Cosmetic surgeons employ non-surgical skin tightening techniques to help you tighten sagging or lax skin on your face, neck, and body. Skin tightening helps postpone the need for surgery and improves your facial appearance. Generally, non-surgical skin tightening methods employ the use of energy to heat deeper levels of the skin, and in the process, stimulate the production of collagen, which gradually improves skin texture. Other types of skin tightening treatments smooth cellulite by affecting the fibrous tissue. Skin tightening technologies and procedures are safe and most of them have been cleared by the FDA. If you’re considering undergoing a Fort Worth botox or laser procedure, contact a professional at Skin Deep Laser MD.
Why Non-Surgical Skin Tightening?
Two proteins in the body enable the skin to stay firm, plump, and smooth. These are elastin and collagen. As you age, the production of these hormones slows down, causing sagging on the neck, face, and body. This procedure is for people who are bothered by skin laxity, as the treatment can help temporarily halt the process of aging, as well as restore a youthful, and smoother appearance.
A non-surgical skin tightening procedure can help tighten moderately loose skin without scars or surgery. Most treatments provide a “lifting” effect on the skin. It has little to no downtime and as long as a qualified provider performs it, there are very low risks of adverse side effects. In addition to that, treatment can be performed in-office and it usually takes less than an hour to complete. However, this depends on the size of the area being treated. The results can last for more than a year. It’s important to note that the treatment might require repeated sessions to achieve and maintain the desired results. The results will also appear gradually over the next few months.
The Ideal Candidate
For this procedure, the most suitable candidate should have mild or moderate skin laxity, which does not require dramatic lifting or skin removal. Although the side effects are negligible, the procedure is not appropriate for you if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant or if you’re taking certain medications. Find out if you qualify for this procedure by consulting an experienced cosmetic surgeon. The surgeon must have undergone training in cosmetic treatments and should be certified.
Types of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Treatments
There are several kinds of non-surgical skin tightening procedures, which include ultrasound, radiofrequency, and combination treatments. Ultrasound skin tightening uses ultrasound energy to focus heat on the area to be treated, delivering heat energy to specific locations and depths thereby inducing collagen production and making skin firmer. The ultrasound heat energy is delivered through a handheld device that transmits the waves through the surface of the skin. The method has been used for many decades and has an excellent safety profile.
In contrast to ultrasound energy, radiofrequency energy focuses the heat energy on the epidermal layer of the skin, thereby providing a firmer and smoother appearance. The heat energy also triggers the production of collagen, which gives the skin a youthful appearance.
Combination treatments blend radiofrequency and intense pulsed light (IPL) to deliver heat to deeper layers of the skin. This induces the natural healing response of the skin, which in turn triggers the production of collagen and elastin. The IPL addition helps to focus radiofrequency energy for more effects, and also treats the skin at multiple levels.