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Renuvion Skin Tightening: The Latest Technology

Renuvion Skin Tightening The Latest Technology

Renuvion, sometimes referred to as Renuvion J Plasma or J-Plasty, is a state-of-the-art cosmetic technology designed to tighten loose skin, excess skin on any area of the body or face. It is no surprise this is becoming one of the most sought out plastic surgery procedures.

Renuvion skin tightening offers excellent results, extremely short recovery times, and minimal (if any) scarring. It’s perfect for those with loose skin who want to avoid invasive surgery and lengthy recovery periods.

How Does Renuvion Work?

The science behind Renuvion skin tightening can get a bit complicated, but to explain it as simply as possible, there are two core technologies being used: radiofrequency and helium plasma energy. Together, these energies contract loose skin tissue by heating it to a precise temperature.

Sound scary? Don’t worry — this won’t burn or damage your skin. The heat increase happens so quickly that it’s hardly noticeable (in under one second). At the same time, patients will be protected from any discomfort or pain through the use of local or general anesthesia.

You may have heard of Renuvion J-Plasma or J-Plasty before. Skin tightening is essentially the same as these procedures. The only difference is that the J-Plasma technology was updated and perfected and is, therefore, now rebranded as Renuvion.

Prepping for the Procedure

Before your surgery, Dr. Sieber will discuss any medications or supplements you are taking and have you stop taking any that may cause an increased risk of bleeding approximately two weeks beforehand.

On the Day of Surgery

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Sieber will decide whether you require general or local anesthesia. Largely, it will depend on where you are being treated and the extent of the treatment.

To start, once anesthesia has been administered, several extremely small incisions will be made in concealed locations near the target treatment areas. To prevent bleeding and assist with pain control once the procedure is over, epinephrine and lidocaine will be infiltrated into the target areas via a saline solution. A thin cannula will then be used to create tiny tunnels underneath the skin, and the skin will be heated with the Renuvion technology.

What Are the Benefits?

There are numerous benefits to skin tightening. First, although incisions are made at the beginning of surgery, they are extremely small and are always well-concealed. Recovery from Renuvion is also quite quick and painless, especially when compared with other cosmetic surgeries. Because this procedure addressing skin elasticity is minimally invasive, there is also a reduced risk of tissue injury.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Renuvion?

Those who have begun to notice loose, sagging skin on their face, neck, or body are all generally great candidates for a skin tightening procedure. It’s important that you be in good physical and mental health and be a non-smoker as well. You should also react well to anesthesia and not have a history of forming poor scar tissue during healing from other procedures (such as liposuction).

With that said, results from skin tightening can vary widely. For most patients, an improvement in skin laxity of around 30% is most common.

Should I Have This Procedure Together With Other Procedures?

When combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, skin tightening can be particularly effective.

With tummy tucks, specifically, skin tightening can be used to supplement a mini tummy tuck so that a full tummy tuck is not necessary. In this case, skin tightening would be used on the upper abdomen while the mini-tuck would be used on the lower abdomen.

Perhaps more often than tummy tucks, liposuction is performed in combination with Renuvion. Liposuction addresses stubborn excess fat, especially around the abdomen or on places like the inner and outer thighs, buttocks, or upper arms. If you are interested in undergoing lipo along with Renuvion, Dr. Sieber will use traditional or Vaser liposuction to remove excess fat and then address any remaining loose or excess skin with a Renuvion procedure.

Recovery and Results

J PlasmaOne of the main benefits of the Renuvion procedure is the quick recovery time. Compared to other procedures, most of any bruising or mild swelling that appears immediately after the procedure should disappear in approximately 3 to 5 days. Wearing the compression garments provided for you by our staff will help with any mild swelling.

Overall, you’ll need to wear the compression garments for a total of approximately two weeks. For the first week, you should wear them at all times, but for the second week, you need only put them on at night while you sleep.

Naturally, as is the case with nearly all cosmetic procedures, you’ll need to refrain from rigorous activities directly after undergoing Renuvion. Dr. Sieber will alert you when you are able to return to physical activity, including light exercise. This usually occurs around the two-week mark. Still, it’s important to get the go-ahead from Dr. Sieber before moving around too soon.

Once you can return to normal activities, consuming a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle will help immensely with your recovery and in enhancing your Renuvion results.

When Will I See Results?

Skin tightening generally only needs to be performed once, with a single skin contraction treatment, in order to be effective. You should see your full results from this procedure in approximately 6 to 9 months.

The reason you likely won’t see results right away is that the procedure is actually instigating the process of collagen production. In order to see changes in the tightness of your skin, therefore, the collagen first needs to be broken down after the heating procedure, and then it needs to reform during collagen production.

Questions and Answers

How long does Renuvion last?

Anticipate lasting results of face and neck treatments for a minimum of five years, especially with diligent post-care skincare.

How much does Renuvion cost?

When it comes to the average Renuvion cost, the price tag is approximately $5,450 on average. Your final expense may vary based on the treated area’s size or if multiple body locations are addressed simultaneously. Consultation with your surgeon will provide precise pricing details.

How painful is Renuvion?

Facial Renuvion, a minimally invasive procedure, causes mild discomfort for most patients. Local anesthesia or numbing agents are applied for a comfortable experience.

How often are there complications from Renuvion?

All procedures come with some sort of risk.  Renuvion complications can occur, but they are extremely rare.

Book Your Consultation Today

Wondering if Renuvion could be right for you? Book a consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber today to discuss your options and look at Renuvion before and after photos. We look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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