The Many Ways To Achieve Younger-Looking Skin
Do you find yourself gently pulling back the skin on your face when you look in the mirror and wish it would stay there? Non-invasive skin tightening procedures are a relatively advanced type of treatment that uses technology to heat the deep layers of your skin enough to restore its firmness. Most non-invasive procedures take one hour or less. You may see some temporary redness and swelling, but that’s usually the only sign that you had a procedure. The results tend to appear gradually, so they seem natural.
If you opt for a non-invasive skin tightening procedure, you’ll likely have one of the following:
Ultrasound – Dermatologists use ultrasound to send heat deep into the skin. The heat can cause your body to produce more collagen. With 1 treatment, most people see modest lifting and tightening within 2 to 6 months. You may get more benefits from having additional treatments.
Radio frequency – During this treatment, your dermatologist places a device against your skin, which heats the tissue beneath. Dermatologists often use this procedure to tighten the neck or upper arms. After the procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home, and you may need to wear a compression garment for four or five days. You’ll also need to care for the wound. Most people have one treatment and feel some tightening right away. It takes time for your body to make collagen, so you’ll see the best results in about 6 months. Some people benefit from having more than 1 treatment. Results can last 2 to 3 years with the right skincare.
Laser treatment – Some lasers can send heat deep into the skin without wounding the top layer of your skin. These lasers are used to tighten skin all over the body and can be especially helpful for tightening loose skin on the belly and upper arms. You may need 3 to 5 treatments to get results, which gradually appear between 2 and 6 months after the last treatment.
Laser resurfacing – This is the most effective procedure for tightening loose skin. Unlike the laser treatment described above, this procedure requires some downtime. You’ll need to stay home for 5 to 7 days. Laser resurfacing also gives you the fastest results. After you heal, you’ll see tightening and fewer wrinkles within two weeks. Laser resurfacing can tighten skin, usually better than any other skin-tightening procedure. It can also diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots on the skin, such as age spots. The tradeoff is that it requires downtime and has possible side effects, such as scarring.
Who’s a good candidate for non-surgical skin tightening? Many people can safely have a skin-tightening procedure. You’re likely to get the best results if you: Are at a healthy weight and maintain your weight
- Eat a healthy diet
- Quit smoking
- Drink little alcohol
- Protect your skin from the sun and never tan indoors
- Have a small amount of sagging skin
A skin-tightening procedure isn’t right for anyone pregnant, has a skin infection, or who takes certain medications. Seeing a board-certified dermatologist is the safest way to find out what skin tightening can do for you. With so many skin-tightening options available, you want to see an expert who is familiar with the different treatments and can determine the best option for your concerns.
You can find a board-certified dermatologist at our clinic by calling 800 4272 or email [email protected]