve noticeable results in areas such as the face, neck, and body. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact us through our online form or call (865) 294-4114 for services in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, TN.

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