Skin tightening and firming treatments are one of the biggest trends for plump youthful skin. Here’s a round up of the latest non surgical treatments and how they work.
Fast Face Firmer
Forma uses next level radio frequency energy and can treat sagging skin on the entire face or just certain areas, including upper and lower eyelids jowls, smile lines and the forehead. It also improves skin tone and any skin texture irregularities. During the treatment a hand held device is massaged over the treatment areas, heating the dermis and tissues. This kick starts a supply of new collagen as well as contracting and tightening the layers of the skin to give a gentle lift. It suits all skin types, has no down time and is ideal for those who prefer a natural-looking approach to rejuvenate their complexion, rather than using fillers or laser. The treatment is painless with no downtime and best results are achieved after a course of six to eight treatments.
The Ultimate Hi Tech Way to Lift and Plump
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is one of the latest ways to achieve tighter, firmer and lifted skin in one treatment. A machine delivers a series of ultrasound pulses that bypass the skin’s top layers and goes into the deep underlying connective tissue to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and other proteins. The treatment can be used around the brows and neck as well as for overall skin tightening and rejuvenation on the face. You’ll see best results after two to three months when new collagen has formed. There may have a little redness or bruising after the treatment, but this can easily be covered and you may experience some tenderness for up to 14 days. Results can last up to one year
Similar to having a mini face-lift, this one-off non-invasive procedure can tighten saggy skin on the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and jowls and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face. Not for those who want an instant fix as best results are seen three to six months post procedure. Facetite uses RF radio frequency and works by warming the skin with a fine probe that is inserted into the fatty layer just under the skin. This process does not remove tissue, but causes the skin to tighten instantly and then over the following three to six weeks new collagen is produced so you will see a continuous improvement. You can expect up to 40per cent of skin tightening up to six months after treatment. Expect some swelling and bruising for up to seven days Results can last up to five years depending on lifestyle.
A procedure to ‘wake up’ the skin, lift features and boost collagen so skin will be tighter and fresher. Can be used all over the face including around eyes, cheeks and mouth and can help plump wrinkles, and fade sunspots and thread veins. Younger skin may only need one treatment but older skin may need up to four sessions. A small hand held device is placed against the treatment areas and radio frequency energy is passed through a series of tiny bipolar pins, which heats the skin and causes tiny pin prick holes that the body naturally heals. Recovery is a week to ten days. Expect swelling and bruising during the first week.
AND DON’T FORGET
*As with most ageing processes, prevention is better than cure when it comes to skin losing its taut appearance so:
* Quit smoking – it accelerates skin ageing and damages the collagen in your skin, hence the tell-tale sagging and crepey skin seen in smokers.
*Sun exposure is the prime reasons for hastening collagen loss so wear an SPF20 broad-spectrum cream that protects against UVA and UVB rays EVERY day.
*Ask a dermatologist to prescribe a retinoid cream – the gold standard for skin rejuvenation as it can stimulate collagen, keeping the skin looking plump and healthy.
*Exfoliate at least a couple of times a week. This helps speed up skin and collagen renewal.