One of the most visually inconvenient things that can happen to you as your skin starts to age is that your skin might lose some of its tightness. Maybe it’s the result of pregnancy or a lot of weight loss at one time, rather than age. But whatever the case, if you find it visually unappealing, you’re in luck. There are a variety of skin tightening procedures that you can try. There is an absolute myriad of available treatments for skin tightening, with everything from home remedies and devices to minimally invasive surgeries to even traditional plastic surgery.
Non-invasive skin tightening procedures (ultrasound, radiofrequency, laser treatment)
There are a plethora of skin tightening treatments which don’t involve going under the knife at all. Ultrasound skin tightening, for example, can give your skins some of its original lift back, remove wrinkles and keep everything firm. There are even FDA-approved options available for the particularly health-conscious. In ultrasound tightening, dermatologists use an ultrasound device to send heat deep into your skin, past just the outside layer. This heat stimulates your skin’s collagen production and results in a tighter, more elastic look, though it may take weeks to months to develop.
While there’s also a minimally-invasive version of radiotherapy, one method doesn’t involve any kind of surgery at all. Similarly to ultrasound skin procedures, a dermatologist places a device on your skin which heats it up, stimulating collagen production.
Finally, laser treatment is one of the most popular options available. Dermatologists use lasers to heat up an area of skin, thereby tightening it afterwards. One great aspect of laser skin tightening is that it can be used almost anywhere on the body. While the lasers or specific methodology will likely change depending on whether you’re getting skin tightened on your face or on a different body part, it’s equally applicable.
Minimally-invasive skin tightening procedures (radiofrequency, laser resurfacing)
Radiofrequency comes in a minimally-invasive variety as well, wherein a dermatologist places a tube underneath your skin to send heat directly to the targeted area. It works more quickly and effectively than radiofrequency which isn’t invasive at all, but you’ll have to go into surgery for it.
Unlike laser skin tightening, laser resurfacing is a more invasive procedure wherein a laser is used to actually reshape the upper layer of skin. Of course, because a more powerful laser is being used, it’s slightly riskier; scarring and burns are more possible. However, it’ll also act quickly and can produce relatively dramatic results.
Plastic surgery is a big investment that requires a lot of downtime. However, it’s also the standard when it comes to big results in a short period of time. Plastic surgery can include everything from a facelift to eyelid surgery to a neck lift. Just make sure you get treated by a board-certified surgeon. Plastic surgery is both more expensive and more delicate than some less-invasive procedures listed here.
Microneedling devices and other face massagers
There are plenty of devices targeted to users who want to physically massage their skin, as it’s been shown that regular massages may actually increase your skin’s protein production. Simple massage bars, purpose built for the face, as well as electronic, skin-toning massagers and microneedling devices, which puncture the skin very lightly and induce the healing, tightening process, are all common options.
Such devices won’t be as effective as surgery or a dermatological procedure, but they may very well be less expensive or easier to obtain.
Skin firming creams and lotions
One of the most common skin tightening procedures is to take a collagen supplement or use a collagen-based cream or topical product, such as Nutrixen Multicollagen. It may help your body replenish its collagen supply and act as an anti-aging agent, keeping your skin looking healthy and fresh.
There are a plethora of skin treatments available in lotion or cream form on the market, but beware; not all are effective, or even thoughtfully formulated. Rubbing pure collagen on your skin won’t do much good, so look for a skin product which contains collagen or other necessary proteins in a broken-down form, like peptides. Retinol, or vitamin A1, is another common ingredient.
The results you get from a cream or other kind of supplement are likely to be much more subtle than the results you’d get from surgery. This makes it one of the more convenient skin tightening procedures. As such, you’ll need to make the choice between the two: do you want fast, immediate results, or a gradual, subtle change that doesn’t require surgery?