Gravity is usually blamed when skin starts to sag but the cause is more complicated. As we age, our skin's underlying structure breaks down along with the loss of fat and bone in some areas. Skin renews itself more slowly and has less elasticity than in the past. That combined with genetic influences, sun exposure, hormone levels and damaging habits like smoking, lead to slack, hanging skin.
With sagging due to facial volume loss, restoring youthful proportions in the face with dermal fillers and/or skin stimulants (also called a "liquid facelift") will lift the skin back up & out, with natural-looking results.
When sagging is primarily due to a loss of elasticity, multiple types of lasers and other devices exist that can increase elasticity and provide subtle tightening. Most of these devices produce tightening by using energy to heat up the deep skin levels to the temperature that causes collagen contraction (tightening) and increased elasticity.
At Skinspirations, we use an intense pulsed light (IPL) device that uses the range of light wavelengths most specific for deep skin heating. It stimulates long-term collagen rebuilding and can be used to treat loose skin anywhere on the body- including the face, neck, abdomen, thighs and arms.
What To Expect During a Treatment
During an IPL skin tightening treatment, a cool gel is applied to the area being treated and then the handpiece of the device is touched to the skin. Pulses of heat are then generated and repeated to slowly raise the temperature of the deep layers of skin until it reaches the temperature at which collagen contracts, while keeping the surface cool. By the end of the treatment in each area, it will feel hot, but not enough to require any anesthetic.
After the treatment there is usually some mild redness that goes away within minutes and immediate tightening can often be seen, especially if you compare the results after treating just one side.
How many treatments of the Skin Tightening Procedure will I require?
Many patients can see improvement immediately after only one session but results continue to improve for up to six months later when new collagen has formed. On average, most patients start with three sessions, about four weeks apart, with touch-up treatments done yearly.
Prices for Skin Tightening treatments start at $155 for a treatment to the lower face or neck with a 15% discount when you purchase a package of 3 treatments.
If you’d like more information on how you can reach your appearance goals, arrange a complimentary consultation at Skinspirations by calling 727.571.1923.