While facelift surgery is considered the gold standard for the most dramatic and effective treatment for loose and sagging skin, there are less invasive options to try before going under the scalpel. For those with mold to moderate loose or sagging skin, benefits of non-surgical treatments include a shorter procedures, less expensive, quicker recovery time, and fewer risks overall.
There are many options to choose from, but the most notable surgery-free options to treat loose and sagging skin include dermal fillers, laser treatments, radiofrequency treatments, and ultrasound treatments. Varying degrees of these options will provide the modest to the most improved results for tightening and lifting. Injectable dermal fillers help restore the loss of collagen by plumping and firming the skin. Fillers such as hyaluronic acid are easily customize and not only increase volume but also lift areas of the skin. Laser skin tightening uses infrared light radiation to heat collagen within the skin, changing properties of the outer layer of collagen while stimulating the production of new collagen. Types of laser treatments include ablative, non-ablative, and fractional lasers and are dependent upon the severity of sagging and laxity in the skin. Radiofrequency treatments provide similar benefits to laser treatments by promoting and boosting collagen but are performed with electrical-based energy versus light. To penetrate deeper layers of the skin, ultrasound treatments are recommended. While ultrasound energy also stimulates collagen production, it has the bonus of a mechanical lifting effect to firm and improve neck and facial skin while also tightening and reducing jowls. Like ultrasound treatments, Eurothreads is a non-surgical technique where dissolvable threads are inserted into the dermis layer of skin to lift and tighten the skin. This treatment option is best for loose and sagging skin in the lower half of the face whereas dermal fillers are better reserved with the top half of the face.
Most surgery-free options to treat loose or sagging skin involve stimulating the body’s creation of new collagen, the natural protein produced by the body that gives skin it’s youthful glow, firmness, and elasticity. If you are looking for options to rejuvenate and refresh your skin, allow us at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology to detail our treatment choices and help you select the best fit for you. Schedule your consultation by calling 602-867-7546 or booking online at WEBSITE.