Cosmetic surgery in the form of face lifts used to be quite popular in the past. That is no longer the case. Instead, people are opting for non-invasive forms of treatment before going to such drastic measures. Treatments that are non-invasive offer milder side effects, less recovery time, and far less risks to clients on an out-patient basis. You are no longer limited to one choice, but rather numerous different treatments, making it far easier to find the right selection for you.
Infrared Light Procedures
One procedure for tightening skin involves using infrared light energy to penetrate the skin without damaging the surface layer. It targets the lower layer of skin where collagen producing cells exist and heats them to stimulate collagen production and reparation of damaged cells. For those of you who have used medical laser before, you may know that the procedure can be mildly uncomfortable, depending on an individual’s pain tolerance. However, the technician will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to using the laser. Temporary side effects include mild redness and minor swelling of the skin in the treated area. There is no down time after you have been treated by medical lasers, so you can get back to your regular activities right away.
Radio Frequency Treatments
Another method of skin tightening uses radio frequencies to heat up both the surface layer and subcutaneous layer of skin using controlled energy. The device has at least three electrodes which focus the energy to deliver the treatment to a specific area. It results in accelerated collagen reproduction which then heals and replaces damaged cells in the skin. When this technology originally came out, it was also known as a mono-polar RF treatment. Later, the bi-polar RF version was introduced. Both came with the risk of overheating the skin and thus had a chance of burning the skin. The latest version called TriPollar carefully controls the temperature being applied to the skin, making it much safer and painless.
While similar to the methodology of radio frequency and infrared lasers in stimulating collagen production, ultrasound has another advantage. It uses ultrasound to provide images to the doctor to see the exact area being treated. Although it is pretty effective for neck, brows, and the neckline, it has not yet been proven effective on other areas of the body. Also note that ultrasound treatments are not recommended for anyone with sun damaged skin or a lot of wrinkling.
Skin Tightening Serums
There are thousands of skin care serums, creams, and other topical products that claim they reverse aging and firm up the skin. Unfortunately, most of them do little to nothing to carry out their promises for improvement. The few that do work are temporary and provide barely there results. In fact, they require that the product be in conjunction with a more nutritional diet and exercise.
The Best Choice for You
Regardless of which treatment you would opt for, take the time to seek a consultation with a skin care specialist. They can help you select the best choice for you and provide additional information on the treatments available to you.