Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Non-Surgical Sagging Skin Solutions
Unfortunately, as we begin to age, our skin starts to lose skin elasticity and as a result we begin to experience skin sagging. Skin sagging commonly occurs on the face and neck, as well as areas of our bodies such as the abdomen and thighs. Whether it is post-pregnancy related, age-related, or just that you’ve recently experienced drastic weight loss from diet and exercise, loose skin can become an issue in a variety of my patients. For moderate to severe skin sagging & drooping we offer invasive options such as Surgical Neck and Face Lifting to instantly tighten the skin; however, in my practice we also offer several excellent non-surgical skin tightening methods to improve and strengthen skin laxity.
Cause of Sagging Skin
First, let us understand the cause of poor skin laxity, or skin sagging. Two components that maintain youthful, firm skin are collagen and elastin. As we begin to age, our collagen and elastin production begins to decline. As this decreased production occurs in our body, our skin can not bounce back the way it once did, leaving behind permanent lines and wrinkling in the face and neck area, and loose skin on our abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks and legs.
Extrinsic factors such as sun damage, extreme exposure to UVA/UVB radiation, can also contribute to reduction in skin laxity. I always stress to my patients, in addition to these treatments, you must also practice the importance of sunscreen use. When leaving your house, always wear a SPF30+ sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.
Non Surgical Treatments for Skin Looseness
- Fraxel CO2 Laser: The Fraxel Laser is an excellent non-invasive procedure to smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, and reduce signs of sun damage. The Fraxel Laser delivers a high intensity carbon dioxide laser to the skin using microscopic laser columns to penetrate and stimulate collagen production. The procedure requires minimal downtime, and the results increase as the deep layers of the skin start to heal.
- Ultherapy: If you are an individual who experiences minimal looseness in the skin, and you are not a surgical skin lifting candidate, I recommend using Ultherapy for skin tightening. Ultherapy is an incredible non-surgical method that can tighten and lift loose, sagging skin above the eyebrow, around the eyes, beneath the jawline, on the neck and chest, abdomen, and anywhere on the body where you experience skin laxity. The device uses ultrasound waves to stimulate collage production. Ultherapy not only tightens and lifts loose skin, but also prevents premature aging and the need for surgical intervention down the road. The treatment is long lasting, and has zero down-time.
- Radiofrequency (Endymed): Endymed technology uses radiofrequency in order to tone and tighten skin all over. The Endymed hand piece delivers a controlled dose of radio frequency energy to the deep layers of the skin in order to stimulate collagen production and improve skin laxity. The procedure is relaxing and provides impressive, long lasting results with minimal downtime.
- Pelleve & Pellefirm: Similar to the Endymed technology, Pelleve and Pellefirm utilize heat and radiofrequency energy to the skin, without damaging the top layer of the skin. With increased treatments, you will notice increased collage production, decreased appearance of wrinkles, and tighter skin.
Surgery, such as an arm lift, thigh lift and buttocks lift, may be the only option for extreme skin laxity, but for those with minimal to moderate skin laxity- our non invasive skin firming treatments can be an excellent option. Dr. Ostad will conduct a comprehensive skin examination and a consultation before recommending the best solution to your skin concerns. Please call 212-517-7900 to schedule your appointment today.