Get a Grip: The Truth about Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Everyone wants a quick, effective fix, even when it comes to anti-aging treatments. The trick in finding effective cosmetic treatments is first understanding that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. The second important point is to know your treatment options. By educating yourself as the patient, you can better weigh the pros and cons of each treatment and decide which method helps you best obtain your cosmetic goals. Non-surgical anti-aging treatments are a convenient way to lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and even mild to moderately sagging skin. The most common modalities for non-surgical skin tightening are detailed below:
Light: The impetus for laser based treatments with DOT laser technology like Band Aid Laser Resurfacing, short pulses of light create numerous tiny wounds on the treatment area that the body then heals by creating undamaged, younger-looking skin cells. The beauty of light treatments is that they are fairly quick and produce noticeable results with just a few treatments; however, their focus is primarily surface. They are not suitable for aging issues arising from lax muscle or deep folds in the skin.
Ultrasound: Most known for its use in viewing the growth of babies in-utero, ultrasound energy has recently been introduced to the skin tightening arsenal. Used to “view” the deeper dermal layers in need of attention, focused sound energy heats the treatment area to induce collagen production and firm lax skin. Because the treatment must go through several layers of tissue, local anesthesia is used to lessen patient discomfort. One of the more common ultrasound powered skin tightening treatments on the market currently is Ultherapy®.
Heat: Focused thermal energy is what drives a variety of skin tightening treatments for face and body such as Exilis and Dr. LeRoy’s newest Band Aid Procedure, Band Aid Skin Tightening with Protégé. Using a specialized Energy Control System to carefully monitor the amount of heat applied and the depth it reaches, Band Aid Skin Tightening signals the skin to create more collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and lax skin with minimal discomfort. Although, we choose to use heat-based treatment to provide similar results without the need for anesthesia.
Depending on your specific cosmetic needs, surgical intervention may be required in addition to non-surgical treatments to address underlying loose muscle contributing to the signs of aging. Schedule a consultation with Dr. John LeRoy to discuss which facial rejuvenation methods will best meet your needs. You can also connect with Dr. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest cosmetic and plastic surgery news.
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