The vitality of your skin is influenced by several factors: your age, genes, and lifestyle choices to a degree. As we age, the skin on our face becomes loose and we begin to see more wrinkles and sagging skin. Fortunately, there are several non surgical skin tightening options today that are showing a lot of promise.
What causes loose skin?
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that make skin look supple and healthy. Collagen provides support to tissues and elastin gives tissues their ability to stretch and recoil.
Over time, both of these proteins begin to deplete. This loss often results in the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin.
What non-surgical methods treat laxity?
There are several procedures that have proven to be effective in treating skin laxity. The results of these non-surgical approaches vary from person to person, so it is important to examine each to determine which is the right choice for your skin.
Radio frequency (RF) skin tightening and ultrasound
This skin tightening treatment sends radio waves beneath the skin that trigger the cells to produce collagen and elastin. The same effect can also be achieved using ultrasound waves. The ultrasound is placed in the targeted area and a concentrated beam of energy is used to produce heat that stimulates collagen production.
Fillers have become one of the leading non-surgical procedures to tighten skin. This treatment involves using hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane to replace lost collagen. Fillers not only restore volume to your face, they have shown to lift sagging areas which can create a visible difference to an aging face.
Microneedling is a technique used to reduce the appearance of sagging skin through the use of tiny needles inserted into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. When combined with RF, the effects on skin tightening are greater since RF heat is delivered through the tiny holes in the face.
Suture suspension lifting
This is a technique that essentially lifts sagging tissue by making a series of small incisions with internal sutures to shape the face. This helps to firm areas where skin is sagging, typically around the brows. Although this procedure sounds invasive, it is not since small needles are used to create the sutures. The procedure takes about 15 minutes, and within an hour, the patient’s face will appear normal again.
What is the pain level in recovery time for each treatment?
The level of pain a patient feels is dependent on their level of tolerance which varies from person to person. How aggressive the treatment is and the amount of anesthetic used also play a role. But in general, the pain is tolerable.
Injectable fillers, radio frequency, and suture suspension have very low recovery time and patients are able to return to their normal activities soon after the procedures are done.
How to choose the right skin tightening treatment
The best treatment option depends on how aggressive you want the treatment to be and which option you feel the most comfortable with.
Discussing your concerns and expectations with a licensed professional is the best way to come to a sound decision.
Ready for your next face-tightening treatment?
Maintaining a youthful look as you age is possible without having to undergo invasive surgical procedures. OxyBeauty has helped many patients improve the skin on their faces with non-surgical methods.
Book your appointment today to learn about the right skin-tightening treatment for you.