There are a variety of treatment approaches to treat saggy or loose skin, whether it occurs on the face or the body. These are divided into the non-surgical and surgical skin tightening treatments. Non-surgical approaches include radiofrequency & laser skin tightening and ultherapy. As the sagging becomes more advanced, thread face and body lifts or surgery may be required.
Non-surgical Skin Tightening For Loose Skin
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening often encompasses an array of treatments from precise laser to radiofrequency and ultrasound technology. Ultimately they all work by creating some form of controlled injury to create a healing response in your skin. They vary in the number of treatments depending on the degree of sagginess, your skin type and the chosen modality. Laser skin tightening is discussed below in more detail.
With recent advances in thread facelift techniques, this is proving to be one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for the saggy face skin. Aptos thread lift is the newest in the market and provides several advancements over previous thread lift treatments.
The results of a thread lift are an immediate lifting effect of loose skin, as well as progressive collagen stimulating benefits over the coming months. The cost of thread facelift depends on the type of threads, the number of threads used. Lower face and jawline thread lift. APTOS thread lift costs $2500 and lasts 2-5 years, whereas Silohoutte thread lift costs $1600 for similar lift and lasts up to two years.
Thread Body Lift
New thread lifts techniques have produced impressive inroads into body skin tightening Body thread lifts are not suitable for severe excess loose skin caused by profound weight loss. Surgical approaches are required with excessively saggy skin; however, for mild to moderate loose and saggy skin, a thread body lift may be an option. New Aptos body thread lift is coming soon to SkinRevision.
Laser Skin Tightening Treatments.
For advanced skin and sun damage, extensive wrinkling and loose skin laser skin tightening remain one of the best options. Laser skin tightening is best performed with CO2 or Erbium lasers. However, there is significant downtime and healing required for these. Fractional laser skin tightening is the best treatment approach. The performance of these is on par with radiofrequency skin tightening.
RF Skin tightening treatments
Radiofrequency Skin Needling
The newest and most effective treatments for RF skin tightening are treatments such as Infini and Secret RF. They are highly advanced radiofrequency modalities which discharge deep in your dermis. As well as skin tightening, they are useful for acne scar treatments and other textural changes related to sun damage and aging.
Ematrix RF Skin Tightening Treatment
eMatrix provides a fractionated radiofrequency for skin rejuvenation across the face, neck and even body. It is suitable for new saggy skin and improves fine lines and wrinkles and texture concerns. The eMatrix was combined with Sublime RF Skin Tightening into a treatment called eTwo. However, the majority of our procedures are with the stand-alone fractional rf eMatrix mode. Our therapists and nurses can deliver this treatment. eMatrix rf skin tightening is ideal for any age.
Profound RF Skin Tightening.
The Profound RF skin tightening is targeted for lower face and neck skin. This radiofrequency skin tightening targets the deep dermis by the insertion of needles into the surface where the radiofrequency is discharged. Profound rf skin tightening is only performed by our Doctors. More suitable women 40+
Sublime RF Skin Tightening
Sublime skin tightening is more of a pick me up facial, providing bulk heating to the dermal layers. There is no downtime; it is less invasive than Profound and eMatrix. It can be used in conjunction with eMatrix and Profound, but we seldom use this as a stand-alone treatment.
This bulk heating is the mode of action of newer laser facials such as laser genesis. And like all treatments that rely on bulk dermal heating, the outcome is not dramatic, and consistency cannot be guaranteed.
Thermage Skin Tightening
How Does Radio-frequency Skin Tightening Work?
Radio-frequency works by heating the deeper layers of the skin. It signals your skin to mount a healing and repair response, producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The results of treatment are not immediate. The real outcome develops over the coming weeks and months.
We offer two radiofrequency treatments to help reduce fine lines & wrinkles and improve your skin surface. The number of procedures required and cost varies.
eMatrix RF Skin Tightening
– 3 to 6 treatments @ 330 per treatment, can be used for face, neck, decolletage, arms.
Profound Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
– One treatment @ 2495 per treatment for lower face, jawline and neck.
Ultherapy skin tightening treatment:
Ultherapy and Ultraformer are two ultrasound skin tightening treatments. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to penetrate deeper tissue layers and stimulate collagen production. Ultherapy costs around $2500 for lower face treatment, and it is recommended to retreat yearly. Ultherapy ultrasound skin tightening works by stimulating collagen production. Results take 2-3 months to be observed. There are some swelling and tenderness or bruising afterwards but no downtime as such. Considering the cost and recommended requiring yearly re-treatment, other methods may be more cost-effective.
Collagen stimulating Injections or Liquid Face Lift
Collagen stimulating injections harness your skin ’s natural collagen production. The product is a cosmetic injection which encourages your body to rebuild its collagen. It has the effect of skin tightening, lessening fine lines and wrinkles. Most commonly, it is used on the face but can be used for skin tightening and rejuvenation of skin laxity on the body. The bonus is the replenished skin takes on a more youthful glow. Our Doctors all perform stimulating collagen injections.
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Surgical Skin Tightening For Loose Skin
Surgical Face & Body Lift are indicated for cases of severe excess loose skin. Non-surgical approaches such as thread lifts provide instant and ongoing results with minimal downtime. However, there is a limit to what can be achieved with these. We can provide a referral to a Plastic Surgeon for face and body lift.
How Do You Develop Saggy Skin?
Saggy skin is caused by weight fluctuations as well as part of natural ageing — the most severe forms of loose skin form after dramatic weight loss or after childbirth. When you are young, your skin has more ability to shrink back with fat loss. However, with the progression of years and changes in the skin ability to repair, the surface is no longer able to shrink back so readily. So weight loss no matter how big or small results in the excess saggy skin. Non-surgical skin tightening is adequate for a small quantity of loose skin.
Excess Loose Skin with Profound Weight Loss
With profound weight loss, no matter what age there is a high risk of excess loose and saggy skin. In cases of dramatic excess loose skin surgical intervention remains the only option. We can provide a referral for plastic surgery for an extreme of loose skin.
What Causes Loose Skin From Ageing?
Loose skin forms as collagen and elastin become depleted and the effects of gravity pulling the skin down. The process of ageing is speeded up by sun damage. This is called photoaging and contributes to the premature appearance of saggy skin.