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Skin Tightening Treatments: Know Your Options

Skin Tightening Treatments

Over time, it’s not uncommon for skin to undergo drastic changes. Taking the brunt of both external and internal factors, our skin tends to shift and change in time with the natural aging process. As the body ages, the production of both collagen and elastin decreases. The result of these levels dropping is often the development of loose skin that shows up on the face and other areas of the body as fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging pouches. 

Areas of loose skin can also be a result of significant weight loss. While an individual may work hard to lose body fat, the disappearance of these fat cells can create a void where the skin has been stretched. A similar effect can be seen around the abdomen for women soon after childbirth. While a healthy diet and exercise can help increase muscle tone, this, unfortunately, does little to improve the overall elasticity of the skin. Thankfully, you can find the best skin-tightening treatment to help with this!

Fortunately, cosmetic technology has seen incredible improvements and innovative techniques over the past several years. For patients looking to tighten skin and create an overall more youthful appearance, there are now many options available that don’t require invasive surgeries or significant downtime following a procedure. When it comes to the many skin tightening procedures on the market, it’s important to understand your options.

Ultrasound Skin Tightening Treatments

While ultrasound technology has long been proven to monitor fetal status during pregnancy, it has most recently been seen as a highly effective and safe technique for tightening certain areas of skin. Ultrasound waves can quickly and painlessly be administered and directed toward the lower levels of the skin and promote the production of both collagen and elastin over time. Patients who undergo ultrasound skin tightening treatments are free to return to normal activities immediately following a session. At most, report slight discomfort or redness at the treatment area that can easily be resolved with over-the-counter pain medication. Ultrasound skin tightening is usually reserved for small areas on the body.  The ideal patient for ultrasound skin tightening treatments would be an individual looking to treat areas around the neck, chin, and brows.

Radio Frequency Skin Tightening

Skin Tightening Treatments

When it comes to tightening larger areas of the body, such as lower arms, abdomen, thighs, and beyond, radio frequency techniques prove highly successful for patients. This technique includes a unique versatility that allows patients to choose between non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures depending on the desired results. While procedures like Forma provide a non-invasive approach to tightening the skin using heat-induced contractions, options such as BodyTite allow an attending physician to gently remove fat cells while simultaneously tightening the skin. 

Patients are often thrilled to hear that even minimally invasive procedures such as BodyTite require nothing more than local anesthetic to achieve successful results. No matter what route a patient chooses, radiofrequency skin tightening procedures are shown to significantly boost collagen levels over the course of several sessions.

Plasma Skin Tightening with Renuvion

J Plasma or Renuvion is the newest technology in the skin tightening world. It uses radio frequency energy to excite helium gas into a plasma state. The Helium plasma spreads evenly through the tissue in microseconds and then rapidly cools back to normal.  This makes the energy from the radio frequency act quicker and in a wider area.  The Helium plasma naturally wants to cool back to room temperature.  This adds a layer of safety to the skin tightening.

Skin Tightening Treatments

Skin Tightening Surgery

For patients who are looking for significant skin tightening treatments and are not opposed to more invasive treatment options, traditional surgical solutions are still an option. Dramatic results can be achieved for patients who elect to undergo procedures such as tummy tucks and arm lifts. While successful aesthetic change can be expected, patients who go this route will want to understand that these procedures generally come with a more extensive recovery period and increased potential for scarring.

Cost Considerations

In general, non-invasive procedures tend to have a less financial impact on patients than surgical options. However, as with all cosmetic treatments, the cost will vary from patient to patient depending on the size and severity of the area being treated in combination with the number of treatments required to achieve the desired results.

Contact the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center Today

With so many skin-tightening options available to patients, it’s more important than ever that prospective patients take the time to participate in a thorough consultation with their attending physician. A consultation provides the essential time it takes for a physician to review a patient’s medical background, cover the options available, and answer any and all questions an individual may have prior to setting up a personalized treatment plan. While medical factors may decide the best plan of action for a patient, it’s equally important that lines of communication are open between a patient and a physician. Ever cosmetic procedure comes with an emotional impact, and goals on both fronts should be clearly stated prior to undergoing treatment.

When you’re considering skin tightening treatments of any kind, be sure to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. Our team takes a comprehensive approach to patient care and provides a vast portfolio of options to ensure that every patient enjoys a personalized, safe and successful experience.