Reasons to consider non-surgical skin tightening
Aging is part of life, and it is a process we all have to go through – however, it doesn’t mean we can’t look into safe and effective options to help keep us looking youthful for longer.
When we start to age, our body begins to slow down the production of the following proteins – elastin and collagen. These are the proteins that provide our skin with elasticity and structure. Due to the aging process, our skin loses its elasticity over time.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery states that targeted energy is used during non-surgical skin tightening procedures to heat the deeper layers of one’s skin. The procedure triggers elastin and collagen production. Also, as time passes, this helps the patient’s skin tone and overall texture improve.
What are the benefits?
There are plenty of benefits to consider when opting for a non-surgical treatment option to help improve the appearance of your skin:
- Less invasive compared to surgical options.
- No surgery or scars upon completion of the procedure.
- Skin on the face, neck, and body can be tightened if it is mild to moderately loose.
- The results achieved can last for up to one year.
- Fewer complication risks.
- Less expensive compared to surgical options.
- Can be treated in approximately one hour or less.
- Quick recovery time or none required.
While there are amazing benefits relating to the available non-surgical options, there are also a couple of limitations, such as:
The results take time to appear and the time frame for it can range between weeks or months post-treatment.
To get optimal results, more than one treatment session may be required.
To maintain the results that were achieved, the treatment would have to be repeated as per the individual’s treatment plan.
The non-surgical route is not recommended for people that have advanced skin sagging because it is not effective in cases that involve weight loss or post-pregnancy stretch marks.
Are you the right candidate?
Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity are usually classified as the best-suited candidates for non-surgical treatment options relating to tightening one’s skin.
Although there are fewer complication risks linked to this route of treatment, it is still not advisable for patients who are consuming particular medications, currently pregnant, or those that have preexisting medical conditions.
We have a large panel of skin experts at Novomed, which is why we suggest that you consult with one of them so that they can help you determine if this is the right treatment option for your particular case.
What are the treatment options?
We provide three pathways for people that are looking to tighten their mild to moderately loose skin through non-surgical methods:
Ultherapy: This is a form of non-invasive treatment that uses focused ultrasound energy to penetrate through the skin’s surface. It helps stimulate the production of collagen by heating the skin in particular locations and depths so that the skin’s firm texture is restored. Additionally, this is a handheld device and it is known to be extremely safe. Areas that are treated include the brow, chin, chest, and neck. This is a popular option for those that want to treat any early signs of aging on their neck and face. The treatment is approximately 30 to 90 minutes long and does not require any recovery time. In certain instances, patients can experience mild discomfort during the treatment. Side effects are usually limited and very few if any: numbness, slight bruising, and temporary redness. Desired results can be seen between 2 to 3 months and can be maintained for up to a year if the patient keeps up with a good and consistent home skincare routine.
HIFU: Also known as High-intensity focused ultrasound is both non-invasive and painless. It uses ultrasound energy to help boost the production of collagen so that the desired result of firmer skin is achieved. It offers many benefits such as wrinkle reduction, tightening of sagging skin, and a smoother appearance of the skin can be achieved.
Thermage: Uses Radiofrequency energy to heat the patient’s skin and promote collagen production. Results include a smoother and firmer outlook. Areas such as the face, neck, body, and hands can be treated. If the individual feels any discomfort then it is very little and at times there is no discomfort at all. Also, no downtime is necessary. After the treatment is complete, the results can be seen after a couple of months. Your dermatologist will recommend the number of treatment sessions as per your skin condition to help you achieve the desired result.
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