A Quick Look at Skin Tightening Procedures

When you think of skin tightening procedures, the first thing that pops into your head might be face lift surgery. Maybe that has even been a contributing factor to why you have been continuing to live with annoying wrinkles and sags. Either you might not want to have surgery at all, or you might have wrinkles on other areas besides your face and think that surgery isn't an option on those areas. Well, you'll be glad to know that there are a multitude of skin tightening procedures and methods out there, and they can treat skin almost anywhere on your body.

At-Home Skin Tightening

There are many ways to treat your skin in the comfort of your own home, if you are only dealing with minor wrinkles. For example, you could try using a cream or lotion with a special formula just for wrinkle prevention. Such formulas usually contain vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin E. There are also at-home machines available to treat skin problems using anything from micro-needling treatment to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

Even though there are lots of at-home treatments available, they are not as impactful as clinical cosmetic-lasers and other treatments you would receive in a spa or clinic setting. The machines used in those environments are more powerful, and they are operated by trained professionals. So, if you have serious skincare concerns, you should schedule a consultation at a local clinic. Easy Clinical Skin Tightening Procedures Some clinical skin tightening methods are easy. One example is radiotherapy. A technician can use sound waves on a certain frequency to penetrate your skin. Those sound waves can trick your body into sending out more healthy chemicals and proteins to repair itself, such as collagen. Those same sound waves can also help existing collagen and elastin to tighten up a bit, reducing the appearance of sags and wrinkles on your skin's surface.

More Invasive Clinical Skin Tightening Methods

If your skin sags are a bit more sever, you may require more invasive assistance. But you still shouldn't jump directly to going under the surgeon's knife. Laser treatments might be a better option. There are many different types of lasers available. Some of them stimulate collagen production, just like sound treatment. Others can completely resurface your skin, removing imperfections and encouraging new skin growth.

Another somewhat invasive method of skin tightening is to inject fillers or serums into the skin to plump it up. One of the most well known injectables is Botox, but there are many fillers on the market today. The advantage of them is that they can make your skin look better instantly. The disadvantages include the pain of the injections and the fact that the results are only temporary.

Take the Time Needed to Make an Informed Skincare Decision These days, going in for skin treatments is almost as common as going to the grocery store, but that doesn't mean that skin treatments should be taken lightly. Always take the time you need to make an informed decision about any medical procedure, including skincare procedures. That's the best way to make sure that you will choose the right treatment method and get good results from it. A doctor, dermatologist, or skincare clinic employee can give you information about any or all of the options above, as well as other treatments that are available to you.

opening image: heather kemesky by dan martensen for wsj magazine october 2016