There is no getting away from the sagging skin. You may do different things to delay them which are effective, but with age the skin becomes saggy. Noninvasive and non-surgical skin tightening treatments are life saviors. Cosmetic experts use different procedures and treatment options to help you get rid of saggy skin and give you youthful and tightened skin.
So here is a list of some non-invasive treatments that are highly recommended by dermatologists and are widely performed as well.
What are Non-invasive Skin Tightening Treatments?
These are non-surgical skin tightening treatments, that require no recovery time and are way less painless than surgical alternatives. These non-invasive skin tightening treatments work by stimulating the production of collagen which help improve skin elasticity.
Now let’s look into different types of Non-invasive treatments for saggy skin.
What are non-invasive treatments for saggy skin?
Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves to stimulate the production of collagen. The popularity of this treatment has been on the rise consistently. It works by targeting the area under the skin with help of focused ultrasound energy, using the right temperature to help with the production of collagen. The heat energy affects the muscles, skin, and superficial wrinkles. This help with the reduction of wrinkles and leaves firmer skin and un-saggy skin.
The procedure may last as long as 90 minutes depending on the area under treatment. For the chest area, it may take around 30 minutes whereas the face and neck area may take 60 to 90 minutes.
Ultherapy has no downtime. You may continue your regular activities right after the treatment. The results of the procedure can be seen within a few days and normally the results keep on improving for about 3 months. As long as your body continues to produce new collagen, the results will stay.
After a discussion with your doctor, you may decide on additional sessions if required.
The common side effects include heat sensation or a tingling feeling that goes away soon after the procedure. Temporary redness, swelling, and tenderness may also occur.
2. Radiofrequency ‘
This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to epidermal layers to wake up the collagen which then helps the skin to tighten. This treatment can be used on the eyes, jawline, thighs, stomach, butt, arms, and knees. The most commonly used RF systems in the United States include Exilis, Thermage, Profound RF, and Thermi.
A study conducted in 2017 showed that 24 out of 25 people who had 5 to 8 sessions of RF saw improvement in their bodies.
The procedure takes 30-90 minutes depending on how much skin is being treated.
The results of RF can be observed right away. But proper and more noticeable results come with time. Up to six months after the procedure, skin keeps on getting tighter and firmer.
There aren’t any long-term or serious side effects. The first 24 hours after the procedure, you might feel a slight tingling, redness, or soreness in the treatment area. But these are temporary.
3. Intense Pulsed Light/RF combination
This procedure uses a combination of IPL and RF technology. This delivers heat to the deeper layer of skin and brings the natural process of healing into action and thus boosting the production of collagen. The IPL allows the use of RF on a large amount of skin and various skin conditions.
The procedure has no downtime and can be done in 60-90 minutes; again it depends on the area being treated.
The results of the procedure can be seen gradually. As the collagen begins to produce, the results keep on getting better. Your doctor may recommend additional sessions depending on the amount of saggy skin.
There is slight discomfort, in some cases there is none. Some patients may experience, redness, swelling, and tingling but these all are temporary side effects.
Microneedling has also proven effective when it comes to treating loose skin. In this procedure, extremely small needles create micro punctures in your skin to trigger the production of collagen. Microneedling combined with RF has proven to be more effective as it helps to penetrate deeper layers of skin. the time taken is the same as other procedures and downtime is slightly more.
These procedures used handheld laser devices to send heat deep into the skin layers. It destroys the epidermis to make its way to the dermis; a layer under the epidermis. Laser has proven to be more effective to treat saggy skin of the belly and upper arms area.
To sum it up
If you are afraid of surgery or can’t bear its cost, there are multiple non-invasive skin tightening procedures that can help you with saggy skin. Radiofrequency, Ultherapy, Intense pulse light and microneedling are some very effective procedures that help with skin tightening; the reduction in wrinkles and fine lines is a bonus that comes along!