Most people know the signs of aging in the skin. They include wrinkles, lines, and sagginess. What they may not realize is that the sagginess is caused by the skin getting looser as the years go by. That is why one of the most effective ways of fighting the signs of aging is through skin tightening cosmetic procedures. These procedures are non-invasive and nonsurgical but still help to tighten to the skin and help you turn back the clock. Here is a quick guide to some procedures that can help you feel better in your own skin.
Are Skin Tightening Cosmetic Procedures Right for You?
You should consult with a cosmetic dermatologist before getting any procedures done to your face. However, in general, there are some conditions for which these procedures work best. If you have loose skin on your face, neck, and even your abdomen, then you might be a candidate. You also may have loose skin from an operation. Some people who get these procedures do so because they do not want to have an invasive operation.
Types of Procedures
There are several types of skin tightening cosmetic procedures. Here is a list of some of the most common.
This procedure uses radio frequency to penetrate the tissue of your skin. This heats up the area and stimulates collagen. Collagen is a natural substance in your body that gives skin its elasticity and vibrancy. During a radiofrequency procedure, you might feel a vibrating sensation. You will also feel simultaneous heating and cooling as the tissue is heated but the top layer of your skin is cooled.
Perlane is what is known as a dermal filler. A dermal filler is a substance that is injected under your skin. It is non-toxic, and helps to smooth out scars and wrinkles, and can also add volume to lips and your cheeks. Perlane is especially good at treating facial wrinkles, such as on your forehead and nose. It can also help with cheeks that have been sunken in with age. Perlane is well-known for its effectiveness at helping smooth out lines that run between your nose and the corners of your mouth.
Restylane is a very close relative to Perlane. While they are both forms of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is thinner than Perlane, which is better at helping with fine lines and working with more precision. If you have thinner skin than Restylane would be the dermal filler that would be most appropriate for you.
When you undergo a dermal filler procedure, there are no incisions involved. However, a hypodermic needle is used for the injection. That means that you may feel some discomfort at the injection site, such as a pinch. In some cases, you may get a headache or get nauseous. These are normal side effects and will go away quickly. You can return to your regular activities immediately. The results from Perlane and Restylane can last around six months, after which you can get another injection to sustain it.
For many people in San Antonio, skin tightening cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers, are the best way to combat aging. They are noninvasive and nonsurgical, so there is no scarring or recovery time. To find out if these procedures are right for you, contact Ochs Dermatology today for a consultation.