Today, trained clinicians as we are at Essential Feeling specialise in skin lifting and tightening of your face and body, often without using a scalpel. These are the new treatments that really work.
What is skin tightening?
Skin tightening refers to a variety of devices, products, and procedures that make the skin firmer by actually causing a certain degree of contraction and push, or create the appearance of firmer, youthful looking skin. However, the term “skin tightening” can be confusing. “Many skin care products, medical devices, and surgical procedures promote how effective they are at tightening the skin, but the results can vary dramatically,” says Alexis Parcels, MD, board certified plastic surgeon and clinical trainer at RWJ Barnabas Health.
Why does the elastin and collagen content in your skin disappear in the first place?
In a word, ageing.
A certain sagging and loosening of the skin is a normal part of the aging process, says Dr. Parcels. There are many factors that play a role in the appearance and sensation of your skin in old age. Time, gravity, genetics, exposure to smoke and air pollutants, nutrition and radiation from the sun will contribute to your body’s ability to restore or replace damaged skin cells.
In addition, the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the fundamental building blocks of the deep skin layers, decreases with age. Their ligaments, which provide the supporting structure that keeps these building blocks in place, weaken, which leads to thinner and sagging skin. “It is important to understand the aging process and how different our body is, as this affects what is effective for you and why your results may differ from those of another,” he explains.
Types of Skin Tightening Treatments
A factor is which part of the body you want to improve. Treatments for loose skin on the face differ greatly from those for the most sensitive skin of the face, she says. So the state-of-the-art machine we use at Essential Feeling Romford has different handpieces which use different technology based on the sensitivity of the area we are working.
During your first consultation, you should be very honest about your concerns, motivations to find treatment, your medical history and your daily habits, she says. “We need all the information to create a custom plan,” he explains. “Most likely, this is not just one thing, but will use a variety of products and processes.”
Radiofrequency (RF Therapy) treatments by radiofrequency devices are amazing, allowing physicians to align heat to a certain depth and personalise it to the patient, says Dr. Cassileth. “These occur in various strengths and forces, from a “lunch life” with mild refreshing to severe treatment that causes swelling for a week, but gives more pronounced results,” he says. People who want to slim down often used “The most powerful treatments, but want to avoid surgery, and excellent treatment can remove your face for years.”
Radio frequency is a non-invasive method of skin lifting and tightening so it leaves your skin intact. You do not have a puncture wound, incision or raw skin. You may see temporary redness or rarely swelling, but this is usually the only sign that you have had a procedure. There’s no bruising, no wounds, etc.
You can expect the following from a non-invasive skin tightening procedure
Results: They appear gradually, so they seem natural
Downtime: None, there is no recovery time although your skin may be red for a few hours afterwards
Little or no colorblind: Safe for people of all skin colours.
Continuous Use: Tightens the skin almost anywhere from the body
Side effects: Normally some redness and in rare cases some swelling, but little risk of other side effects if carried out by a fully trained clinician as we are at Essential Feeling, Essex.
Time commitment: Most procedures take 1 hour or less
Pain: may have some discomfort during the procedure, but this is often not the case
Make-up: in theory you can reapply this immediately after the procedure.
Costs: Usually less than invasive liposuction and with less pain and downtime.
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What happens during RF therapy?
During this treatment, your therapist will put a device against your skin that heats the tissue underneath. RF energy heats collagen beneath the skin’s surface, causing it to contract and naturally create more volume through collagen, says Hardik Doshi, a plastic facial surgeon at Discreet Plastic Surgery in New York. The process is called radio frequency therapy and we have one of the leading devices on the market today. A specialist machine which is used by the NHS which uses the latest bipolar, multipolar and tripolar technology — a step up from what many machines are using.
Dr. Cassileth says. “Ultrasound can pass harmlessly through skin, heating, and tightening deeper tissues. The handheld devices employ sound waves to boost collagen production and stores under the skin’s surface, firming skin,” she says. “They will shrink and tighten up these structures that can cause sagging, lines, wrinkles and jowling.”
We don’t need to puncture your skin and there is no pain or downtime. Patients having the radiofrequency face slimming to get rid of sagging neck skin, eyelid skin tightening or cheek tightening even comment on how relaxing the treatment is. Therapeutic even. We access the deepest level of your skin by using nothing more invasive than a gentle heat from soundwaves. The results appear gradually, within six weeks to three months, he says. HF treatments can be used on the face and neck or there are types that are formulated for the body. More than one treatment may be required if the skin is extremely loose.
What areas is RF therapy most adept at lifting and tighten?
Here are a few examples of what you could use RF skin lifting and tightening for. And note there are no Botox or fillers, your body does this as a natural reaction to the radio frequency in the areas we target:
Double chin firming and get rid of loose neck skin
Saggy knee skin and loose skin on your legs
Reduce fat and saggy stomach skin
Eyelid skin tightening and under eye tightener, making your eyes pop
Brow and forehead skin tightening with the effect of it being lifted
Cheek tightening, bringing out your cheekbones
Reduce sagging jowels and jaw skin tightening
Firming face with a natural facelift effect
Arm skin tightening procedures
Aged skin on your chest
Brilliantly firm up your bum
How to get the most out of aesthetic skin lifting and tightening procedures
What to do in the doctor’s office can help only a lot. What you do at home will make a difference in how well treatments work and how long the results will last. “I tell my patients they need three things: compliance, a good skincare routine and sunscreen,” says Dr. Parcels. Be sure to complete your entire treatment program and follow all your doctor’s instructions, then keep your results by babbling your skin and protecting it with a daily sunscreen of over 30 SPF.
Who is a fit candidate for non-surgical skin tightening?
Many people can safely enjoy the benefits from a skin tighten procedure, but at Essential Feeling, Romford, we want you to stimulate the best long-term beauty results. Having your lifestyle often affects a smooth, young looking complexion. Therefore, we’ll give you multiple tips that helps you cut out some of the unconscious things you may do that will speed up your ageing process and help your glow remain smoother for longer.
You’ll probably get the best results if you are healthy and keep your weight under control and exercise directly after your sessions
Eat a healthy diet
Quit smoking and drinking only a little alcohol
Protect your skin from the sun and never get tanned indoors
Most people are treated and immediately feel immediate effects however, it takes some time for your body to produce collagen, so you will get the best results in about 6 months. Some people benefit from more than one treatment. The results can last from 2 to 3 years with proper skin care and lifestyle choices which we can advise you on. It’s not that the effects of radio therapy wear off, more that we continue to age from the point that we rolled back to. Life never stands still we’re afraid!
A word about home treatments
There are many creams, serums and devices that are marketed for tighter skin at home. Be very skeptical, says Dr. Parcels. “Many simply do not work and are a waste of time and money. All devices designed for home use do not have the same power or power as office medical devices,” he says. It’s also worth noting that we’ve heard some horror stories about people leaving the heat on wrong in a bid to improving their results over what is possible in one sitting. This can cause painful sores as it’s not being performed properly and poor outcomes.
Although it may be possible to get medical chemicals or lasers and use them at home, this does not mean you should do this, says Dr. Cassileth. She says she has seen too many DIY treatments that lead to severe burns and permanent scars.
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