At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Cheryl Burgess sees many patients from the areas of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC who are interested in enhancing their body without traditional plastic surgeries. Instead of undergoing invasive, risky surgeries to improve the body, patients now have access to several technologies and devices that can achieve similar results without these types of procedures. Dr. Cheryl Burgess is a board certified dermatologist who is excited to offer many options to her patients including Pelleve®, PelleFirm® and Ultherapy®.

Skin Tightening at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery

Hi, I’m Dr. Cheryl Burgess and I will be talking to you today about what we can do to tighten your skin.

When is skin tightening needed?

One reason is when you have sagging skin, which is seen more often in the skin of color.

The darker their skin color African Americans show fewer signs of aging, but they have a little bit of sagging, which is why we use skin tightening.

A factor to consider when skin tightening is: wrinkles. No matter how much you try to tighten or iron it, you’re going to have lines from wrinkles.

When people lose weight and want to tighten their skin a little bit, they have the opportunity to do so.

What types of skin tightening is available at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery?

We have two modalities that tighten and shrink skin at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.

One is radio frequency, more for younger age groups (20’s to 30’s).

For the 30’s to 60’s, we use Ultherapy, which is a deeper tightening procedure on the skin.

All procedures are done every year to keep the skin tight.

Feel free to call us and learn about the skin tightening options for you.

Pelleve®, PelleFirm® and Ultehrapy® are two devices that can be utilized in the practice for skin tightening. This in turn improves body contours and can even address problems such as cellulite.

Pelleve® was approved in 2009 by the FDA for reducing the appearance of mild to moderate facial wrinkles. The device emits radiofrequency energy which heats the skin and stimulates the production of collagen to lift and tighten treatment areas immediately with long-term results from collagen remodeling.

PelleFirm® is a new device that also uses radiofrequency energy but is better suited for areas such as the buttocks and thighs. It can tighten the skin while improving conditions such as cellulite, breaking down the fat and connective tissues in the area and smoothing out the skin.

Ultherapy® uses radiofrequency energy to attain the same results but is better suited for larger areas such as around the arms, legs, buttocks, abdomen, etc.

All these radiofrequency devices are safe to use on the body to break down fat and allow the body to naturally flush them out over the course of time. The results? Tighter skin, better body contours, less fine lines and wrinkles and the reduction of collagen. All without surgery.

Real Patients Real Results Before and After Results of Our Patients

INFINI skin tightening - Before and after results - Case 2
Ulthera Procedure Washington - Before and After - Case 2

Tightening the skin is a common request by patients with skin laxity. By contacting the team of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, patients can book an appointment with a board certified dermatologist and find out more about the advantages of non-invasive treatments such as Pelleve®, PelleFirm® and Ultherapy®. Our team takes the time to educate men and women on the benefits they provide and can help in determining the most appropriate based on one’s specific treatment desires.


Imagine a technology that erases years from your face and tones your body. Imagine no needles, cutting, sutures or risk of scarring from surgery. Imagine a treatment that feels soothing, like a warm massage. Imagine immediate results with continued improvement. You aren’t dreaming. Dr. Cheryl Burgess applies an artistic eye, experienced hands and the latest techniques to make your rejuvenation dream a reality with Pellevé.



Ultherapy is a revolutionary way for patients to achieve lifting and tightening of the facial skin without plastic surgery. Forget the face lift and the expense and risk that come with it and instead utilize treatments such as Ultherapy for optimum results.

Ultherapy is a conservative, non-invasive method of lifting and tightening the skin, addressing unwanted skin laxity and fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used anywhere on the face and is also FDA-cleared to be used on lines and wrinkles on the décolletage area.


Infini Skin Tightening

For face and neck tightening, Dr. Cheryl Burgess may suggest to patients the benefits of skin tightening with INFINI. INFINI uses radiofrequency energy on the skin to penetrate deep down and stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. In doing this, the skin looks more youthful and patients will find they can reduce skin laxity and improve fine lines and wrinkles which may be keeping patients from enjoying a more youthful look. When early signs of aging and the loss of volume occurs, skin tightening treatment with INFINI is often recommended.

Infini Skin Tightening