Non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are Dr. Nina’s specialty, as she is most passionate about enhancing a patient’s innate beauty rather than changing their appearance completely.
Non-invasive facial skin tightening treatments are cosmetic procedures that can change not only the look of your face, but also improve the way your skin looks on other parts of your body such as the neck, chest, tights and stomach.
While there are many ways you can develop loose skin, once you have it, it can be difficult to reverse. After an initial consultation, Dr Nina will be able to assess your case and prescribe a course of treatment 100% customised to your case.
All these procedures cause minimal discomfort compared to more invasive surgical procedures. They also have little to no recovery times, meaning patients can go back to everyday life almost immediately after getting the procedure done.
In this post, we are going to explain in detail the best non-surgical skin tightening treatments for the face and we will also mention a few options to treat loose skin on the body. If you are concerned with your skin starting to look loose around some specific areas, remember the first step is to always contact Dr Nina to book an initial consultation.
What is Sagging Skin?
Youthful skin is rich with proteins called elastin and collagen, which provide structure and elasticity. But as we age, our body slows down the production of these proteins, causing our skin to progressively become loose.
When skin loses its ability to stretch and snap back in place easily, it starts to sag. Saggy skin can happen almost anywhere on the body.
Common places people experience loose skin include:
- the stomach
- the face, particularly eyelids, jowls and chin
- the neck
- the buttocks
- the upper arms
- the thighs
Causes of Saggy Skin
Simply put, sagging skin is loose skin that appears to hold no definition due to the lack of muscle underneath. Hence, anyone can get saggy skin, although it’s more likely to occur in people as they age.
There are several causes of saggy skin. The most common include:
- Substantial weight loss
As mentioned, as skin ages it loses the ability to produce elastin and collagen, two important proteins that help skin maintain its structure, firmness, and – you guessed it – elasticity.
Over time, these two proteins can also become deteriorated by external factors such as UV exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, and by certain lifestyle factors, such as poor nutrition and drinking too much alcohol.
All these factors can speed up the process of skin ageing, ending up making your skin look saggy and wrinkled even at a younger age. Not to mention that a person’s genetics also plays a role and can cause some people to develop sagging skin earlier than others.
Substantial Weight Loss
Losing a lot of weight (like 100 pounds or more) might be a good thing for your general health, but it’s not always a good thing when it comes to your skin appearance.
Sagging skin is also more likely to occur when weight loss is rapid and happens at an older age.
If you lose a significant amount of weight, a significant amount of saggy skin may result. And the older you are, the harder would be for skin to snap back.
Similar to a substantial weight loss, giving birth to a child after carrying it for 9 months can leave many women with some degree of sagging skin around the abdomen.
There are a few medical conditions that can cause saggy skin. Luckily they are usually quite rare, as a subtype of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, known as granulomatous slack skin, and a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
Lifestyle Tips to Prevent Sagging Skin
Skin aging is a fact of life: everyone will eventually go through it and deal with the consequences of the passing of time. Including sagging skin!
However, there are a few things and lifestyle hacks you can do to tighten skin through prevention and maintain those youthful contours for longer.
Any movement that builds muscle mass or tightens muscles can reduce the look of minor skin sagging. Weight lifting, resistance training, pilates, and even facial exercise can strengthen different parts of the body and reduce saggy skin.
If you haven’t already, look for face creams and face serums that contain retinol and hyaluronic acid.
Retinol is part of a family of derivates from vitamin A called retinoids, commonly found in anti-ageing products, which is clinically proven to boost collagen and elastin production.
Managing your weight, getting regular massages, refraining from smoking, avoiding tanning and excessive exposure to UV/UVA rays, and choosing the right skin products can help your skin appear fresher and less saggy.
Non-Invasive Facial Skin Tightening Procedures
No matter how religious you are following an anti-ageing skincare routine, at some point, the aging process will take over and affect the appearance of your skin.
Luckily, thanks to the evolution of Facial Sculpting and cosmetic surgery, today we have access to many non-surgical skin tightening procedures that can help firm sagging skin without having to undergo any invasive medical procedures.
Some of the best treatments for tightening loose skin performed by Dr Nina are:
- MINT PDO Thread Face Lift
- Dermal fillers
- Ultrasound treatments, such as ultherapy
- Chemical skin peels
- The Nefertiti Lift
MINT PDO Thread Face Lift
Commonly known as the Thread Face Lift, this is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery to make your face look younger without the need for cutting away the skin.
In a thread lift, threads are inserted underneath the skin to lift sagging skin instantly and effectively. The threads are mainly used on the face and the neck, but can also be used to lift skin on the body.
The most common signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss, due to the fact that our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat and collagen as we age.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or even enhance facial contours.
This is one of the top facial aesthetics treatments performed annually by thousands of men and women, who choose fillers as a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
Profhilo is a skin-renewing injectable treatment that has quickly become one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures to address skin laxity and all signs of aging.
Read all about Profhilo in our previous post here below.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin deep within the skin.
Non-invasive and requiring just a topical anaesthetic cream, it is used to tighten and smooth skin on the upper and lower face, the neck and the décolletage.
Chemical Skin Peels
Facial skin peels are a very popular and safe non-surgical procedure that can boost your skin’s appearance and help to dramatically reduce the effects of skin damage.
Dr. Nina recommends skin peels to everyone, as they’re the entry point of all non-surgical aesthetic treatments.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a skin resurfacing technology that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile needles. Instead of removing layers of skin with chemicals, microneedling creates microscopic “injuries” in the skin that trigger its natural healing response and prompt it to produce new collagen and elastin.
The Nefertiti Lift
The Nefertiti Lift is a non-invasive procedure consisting of tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A that get injected into the muscles in your neck, specifically the ones that run vertically from the bottom of the face to your collarbone, creating a downward pull on your jawline.
Endolift® consists of a minimally invasive interstitial laser lifting treatment applied at a wavelength of 1470 nm that has multiple benefits on the skin, including the remodelling of both deep and superficial layers of the skin, the stimulation of collagen production and, when necessary, the reduction of excessive fat.
Making the Most of Non-Invasive Facial Skin Tightening Treatments
Non-invasive facial skin tightening treatments can improve the tone and elasticity of saggy skin and tend to be most effective if they’re combined with healthy lifestyle choices, such as not smoking cigarettes and never tanning.
All these procedures cause minimal discomfort compared to more invasive surgical procedures. They also have little to no recovery times, which allows patients to get back to everyday life almost immediately.