Difference between contouring and tightening

What’s the difference between contouring and tightening your skin? Body contouring and skin tightening are often confused to be the same thing but they actually work to achieve two different results.  

The key difference is that skin tightening works to lift and tighten your skin by stimulating collagen and elastin. Body contouring meanwhile, works to reduce stubborn pockets of fat by heating or cooling fat cells in the target area which are then naturally eliminated by your body.   

Here are the benefits of the two popular treatments and how they work beautifully together to help you achieve a tighter, more toned and contoured body shape. 

Skin Tightening 

Our skin tightening treatments, including Thermage and Ultraformer III, are an excellent way to tighten and improve skin texture and tone. Thermage is a radiofrequency treatment that transforms the skin below the surface. It stimulates collagen to tighten the skin and slow the ageing process. Immediately after the treatment, your skin is visibly tighter, firmer and smoother. 

Ultraformer III meanwhile uses ultrasound technology to precisely target multiple deeper layers of the skin. Again, this stimulates new collagen and provides long-term tightening of the skin. 

Both are highly effective treatments, delivering long-lasting results. Many clients only require one treatment per year to reach their desired goals. 



Body Contouring 

At Artisan, we also offer a range of body contouring treatments, including truSculpt and CoolSculpting. These treatments differ to skin tightening by working to eliminate stubborn fat. 

truSculpt uses radiofrequency to damage unwanted fat cells. These damaged cells are forced to breakdown and are then flushed away by your body’s natural process. The targeted heat energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, gradually tightening and improving the skin. 

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, uses patented controlled cooling technology that targets and kills fat cells. Similar to truSculpt®, your body naturally processes and eliminates the fat, resulting in a more contoured body shape. 

Like with our skin tightening treatments, you generally only require one to two treatments to achieve desired results. Results are also long-lasting when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regime. 

Both types of treatments are highly effective and are best used together to achieve optimum results. This is because while body contouring will help to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, skin tightening will help to tighten and tone for an all over more contoured and lifted appearance. 

Learn more about our treatments to create a tighter figure. Book an appointment with our experts today to learn how they can help you master the artistry of you®.