By Dr Natalie Ledbetter
Whether you’re wanting to firm up after having a baby or losing weight or wanting to tighten up your skin without undergoing the knife, non-surgical skin tightening treatments can do a lot to help with unwanted skin laxity. Instead of having skin removed surgically, non-surgical treatments use energy to tone and tighten the skin. These skin tightening treatments will not have quite as dramatic results as a surgical procedure such as a face lift, neck lift, arm lift, etc. but they offer serious rejuvenating options
How does non-surgical skin tightening work?
Non-surgical skin tightening devices rely on energy-based technology such as radiofrequency and ultrasound to tone and tighten the skin from within. These devices deliver heat deep into the skin. Lasers can also be used to tone and tighten the skin, but they don’t go as deep, and you can’t use lasers on darker skin types.
Who is the ideal candidate for non-surgical skin tightening?
The best candidates for non-surgical skin tightening procedures are those who have mild to moderate laxity. If there is an extreme amount of lax skin, surgery may be your best bet. Typically, the best age for these treatments falls somewhere between the age of 30 to late 50’s and early 60’s. But older and younger patients may benefit as well. These treatments may be used to prevent or delay the need for surgery in the future and to correct current laxity. They can also be used to maintain your skin if you have already had a surgical procedure. For most patients, non-surgical skin tightening works best when its combined with other treatments such as high quality skin care, lasers, and injectables.
The best non-surgical skin tightening treatments:
There are many treatments to choose from, so many in fact that it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you. Luckily, experienced practitioners at your local medical aesthetics clinic can help you choose what is best for you.
Sofwave uses ultrasound to deliver heat to a specific layer of the skin. This stimulates collagen and elastin production which helps to lift and tighten the skin on any part of the body or face. This procedure is a favorite of practitioners and patients alike because it is easy to perform and so effective. The best part of soft wave is that it can be used on any skin tone and there is no down time.
Morpheus8 and Morpheus Body
The morpheus devices use radiofrequency heat delivered through needles applied into the skin to the desired depth. The combination of micro damage to the skin with the needles and the heat from the radio frequency provides strong stimulation enhancing collagen and elastin production. The morpheus procedure can be performed on any part of the body and optimal results are usually seen after three treatments. The procedure is uncomfortable and there is about a week of downtime afterwards. The skin will appear red with small dots and there may be swelling for a day or two up to a week after the procedure. When morpheus and sofwave procedures are combined, a synergistic effect is seen, and the results are even more impressive than the results from one device alone.
For those looking to treat the lower face and neck, evoke is a winner. This device uses sustained bipolar radiofrequency to decrease fat, stimulate collagen and elastin, and lift and tighten the skin around the jawline, cheeks, and jowl area. Artificial intelligence in this device allows it to maintain the correct temperature for either skin tightening or fat loss, depending on your desires. Three to six treatments spaced a week apart are recommended. There is no pain or downtime, and it is safe for all skin types. There is sometimes an immediate effect and full results are seen at 12 weeks.
The Evolve system includes three different devices, each targeting a specific concern. Electromagnetic energy and radio frequency is used to remodel the skin, treat cellulite, and improve muscle tone.
Evolve Tite tightens loose skin by heating the tissue with radio frequency waves thereby increasing collagen production.
Evolve Trim is designed to treat mild Cellulite by reducing the appearance of dimpled skin through collagen production.
Evolve Tone uses electromagnetic energy to induce muscle contractions to tone abs, buttocks, legs, and arms. By tightening the muscle underneath the skin with Evolve Tone and then stimulating collagen production with Evolve Tite or Trim, tightening is affected via multiple layers.
Neogen plasma is an amazing skin regeneration treatment using plasma to heat the target tissue. This device is effective for skin tightening, skin contouring, treating age spots, and reversing fine lines and wrinkles. New skin production is increased, and old damaged collagen and elastin is remodeled. Neogen has the added benefit of fully resurfacing the skin. This resurfacing helps with lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, droopy or crepey eyelids, stretch marks, sun damage, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone and texture. Depending on the depth of the treatment there can be 3 to 7 days of downtime with this treatment.
Whether you’re wanting to tighten up skin from weight loss, pregnancy, or just aging, these non-surgical skin tightening procedures offer effective alternatives to surgery. The down time from these procedures is usually a week or less compared to much longer downtimes with surgery and with less risk. If you are interested in tightening your skin without having surgery these five procedures are some of the most effective options available.
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