Skin Tightening - Two Treatment Options
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 devices exist that can provide subtle tightening. These devices produce tightening by heating the deeper skin up to the temperature that causes collagen contraction (tightening) and also some increased elasticity.
Skinspirations' Skin Tightening Treatment Options
At Skinspirations, our skin tightening treatments are done with either a multi-polar radiofrequency device and/or an intense pulsed light (IPL) device.
Radiofrequency energy is a type of electric energy consisting of a current whose frequency fluctuates millions of cycles per second. When this current meets the resistance in the skin, especially the deeper skin layers, it creates heat.
In contrast, our IPL tightening device uses a range of light wavelengths to heat the upper levels of the skin preferentially, which can be advantageous for patients who have thinner skin.
With both devices, the treatments are done with the goal of heating the deeper skin layer up to the temperature required to create an immediate visible contraction and lifting effect, which is followed over the following weeks with the skin's response of remodeling itself with new collagen production..
These skin tightening treatments 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 either type of skin tightening treatment, gel is applied to the area being treated and then the handpiece of the device is applied to the skin. Pulses of heat are 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. The treatments are relatively painless and no anesthetic is needed because when the heat from the treatment has accumulated in an area to reach the required temperature, the operator moves on the next area.
Immediate tightening can often be seen at the time of treatment, especially if you compare the results of treating one side before treating the other.
There's no pain or discomfort after the treatment and any redness produced by the treatment usually goes away within a few hours at most
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.