Skin laxity, or loosening of the skin, usually occurs between the ages of 40-50. The cause of skin laxity associated with aging is a loss of collagen networks, elastin fibers, and hyaluronic acids, which are important components that help the skin retain moisture, elasticity, and firmness.
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Can Sagging Skin be Reversed?
As we age, collagen and elastin, which give skin its plump and youthful appearance, decrease in production, causing our skin to become saggy and loose. You may not be able to reverse the aging process, but you can tighten sagging skin with various procedures.
Some surgical methods that work to dramatically reduce the appearance of saggy skin include:
- Neck lift
- Tummy Tuck (for saggy or loose belly skin most common among women who had experienced pregnancy)
What Happens if I don’t want to Go Under the Knife?
In case you aren’t comfortable going under the knife or investing in surgery, there are less invasive treatment options that don’t require incisions, downtime, or recovery.
Most of these treatments are completed in one hour or less, and you may need more than one session in order to see satisfactory results. Here are 6 non-invasive methods that can tighten loose skin:
6 Non-Invasive Methods that can Tighten Loose Skin
1. Radio Frequency
In radio frequency skin tightening, the heat generated from the energy transfer method is another way to stimulate collagen production in the skin.
The treatment is usually delivered by placing an electrode onto the skin and applying an alternating current of the required frequency. As a result, the skin appears tighter and firmer.
Heat energy stimulates collagen production with this procedure. By directing focused ultrasound energy deep within the dermal layers, collagen production is stimulated.
3. Radio Frequency Microneedling
This procedure combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production from within the skin. At Ensoul Medical Clinic, this procedure is also used to treat acne scarring, wrinkles, as well as dull skin.
As the radiofrequency energy heats the outer layer of skin, the tissues that surround it remain unscathed. The new collagen produced by this energy, which results in the appearance of tighter skin.
4. Laser Lipolysis
Laser lipolysis is effective in its ability to zap fat; however, it is also an equally effective treatment for treating skin laxity. With the laser energy induced during the treatment, the dermal layers of the skin are stimulated to produce collagen when the laser energy penetrates through the dermal layers of the skin.
5. Microwave Treatment
Microwave treatment, as observed in Onda CoolWaves, is one of the few treatments that are able to dissolve areas of stubborn fat. Similar to laser lipolysis, Onda CoolWaves is also used as a fat removal treatment. However, it has also been used as a treatment for skin laxity as well.
Aside from the visible reduction in fat deposits in the targeted areas, you can expect to see firmer skin as the treatment reduces skin laxity, wrinkles, cellulite, as well as sagging and dimpling.
6. Chemical Peel Tightening
This treatment can help reduce the appearance of loose, sagging, or wrinkled skin on the face or neck by removing the outer layer. After the old skin is peeled off, the new skin beneath is usually less wrinkled and smoother.
What is the Best Skin Tightening Treatment?
Whether you are considering RF Microneedling or Laser Lipolysis with SculpSure for skin tightening, the first step is to find a provider who can assess your situation, examine your goals and needs, and provide advice on which treatment is best for you.