The skincare industry has been going strong for many years, but skin tightening treatments are relatively new procedures. Nevertheless, many of them have exploded in popularity in recent years. They have proven to be effective in many cases at treating mild to moderate skin tightening without surgery. So, if you have no desire to undergo a facelift, that does not mean you have to deal with wrinkly skin. As long as you seek treatment relatively early, non-surgical techniques can probably help you.
The Basic Premise of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
The basic premise of non-surgical skin tightening is increasing collagen presence or making collagen work better. Collagen is a binding substance that help skin stay stretchy and tight. It is made naturally by your body, but the amount produced lessens when you get older. That, combined with external issues like chemical exposure, diet or sun damage, leads to wrinkle development.
Most non-surgical skin tightening methods help your body to make more collagen. Some also introduce collagen in other ways. Clinicians have also consistently used laser-devices and other non-surgical means to help existing collagen work better for years. By treating skin cells, the collagen molecules are encouraged to move closer together after drifting apart. The eventual effect is visible skin tightening.
Skin Tightening Creams Offer Mild Skin Support
When you first see signs of wrinkles, you may not need clinical intervention at all, thanks to skin tightening creams and lotions. New and more effective creams and lotions are being produced all the time. Most of them either contain extra collagen that can be introduced to your skin or components that help increase collagen production. Some also contain skin-protecting ingredients to help keep your skin strong and delay the onset of future wrinkles.
Sound Waves May Offer the Next Line of Repair and Protection
When you are not getting enough results from applying cream or lotion at home, clinical intervention may be necessary. But, assuming your wrinkles are still mild, you may not need the strength of laser treatment. Sound wave therapy is a more mild skin tightening method you can try. It involves bombarding your skin cells with sound waves to encourage cellular tightening. Ultrasound and radio frequency are the top two forms of sound wave therapy for skin tightening.
Lasers Offer Strong Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Solutions
If your skin has reached the moderately sagging stage, you may need a stronger form of skin tightening treatment. That is when lasers can come in handy. Lasers can get deep down into your skin cells, triggering healing at the deepest cellular levels. Laser procedures for skin tightening are also quite versatile. You can have them performed on almost any part of your body. However, they do have some risks and limitations. For example, temporary redness after treatment is likely. Your sun may also be sensitive to sun exposure for quite a while after treatment.
Another possibility is you may be unable to have laser skin tightening performed at all. Your clinician may advise against the procedure if your wrinkles are two severe for treatment to be effective. Laser treatment may also be unsafe for you if your skin is excessively oily or you suffer from certain other skin conditions because of burn risks and other complications. When you have a consultation with a clinician, he or she will ask about your medical history and any skin conditions you have before clearing you for treatment.