Many factors cause the skin to sag: dehydration, UV damage, age-related loss of elastin and collagen. Not to mention, the stress caused by the events of the first half of 2020 is making us all feel like we are aging quickly, even though we are not.
If you want your skin to look and feel firmer, there are more options for you to choose from nowadays. From lasers and microneedles to surgeries, these treatments can bring back youth to your skin.
What skin treatment you should go for depends entirely on you. For reference, here’s a list of the best skin firming treatments and how they work.
Microneedling is a non-invasive way to achieve dewy, youthful-looking skin. It is a skin treatment that uses a device with small needles, rolled or pushed over your neck and face to make controlled punctures. This method forces your skin to go into repair and restore mode.
But first thing’s first: are you afraid of needles?
If the answer is yes and you’re shunning this method from your options, you should reconsider. There’s no reason to be afraid of this treatment since the microneedle length only ranges between 0.5 to 3.0 mm, depending on the device used. Still, the needles utilized in this treatment are smaller than the traditional ones.
What’s more, Microneedling devices are light and soft enough to be used around delicate areas in your face. Moreover, Microneedling is intended to do two things:
⦁ It promotes the production of elastin and collagen in your skin.
⦁ It helps the active ingredients in your skincare products force their way into your skin.
What It Feels To Have A Microneedling Treatment
The thought of rolling a device with small needles over your face may be scary. However, the treatment starts with administering anesthesia into your face. Plus, it has minimal downtime and topical cream.
The procedure can be adjusted to your needs and has side-effects, including erythema, mild swelling, and redness, which usually stays for a few hours. But, depending on your tolerance level, these side effects can last for at least two days. Additionally, you may experience pinpoint bruising and bleeding during this time.
Normally, you will need at least five sessions in 4-6 weeks intervals, plus maintenance treatments every nine months to see the full effect of this option. However, it largely depends on the condition of your skin.
Before locking in with this option, here ’s an important microneedling information you need to know: this skin treatment costs hundreds of dollars per session and is not covered by your insurance. Hence, you have to pay for it with your own money. Ideally, customize your microneedling session and have a payment plan to go through with this treatment.
When it comes to skin tightening, a facelift can be one of the best options available. It’s the linchpin of skin firming because it immediately gets rid of your excess skin. What’s more, cosmetic surgeons can easily correct areas with various hidden incisions.
Also, for people that underwent massive weight loss or had loose skin caused by childbirth, surgery might be the only option left. A facelift requires general anesthesia, has longer recoveries, and leaves scars. However, the results are long-lasting and immediate.
After the surgery, your face will likely be swollen and bruised, which may last for two weeks. You might also feel some pain a few days after the surgery and may have some difficulty opening your mouth. For you to completely recover, make sure to rest and get enough sleep. Follow the directions of your doctor and avoid tiring activities.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2017, the average cost of a facelift was $7,448. This estimate does not include anesthesia, surgical center costs, or related expenses. Hence, the total cost might be higher, so make sure to save up.
3. Laser Skin Tightening
According to Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, a dermatologist from New York, laser skin tightening is one of the most effective treatments to tighten sagging, loose skin. As we get old, the production of elastin and collagen slows down, two proteins that keep our skin toned, plump, and firm.
What this skin treatment targets are the layers and tissues of the skin. It boosts the elastin and collagen production, improving the tone and texture of your skin. However, take note that not all lasers are created equal. What works on the belly should not be used for firming the sagging areas on your face.
Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that isn’t painful. Other than a bit of discomfort from the lasers’ heat during the treatment, tightening your sagging skin is essentially painless.
There are three categories under laser treatments, namely:
- 1. Radiofrequency Microneedling. This skin tightening treatment is not the same as the microneedling pen. Rather, it’s more of a stamp with 37 gold-plated needles. Radiofrequency microneedling doesn’t create micro-tears and destroy the epidermis, unlike microneedling. It stamps the skin to make microscopic holes and tighten the holes. The average cost is around $600-$1000.
- 2. Radiofrequency. This laser skin tightening treatment makes use of a handheld device that releases heat for a tightening effect. There’s minimal downtime and usually feels like having a hot stone massage. The average cost of this treatment is around $600-$1000.
- 3. Ultrasound. This laser treatment is very effective for those who are looking for a heavy-duty lift. The treatment uses a handheld device that creates ultrasound waves. However, here’s the catch: although it produces an instant effect, it takes about three months to get the best result. The average cost is around $500-$6000.
4. Chemical Treatments
This skin tightening treatment includes medicated creams and peels. Often, they are the first option most people use because they’re less invasive and widely available. Chemical treatments are an excellent way to tighten your skin, boost the production of collagen, and reduce lines.
However, the effect of these treatments is limited since they can only infiltrate superficially. Many over-the-counter topical products might guarantee to tighten and firm your skin.
For different skin tightening procedures to be effective, you need to take care of your skin and develop a proper skincare routine. Additionally, make sure to complete the treatment program you plan to choose and follow all the directions of your doctor.
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