What is your skin concern, is it that unsightly furrow in your forehead that makes you look as though you are always frowning.
Or is it the sagging jowls that makes you look as though you have more than one chin.
Or maybe you are just concerned about a few fine lines and wrinkles and are interested in knowing how to smooth them out.
Then this article is for you! which takes a look at how to tighten loose skin on the face, that becomes apparent with aging.
Our skin is very complex and ages in its own particular unique way. It begins to lose its youthful glow, becomes thin, broken capillaries appear and facial muscles start to sag and our bones begin to shrink, causing hollow areas in the cheeks.
Elasticity breaks down which causes sagging, and our elastin and collagen fibers start to disintegrate.
The skins natural moisturizer hyaluronic acid also starts to deplete, causing the skins texture to become coarse and dry.
In my line of work within the spa and beauty industry, I have seen many classic cases of premature aging.
I personally feel that in order to protect and preserve our skin, we really do need to look after every dimension of it.
Fortunately because technology has become so advanced there are a number of skin tightening procedures that tighten up loose skin on the face and treat specific skin conditions.
This means we no longer have to resort to taking the more drastic action of having a face lift.
How To Tighten Loose Skin Without Surgery
There are a whole myriad of treatments available that can be used alone or in combination, from fillers, botox through to laser treatments.
Sometimes even I get over whelmed by the mountain of information that lands on my desk, about the latest skin tightening treatments.
For those who are interested in knowing more on how to tighten loose skin, I have put together our Medi spa’s tried and tested treatments, that I feel are both safe and easy to use that really deliver results.
I have also concluded this article with a couple of treatments that I personally think can do more harm then good, which I recommend you should avoid:
Botox and Fillers.
I find that Botox is great for relaxing the forehead. It can tighten loose skin under the chin and work to tighten the muscle cords, helping to tighten a sagging neck.
Botox works by freezing the muscles that cause you to frown or squint.
I have had Botox on my neck and I personally love the results. I found it really helped to smooth lines and tighten my jaw line.
On the other hand I don’t like Botox around the eyes, as it can work to make your expression look frozen, but this is all down to personal choice.
I also tried Botox around my mouth, but it gave me a strange sensation as though I couldn’t move the muscles in my face properly, which i found really uncomfortable.
I feel to much Botox is not necessarily a good thing whilst a little here and there can be great.
To add volume to the face you may want to try restylane or perlane.
Fillers can also be combined with Botox for really great results, plumping out areas on the face that age depresses, helping to retain that youthful fullness.
Restylane fillers are very popular with my clients and have a great success rate. I find it to be one of the best skin tightening procedures for filling wrinkles around the side of the mouth.
Although my clients find it initially painful, vanity prevails and they are willing to forgo this just for the really wonderful results.
This involves the use of a hand held device that is used to deliver sound waves to the top layer of the skin, helping to improve cellular metabolism.
It is a really great skin rejuvenating treatment that works to improve skin tone and texture, giving a temporary skin tightening effect on the skin.
For best results I will often combine this treatment with a regular facial.
Ultrasound has also been found to be very effective in healing wounds, as it stimulates fibroblasts thus helping to produce collagen, so it is great for someone who suffers from acne scars.
Surface laser can dramatically help to improve skin texture, we use Thermage laser in our spa, which has great results in tightening skin tissue.
This is a procedure where machines are used give off light, or heat to improve the skin.
If you are looking to know how to tighten loose skin on face, thermage laser is one treatment you may want to research further.
Thermage skin tightening treatments involve using a unique radio frequency which is used to heat up the skins tissue, naturally helping to stimulate collagen.
The body is fooled into thinking it has suffered an injury and then releases collagen in order to repair the targeted area.
It is a popular choice as it is a relatively painless procedure, that requires absolutely no recovery time at all and it is reasonably cost effective.
Laser skin tightening procedures are extremely effective when it comes to treating fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, loose jowls or even hooded and crepe eyelids.
It just gives such amazing results, and in my opinion it is little wonder that it is considered by many to be the face lift of the future.
Infrared light is a treatment that works by resurfacing the tissue, helping to stimulate the body’s own natural growth of elastin and collagen.
The laser heats the tissue to 60 degrees and at this temperature the collagen fibers shrink back causing the skin to constrict, helping to tighten loose tissue.
This treatment uses small electrical impulses that mimic those that occur naturally in the body. It works by triggering chemical reactions at a cellular level, to encourage the production of collagen and elastin, whilst encouraging oxygen to the skin cells by enhancing circulation.
This is a very popular treatment at our medi spa, that works by reeducating the facial muscles.
It is thought that all muscles have a memory and the microcurrent stimulates the muscles back into their natural shape.
It is a completely non invasive and relatively simple treatment to administer, that certainly yields immediate results.
It does involve a commitment to a course of treatments however, followed by regular monthly treatments in order to maintain the results.
Treatments To Avoid
Just because something is touted as the latest therapy, doesn’t always necessarily mean it is the best.
There are a couple of well known treatments that I have worked with over the years, that I actually don’t believe in and won’t recommend to my clients, simply because of my own experiences with them when treating clients:
This is used for improving skin tone, dark spots and scarring. Crystals are used to sand your skin, which are then suctioned up with loose skin cells.
The crystals can damage the delicate surface and the suction can actually cause sensitization and broken capillaries, which is why I recommend avoiding using this particular treatment especially for aging skin.
These are used to help even out fine lines and wrinkles and I really find they are far to harsh on the skin.
They have a tendency to penetrate the skin unevenly, especially if the therapist administering the treatment lacks experiencing with using strong peels, which is hard to gauge as a client.
They can also damage your acid mantle, the protective barrier of the skin which keeps your skin healthy.
Our medi spa is run by fully qualified staff, who are extensively trained in administering medical treatments.
However being in the industry for many years, I am all to aware of the establishments that have therapists administering injections and laser treatments without a doctor or nurse present.
For this reason it is extremely important that you become an informed consumer and understand the different treatments available to you.
If you want to know how to tighten your skin safely and have perfect skin, then you need to take responsibility and weigh up all the options carefully before you embark on this treatment.
Ensure that you are doing this for all the right reasons and that you have realistic expectations.
After all remember the treatment and technology is only ever going to be as good as the person managing it and it is you who is going to have to live with the results for a very long time.
Finally be sure to not go overboard with a good thing, don’t go for that extra bit of filler that will take your face over the edge and make you look to fake!
Be realistic and keep your look as natural as possible.