Nonsurgical Skin Tightening: Learn About the Latest Options

Unlike a few decades ago, if you want younger-looking, firmer skin, your treatment options include so much more than going under the knife. At Cleveland Family Health in Garner, North Carolina, Marian Keen, PA-C, and the aesthetic team offer skin tightening solutions that don’t require the use of a scalpel — or any other instrument that requires stitching afterward. If you’re considering an aesthetic procedure to combat the signs of aging, learn about the latest options in nonsurgical skin tightening so you can make a decision to choose the treatment that’s best for you.


Nonsurgical skin tightening for who? People just like you

Nobody can escape the aging process, though some adults fare better than others, thanks to heredity and good genes. A healthy lifestyle can certainly help you maintain a more youthful appearance as well. But, for most people, just like you, at some point in time, whether it’s in your late 30s, 40s, or 50s, aging becomes rather expressive through sagging skin, facial lines, and neck wrinkles.

There’s a good reason for this: As you age, your body produces less collagen and elastin — the two proteins that are essential for keeping skin plump, smooth, and firm. The result? You begin to notice areas of laxity on your face, neck, and other parts of your body that were once much firmer, as you recall.

Most people aren’t too excited about elective surgeries, and thanks to advancements in antiaging skin care technology, we have nonsurgical treatments that can tighten your skin with little or no downtime. In most cases, you can avoid surgery altogether and still have the firmer, tighter, skin you desire.


How noninvasive skin tightening treatments work

The majority of noninvasive skin tightening treatments use laser energy, radiofrequency (RF) energy, or ultrasound energy to deliver heat and stimulate new collagen and elastin production beneath the surface of your skin. Additionally, microneedling is a minimally invasive technique that uses tiny needles to stimulate new collagen production below the skin’s surface.

With each of these nonsurgical treatments, the results may not always appear immediately, but over time, your body continues to produce new collagen and elastin to plump your skin for a smoother, firmer, lifted appearance.

Nonsurgical skin tightening treatments work on your face, neck, abdomen, buttocks, upper arms and thighs — all the places that begin to jiggle more as you get older. So, let’s explore the different options.


Laser skin tightening

Laser skin tightening uses infrared light to heat collagen below the surface of your skin, causing the collagen to contract, so you see noticeable results after a single treatment. Typically, though, patients usually opt for two or three laser treatments for optimal, longer-lasting results. Lasers work well to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin on your face and body.

The side effects from laser skin tightening are minimal and usually include minor swelling and redness, which typically subside in a few hours. The treatment itself isn’t painful, as your health care professional applies anesthetic cream to the treatment area to minimize discomfort.


Radiofrequency skin tightening

Most medical experts agree that RF skin tightening delivers amazing results when it comes to skin laxity around your neck and jowls, as well as other problem areas. Radiofrequency energy heats the collagen under the surface of your skin so it contracts and creates new collagen.

At Cleveland Family Health, their RF device of choice is the CynoSure® TempSure™ Envi system. The TempSure Envi system delivers consistent radiofrequency energy and allows your aesthetics professional to monitor and control the temperature in real time during your procedure.

This ensures a safe, consistent treatment every time, and it works great to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. The TempSure Envi system can even lessen the appearance of cellulite while it tightens skin, so it’s ideal for problem areas around your thighs, too. Facial lines on your forehead, crow’s feet around your eyes, and chin wrinkles and laxity also respond well to these gentle, yet effective RF energy treatments.

The TempSure Envi system is also pain-free with no downtime, and treatments take just 30-60 minutes, depending on the area of your body, making this an ideal nonsurgical skin tightening solution for people leading busy lives.


Microneedling

As a stand-alone treatment or in combination with platelet-rich plasma therapy, microneedling promotes your body’s healing response so your skin produces new collagen and elastin. Unlike laser or radiofrequency devices that use heat, the microneedling device uses small needles to create mini puncture wounds in your skin, although the procedure is typically not painful.

It’s mostly used to improve the tone and texture of facial skin and to minimize wrinkles while helping skin appear tighter. Like lasers and RF treatments, microneedling delivers ideal results in a series of treatment sessions.

If you’d like to learn more about the latest nonsurgical skin tightening options, call the office or schedule a consultation online. There’s a skin-firming treatment that’s right for you.

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