Skin tightening is considered to be a non-surgical procedure. Radiofrequency (RF) or Pulsed Light is used. There are some risks, including small burns*, redness and a loss of volume beneath the treatment area. There is minimal recovery time and patients may resume full activity almost immediately.
There are some things to consider. Non-surgical skin tightening will not produce* the same results as a facelift or a body tuck. These treatments are sometimes used in conjunction with surgical procedures to improve* skin quality. Patients typically require multiple treatments.
There are some benefits of non-surgical skin tightening, including the fact that it is a non-invasive technique, requires no surgery, there is minimal discomfort and minimal risk of skin changes, it can be done to all skin types, and there is no downtime.
How Does Skin Tightening Work?
When looking at how RF works, think about your microwave and how it reheats your meal, only the RF is like a microwave frequency and your skin tissue is like the meal. Heating is controlled just enough to stimulate tissue tightening. The goal of a microwave is even cooking and the same concept can be applied to RF, however, different people receive RF differently.
Pulsed treatment works in two ways. Light is converted to heat within your skin tissue (like when your skin is warmed by the sun) or your skin’s repair cells are stimulated.
Unlike other skin tightening treatments, the outer layer of skin is not damaged during treatment. Your body will naturally want to heal itself and this causes collagen to change within the skin, resulting in the skin tightening.
Home Remedies for Skin Tightening
There are several things you can do at home to tighten your skin. Aloe Vera is thought to naturally tighten facial skin. Some think of it as a natural facelift. Apply to the face in the morning and at night. Lemon juice can also naturally tighten skin and contains natural skin tightening and anti-inflammatory agents. It can close open pores while refining coarse skin. To use, gently rub lemon juice into your skin before bed (avoiding the eyes). Wash with warm water in the morning after a good night’s rest. Rose water is also very good for tightening skin.
Expert Opinion on Skin Tightening
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient treatment. The patient’s face is cleaned prior to the procedure and his or her eyes are covered. The skin is numbed using a local anesthetic. In cases of extensive resurfacing, patients are sedated. After treatment, the skin will be raw. Yellowish liquid will ooze from treated areas and may crust over. Patients are recommended to leave the scabs alone in order to avoid facial scarring.
A thick ointment will be applied to the skin and the area might be covered with an airtight, watertight dressing. Over-the-counter pain relievers are recommended, if needed. The doctor may also recommend that the patient keep his or her head elevated at night.
During the recovery, treated area should be regularly cleaned with water, saline or acetic acid. Thick, protective ointments should also be applied (like petroleum jelly). Many patients prefer to stay at home during the healing* process. New skin will completely cover the treated areas within one to two weeks.
How Does Laser Skin Tightening Work?
Laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation can be used for skin tightening, as well as other problems, such as wrinkles, acne, scars and other age-related conditions. Commonly treated areas include foreheads, cheeks, jowls, eyes and neck and the overall face. During the procedure, collagen production is stimulated with the use of precise thermal manipulation. The deep layers of the skin are heated up, which causes the body to produce* its own collagen.
Two different lasers work to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. One laser targets superficial layers of photo damaged tissue while the other targets the deeper layers of collagen structures. The skin is lifted, tightened and stimulated all at the same time and the damaged tissue is repaired. Positive changes in skin texture usually continue to improve* up to 9 months after the treatment has been completed.