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Everything heading south? Here’s how to stop the sag
Around your early 30s and 40s you’ll start noticing changes in the texture of your skin. What was once firm, tight and toned may now look thin and crepey causing sagging and drooping. Blame it on depleted collagen levels and natural ageing. And although everyone’s skin will age differently due to genetics and bone structure, a poor diet, smoking, not protecting skin from the sun and a lack of exercise will also take their toll on the tone and elasticity of your skin. Fortunately, from your face and your neck to your tummy and bottom, saggy skin can be treated with the latest non surgical radio frequency skin tightening devices,- the fastest growing areas of aesthetic medicine-safe for all skin types with little or no downtime.
But if there is a lot of excess or loose skin, the only answer is surgery.
Lift and Tighten The Silhouette Soft Suture Lift is ideal for those with droopy cheeks and takes only 30 minutes. Using local anaesthetic, tiny needles are made near the hairline and soft sutures are inserted to lift the cheeks back into place. There’s little swelling or bruising and downtime is minimal. £999 Results last up to 18 months. http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/silhouette-soft-face-lift/
Lift and Tighten For most people with a bad case of turkey neck or loose skin a neck lift is usually the only option but the procedure today can be carried out under local anaesthetic. It involves making tiny incisions in the lower hairline or behind the ears. The skin is pulled up the excess is removed and it’s stitched into place. Downtime is a couple of weeks, with swelling and bruising, The scars will be hidden in the hairline or behind the ear and will be pink for at least six weeks and may take up to a year to fade. Results will last up to ten years. From £3800 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/lower-face-and-neck-lift/ or look at NeckTite as another option http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/necktite/
Tone and Tighten Best for slight sagging ,Viora Reaction uses radio-frequency energy with vacuum therapy and takes t twenty minute Three to six weekly sessions are recommend and you’ll see results after two sessions. Cost from £200 per treatment. http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/viora-reactions/
Lift and tighten Bra spam, when excess skin bulges out around the bra straps and underneath the arm is a common problem for most women over 40. The Axillaplasty removes the overhanging and excess fat above the bra strap as well as in and around the armpit. Excess fat is suctioned and then loose overhanging skin is removed, creating a thin line scar, which is hidden in the armpit and along the natural crease line. The operation is usually carried out under a general anesthetic. You have to keep arms rested for at least ten days after op – no heavy lifting, driving or raising arms above the head. The area will feel tight until stitches dissolve or are taken out and tender for a couple of months. The scar will fade into a thin line over a period of time Scars will take up to a year to fade but results are permanent. From £3500 0207 436 4441
Smooth and Tighten Pelleve is great for tightening and firming the delicate skin under the eyes. A gel is applied to the skin and a hand-held wand is used to heat the area causing the skin to tighten and stimulate collagen production. Results can be seen immediately, with skin continuing to tighten over a 3-6 month period. A course of three treatments, two weeks apart, is recommended. There’s no downtime and any redness experienced usually fades within an hour. From £150 per treatment, however if eyes are very baggy, the only fix is eye bag removal, called a blepharoplasty, under local anaesthetic £2600 02074364441 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/pelleve-for-loose-skin/
Firm and Tighten Tite FX is a lunchtime body contouring treatment with no pain or downtime and good for flabby tummies. Radio Frequency and electroporation are used to destroy fat cells as well as boost collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. Four to six weekly hourly treatments recommended from £999 for a course http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/titefx/
DO YOU NEED A TUMMY TUCK?
If you’ve got lots of loose skin, especially after losing a lot of weight or multiple pregnancies, then you may need an abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck.. There are many types of tummy tucks, from a mini-tummy tuck that just focuses on the lower tummy with a small incision, to a traditional tummy tuck that requires a larger scar across the front of the body (but below the bikini line). Some tummy tuck procedures can also address love handles or excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen. There will be scarring and the procedure can be painful .You also have to factor in downtime of at least a month to six weeks for recovery. Cost from £5,000
Lift and firm. Breasts that have been affected from pregnancy, aging, genetics or all three, usually require surgery to lift them back into place. Called Mastopex, three incisions, which form an anchor shape, are made into your breasts, to enable the surgeon to remove excess skin and move the nipple into a higher position, before closing the incisions with dissolvable stitches. You’ll be hospitalised for a couple of nights. You should take at least two weeks off work and wear a supportive sports bra for a couple of months. From £5000 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/breast-reduction/
Lift and Perk The Brazilian Butt Lift is best for flat saggy bottoms – bottoms will increase slightly to give more curve and roundness. Your body’s spare fat, usually taken from around the tum, hips and thighs, is treated and then injected into your buttocks to give them a curvier shape. You’ll need a local anaesthetic and sedation. You may need a top up treatment annually as not all the fat will stay. Up to a week to recover, and expect bruising and minor swelling. Sitting down is a little sore and strenuous exercise best avoided for six weeks? Cost from £6500 02074364441 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/brazilian-butt-lift/
HOW RF WORKS
RF delivers energy to a target area of the skin causing heating of the underlying tissues. The heat makes the collagen tighten and kicks start the body’s healing process to produce more collagen. Over a period of time the process continues with the skin becoming tighter and smoother. A course of treatments work best and results improve over a period of time.