So you are tired of that sagging skin that betrays your age or makes you look tired. Then read on to discover some of the common skin firming treatment options and get on the fast track towards that macho image of yourself that doesn’t for a moment cease to inform your imagination.
Skin Tightening Treatment
As we age, the rate of production of collagen in our body takes on a progressively downward trend. Collagen is an important fiber that makes up part of the connective tissues in human skin framework. It is responsible for the firm, youthful look of the skin and when its production rate in the body falls, the skin starts to sag as is commonly observed among older people.
Elastin is also an important component of the human skin. As the name suggests, it is responsible for skin’s elasticity, that is, ability to expand, stretch and retract. Elastin keeps the skin tight and vibrant and when its production recedes, the skin loses its elasticity.
Exposure to harmful UV rays, weight loss and poor diet and smoking are other factors that can lead to sagging skin.
Luckily there are many skin tightening treatments today that can be used to regain that taut-skinned, youthful look. Although their approaches vary, most of them essentially work by stimulating the production of collagen.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll majorly focus on the non-surgical treatment options.
Radio Frequency Skin Tightening
You have probably come across the term Radio Frequency skin tightening or RF skin tightening. This refers to medical devices that use radiofrequency waves to reaffirm sagging skin.
Some good examples of such medical devices are the Thermage which relies on unipolar radiofrequency energy (RF) and the Refirme which relies on a combination of bipolar radiofrequency and Infrared energy.
As technology advances, an ever increasing array of at home radiofrequency skin tightening devices the likes of The Home Use Bipolar RF Facial care System (otherwise known as RF MINI), and U-Style RF Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Lift Rejuvenation Machine Bipolar is as well hitting the market at each passing day.
The cost of radio frequency skin tightening varies depending on the specific technique or device used as well as the number of sessions required. The area of the body where tightening is to be performed also has a significant impact on the treatment technique used as well as the number of sessions needed and thus the total cost.
Titan Skin Tightening
Read around in online forums and communities targeted on contemporary skin firming techniques and you are bound to come across the term titan skin tightening. Well, this is a revolutionary non-invasive skin tightening technique that uses Infrared (IR) light to revive the skin by reaffirming it and making it more youthful looking.
Titan skin tightening treatments enhances the natural production of collagen below the upper layer of the skin. Higher levels of collagen means better skin framework which eventually rolls to a taut, young-looking skin that is a dream come true for many people.
And just in case you are wondering if Titan skin firming technique works, the answer is yes, but the choice of a practitioner is an important factor for the success of any procedure. So, exercise your due diligence.
At the very least you want to ensure that the practitioner is registered with the appropriate board in your country and has extensive experience with the procedure. A great resource to inform your decision is the before and after pictures of patients that most plastic surgeons will have on their websites or in their facility.
If something doesn’t feel right about the practitioner, your intuition is probably right. You are better safe than sorry.
I did a brief research on the cost of titan skin tightening treatment and found the average cost to be $1,525 based on the feedbacks on the Real Self site by actual patients who have had the procedure performed on them.
Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is one of the most popular non-invasive skin tightening treatments today. As the name suggests, the procedure involves illuminating laser light beams on the skin to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles that are typical with natural aging or exposure to sunlight.
While laser skin tightening in the traditional involved inflicting second degree burn to the skin such that the epidermis is completely burned and the dermis is injured to stimulate production of collagen, the wounds associated with this approach has since laid way for a rethinking of the technique leading to a new form of laser skin tightening that is less scary.
In the modern sense, laser technology doesn’t involve burning of the epidermis and is not associated with wounds. Instead it involves blasting laser energy to the dermis which stimulates production of new collagen in response and as a result, the damaged skin cells are regenerated.
We have discussed laser skin tightening in more details elsewhere.
Creams for Skin Tightening
Grocery stores and drugstore shelves are nowadays awash with dozens upon dozens of creams for skin tightening that are formulated to give you that celebrity-like face and skin that seems ever so evasive with each passing day (age sure does have a way of catching up with anyone :).
The skin tightening creams comes with their own unique formulation and secret weapons. For example, while Clarins Extra Firming Neck Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream cites its Extra-Firming Complex as its magic wand, Reventin Neck Firming Cream has all the good things to say about its unique ingredient, Essenskin, which has reportedly been found to reduce skin sagging by 67% and increase dermal density by 65%.
Irrespective of the varying ingredients, you will soon find out that most of these creams for skin tightening target natural production of skin components especially collagen. There are also those that stimulate elastin and hyaluronic acid production. In addition to creams, there are well various skin tightening lotions that promise to make saggy skin a thing of the past.
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