ABOUT SKIN TIGHTENING
When you are born, your body has a full supply of collagen and elastin. These needed proteins help to make your skin smooth, soft, healthy, and resilient. However, your supply of these nutrients starts to run low over time. This causes the skin of the face and body to decrease in elasticity and leads to an emergence of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you want to improve the tautness and overall appearance of your skin without cosmetic surgery, you should consider nonsurgical skin tightening at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa in Tacoma, WA. Utilizing advanced technology, such as the Exilis Elite and VelaShape, nonsurgical skin tightening prompts the natural generation of collagen and elastin in the treated areas so you can develop firmer, healthier skin. This treatment can be ideal for those wishing to tone the skin on their body or face without the expense and time of a lift surgery. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons and medical professionals to learn more about nonsurgical skin tightening and its many benefits.
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Skin tightening surgery, or “lift” procedures like a facelift, remain the most effective methods to correct loose, sagging skin. Nonsurgical skin tightening can be helpful for those who do not wish to undergo plastic surgery but are seeking cosmetic improvement. Nonsurgical skin tightening treatments can be performed on most areas of the face and body, including the neck, stomach, arms, and thighs. The best patients for this procedure:
- Are in good overall health
- Are at or near a healthy, stable weight
- Have mild to moderate skin looseness on the face or body
- Have lines or wrinkles on the face or body
- Want to boost the health and appearance of their skin
Before the process, the areas being treated will be cleaned to remove any oils, cosmetics, and lotions. Options for local anesthesia can be discussed if you want, but most patients find that any mild discomfort during the laser treatment is short lived and easy to tolerate. After your skin is prepared, a special handpiece will be passed evenly over the skin multiple times for the most effective treatment. The energy prompts the body’s natural healing properties to produce collagen and elastin, which tightens and firms the skin. This procedure can take about 30 – 90 minutes depending on the size and number of areas being treated. After your treatment is over, you will be able to leave our office and resume your regular activities.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After your nonsurgical skin tightening session, the treated areas may be somewhat numb, red, or swollen. However, these effects are typical and should clear up within 2 – 3 days. During your initial consultation, your surgeon or technician will go over the best ways to care for your skin after the procedure, such as keeping the skin moisturized and protected from sun damage. Most patients will not see visible results immediately after the treatment. Because the collagen and elastin production is a gradual process, you will start to see your final results about 2 – 6 months after the procedure. However, these outcomes should be long-lasting and improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. You may desire multiple treatments to achieve your ideal outcome. During your consultation, we will help you create your unique treatment plan based on your needs and goals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does nonsurgical skin tightening cost?
Your cost for this treatment will vary depending on the number of areas and size of each area being treated. During your consultation, we will customize a unique treatment plan to address your needs. From there, we will be able to estimate the price. We can also discuss payment options and where to secure low-interest medical financing.
What is collagen?
Collagen is a protein-based tissue that is naturally produced by the body. It is responsible for many vital functions, including keeping skin elastic, firm, and hydrated. However, as we age, our natural supply of collagen decreased. In turn, this causes our skin to become thinner and looser. With nonsurgical skin tightening, the natural collagen production is increased to make your skin healthier and firmer from the added nourishment.
Is the procedure painful?
During a nonsurgical skin tightening treatment, you may experience a slight heating sensation but no major discomfort. If necessary, a local anesthetic may be applied to the area prior to your procedure, but this is usually not needed. If you are nervous about your treatment, allow your technician to describe the process.
What can I expect after my treatment?
After a nonsurgical skin tightening session, you may experience mild redness, swelling, and numbness of the treated skin. This will typically subside within 3 – 5 days. Your treatment results will keep developing for several months following your treatment as your natural collagen production increases. Most patients get several treatments to achieve their goals.
Should I get nonsurgical or surgical skin tightening?
At your initial consultation, we will listen to your goals. Your input, as well as performing an exam of your skin to examine your laxity, will help us determine whether you are a good candidate nonsurgical skin tightening. Most often, nonsurgical skin tightening is better for younger patients who have mild to moderate skin laxity. Large amounts of loose skin is better helped with a lift surgery to excise the unwanted flaps of skin.
KEEP IT TIGHT
If you want to keep your skin firm and tight as long as possible without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure, schedule an appointment with our skilled cosmetic team to learn more about nonsurgical skin tightening. An effective, noninvasive treatment that requires no downtime, nonsurgical skin tightening can help to improve the health and tone of your skin. You may consider this procedure when you begin to see the earliest signs of wrinkles, lines, and looseness. Receive a personalized treatment plan for nonsurgical skin tightening during your consultation at our office, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa, in Tacoma, WA.