Skin laxity and the loosening of the structure of the skin on the face is one of the most frustrating parts of aging for many individuals. While some turn to surgical intervention, many prefer non-surgical alternatives including skin tightening treatments. Skin tightening procedures use targeted energy to heat the layers of the skin below the epidermis. This stimulates the production of key proteins such as collagen and elastin, and overtime improves skin tone and texture. Skin tightening treatments can also be used to address fibrous tissue that causes cellulite in various areas of the body.
Patients who have pre-existing health conditions may not be good candidates for the procedure and should consult closely with a doctor. Some pre-qualifying conditions could include:
You should not undergo skin tightening if you expect to lose more weight. Pregnant women should avoid laser tightening procedures, and those with skin conditions such as cancer or herpes should consult with their physician before undergoing treatment.
Most side effects from skin tightening procedures are mild to moderate and resolve shortly after the procedure. Patients who undergo skin tightening procedures may experience mild side effects such as redness, bruising, blistering and swelling. On rare occasions, more serious side effects such as scarring, subcutaneous loss of fat or infection can occur.
Skin tightening treatments are typically used to address skin laxity in the face, jowls and neck. They can also be used on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen to address the symptoms associated with cellulite. Skin tightening treatments can involve a wide variety of interventions, so consult closely with your dermatologist to determine which skin tightening treatment will work best for you and your needs.