The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is also where the first signs of aging become most apparent. As your body ages or changes, it can result in loose or sagging skin that can wreak havoc on your self-esteem. Whether you have sagging due to pregnancy, weight loss, or the natural aging process, there are skin tightening procedures available that can help you address the problem.
While there are both surgical and non-surgical skin tightening options available, many people are just not ready to go under the knife to address loose skin. Surgical procedures are invasive, more painful, and require much more recovery time. Non-surgical options use lasers or ultrasound to achieve noticeable results, so they generally do not require downtime after completion.
It is also important to understand the differences in outcomes between these two options. The outcome of a surgical procedure is much more noticeable and dramatic than the less invasive choices. Additionally, non-surgical skin tightening generally requires multiple treatments to see the best results.
Just as with any other cosmetic procedure, there are limitations on what a non-surgical treatment can accomplish. This option is best for those with:
>> Loose skin on the face, neck, abdomen, or arms that is considered mild to moderate
>> A desire to improve the quality and appearance of the skin
>> Slackness in the skin due to surgery or rapid weight loss
>> No desire to undergo a surgical procedure
If you fit into these categories, non-surgical skin tightening may be a great option for improving your appearance.
Skin Tightening Treatments
When you opt for a non-invasive treatment to tighten the skin, you generally have three options: radiofrequency, ultrasound, or intense pulsed light. Intense pulsed light and radiofrequency treatments work by causing the deepest layer of your skin to heat. This process results in collagen reactions that provide a tightening effect. Ultrasound treatments use sound waves to heat the deepest skin layer to force the growth of new collagen so that your skin tightens and lifts. All of these procedures require multiple treatments to achieve the best results. Your plastic surgeon will help you decide which of these is best for your skin quality and your desired outcome.
The results of your non-surgical skin tightening will last between one and three years depending on the treatment and number of applications. During this time, you may find that you need to have the procedure again to maintain the best results. Once your treatment is finished, you will need to visit your doctor periodically for follow-up and evaluation, to make sure your skin stays healthy. There may be times when changes occur in the treated skin. If this happens, make sure to contact your doctor right away to address the situation.
Non-surgical skin tightening is a great option for those who don’t want to have cosmetic surgery. If you want to see tighter, more toned skin, call your plastic surgeon to find out more about the treatments available.