Skin tightening procedures without plastic surgery

At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Cheryl Burgess sees many patients from Annapolis, MD, and Washington, DC, interested in enhancing their bodies 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 procedures.

Dr. Cheryl Burgess is a Board-certified dermatologist who is excited to offer her patients many options for nonsurgical skin tightening, including Pelleve®, PelleFirm®, and Ultherapy®.

What devices are available for use as a sagging skin treatment?

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 Ultherapy® are the devices utilized for skin tightening and facial rejuvenation in our practice. These improve body contours and can even address problems such as cellulite. Sagging skin solutions without surgery are just a phone call away!

  • Pelleve. 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 surface of the skin and stimulates the natural production of collagen to lift and tighten treatment areas immediately, with long-term results from collagen remodeling
  • PelleFirm. PelleFirm® is also a new device that 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. Ultherapy® uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to attain the same results but is better suited for larger areas such as around the arms, legs, buttocks, abdomen, etc.

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

Learn more about your options for treatment!

If you are considering nonsurgical solutions for sagging skin, call one of our two office locations today to request an appointment with our Board-certified dermatologist. Call our Washington office at (202) 955-5757 or our Annapolis office at (410) 224-1195. You can also Request an Appointment Online from our website.

FAQs – Skin tightening


There are many reasons why patients choose to talk to us about nonsurgical skin tightening therapies. Often, they want a treatment that does not require surgery, which can increase the risk of issues such as scarring and infection. Other times, they want to achieve gradual results without looking like they have had work done, ensuring natural changes to their skin with time. When performed by a professional, these treatments also have a very low risk of adverse side effects and require little to no downtime.


The best way to determine if any skin tightening services are appropriate for you is by calling our office and booking a consultation visit with our Board-certified dermatologist. We can evaluate your skin and help you decide on this or other skin services available at our office to achieve the results you desire.


Most areas of the face and body can be improved with any combination of our skin-tightening services. Areas that might benefit include the neck and chin, skin of the abdomen, love handles, and areas with cellulite.


You may be a better candidate for plastic surgery if you want more dramatic skin tightening and body contouring and have a significant amount of loose or sagging skin. We can refer you to a trusted, local plastic surgeon in the area to ensure you get the results you truly desire!


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

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