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SKIN TIGHTENING

NON SURGICAL SKIN TIGHTENING (ALSO KNOWN AS RF SKIN TIGHTENING OR ULTRASOUND SKIN TIGHTENING

Skin tightening procedures have become very popular in recent years because they provide a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive procedures for correcting skin laxity and improving skin quality. Today your cosmetic surgeon can choose among a number of different devices and technologies that provide noninvasive skin tightening solutions.

WHEN TO CONSIDER NONSURGICAL SKIN TIGHTENING

• If you have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms or abdomen

• If you have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure

• If you would like an improvement in the quality of your skin

• If you are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive, surgical procedure to correct skin laxity

RELATED PROCEDURES

Many people who consider nonsurgical skin tightening also consider co2 laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, radiofrequency, Platelet Rich Plasma, Intense pulse light or IPL.

CONSIDERATIONS

PROS

• A noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin

• Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime

• May be used for all skin types

CONS

• Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures

• Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results

• Skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering nonsurgical skin tightening. If you want to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A NONSURGICAL SKIN TIGHTENING?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider nonsurgical skin tightening:

• You have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms and abdomen

• You have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure

• You would like an improvement in the quality of your skin

• You are unable (or unwilling) to undergo a more invasive surgical procedure to correct skin laxity

When most people agonize about fleshy extra skin under the chin or concentric rings on the neck, they immediately think about getting a facelift. Certainly, a facelift would do the trick but some cannot face a surgical procedure. Now, there’s an alternative noninvasive procedure called “Ultrasound lift that lifts via “sound,” is commonly known as ultrasound but yields less dramatic results than a facelift.

Ultrasound lift has now been vetted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a “face and neck ultrasound procedure that is clinically proven to noninvasively lift skin on the neck, under the chin and above the brow.” It works without benefit of chemicals or foreign substances, relying on natural healing to lift the skin over a period of time, usually three to six months.

According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Ultrasound therapy is based on the same ultrasound that delivered your first baby’s picture. Imagine a sound that occurs at a frequency that bats and dolphins can detect, but not humans.

To create a lift in the skin, the goal of ultrasound therapy, the sound wave gets bumped up. The pulses are prolonged, converge for deep penetrations and allow the energy to narrow in on the same collagen-rich layer that is treated in a facelift.

Long and short ultrasound pulses are used to image and then treat. Using imaging, practitioners visualize different skin layers. In the treatment phase the concentrated sound wave energy supposedly encourages select cells to produce new collagen and elastin over time. The ultrasound is diluted at superficial skin layers, so that the skin’s surface is not affected.

Following an hour of treatment, you may resume all activities, but there can be swelling and bruising. Ultherapy is definitely not pain free but some facial areas are more painful than others. Doctors may use oral sedation and local anesthesia injection.

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