When we are born, our skin is extremely smooth, supple and taut. It remains the same for the next few years. Then, as times passes, and we grow older, the skin starts losing its suppleness, wrinkles start forming and sagging of skin is noticed. However, evolving technology has provided us with many options to treat all these signs. Ranging from the surgical to non-surgical ones, these treatments are known by the name of skin tightening procedures. Let us know some more about all these procedures.
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Skin Tightening Procedures
Titan Non-surgical Facelift
Titan facelift is a non-surgical procedure that makes use of infrared light source. The light heats the deep layers of skin below the surface, resulting in immediate contraction of the collagen. While the procedure of facelift is going on, the Titan handpiece is used to protect the skin surface, through continuous cooling of skin's surface. After the procedure gets over, new collagen growth takes place under the skin, resulting in the latter's tightening.
The results of titan non-surgical facelift take at least 3 months and maximum 6 months to be visible. The procedure avoids the risk of dimples formation or skin pigmentation. It can be used on any part of body, be it face, stomach, upper arms, legs or hands, as well as on any skin type. There might be redness and swelling immediately after the procedure, but it will only last for a few hours. Titan system can be used to treat wrinkles, sagging skin and relaxed skin.
Skin tyte procedure of tightening involves the use of safe infrared light energy and advanced skin cooling technology. In this procedure, heat is applied to the dermal collagen in deepest layers of skin, while cooling of the epidermis (skin surface) takes place before, during as well as after the treatment. The coagulation and contraction of collagen that results from this leads to increased tissue tightening and reduced skin laxity, thus the tightening of the skin.
It will take anywhere between three and six months for the results of Skin Tyte treatment to be visible. The most common side effect is reddening of the skin, which lasts from 1 to 3 days. In rare cases, they might be mild blistering and bruising. Almost everyone can make use of the procedure, on any body part, except pregnant women, those with connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorder as well as people with acne or recently sun-tanned skin.
Aluma is a skin tightening procedure that is based on radio frequency. It is used for treatment of wrinkles and loose skin. In this procedure, the particular area is cleaned and a conductive lotion is applied, with the help of which Aluma handpiece suctions up the skin. Thereafter, radio frequency waves are sent to the suctioned skin, which leads to growth of new collagen. During the procedure, the epidermis (skin surface) remains untouched.
Aluma procedure is mainly used on the face, near the eyes, neck, abdomen, knees and arms of a person. It is a non-surgical procedure that results in minimal, temporary side effects, mainly in the form of minor swelling. However, its results are temporary and do not last a very long time. Aluma is usually provided in the form of a six session series, with only one session in a week.
Refirme is a non-surgical procedure that is used for wrinkle treatment, skin rejuvenation and skin tightening. The treatment involves heating the dermal tissue of the targeted area, by using a combination of Bi-polar Radio Frequency and light energy technology. This results in the stimulation of collagen, which ultimately leads to firming f the skin. While fine wrinkles get removed, you will also experience the skin becoming smoother and more elastic. Refirme hardly results in side effects and its results are visible with the very first treatment.
A surgical skin-tightening procedure, threadlift requires the cosmetic surgeon to pass a hollow needle through your skin, at predetermined areas. Using the needle, a barbed thread is inserted inside the skin. Thereafter, the needle is removed and the threads are positioned and securely anchored with the ends sutured just beneath the surface. The ultimate result will be reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and even sagging skin.
Threadlift procedure is the most suited for people who want subtle changes in their skin, that too in the mid-face, brow or lower face region. It can be utilized by people of all age groups and with all skin types, except for those who have excessively sagging skin, deep folds in the tissues or weigh too much. As an aftermath of the procedure, you may experience bruising and swelling. However, it will last for not more than 1 week. The results will be visible right away.
Fraxel is another surgical procedure that helps in tightening the skin. In this treatment, topical cream is applied to the skin, after cleaning it, which results in numbness. Then, laser is used to treat the epidermis as well as dermis layer of the skin. The ultimate consequence is production of new collagen, which them leads to tightening of the skin and also makes the latter more radiant. It takes about half an hour to complete the procedure.
Fraxel manipulates minute volumes of target tissue and is the best for treating aging and sun-damaged skin, that too over a period of time. There are three types of Fraxel lasers - Fraxel refine, Fraxel restore and Fraxel repair, used on the basis of the type and extent of damage to the skin. It is used on the neck, chest and hands, requires minimal healing time and is highly effective for skin tightening and rejuvenation.