Skin tightening treatments are amongst the most popular aesthetic treatments performed by Dr Nina at her Facial Sculpting clinic in London.
Loose skin can be frustrating and have an impact on one’s self-esteem. It’s also one of the most tell-tale signs of aging. From the underarms to the neck and even to the eyelids, time and gravity are mostly to blame for sagging skin. However, other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, excessive sun exposure, smoking etc. can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and become saggy.
Thanks to the evolution of Facial Sculpting and cosmetic surgery, today we have access to many non-surgical cosmetic procedures that can help tighten your skin, without having to undergo any invasive medical procedures.
Before looking into skin tightening treatments, however, it is worth mentioning a few tips that will help you prevent your skin from becoming saggy in the first place.
Skin Tightening: Prevention and Treatments
When we are born, our skin is rich with proteins called elastin and collagen. These proteins give your skin structure and elasticity. But as we age, our body’s production of these proteins slows down and so our skin starts to lose its elasticity.
Common places people experience loose skin include:
- the stomach
- the face
- the neck
- the buttocks
- the arms
- the legs
While there are many ways you can develop loose skin, once you have it, it can be difficult to reverse. However, there are a few things you can do to tighten skin through prevention and treatments and maintain those youthful contours for longer.
Tips to Prevent Loose Skin
Before talking about skin tightening treatments for the body and face, here are a few tips from Dr Nina that will help you keep your skin as tight as possible for longer.
How to Prevent Loose Skin
Building muscle mass through weight training exercises can help tighten the skin, especially if the loose skin comes from weight loss. Replacing that lost fat with muscle mass can, in fact, lessen the appearance of loose skin. The same applies if you have loose skin from a recent pregnancy, however, you should always consult a doctor before exercising.
- Revise your anti-ageing skincare routine
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. It’s highly effective as it works at both the surface and middle layers of the skin. Retinol is also clinically proven to boost collagen and elastin production, which helps improve the firmness, tone, and texture of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that is produced naturally by our body, which attracts and holds onto water molecules. It helps reduce the depth of wrinkles, increase skin firmness and diminish skin roughness.
- Try supplements
Hyaluronic acid and collagen supplements are also popular for maintaining your skin healthy. Dr Nina recommends LYMA, the ultimate blend of science and nature, certified to strengthen our natural defenses and make us look and perform at our peak.
- Manage your weight
Losing that fat, especially the stubborn type called subcutaneous fat, could result in skin being tightened. But be careful with dramatic weight loss, as it can leave your skin saggy.
- Get a massage regularly
Massaging problematic areas can increase blood flow and help encourage tightening skin, especially when in conjunction with a good anti-ageing product.
- Stick to the right habits
If you want to keep your skin young and tight for as long as possible, you should adopt the right habits and stick to them. This means for example refraining from smoking, avoiding tanning and excessive exposure to UV/UVA rays, and avoiding using skin products with harsh chemicals.
Skin Tightening Treatments
Non-surgical, non-invasive skin tightening procedures are non-surgical aesthetic treatments that aim to change the look of your face, neck, chest and stomach.
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.
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.
Another popular treatment for skin tightening that Dr Nina performs regularly is the Profhilo treatment.
Profhilo is a stabilised injectable hyaluronic acid indicated for the treatment of tissue remodelling and skin laxity, free of any chemical crosslinking agents. This treatment gives hydration, luminosity, sparkle, firmness, strength to the skin with a very potent anti-ageing effect.
Areas to treat are mainly face and neck, but hands and chest as well. Profhilo Treatment Intervenes:
- In the physiological process of aging tissue, in presence of alterations in elastic fibers and collagen.
- In the dermal tissue repair process, in cases of acne or scars.
- In case of loss or compromised adipose tissue.
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.
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.
The precise application of ultrasound energy is used to target the deep layers of the skin without disrupting its surface. After treatment, the body’s tissue repair process stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a lifting and tightening effect.
A face-and-neck Ultherapy procedure takes 45-60 minutes and involves a minimum downtime.
You may see some initial lift after three weeks, but ultimate results will be evident over a 2–3 month period, as the growth of new collagen and elastin replaces old tissue targeted by the treatment. Effects from a single Ultherapy treatment can last for over a year.
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. Skin peels use a low-concentration peeling agent to remove old, dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin and reveal newer, firmer and smoother-looking skin.
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 needles are introduced with a choice of microneedling devices – Dermaroller, Derma Stamp, or Dermapen. The difference between these devices lies in their shape, and Dr. Nina will assess which device is most suitable for you during the consultation.
The Nefertiti Lift
The Nefertiti Lift is a non-invasive procedure wherein tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A are 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.
Ideal candidates for the procedure are:
- clients whose jawline lacks definition
- those with a wrinkly, saggy neck area
- patients with loose jowls
- patients who have lost weight in the face, causing a generalised sagging
- those that tend to tense the neck
Endolift® consists of a minimally invasive interstitial laser lifting treatment applied at a wavelength of 1470 nm that has multiple benefits on the skin, such as:
- the remodelling of both deep and superficial layers of the skin;
- both immediate and medium to long-term tissue toning of the treated area, due to the synthesis of the new collagen. Meaning that the treated area continues to redefine and improve its texture, even months after treatment;
- the retraction of connective septum;
- the stimulation of collagen production and, when necessary, the reduction of excessive fat.
Skin Tightening: Conclusions
These are all our best tips for preventing loose skin and examples of minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques for skin tightening.
We recommend always start with these tips and treatments, before turning to invasive surgery to remove loose skin. These are known as body-contouring surgeries, also referred to as tuck or lift surgeries. They involve an incision and the removal of extra fat and skin and usually require a hospital stay followed by recovery time at home.