Loose and sagging skin can be embarrassing and make you feel older and unattractive. Loose skin is a natural result of aging since your body produces less collagen and elastin that keeps skin firm as you get older. If you have loose skin due to losing a lot of weight, surgery might be a possible solution. However, if you're fighting sagging skin due to aging or moderate weight loss, you might find one of the following skin-tightening procedures to be helpful.
1. Ultrasound Treatments
This skin-tightening procedure uses ultrasound treatments to send heat deep into your skin to stimulate collagen production. You might get the benefits you're looking for after one treatment, but you might need a few treatments for the best tightening effect. Then you might need to repeat the treatments occasionally to maintain your look.
Ultrasound treatments can be used to lift your neck, tighten saggy neck skin, tighten the skin on your lower face, and lift your brows. You might get the most noticeable results on mild to moderate loose skin, so you'll need to have an initial skin consultation to see if ultrasound treatments are right for your degree of sagging skin.
You might have some flushing and mild swelling after an ultrasound treatment, but you can resume normal activities right away since there is no incision involved.
2. Radiofrequency Treatments
Like ultrasound therapy, radiofrequency (RF) treatments stimulate collagen production using heat. This means results from the treatments are gradual since it takes time for your body to produce collagen and lift your skin. It could take several weeks or months to see the full effect of RF skin-tightening treatments.
RF treatments can be combined with microneedling and laser treatments for an enhanced effect. You can have this skin-tightening treatment done nearly anywhere on your body such as your neck, arms, stomach, or hands. RF tightening can even be done in intimate areas since it isn't painful.
J-Plasma is another option for skin tightening. It is applied under your skin, so local anesthetic is necessary to avoid discomfort. With this, a small cannula is placed under your skin that delivers cold helium gas and radiofrequency to tighten skin. This procedure can be used after weight loss and for sagging due to aging. It can be used on the body as well as for facial rejuvenation.
With these non-surgical options for skin tightening as well as surgical procedures and at-home treatments, it is difficult to know the best treatment for your skin problem. You need to consider the condition of your skin, your age, and your finances when choosing the best way to tighten your skin. Start by setting an appointment with a cosmetic clinic so you can explore your options with professional guidance.