One of the problems associated with aging is the sagging of skin. No one wants to look in the mirror and see the skin on their face starting to droop and sag. It makes us feel less attractive and depressed. Many people want to address their sagging skin but they do not want to commit to surgical procedures like face lifts.
Firming Skin without a Face Lift
There are a lot of methods you can use to make changes in the firmness of your skin. Creams and ointments advertised to help your skin plump and firm are usually the first things that anyone tries.
Many people spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on skin treatment creams that say they will firm your skin and make you look years younger. If the product contains something like retinoid you could possibly see some slight improvements because this may increase your natural production of collagen.
Dermatologists say that the creams and lotions are not effective ways to firm sagging skin because the creams and ointments do not penetrate deeply enough below the surface layer to make any differences.
What is Non-invasive Skin Tightening?
Non-invasive skin tightening is a method of encouraging your body to produce an increased amount of collagen. These procedures are typically done with non-surgical devices that have the ability to generate collagen production in the deepest layers of the skin.
Methods of Non-Invasive Skin Tightening
Laser Skin Tightening
During this process a laser targets the area of skin that you want to be firmer. It uses radiofrequency technology to penetrate deep into the skin to encourage your natural production of collagen.
This type of skin tightening procedure will give you positive effects that will last for a period of three to six months. You may even see positive skin tightening for as long as one to two years after the laser procedure is complete.
This type of skin tightening can be done once a year to help you maintain the look and feel that you desire. It is a safe procedure that does not require you to take off of work and it is basically pain free.
What Side Effects are common after Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Procedures?
Every procedure that you have done will have some side effects. The common side effects associated with skin tightening without surgery are relatively mild and do not inconvenience you too much.
Common effects include:
- Swelling or inflammation
- Light bruising
- Some minor tenderness to the area
- Redness of the area
Rare side effects include:
- Numbness of the area
- Skin burns or abrasions
- Weakness of the muscles
Ultrasound Skin Tightening
Another non-invasive skin tightening procedure uses focused ultrasound energy to heat the skin at different points. This heating helps the skin to produce collagen and results in skin that looks and feels firmer.
The ultrasound skin tightening is very safe and has been in use for many years.
This procedure is approved by the food and drug administration. The treatments takes between 30 minutes and 90 minutes to complete. You will not need to take any time off work and slight redness, mild bruising and numbness are the common side effects.
The results of using the ultrasound method will last as long as three months for most people. If you practice an excellent skin care routine after treatment your results could last as long as twelve months.
Do you see effects instantly?
Many people wonder if they will see the effects on non-invasive skin tightening immediately or if the effects will take some time to become apparent.
Most clients who have had the radio frequency style non-invasive procedures done say that they saw some immediate effects. They also say that after a few days the effects were more obvious. This is because the collagen produced by the body as a result of the radio frequency takes a little time to reach its maximum amount.
Radio Frequency Treatments and Uses
Radio frequency treatments are popular for:
- Reducing the amount of visible wrinkles you have
- Tightening skin to stop the appearance of sagging
- Contouring of the face
- Contouring of the body
- Fighting the damages of sun exposure
- Face slimming
Areas of the Body these Procedures can help
Skin sagging concerns are not just about the face. People have different areas of their bodies that they feel need skin tightening procedures. These body parts may include:
- Jowl line
While many people do have cosmetic surgery to correct their sagging or wrinkles just as many people try the non-surgical methods before they resort to surgical interventions.
Who is a Candidate for Non-Surgical Skin Tightening?
The most common candidate for these procedures is between the ages of 30 and 60. Both male and females make good candidates.
People who have lost a significant amount of weight often have the biggest need for skin tightening procedures. These procedures usually focus on the upper arm, the stomach and the inner thighs where loose skin may be causing a sagging appearance.
People who are seeing normal sagging skin from aging are excellent candidates for these procedures. The sooner you address the beginning of sagging skin the more beneficial the treatments will be.
Vanity or Necessary
You will hear some people say that the only reason to undergo skin tightening treatments is vanity. This is just not true. Skin tightening procedures that require no surgery can make you look younger. These treatments also make you feel better, and that emotional boost is not just vanity.
When people feel better about their appearance, they are more likely to stay active and engage in activities outside of their home and family settings.
Skin tightening can open new doors by making you feel the confidence you need to get back to living a full life.
For most people the skin tightening procedures last at least six months. Longer periods of time are experienced by some individuals, Repeat applications every six months or every year are not dangerous to your health, and they do not cost a lot so most people can afford them.