Depending on your skin quality and the area being treated, your surgeon may choose one of the treatments described below:
Radio frequency energy penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, heating the treatment areas and stimulating collagen production. You will feel a gentle vibration as well as cooling and heating sensations during each pulse. The upper layer of your skin is cooled.
Intense Pulsed Light ( IPL )
If your face will be treated, you will be provided with protective eye covering. A handpiece is used to administer continuous cooling while an infrared light heats the deep dermis (deep layer of your skin).
An ultrasound gel is applied to your skin. A smooth handpiece is placed on your skin and an image of the tissue beneath is projected on a screen so your surgeon can see the treatment area. The ultrasound emits small thermal bursts to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin without disturbing the skin’s surface.
Before the procedure begins the area to be treated is cleaned. Some treatments require a thin coat of ultrasound gel during the treatment. Oral pain medication may be required depending upon the device used, condition of the treatment area, and individual needs of the patients. Your surgeon will discuss whether there are any immediate restrictions on your activities and if so, how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity. After treatment, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about the care of the treated areas, including information about normal symptoms you will experience and potential signs of complications.
When to consider non-surgical skin tightening?
- If you have mild to moderate loose skin on your face, neck, arms or abdomen
- If you have residual skin laxity after an operative procedure
- If you would like an improvement in the quality of your skin
- If you are unable to undergo a more invasive, surgical procedure to correct skin laxity
- A non-invasive, non-surgical technique that tightens facial or body skin
- Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime
- May be used for all skin types
- Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures
- Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results
- Skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur
- These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering non-surgical skin tightening. If you want to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon.
The Last Word
It is advisable that you maintain a good relationship with your aesthetic plastic surgeon always. For safety, as well as for a healthy outcome, it’s important to return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-ups at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes in the skin that has been treated. You must not hesitate to talk your heart out with your surgeon when the dilemma in your head revolves around the treated part of your skin.