Sagging skin on the face, neck, knees, abs, and arms can be the result of many different factors, and it can make you feel self-conscious. Making your skin firmer and tighter can improve its appearance and make you look and feel younger.
What Causes Sagging Skin
As we age, the supportive connective tissues in your skin naturally start to break down, and your muscles can start to weaken. Because of this, the collagen that plumps up young faces starts to succumb to gravity and droop into the neck and chin area. You may also start to see sagging skin around your stomach, upper arms, buttocks, and other areas.
Genetics plays a big part in how soon this natural aging process starts to become visible and how pronounced the effect is, but lifestyle choices play a part, too.
- Exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds causes damage to skin cells, which can cause wrinkling and sagging over time.
- Smoking dehydrates skin, causing it to wrinkle and lose elasticity.
- The effects of a poor diet and dehydration can also cause skin to droop.
- Stress can take a toll on skin, accelerating the aging process.
Unfortunately, as beneficial as weight loss can be to your health, it also can leave you with loose pockets of skin. Fortunately, new technologies can help restore your skin to its youthful tightness and vigor.
SkinTyte II: A Non-Surgical Option
SkinTyte II is an exciting new infrared option that helps restore the tautness and elasticity to sagging skin without surgery. This non-invasive technology uses advanced infrared light technology and filters customized to each patient, which deliver rapid, gentle pulses of light. These pulses heat up collagen in the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) while keeping the surface layer (the epidermis) cool and comfortable. Heating the dermal collagen causes it to break down and partially denature and coagulate, stimulating the body’s natural healing process to restore and repair it. This leads to increased tissue firmness at the deep levels of the skin rather than just improvements in the top layers. The most commonly treated areas are the face, neck, and upper chest.
Because the process keeps the epidermis cool before, during, and after treatment, there is minimal pain or thermal injury. Many patients describe these warm treatments as very comfortable, and most can resume their regular activities immediately after each treatment. For facial treatments, although you may experience some minor swelling after the first treatment, it should be minimal, and you can cover it with makeup without any delay. More intensive treatments over larger areas can cause some swelling and bruising, but these can dramatically improve skin laxity and enhance your overall appearance.
Tips for Best Results
The SkinTyte II procedure is most effective when done as a series of treatments over three to six months. Each treatment takes about 45 minutes per area and is done in Urban Effects’ skin wellness center. Although you may notice immediate tightening and improvement in your skin tone, most clients see the most significant results over 3–5 sessions (at an interval of 3–4 weeks between each visit). Thereafter, periodic maintenance treatments are recommended to sustain improvements and maintain your skin’s youthful appearance. Because everyone’s skin is different, your recommended treatment plan will vary.
The medical skin care specialists at Urban Effects MedSpa will guide you toward the best options to improve the look and feel of your skin, including SkinTyte II, microdermabrasion, injectables, and other innovative skincare technologies. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.