13 07 thermage skin tighteningDescription: This non-surgical face lift uses radio frequency energy to rejuvenate your face.

How it's done: You will be given local anesthetic and pain medication. Then, an ink grid is transferred to your skin so the doctor knows which areas to target. Next, a gel is applied to the skin and a radio frequency hand-held device is used to transfer energy to your skin. The energy heats the collagen under your skin, and the loose, weakened collagen gets tighter, resulting in firm, younger-appearing skin. The procedure takes one-and-a-half to two hours, and the results may be evident in several weeks to several months. Some patients (people with loose, saggy skin) may not see any improvement in their skin.

Complications: Small risk of burning, blistering and scarring, skin discolouration, dimpling of the skin, pain, tingling and soreness exists, and could last for a few days or weeks. The biggest complication is no visible result.

Recovery: Redness and swelling may last a few hours to a few days.

Cost: $1,500 for partial treatment up to $4,000 for a full face.