There may come a time when your skin will feel less firm than it used to. When you look in the mirror, you may see your skin sagging in areas it never has before. This doesn’t only happen to our faces, but also to other parts of our bodies. If you’re experiencing loose skin and want some of your youthful firmness back, call SKNCraft in Houston, TX as ask about the transformative skin tightening treatments we offer.
What Makes Our Skin Sag?
It’s not as simple as just the passage of time. Our skin is a complicated system that changes as we age. When we’re young, our skin is soft and smooth, tight and taut, dewy and supple; but it doesn’t stay that way. What exactly creates the aged and tired look?
Collagen is the protein that forms the foundation of our skin and connective tissues. It’s what keeps our skin strong, smooth and tight. It’s a fibrous protein that connects all our skin cells and layers together. In our dermis, the middle layer of our skin, collagen forms a strong anchor for the top layers of our skin to hold on to, making sure the outer layer of our skin stays in place and firmly attached to our bodies.
Collagen works with the protein elastin and the sugar hyaluronic acid. Elastin keeps our skin flexible and able to keep its shape. Hyaluronic acid molecules can hold 1000 times their weight in water, so this substance keeps our skin dewy and supple by attracting and keeping hydration. As we age, our production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid declines and our skin pays the price.
Folds, Lines, and Wrinkles
As the foundation of our skin weakens, instead of being solid and smooth it can form crevices and “pot-holes”. As these form, the top layers of our skin, not having as much elastin anymore, will fall to fill in those weakened areas. Hyaluronic acid production has also decreased, so it can’t plump up those areas with moisture to make them full and we’re left with fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
This may be one of the most dreaded signs of aging. If your mom has jowls, chances are you will get them too, and there’s nothing quite so discouraging. Our skin loses its anchor when our collagen depletes, and our skin cells aren’t packed so tightly anymore.
We no longer have enough elastin for our skin to go back to its normal position or shape as gravity pulls on it. If you’ve lost a lot of weight, this can also cause sagging skin, particularly if you carried the extra weight for a long time. The result? You can experience sagging skin on your:
- Upper arms
- Inner thighs
- Chest and decolletage
It’s not just wrinkles that a loss of collagen and elastin can cause. You may end up with larger areas of lost volume on your face. This is because the strength of the collagen holding your soft tissue and fat pads in place is failing. These pads give us our prominent cheekbones, apple cheeks, and full temples.
When these areas hollow, our skin sags, and that can leave us looking bony and gaunt. If you’re unhappy with the way your skin looks and the sagging you’re seeing in various parts of your body, don’t despair. There are transformative skin tightening treatments that are non-invasive and non-surgical that can restore the tightness of youthful-looking skin.
The FDA approves SkinTyte to treat skin laxity. It will target those areas of sagging and loose skin to restore a firmer and tighter complexion. This is a dynamic and comprehensive treatment option and can be used on many parts of the body, including the face.
SkinTyte offers a non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime. Other skin tightening treatments may be ablative and require up to two weeks of downtime.
How Does SkinTyte Work?
This treatment uses infrared light technology with customizable filters to allow your practitioner to choose the right settings to address your areas of concern. The infrared light penetrates deeper levels of your dermis, leaving the surface unharmed and intact.
Broadband light technology delivers this energy in rapid pulses to contract and partially coagulate the existing, but depleted, collagen deep within your skin. Your body thinks this is an injury, though it won’t look or feel like it to you. The body’s natural healing process is triggered, and that’s when all the magic happens.
The Healing Process
What makes this treatment so successful is how your body responds to it. When existing collagen is disrupted, your body makes more to build it back up. This will cause your collagen production to be much more plentiful than it was before treatment.
Collagen fibroblasts increase, and the strength of the foundation of your skin is built up to more youthful levels. As the foundation strengthens, your skin has a firmer anchor to attach to and the appearance of sagging skin improves.
What Can SkinTyte Treat?
Part of the beauty of this treatment is its versatility. This system allows your practitioner to change the size of the treatment area so large and small areas can be effectively treated. Your skincare specialist can also adjust the thermoelectric temperatures so the appropriate level is used for your skin’s condition and the area being treated.
SkinTyte has been proven effective for producing these results:
- Improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, lips, and eyes
- Better jawline definition with an improvement in the appearance of jowls
- Firming of the thighs, arms, knees, abdomen, and buttocks
- Reducing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite
- Improved skin texture
What to Expect
A consultation with your skincare specialist is the first step to tighter skin. They will do an examination of your areas of concern to determine if this is the right treatment for you. Because this is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment, there’s no preparation for you to do.
Your Treatment Session
When you arrive, your skincare specialist will remove any makeup you might have on the treatment area, although your appointment will be quicker if you just show up with none on. You’ll be given goggles to wear when the treatment starts to protect your eyes from the light of the infrared device.
A numbing cream may be applied to your skin to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. Once your skin is numb, your provider will move the device over the area of treatment for as long as they deem necessary to get the results you’re looking for.
There are no special instructions for aftercare. You can even put makeup on immediately after. All you have to do is sit back and wait for the results.
Some clients see some results later that day, but the transformative results appear gradually as collagen rebuilds and regenerates your skin from the inside, out. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see an improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. For the noticeable results you’re expecting, it could take up to four months.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Each client is different, so you and your skincare specialist will decide the right course of treatment for your skin condition and expected results. Most clients choose to have between 3-6 sessions to achieve optimal results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Because SkinTyte doesn’t use an ablative laser, this is appropriate for all skin types and tones. Clients with darker skin tones don’t have to worry about pigmentation damage the way they might with other treatments.
Infini RF Microneedling
Another exciting skin tightening treatment is Infini RF Microneedling. Microneedling can be done alone, and is also sometimes called collagen induction therapy, but this treatment is different. Infini RF Microneedling combines two innovative technologies: microneedling and fractional radiofrequency.
During the microneedling skin tightening treatment, a handheld device containing hair-thin needles is passed over your skin. These needles make micro-injuries or micro-channels. Your skin goes to work repairing them from the deeper levels up by making strong fibrous collagen.
It’s these micro-channels that make the addition of radiofrequency such an effective skin tightening treatment.
This energy is compared to radio waves because they use the same frequency, but RF is actually electrical energy. The hand-held device used for Infini RF microneedling uses fractional thermal energy to heat the middle layer of the skin.
How Does It Work?
The results of this treatment can be dramatic. This is because when the thermal energy heats your tissue, the collagen that has become sluggish kicks into high-gear and increases its production. The middle layer of your skin becomes a strong foundation for the structure of your outer skin and allows it to tighten and more firmly attach to your soft tissue.
This means your skin will firm up, and this will greatly improve areas of sagging. Areas that can be treated with RF microneedling are your:
- Chest and decollete
- Upper arms
What to Expect
You and your skincare specialist will review your areas of concern, the condition of your skin and your desired results. This treatment is appropriate for all skin types.
A few weeks before treatment, you may be asked to stop taking blood-thinning over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. You’ll need to pause any supplements that are blood-thinning, like fish oil, ginseng and high doses of vitamin E. Besides that, there is no preparation for you to do.
When you arrive at your appointment, your provider will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area so you’re comfortable the whole time. Once your skin is numb, the handheld device will be turned on and passed over your skin. As these gold-tipped, hair-thin needles are passed over your skin, they deliver radiofrequency energy to deeper levels of your skin.
When your session is over, in about an hour, you can go home or back to your normal routine. Your provider may have post-treatment instructions for you to follow.
You’re building up collagen, so the results come gradually and in two phases. The first phase of results appear over the first two weeks after treatment when you will experience an evening out of skin tone and texture.
The second phase happens as the deep tissue heals and builds up. This reveals thicker and stronger skin which has a lifted and smoother appearance. The best results occur about two months after treatment.
Make Your Skin Tightening Treatment Appointment Today
Feeling good about your appearance is important, so there’s no reason to put off making your skin tightening treatment appointment. Call SKNCraft in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation today. We believe in enhancing the natural beauty of all our clients by recommending treatments that will deliver natural, safe and effective results. We look forward to doing the same for you!