Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening

Nobody likes loose and sagging skin in any part of their body. Especially the face area happens to be the most exposed body part. Any kind of loose skin on this area make you look old. And this is not always due to aging. There are many reasons that may cause premature aging and the result is loose and flabby facial skin folds. There are many treatments that can help you get rid of loose skin:

Collagen Injections

Collagen injections should never have been considered the best facial skin tightening procedures. The only effect that the protein has is to "plump" up the fatty tissue layer, which normally thins with age. Collagen injections do not stimulate collagen production.

By adding to the fatty tissues, wrinkles are smoothed out. The skin's layers do appear firmer, but it does not help with sagging necklines or "double chins".

Synthetic Fillers

Sold under brand names like Sculptra and Radiesse, these synthetic fillers work by stimulating the body's own ability to produce collagen. The fillers are composed of calcium or lactic acid based "microspheres".

Laser Skin Tightening

Elasticity is what holds our skin tightly to our face and body. Elasticity depends on collagen and elastin, two components of the deeper layer of our skin called the dermis. The elastin and collagen responsible for tight skin are found in the deepest part of the skin, just above the fat layer which lies beneath our skin.

Old time CO2 and Erbium laser resurfacing did effectively tighten loose tissue. However, recovery was very difficult with lengthy healing time. These techniques are no longer widely practiced.

New fractional laser resurfacing techniques are a great improvement. By fractionating or breaking up the laser into many small beams, untreated areas are left to speed healing and complications are less common. The new fractional resurfacing techniques also can go deeper into the dermis to firm up the deeper collagen and elastin layers. Fractional laser resurfacing machines include the Starlux 1540 and 2940, Fraxel, ActiveFX, DeepFX, Profractional, and Affirm machines.

Laser Liposuction

Recently, new laser liposuction technology called SlimLipo has produced remarkable firming of the loose integument and fat during the fat dissolving process. Because the SlimLipo laser fiber is placed beneath the integument, the laser beam has closer and more direct access to the subcutaneous elastin fibers.

Laser liposuction has been used successfully to firm the loose tummy, loose arm, loose neck, and to firm the hips and thighs. This new laser liposuction method will be a very important in years to come.

Which Skin Tightening Method Is Best For You?

Your choice of a firming method will depend on how much loose skin you have and where the loose skin is located. If you have wrinkles, sun damage and mild laxity around the cheeks and mouth, then fractional laser skin resurfacing with combined Starlux 1540 and 2940 lasers are your best option.

If you have good skin, and mild to moderate skin laxity of your cheeks, neck, abdomen or arms, the Infrared or radio frequency skin tightening will give you a 20-30 % result.

If you have both fat and loose skin on your tummy, arms, neck, double chin, hips or thighs, then laser liposuction is your best choice for skin tightening.