Nonsurgical skin tightening procedures have become very popular in recent years. This popularity can be attributed to providing a noninvasive solution for tightening the skin and improving its quality without all of the issues that go along with surgical procedures.
There are currently several different options available to the person who wants to improve their look, devices, and technologies that your plastic surgeon can choose from that are noninvasive to tighten your skin and make it younger and healthier looking.
When to Consider Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Solutions
Nonsurgical skin tightening options are the best choice when:
- You have mild to moderate sagging skin on your face, neck, arms, and
- There is loose skin present after surgery.
- You want to improve the overall look and health of your skin.
- You are not able or don’t want to choose a surgical solution for your skin improvement.
The Benefits of a Non-Surgical Solution
The benefits of choosing to have a noninvasive skin tightening solution include:
It is, in fact, a noninvasive solution that will tighten loose, sagging skin on your face and body.
With no incisions, there is less discomfort and little to no significant recovery time.
A noninvasive procedure can be used on all types of skin.
Drawbacks to a Non-Surgical Solution
The results are less dramatic than a facelift or body contouring.
Typically you will need to receive multiple procedures to obtain maximum results.
It is possible to experience redness, temporary swelling or numbness around the areas treated.
Nonsurgical Procedures Available
The most popular nonsurgical skin tightening procedures routinely performed include:
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Several facial rejuvenation procedures can be performed with cosmetic laser techniques. Usually performed in an outpatient setting, these noninvasive procedures require little or no anesthesia or downtime. Laser skin rejuvenation procedures include:
Broadband Light (BBL) phototherapy procedures stimulate the skin to regenerate new collagen, eliminate fine blood vessels which cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin.
Skin Resurfacing includes Profractional therapy. This procedure offers moderate to significant improvement of wrinkles or acne scars.
Skin Firming treatments consist of pulsed infrared energy to intensely heat the skin. This promotes partial denaturation, contraction, and regeneration of collagen.
BOTOX and Dermal Fillers
Another way you can reduce wrinkles on your face without surgery include BOTOX (botulinum toxin) or dermal filler injections.
BOTOX is a purified protein that prevents muscle contractions. When it is injected into the right muscles, it will temporarily soften lines caused by frowning, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and skin bands on the neck.
When injected into the proper area, filler gels temporarily restore facial volume. This enhances shallow contours and softens deep creases in the face.
Autologous Fat Grafting
Similar to fillers, autologous fat grafting is another safe and effective procedure for restoring facial volume without a risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
Since fat grafting is a more extensive procedure, you will need to be thoroughly evaluated by a plastic surgeon to make sure you are a good candidate for the treatment.
Fat grafting can usually be performed under a local anesthetic. The procedure consists of first harvesting fat with suction. The common sites to harvest from include around the navel, around the leg, thigh, and the arm.
The impurities are removed from the fat using a centrifuge and then re-injected as a grid of threads into the areas where augmentation is desired.
Swelling is the most common postoperative side effect. However, it usually goes back down within several weeks.
There several nonsurgical options for tightening sagging skin, ask your plastic surgeon, they can help you decide which will work best for your situation.
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