Skin tightening and lifting is at best a difficult process to induce. The appropriate products, equipment and technical expertise are vital to its success. The primary objective is to stimulate the body to produce collagen and elastin cells in a quantity high enough to create greater support of fallen skin and the surrounding structures.
What Causes Sagging Skin?
Collagen and elastin make up the primary support structures in the skin. Their loss is caused by intrinsic aging (the natural aging process) or extrinsic factors such as sun exposure, gravity, smoking and repetitive facial expressions. Aging skin is mostly due to cumulative sun exposure, causing collagen & elastin to break down; thereby, inducing the visible signs of sagging and thinning skin. Early prevention through the use of MelaScreen sunscreen will mitigate the breakdown of vital support structures in the skin. Otherwise, anti-aging treatments are required to reverse sagging skin issues.
How Do I anti-age my skin to lift and tighten it?
There are several ways to induce skin tightening. Let's explore each:
- EZ Daily Pads (Lift Pad)
EZ Daily Pads are an inexpensive anti-aging program performed at home. Simply wipe one of three saturated pads across the face & neck before bed. One of the three pads, called "Lift" contains a retinoid base that stimulates the growth of collagen & elastin to firm and lift skin. LEARN MORE
- L.E.D. Device or Light Emitting Diodes gently and painlessly place very pure light (that tightens) into the skin. This is a 20 to 30 minute session of simply relaxing under an L.E.D canopy. A similar L.E.D. platform is on the International Space Station and used to heal wounds in zero-gravity. NASA discovered that L.E.Ds stimulate healthy blood circulation. This effect not only stimulates the immune system, it also stimulates collagen & elastin to grow. Many experience a temporary sense of euphoria after their treatment.
- Accent Device (Mono-Polar and Bi-Polar radio frequency)
Often compared to Thermage, but without the associated pain of a Thermage treatment, the Accent device tightens skin on the surface and deep down. Mono-polar radio frequency targets deep tissue to induce a lift. After mono-polar energy is applied to the skin, bi-polar radio frequency is applied for surface area tightening and smoothing.
- Titan or Alma ST
A large volume of red and near-infrared light rays are placed into the deep dermis where collagen & elastin grow. Deep dermal heating occurs and stimulates the body to respond by creating collagen and elastin.
- Tri-Lift Combination (TLC)Therapy
The most aggressive therapy we exclusively offer is a our TLC Therapy. A one hour session of L.E.D, Accent and Titan/ST treatments are combined to offer the most aggressive non-invasive skin tightening available. There is no associated downtime, but rather immediate UP TIME! Discomfort is virtually non-existent and patients enjoy a temporary lift (usually lasting 48 hours); perfect just prior to an important social event. The ultimate result is achieved as collagen and elastin continue to grow for five months.
Do these therapies replace the need for plastic surgery?
There is no substitute for invasive plastic surgery for tightening and lifting sagging skin. Surgery; however, increases the risk of injury, scaring, unnatural looking outcome and rarely life threatening complications. It also requires healing time or downtime and is expensive. Depending on your level of need and personal preferences, alternative therapies are more often than not a more natural way to accomplishing your long-term skin tightening goals.
What is the best anti-aging therapy for me?
Fortunately there are many options available according to need and budget. The only way to determine what is best for you is to provide you a thorough skin evaluation. At Rx Skin Clinic, this evaluation is complementary and an effective way to getting you on the right track for your best skin now. Call us and schedule your free evaluation today.