Surgical and Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments

Surgical and Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments

Aging, sun exposure, weight fluctuations, disease, and genetic factors are some of the common reasons behind loose and sagging skin. Many women and men are bothered by this condition, which can compromise their appearance and make them look older than their actual age. Treatments for skin tightening are available today in cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical.

Depending on the extent of loose skin, patient’s anatomy and their unique aesthetic needs, the surgeon may recommend an appropriate surgical or non-surgical procedure. Dr. Paul Fortes is an experienced plastic surgeon providing innovative and advanced surgical and non-surgical skin tightening treatments. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding communities.

Surgical Treatments

Some of the key plastic surgery treatments for skin tightening offered by Dr. Fortes include body lifts, such as torsoplasty, thigh and knee lift, and buttock lift. Body lift procedures are designed to excise redundant skin and restore a younger, firmer and smoother skin appearance.

Body lift treatments are commonly performed on patients who suffer from loose skin following significant weight loss. The areas of the body that experience most substantive loss of weight will typically have sagging skin. Common areas with this condition are waist, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs and back. The surgeon will remove the excess skin and provide a subtle lift to the sagging area.

Body lift procedures will be customized according to the aesthetic needs of a patient. In many cases, the body lift treatment is an extension of a tummy tuck surgery. The incisions for body lift in this case will be placed around the hips and the lower back. Through the incision, the cosmetic surgeon will lift the sagging skin from the hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Body lift surgery may also be performed in stages with other procedures such as arm lift, breast lift and upper back or torso lift. Dr. Fortes provides both surgical and non-surgical skin tightening procedures to patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby locations.

More About Body Lifts

Laser Treatments

Laser based skin tightening procedures have grown in popularity over the years as laser technologies have advanced considerably. With the new laser techniques, it is possible to perform skin tightening without surgery on any skin type and skin color. Laser procedures are more precise and targeted to achieve specific results.

When performed by an experienced laser treatment provider, the procedure can achieve dramatic improvements in terms of skin tightening. No harm will be caused to the surrounding healthy tissue with high-precision laser skin tightening procedures.

More About Laser Treatments

Med Spa Skin Tightening Treatments

In some cases, the surgeon may recommend a combination of surgical and non-surgical med spa skin tightening treatments. Alternatively, for patients who do not wish to undergo surgery, may rely exclusively on non-surgical skin tightening.

Dr. Fortes encourages his patients who have received skin tightening surgery to also continue the use of skin care products, non-invasive treatments and spa services to prolong and maintain the results for the long term. Customized treatments are provided by Dr. Fortes for both surgical and non-surgical skin tightening procedures for the most impressive and awesome results.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston | Katy TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996.

laser treatments overviewLaser assisted aesthetic treatments are less invasive as compared to traditional cosmetic surgery procedures. Advancements in laser technology have made laser treatments safer, more precise and suitable for almost every skin type and color.

It is important to choose an expert laser treatment provider to achieve desirable outcomes. Dr. Paul Fortes is a leading plastic surgeon providing laser treatments and various other surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding areas.

More about Laser Treatments 

Laser Skin Tightening

Laser skin tightening is an innovative non-surgical procedure that employs an infrared light source or laser to tighten loose or sagging skin in targeted areas of the body. Laser skin tightening has emerged as an effective alternative to plastic surgery, particularly for patients who are keen to avoid surgery for elective procedures.

Laser generates concentrated heat in the deeper layers of the skin to trigger the natural production of collagen. Collagen causes the tightening of skin from within in a natural, subtle and sustainable manner. In certain procedures such as facial skin tightening, the results are visible more quickly. Downtime is nearly non-existent as the procedure does not involve any cuts, incisions, or injections.

Following the immediately visible results, the skin will continue to tighten gradually over several months as fresh collagen production continues. Most patients will be able to achieve optimal results with laser in about two to three treatment sessions, spaced a month apart. The laser procedure also avoids the typical risks and complications that are usually associated with an invasive surgery.

Laser treatments are also used effectively to remove or reduce blemishes, age spots, and acne scars from the skin. Dr. Fortes is an experienced cosmetic surgeon who provides laser treatments to suitable candidates as a standalone procedure or in combination with surgical procedures. He receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby areas.

Facial Rejuvenation Before and After Photo Gallery

Laser Hair Removal

In comparison to conventional hair removal methods, laser hair removal has emerged as a more effective and longer lasting treatment option. Laser hair removal procedure is particularly recommended for more sensitive areas such as the face, bikini area, and the legs. Even men choose laser hair removal for the back and under arms.

The office of Dr. Fortes is equipped with state of the art GentleYAG laser technology from Candela. This innovative, FDA approved technology enables hair reduction treatment for all skin types, including the darker skin tones. While an average laser technology is designed to target the hair follicle or the hair bulb, the GentleYAG goes a step further by focusing not only the bulb and the shaft, but also the blood supply feeding the hair.

About Dr. Fortes

The Process

GentleYAG holds the distinction of being one of the few laser technologies to receive the FDA approval for its claim of “permanent hair reduction.” The procedure is safe and gentle, and can remove unwanted hair from almost any area of the body. As hair growth occurs in cycles, an average patient will require about four to six laser treatment sessions spaced one month apart to achieve the most effective results.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston | Katy TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996.

buttocks augmentation

Defining Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the most popular and effective technique to reduce unwanted hair from almost any part of the body. Unlike cosmetic surgery or other invasive aesthetic or anti-aging procedures, laser hair removal is a rather gentle procedure involving no cuts, incisions, abrasions, or needles.

Laser hair removal should ideally be performed when the hair is in their growth stage. Due to the cyclical nature of hair growth, laser procedure will be performed in about four to six treatment sessions spaced a month apart for optimal results. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding communities for laser hair removal.


The target areas of treatment will be shaved a few days ahead of the scheduled laser hair removal procedure. Just a few minutes before the procedure, the laser expert may apply a topical anesthetic cream, depending on the patient’s needs. Additionally, a cool gel, spray or cool laser tip may be used to ensure comfort during the procedure.

The patient will be provided with special glasses to protect against harmful light. Laser will be adjusted for intensity, size and pulse frequency following a basic evaluation of the skin condition. The treatment provider will focus the laser beam on the targeted hair follicles using a hand-held laser.

Unlike plastic surgery procedures, laser treatment can be performed without any need for anesthesia, and causes no significant discomfort or pain. The length of the procedure will vary from one patient to another depending on the size of the treatable area. As a leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby locations for laser hair removal and various other procedures.

More About Laser Procedures

Recovery and Results

Following the laser hair removal treatment, the patient in most cases will be able to return to their regular routine or go to work. However, minor redness and swelling may occur in the treated area, which will disappear in about 24 hours on its own. Ice pack or anti-inflammatory creams may be used in the treated area to minimize discomfort.

After the completion of all scheduled laser hair treatment sessions, the results will be established gradually. Most patients can expect to achieve 80 to 90% reduction in hair growth. While the results with this treatment are long lasting, a few patients may require occasional touch-up treatments to address individual hairs.

More About Dr. Fortes

Common Areas of Treatment

Unwanted facial hair in the areas of the chin, upper lip and eyebrow are commonly removed with laser treatment. Sometimes even men may choose laser hair removal for the face in the area between the brows or the beard area. Chest hair removal is another popular procedure for men, particularly when they have excess hair in the chest.

Legs are a common area of hair removal treatment for women. As against conventional solutions such as waxing, laser hair removal for the legs may yield longer results. Each treatment session for both legs may take about one hour. Underarm area can also be treated effectively with laser. It involves a smaller surface area, which requires much lesser time for the entire treatment.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston | Katy TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996.