All Of Your Skin Tightening Options, In One Place

Aging, pregnancy, weight gain (or loss), hormones, genetics, medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and sun exposure can all contribute to drooping skin. Treatments for tightening the skin, however, are more difficult to identify. Reversing the skin’s natural processes can be challenging, but there are several truly effective skin tightening solutions at Donaldson Plastic Surgery that you should know about.

We’re here to answer two questions:

  1. What treatments & procedures are out there specifically to tighten skin? and
  2. which ones are the most effective?
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The Most Effective Treatment For You Depends on Skin Laxity & Elasticity

Whether a treatment will be effective or not varies from person-to-person, depending on two things: the level of skin laxity (mild, moderate, or severe) and the overall elasticity of the skin. For example, an individual in their 20s or 30s with mild or moderate loose skin will have relatively higher skin elasticity and, therefore, will be more likely to see loose skin improve over time with regular non-invasive treatments.

Moderate to severe skin laxity is more common among individuals in their 50s or 60s. This population is more likely to have relatively lower skin elasticity, so their skin may be less responsive to non-surgical treatments. In this case, surgical skin tightening may be a more effective path to correct your concerns.

No matter your concerns or what level of loose skin you have, we have the tools to help you address it. Our team of experienced aesthetic specialists is here to help you identify what level of treatment is right for you to tighten loose skin of the face, neck, and body — all the way from result-driven products to our surgical skin tightening procedures.

Skin Care Solutions & Medspa Treatments

Our Medical Aestheticians Tatjana and Nikki recommend a combination of at-home care and professional Medspa treatments to correct mild to moderate loose skin of the face, neck, and body. Listed below is a powerful collection of medical-grade skincare products that you can use to improve skin elasticity, visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and combat signs of aging.

Topical Products:


All of these products, including the facial and body rollers, are available for purchase by phone or in person.

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Medspa Treatments:

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Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Treatments


Non-invasive skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy are more targeted and go deeper to address the underlying causes of mild to moderate loose skin. Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening and lifting treatment that uses ultrasonic energy to send waves deep within the skin that stimulate collagen production. Because it works on a deeper level than other treatments, Ultherapy is a great preventative treatment for individuals seeing the beginnings of aging skin, rather than a fix to severe sagging or wrinkling. It is primarily intended to lift and tighten the skin of the brow, chin, jowls, neck, and upper chest, but can also be used to target other specific areas of concern.


Halo laser treatment

Halo Laser Skin Resurfacing is a hybrid fractional laser treatment that addresses a number of visible skin concerns and offers skin tightening benefits from inducing collagen production in the healing process. For patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, Halo can result in more youthful, tighter-looking skin. Although the Halo laser is not primarily for skin tightening, patients usually see and feel a skin tightening effect. Wrinkles and fine lines are addressed with Halo, as well as other signs of aging, problematic skin texture, scarring, and sun damage. Other benefits of Halo include minimal downtime and a noticeable improvement of skin a just a couple of days. You can schedule Halo with Adrienne, Paige, Stacie, or Angie.

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Minimally-Invasive Skin Tightening Treatments

Renuvion (J Plasma) Skin Tightening

Renuvion (also known as J Plasma) is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium gas to virtually tighten the skin of the face, neck, and body. A wand emitting the stream of energy is gently passed underneath (in some cases overtop) the dermal layer to cause contraction of the skin. Results can be seen immediately, but dramatically improve over time. See what one patient has to say about her chin liposuction and Renuvion results with Dr. Sieffert!


Botox and fillers are not “skin tightening treatments”, but they do offer benefits that address signs of mild to moderate skin laxity, which is why we include them here.

Aging skin can cause wrinkles, folds, and droopiness to form, which can be corrected using minimally-invasive injectables like Botox and dermal fillers for the face. Botox works by softening the appearance fine lines and wrinkles in the skin by relaxing the muscle underneath that causes the crease to form. Fillers restore volume under the skin to an area where volume has been lost and skin has begun to droop or fold as a result (ex. the jawline, or nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Neither injectable treatment is used to reverse skin laxity, but they can help to improve common concerns associated with it.

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Surgical Skin Tightening Procedures

Tightening a surgical glove

To successfully treat more significant loose skin, surgery is usually the best option.

With surgical skin tightening procedures, excess skin is removed surgically and the remaining skin is re-draped tighter than before. This option is the gold-standard is for patients who have moderate to severe skin laxity as a result of aging or weight loss but can be ideal for mild to moderate skin laxity as well.

Here are some of our most effective surgical solutions performed by Dr. Donaldson & Dr. Sieffert.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are surgically removed from the abdomen (and the underlying muscles tightened) to improve its contours. Stretched skin in this area will not always retract on its own, making surgery the only option to return the abdomen to its original form.

Anyone who has undergone pregnancy or weight loss, or who just simply struggles with excess skin of the belly, can benefit from this kind of surgical tightening. Scarring for a tummy tuck is minimal and easily concealed with undergarments or bathing suits, and our tummy tuck patients are thrilled with their results. Their only regret is they wished they had done is sooner!

Body Lift

A body lift, or circumferential body contouring, is a procedure in which excess skin of the entire abdominal front, back, and sides is removed for a tighter trunk. Usually performed on individuals with severe skin laxity of the body, this procedure is common amongst individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with excess skin as a result. A body lift can also encompass surgical tightening of multiple areas including the arms, chest, upper and lower back, buttocks, and thighs — the surgery is always customized to address the patient’s concerns.

Arm and Thigh Lift

Arm lifts and thigh lifts are procedures in which sagging excess skin of the upper arms and thighs is removed, often solving cosmetic concerns of the colloquial “bat wings” and sagging skin of the inner thighs and above the knee. They can be performed individually or together, depending on a patient’s wishes. These two areas are very likely to loosen with age, so the majority of arm and thigh lift candidates simply wish to see their extremities restored to a more youthful-looking state. Scarring is likely to be visible in these areas, so please discuss your concerns with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Face and Neck Lift

Facelifts and neck lifts are also common amongst individuals with concerns of drooping skin. As exterior representations of how we present ourselves to the world, the areas of the face and neck are often ones of prime importance — but, unfortunately, they can be some of the first areas to show the effects of aging. In a facelift and/or neck lift, excess skin is excised by your surgeon and the skin is laid tauter than it was before. Specific areas like the lower or upper face can be targeted, as in the case of a brow lift. Scarring is very discrete and easily concealed.

Eyelid Lift

Upper and lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, are surgical procedures in which excess skin of the upper and lower lid is carefully removed, and the remaining skin joined back together for younger, fresher-looking eyes. If you have what some might describe as overly-hooded eyes, or suffer from large bags underneath, you are likely a good candidate for an eyelid lift. Sometimes fat pads in the lower eyelid may also be removed to reduce puffiness. The procedure is straightforward and scarring is virtually invisible.

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Ready to See Which Skin Tightening Procedure is Right for You? We Can Help!

As a full-service plastic surgery practice, we are always uniquely equipped to offer each patient a customizable treatment plan, completely attuned to you. Our two board-certified plastic surgeons & our team of highly-trained non-surgical and aesthetic experts work closely together to recommend the right treatments that will help you reach your goals, and we take great care to vet the technology we use to offer the safest and most effective treatments available. We are intensely focused on delivering realistic recommendations and achieving beautiful outcomes.

If you’re curious to learn more, please submit your contact information below. Our friendly team of aesthetic coordinators will reach out to answer your questions and help you schedule your personalized consultation!

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Difference Between Microneedling and the Vampire Facial

And How Using Your Own Blood Can Transform Your Skin

Advanced Microneedling with PRP — A.K.A. the “Vampire Facial” — is a popular facial that actually lives up to its lore! If your skin is feeling dull and lifeless, then this treatment may be exactly what you need to re-vamp your natural glow. Check out everything you need to know about this newfangled approach to Microneedling.

What’s the Difference Between Microneedling and the “Vampire Facial”?

Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that uses small micro-needles to penetrate the skin. The “Vampire Facial” is a form of Advanced Microneedling that also uses an extracted component of your own blood to enhance the effects of the treatment.

It is important to know that the treatment referred to as the “Vampire Facial” IS microneedling, but a more advanced form of it. Instead of infusing the skin with a serum, we perform Advanced Microneedling with PRP to utilize your own blood cells (PRP, or platelet-rich plasma) to directly initiate tissue growth and collagen production.

Which is Better, Advanced Microneedling with PRP (A.K.A. the “Vampire Facial”) or Microneedling?

Both Microneedling and Advanced Microneedling with PRP are highly effective treatments for skin rejuvenation.

Both offer the following benefits:

Advanced Microneedling with PRP also offers these additional benefits:

We like to think of Advanced Microneedling with PRP like an all-out sprint compared to a jog — you will get to your destination, but you’ll likely get there much quicker! It is up to you and your provider during your one-on-one consultation to determine which treatment is better for you.

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How Does The Vampire Facial Work

How Does It Work?

This treatment, commonly referred to as the “Vampire Facial”, works by using your own blood’s healing properties in combination with medical Microneedling. In Microneedling, we create a controlled, superficial injury to the skin using tiny micro-needles, which triggers a rapid healing response to “repair the damage” & flood the area with collagen. PRP contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and active proteins from your own blood. When it is added to your skin during microneedling, it kick starts the collagen production process! This treatment should both be performed in a clinical setting by a highly-trained Medical Aesthetician with experience in handling blood.

Advantages of the “Vampire Facial”

Benefits of the “Vampire Facial” include reduced fine lines and wrinkles, smoother and tighter skin, improved hyperpigmentation and scarring, and improved efficacy of skin care products. Advanced Microneedling with PRP provides you with all of the benefits of microneedling while also amplifies results and lessens the amount of healing time.

Curious to Learn More About the “Vampire Facial”?

Just give us a call! We hope to see you for your next treatment or skin care consultation at the Donaldson Plastic Surgery Medspa soon! Fangs for reading!

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PRP for Hair Restoration Review

One Patient Shares His Experience With This New Hair Restoration Technique

I started noticing a “maturing” hairline around age 24. At 27, there was some thinning and that’s when the insecurities started to flood in. What could I do to stop it and potentially get some of it back? I tried everything I could find (that didn’t break the bank) – dermarolling, Finasteride, collagen supplements, etc. Nothing really worked. 

But at age 30, I started hearing more and more about PRP for hair restoration

So, I scoured the Google results, YouTube videos and Reddit threads looking for “real” testimonials. What I found was twofold: one group clamored for the treatment, calling it a miracle cure (but they obviously had some additional work done); the other side baselessly claimed that PRP was a waste of money without ever actually trying it out. 

I’m a real person who underwent four real sessions of PRP treatments for my hair – and this is what it really did for me! 

What My Results Looked Like 

After Third Treatment
Before First Treatment

(Full disclosure: I’m not bald. That’s not who PRP is for anyhow and it is very important to know that before going down this path.)

I was looking for a solution that would stop the thinning, mitigate the shedding and maybe even give me back some of what I lost. I can confidently say that PRP did just that. However, it didn’t just magically give me the hairline I had when I was 18! 

I didn’t notice much growth after the first month, but something did change – my daily shedding decreased dramatically. Around month 2 or 3 was when the bit of regrowth started to happen. There wasn’t too much regrowth in the temple or hairline region, but the crown? The crown started sprouting new life, filling in the spaces that freaked me out when I saw pictures of myself from behind (and slightly above).

Three months after my final session, I’m still enjoying some regrowth in the crown region, increased hair growth in areas right outside of the crown and decreased shedding/loss along the hairline. 

PRP Hair Restoration After
After Third Treatment
PRP Hairline Before
Before First Treatment

The Process, From The Eyes of a Normal, Non-Scientific Person: 

PRP Hair Restoration Process

After a few conversations about my hair loss and a quick examination of what I had left/my future trajectory of loss, it was fairly obvious that I was a good candidate for PRP. From there, I went into the Donaldson Plastic Surgery office, met with Stacie and then she drew my blood. 

She put the syringe into a centrifuge-looking machine where it spun for a solid 18 minutes or so. My blood was separated, essentially, into two different parts – the darker stuff that they inject into my scalp and the magical cooling, transparent plasma that they use at the end. 

How It Felt: Not A Walk In The Park, But Also Not That Bad 

The needle was loaded up and it was go-time. Now, this wasn’t exactly the most comfortable thing. If your pain tolerance is low, you may opt for something called “Pro-Nox” – a VERY fast-acting sedative that you inhale. I tried it once and I felt completely normal in less than 20 minutes. It works fast and fades quickly. 

Stacie covered the most prominent problem areas – the crown, the temples, the part and creases. The crown didn’t hurt all that bad, but the temples were tough. Luckily, they also gave me a stress ball to squeeze and they really don’t care if you curse while they get the job done. When there was about 25% of the syringe left, Stacie asked if I was comfortable enough to continue and if there were any areas she wanted me to double up on. We kept going, adding a bit more into the front hairline. 

What My Recovery Looked Like

Recovery actually begins when you’re in the chair. They take the leftover clear plasma that was centrifuged out at the beginning and place it all over your scalp. There are no words to describe how relieving that feeling is. Once this was done, I was out the door and ready to face the day. The whole ordeal took about 45 minutes or so. 

A word from the wise: bring a banana (or something else with a bunch of sugar) and a ton of water with you. I was on the keto diet during one of my sessions and the loss of blood left me in a weakened state. 

And Then There’s Nutrafol 

The good folks at Donaldson suggested I supplement my treatment with a few bottles of Nutrafol. These are, in my words, a blast of every vitamin that could possibly help your hair grow – faster, stronger and just more. They are some pretty large pills and they will also make your nails grow quickly but I believe the one-two punch of these and the PRP injections did everything I needed it to do. 

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What PRP Is & Isn’t: My Personal Philosophy on PRP for Hair Restoration After Having It Done 

PRP Hair Loss Injection

PRP is NOT a miracle cure for male pattern baldness nor is it going to give you a glorious Mario Lopez hairline. PRP IS an amazing option for people noticing moderate thinning in the crown and a receding hairline! It really helps to stop the bleeding and even fills in some of the gaps. I would take PRP injections once every six months forever if it meant keeping my hair and not having to take a daily pill that can carry some hefty side effects. 

Speaking of which…

Why I Ultimately Chose PRP vs. Finasteride 

If you’re a guy over the age of 25, you’ve probably been inundated by advertisements for solutions to hair loss. Every podcast, commercial break and Internet ad is designed to blanket a large demographic of dudes, hoping to poke at just enough insecurities to get someone on some hair retention supplement for life. 

We know the brands. We know the game. 

Well, I bit the bullet and tried one of the pill-based options for about 9 months. The results were fairly negligible, but the side effects were downright disastrous for me. One of the most talked about negative effects is on sexual wellness – that didn’t happen. What did happen were these intense, hours-long panic attacks and bouts with anxiety that didn’t really clear up until six months of ditching the prescription. 

As noted earlier, I’m not exactly bald – I’m just losing some of what I’ve got and I want to keep what I have forever. With Finasteride as a no-go, I dug for other options. PRP started showing up in hair loss threads, so I decided to give it a shot. Another option is full on hair transplant surgery, which I may consider in the distant future. 

For now, I’ll be happy with the recovery and, most importantly, the halting of hair loss that PRP has given me! 

Watch How a PRP Treatment is Performed

Our practice was recently featured on Fox 28’s local broadcast of Good Day Marketplace to share all about PRP for hair restoration, a promising non-surgical treatment that stops hair loss from occurring. Stacie Isler, our board-certified Physician Assistant, met up with Cameron Fontana for an up close look at the hair restoration treatment at Donaldson Plastic Surgery in Columbus, OH.

Ready to stop hair loss in its tracks?

Life’s too short to worry about thinning hair! At Donaldson Plastic Surgery, we are solely focused on achieving the natural results you want with minimal downtime. Give us a call at 614-442-7610, or request a one-on-one consultation with our hair restoration experts today to learn more about PRP.

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The Sexual Wellness Benefits of “O-Shot”, Explained by An Expert

Sexual Wellness Benefits of O-Shot

PRP for Sexual Wellness, (commonly known as the “O-Shot” or the “orgasm shot”) is a rising non-surgical procedure designed to increase sexual desire and function using PRP. Known at Donaldson Plastic Surgery as PRP for Sexual Wellness, it is a simple, effective vaginal rejuvenation solution with incredible benefits. Enter Stacie Isler, our plastic surgery PA who performs PRP for Sexual Wellness and other PRP-related treatments. We asked Stacie about PRP for Sexual Wellness and how the treatment is helping Columbus, OH individuals lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

How Does it Lead to Better Sex?

Essentially, PRP for Sexual Wellness (commonly referred to as the “O-Shot”) is your ticket to naturally experiencing longer, stronger, and more frequent orgasms. The platelets extracted from your blood stimulate cell growth and increase blood flow back to the areas we want to reinvigorate. This leads to greater sensitivity and an increased ability to reach (and maintain) arousal and lubrication.

Is the “O-Shot” Worth It?

If you are seeking more fulfilling sexual encounters, then the PRP for Sexual Wellness treatment will definitely be worth the trip. Our patients (and even members of staff) who have received the treatment describe it as very effective. They are surprised that such a quick treatment can have such a powerful outcome and the speed at which they began to notice the onset of results.

The “O-Shot” is for Lovers

Better sex can result in more restful sleep, lowered stress levels, better overall mood, increased personal confidence, and deepened relationships with the ones you love. That said, sexuality and desire are complicated concepts, also informed by elements of social, emotional, psychological, environmental, and biological factors. Stronger, faster orgasms are possible outcomes with the “O-Shot”, but overall sexual satisfaction depends on your unique situation.

Why We Promote Sexual Wellness

We don’t just focus on a single part. We treat all of you. As clinicians and individuals, we value your sexual health and wellness, just as we value the mental, physical, and emotional health of all of our patients. We understand that health and happiness are intimately tied; if you are feeling your best, it reflects in all areas of your life. That’s why we focus on result-driven solutions like PRP for Sexual Wellness, as well as diVa, diVaTyte, and labiaplasty, as a part of our mission to improve overall confidence.

Ready to Prioritize Your Happiness?

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of PRP for Sexual Wellness? Meet with me, Stacie, to discuss how we can help you!

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