Skin Tightening Treatments without Surgery
Don’t Risk Surgery to Get the Skin Improvement You Want
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity because of the increased reduction of collagen production. This results in the skin sagging and wrinkling with a general loss of contouring. There are surgical procedures that can correct these issues, but they come at a price, not only monetarily, but in recovery time and scarring.
Now you can get the effects of a facelift without having to go under the knife! There are several options available for skin tightening treatments, which we will discuss here.
One option that has garnered a lot of attention in recent years is Fractora. It’s a scientifically-proven method where fractionated radiofrequency energy is used to restore your skin’s elastis and slow down the effects of aging. It is a skin resurfacing method that basically is a bridge between fractional lasers and surgical procedures. Fractora is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve your skin’s appearance, reducing wrinkles, redness and other facial irregularities.
The treatment uses the radiofrequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin which increases the collagen production. You may see improvements after your first treatment, but everyone’s situation is different. Typically, results will be most visible about two weeks after treatment and will continue for up to 3 months. You can expect 1-6 treatment sessions in all, based on your provider’s recommendations.
Fractora is typically used on the facial area, but can be used on any areas of the body where there is sagging or wrinkling skin. Common areas include upper and lower eyelids, crows feet and other smile lines, forehead, cheeks, mouth, neck, chest and hands. The technology works on all skin types, regardless of pigmentation.
Fractora can be combined with other energy treatments or injectables. For example, FracTotal is a combination of the powerful technologies of Lumecca, Fractora, CO2, and Forma. This is a total facial rejuvenation that treats multiple issues, like tone, texture, pigment, laxity, brightness, pore size, fine lines, deep wrinkles, and crepe skin.
There may be some bruising or redness after treatment that will decrease and disappear over time (one week maximum). It is recommended to use a good moisturizer and broad spectrum sunscreen on the treatment area. Avoid direct sun exposure during your treatment. You may apply makeup within 1-2 days following treatment.
Another procedure used to improve skin elasticity is Forma. It is a thermal skin treatment that is completely non-invasive and reaches deep into the bottom layers of the skin in order to stimulate the tissue. It is a painless procedure that also uses radiofrequency technology to increase collagen production and rejuvenate and tighten the skin.
Forma is based on the A.C.E system, used in a variety of radiofrequency skin treatments. This stands for:
- Acquire - The Forma sensors work with software to immediately read the skin temperatures. This allows the physician to monitor and adjust application for maximum effectiveness and comfort.
- Control - Forma combines the information with the physician’s guidelines to make instant adjustments to the healing energy.
- Extend - Forma will re-calibrate itself to adjust the temperatures to maximize the skin’s exposure and treatment effectiveness.
Forma is typically used on facial areas like the forehead, crows feet, upper and lower eyelids, nasolabial folds, jowls, smile lines and neck. It can also be used on the upper arms, abdomen and other areas needing contraction. Six weekly sessions are recommended for maximum effectiveness, but as always, each case is different. Your treatment plan may be shortened or lengthened, based on your evaluation.
As with Fractora, Forma may be combined with other laser treatments, facials and fillers, including the FracTotal Facial skin rejuvenation extensive treatment.
FaceTite is a relatively new minimally invasive procedure that provides the results of a surgical facelift without the scars. It works by applying radiofrequency to melt fat and tighten skin. In fact, your skin will tighten by 40% during the first treatment! During the course of the next several weeks, the appearance will improve continuously.
The FaceTite hand-piece is designed to be minimally invasive creating skin tightening with virtually no scarring and no stitches required, this makes the recovery process even quicker. FaceTite can be used to treat a double chin, jowls and other facial areas with loose skin and deep lines. One treatment is usually enough to successfully address the targeted areas.
The FaceTite procedure requires local anesthesia. The post-procedure effects are greatly reduced when compared with a surgical facelift. Afterward, there may be some minor swelling and wearing a compression garment is necessary. However, patients may return to normal activity shortly thereafter. Results are visible immediately, with optimal results appearing 6 months after and continuing up to 12 months.
Profound, by Candela is an FDA-approved treatment that can help tighten, lift and contour skin in the face and neck. The non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure uses a hand-piece that has 5 micro-needles connected to electrodes. These needles deliver radiofrequency deep into the dermis, promoting production of elastin and collagen, which is what rejuvenates the skin.
The Profound procedure requires only one treatment, usually lasting 45 minutes or less. The physician will administer a local anesthetic to increase the patient’s comfort level. Patients may experience a tingling or warm sensation during the procedure.
Results can last up to 9 months and is effective for all skin types. After-effects can include a sunburn-like redness or rash. These effects should diminish gradually over a few weeks.
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Find a Better You offers all of the non-surgical skin tightening treatments discussed in this article. Contact us today to learn how you can get smoother looking skin without the discomfort and scars of surgical facelifts.