Non-invasive skin tightening procedures are a popular and effective adjunct to cosmetic treatments and are in increasingly high demand from patients. The desire is for pain-free, low risk and minimal downtime, often suitable for the patient that is either contemplative or disinterested in the surgical alternative.
There are many types of gizmos and gadgets on the market, but extensive research over the years has shown that few prevail in their superiority. Here are just a couple of which I offer in my daily practise:
(1) Fractional Radiofrequency (RF):
With superficial skin treatments, the goal is to trigger the body to produce new cells, namely that of collagen and elastin. In order to do this, the cells must undergo a “controlled trauma” using heat, which causes partial denaturising of the target protein.
The laser I use in clinic combines the use of microneedling with bipolar RF to penetrate through the superficial epidermal layer of the skin, to the dermis, where the concentration of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA) is the highest.
The effect is an improvement in skin laxity, volumisation of the dermal layer, and tightening of the jowl and jawline area, all without a scalpel in sight!
(2) Microneedling with HA infiltration
Microneedling employs the principle of improving superficial circulatory effects and collagen stimulation that occurs as a result of multiple fine needles piercing the superficial layer of the epidermis. The growth factors triggered by this event are responsible for the beneficial effects of lessening scars, fine lines and photo-damaged to the skin.
Once the series of needles permeates the skin, a thin layer of uncrosslinked HA is injected, thus enhancing skin hydration and suppleness.
The downtime for each of these procedures varies from patient to patient. Ultimately, the more invasive a procedure, the more it will evoke the body’s inflammatory response. This, in turn, will lead to more effect, longer lasting results.
I would love to have the opportunity to talk about these treatments, and any others you may be interested. Feel free to email or call for an appointment xx