Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Tightening Techniques

Skin Tightening

The aging process and the cumulative effects of sun, gravity, genetics, and other factors cause a loss of skin elasticity, which leads to sagging, lipoatrophy, and other loosenings of the skin and facial structure. As we age we lose volume in our face, primarily fat. As a result skin can hang down as gravity acts on it creating droopiness, wrinkles and bands. This can be thought of as excess skin and is similar in concept to a dress that becomes too large as its owner loses weight. In cases where you have a signficant amount of this loose skin, you may find no other solution than plastic surgery (e.g. facelift, body lift, arm lift, etc.) because the underlying muscles need to be addressed and repositioned.

Plastic Surgery

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin
During your facelift recovery, a bandage might be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed. Thin tubes may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

Nonsurgical Skin Tightening

Many doctors believe a combination of treatments (surgical and nonsurgical) get the best tightening results. Prior to deciding on surgery, people tend to ask medical experts for alternatives.

alternatives to tighten skin without undergoing surgery includes:


  •   1) Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, or Radiesse can soften the shadowing that occurs around your nasolabial fold and facial creases, thus making the jowls and cheek folds appear less prominent. Fillers act like inflating a beach ball to address the pockets and bulges. For example, by using a filler to restore volume to the cheeks, you can lessen the appearance of the jowls to some extent.

  •   2) There are a number of skin tightening devices or machines used in medical offices that may tighten skin such as Refirme, TITAN, or Thermage. Titan uses infrared light (IR) to tighten the skin, Thermage uses unipolar radiofrequency energy (RF), and Refirme uses IR and bipolar RF.

  •   3) A doctor may suggest you rejuvenate skin with laser skin resurfacing. The erbium laser with Profractional technology or the CO2 laser with Fraxel are additional options.

Available Systems


Thermage

Solta Medical

Thermage treatments focus radiofrequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. The process is a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects. The new Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT) creates gentle vibrations and interspersed cooling that make your Thermage treatment even more comfortable. The CPT energy algorithm simulates TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), a proven method for pain relief by affecting sensory nerves and interfering with sensory-discriminative pathways, interspersing cooling bursts with radiofrequency heat energy, blocking neural discomfort signals and dramatically increasing patient comfort. Available systems: Thermage CPT, Thermage NXT.


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vShape

Alma Lasers

VShape treatment starts with acoustic shear waves that selectively disrupt fat cell membranes, leading to gradual breakdown and release of their contents, while not affecting other cell types. Next, UniPolar radio frequency accelerates local metabolism for fast lymphatic and expulsion of the released fat, while simultaneously tightening the skin and improving its texture.VShape can be performed with Alma Lasers Accent Ultra V and Accent Ultra systems.


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ReFirme

Syneron - Candela

The combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies of elōs technology precisely heat the dermal tissue within the target treatment area. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in lax skin. Wrinkles are reduced, noticeable lifting can be observed and the texture of your skin becomes smoother, more luminous and toned. ReFirme ST Applicator is availabe with eLight, eMax and eStyle systems.


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Smartlipo series

Cynosure

Using a small cannula and 1064-nm Nd: YAG fiber, this high-peak powered laser coagulates tissue and stimulates collagen production from underneath the skin - where the laser is most effective. Patients will have tighter, firmer, smoother skin. Smartlipo offers three distinct workstations for laser-assisted lipolysis. 1064nm Wavelength: hemostasis in the blood vessels for less bleeding and bruising 1320nm Wavelength: absorbed by the water in the tissue located near the laser tip 1440nm Wavelength: 40X greater absorption in fatty tissue than all diode lasers on the market Blend 1064 nm + 1320 nm: To tighten tissue in subdermal layer with trusted Smartlipo Cynosure wavelengths - Produces uniform thermal profile for superior tissue coagulation with tightening - Tissue Tightening has shown to be 57% more using Smartlipo plus liposuction than liposuction alone when 1320nm and 1064nm are used.


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LEGEND

Pollogen

Pollogen LEGEND™ is an advanced medical aesthetic system incorporating the leading industry technologies - VoluDermTM HE, a micro-needle RF technology, TriLipo® using non-invasive RF energy and Dynamic Muscle Activation. The combination of these technologies provides effective dermal volumizing, skin tightening and body sculpting. The Pollogen LEGEND is not for sale in the United States. Pollogen LEGEND+ platform: micro-needle RF with TriPollar is for sale only in the U.S.


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Venus Swan

Venus Concept

Based on Radio Frequency technology, Venus Swan™ delivers superior results pain-free and pleasantly for various body and face parts including arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck and face. Via two specially designed ergonomic applicators, which were tailored for accurate coverage of all body parts, many treatments are applicable. The comfortable shape of the Octipolar applicator enables the operator easy grip for fatigue-free operation and intuitive movements on the client’s skin surface.


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Mistral

Radiancy Photomedex

LHE Skin Tightening emits infrared light energy in a proprietary, 30 second multi-pulse algorithm. This provides optimal deep dermal heating while preventing epidermal over heating. Infrared light penetrates deep into the lower dermal levels and sets off a mild dermal trauma to initiate a wound/heal response.

  • Wavelength: 780-1800nm

  • Spot size:12cm2

  • Energy level: up to 25J/cm2



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Venus Legacy

Venus Concept

Venus Concept is once again energizing the medical aesthetic industry with a revolutionary technology for non-surgical body contouring* and skin tightening for the face, neck and body. The Multi-Polar RF delivers Fast, Pain Free, Homogeneous Heating to multiple tissue depths resulting in superior clinical outcomes.Vari-Pulse allows adjustable pulsed suction for deep energy penetration, lymphatic drainage, as well as stimulating circulation. Real-Time Thermal Feedback integrates a hands-free thermometer with an on-screen visual feedback graph.


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Venus Freeze

Venus Concept

One Aesthetic Workstation for Non-Surgical Body Contouring, Cellulite Reduction & Skin Tightening for the Face, Neck and Body. The Multi-Polar RF delivers Fast, Pain Free, Homogeneous Heating to multiple tissue depths resulting in superior clinical outcomes. Pulsed Magnetic Fields technology has been used in traditional medicine for decades and is scientifically proven with regard to its regenerative properties.


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