In this day and age, there are many different skin-tightening procedures available for consumers to choose from. Each of these different procedures has many advantages and disadvantages. And choosing the right procedure for you can be a little bit tricky.
Despite this, it can be difficult to find clear-cut information online. That’s because it is often either written with too much medical jargon or is an ad designed to sway you with half-truths. For that reason, it’s important to learn as much as you can from several different sources.
One of the best procedures for skin tightening is ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound therapy is a major player in the skin tightening market because it is a non-invasive procedure. Non-invasive procedures have advantages over invasive procedures.
With ultrasound therapy, there are a few major benefits to consider. First, there’s no recovery time. You can go right back to work or continue with your life just like you did before. Another major advantage is that ultrasound therapy is more affordable than other forms of non-invasive skin tightening procedures that are available on the market.
There are different kinds of ultrasound therapy. The most effective variety is a proprietary method that utilizes both ultrasound stimulation and ultrasound imaging to produce better results than conventional methods. You can read a lot about non invasive Ultherapy® and its benefits. One major advantage of Ultherapy® is its ability to utilize ultrasound imaging to better target and penetrate deeper skin layers than other forms of non-invasive procedures.
Like many other forms of non-invasive skin tightening procedures, ultrasound therapy uses stimulation to increase the number of collagen fibers produced and distributed throughout the skin. And it’s necessary to stimulate deeper layers of skin to ensure that you get the maximal effect.
Another major form of non-invasive skin tightening procedure is laser therapy. Laser therapy shares a lot of the benefits of other non-invasive therapies. However, it has two major disadvantages when compared to ultrasound therapy.
Laser therapy, because it uses visible light, cannot penetrate as deeply as ultrasound therapy. This means that the improvements are mostly on the surface level.
Well technically a non-invasive procedure with no downtime, you’ll leave the office feeling sunburnt every time.
The oldest and most traditional form of skin tightening procedure is the facelift. Unlike the previously mentioned therapies, a facelift is an invasive surgical procedure.
Facelifts tighten the skin through surgical means. The physician will make strategically placed incisions around the edge of the face. Then, they will stretch the skin, remove and trim excess skin from the edges, and then stitch your face back on.
However, surgical procedures always come with a lot of disadvantages. One major disadvantage of a facelift is the downtime involved. A facelift recipient may need weeks of recovery at home before it’s safe for them to go out again. They’ll also need help coming home from the clinic because they’ll be under the influence of general anesthesia. A facelift is a major surgical intervention.
Anytime the skin is inside there is a risk of infection. And sometimes these infections can eat away at your skin. Contracting a flesh-eating bacterial infection will be counterproductive for your beauty.
Additionally, facelifts do nothing to restore the vigor and elasticity of your skin. They merely stretch the skin and trim the excess. This is counterproductive because pulling the skin tight makes it even thinner than before. And the goal of facial rejuvenation is to enrich and rejuvenate the skin.
Finally, receiving a facelift cuts years off of your look but recipients of facelifts end up with the characteristic appearance that people often recognize. Everyone will know that you received a facelift. Other forms of skin tightening procedures are less obvious as they merely increase the elasticity and vitality of your skin. This restores a natural look, the same look that you had when you were younger.
Facelifts are also the riskiest of the procedures as they are invasive. Anytime there is a risk of bacterial infection a patient should carefully consider if the procedure is right for them. Additionally, recipients will need to undergo general anesthesia. This procedure also may not be suitable for people with compromised immune systems or other medical issues that will prevent them from being able to recover.
Intense Pulsed Light And Radio Frequency
There are several other non-invasive skin tightening procedures available for consumers. Some of these procedures are less therapeutic and more about dietary and lifestyle changes. Some methodologies are physical exercises that improve circulation and tone the muscles of the face. While these are effective procedures, they tend to produce fewer results than the non-invasive skin tightening procedures that have been talked about here.
The final procedures to be discussed are also non-invasive skin tightening procedures. These procedures include intense pulsed light and radiofrequency stimulations.
These two procedures may be performed independently but often come combined. Intense pulsed light is a specialized form of laser stimulation that improves the abundance of collagen in the skin. Radiofrequency stimulation takes advantage of the same phenomenon but uses different wavelengths.
Visible light, as mentioned previously, only can penetrate so deep into the skin. That’s because it’s a form of light and has no special ability to penetrate deeper than a flashlight. For this reason, it is frequently employed with radiofrequency technology. Radiofrequency simulation uses a lower wavelength of electromagnetism than intense pulsed light therapies. Lower frequencies can penetrate deeper into substances than hire ones. Radio frequencies often can travel entirely through opaque and dense materials.
While each of these methods is effective at stimulating collagen production in the skin, intense pulsed light has a shallow effect and radiofrequency stimulation can penetrate much more deeply. That’s why these two technologies are often combined to create a comprehensive system of skin stimulation that can reach all levels.
As with other non-invasive procedures, downtime and recovery time are negligible. That means you can get into the clinic, receive your treatment and get out without any fuss or added difficulty to your life.
Regardless of the procedure that you choose, you must weigh each advantage and disadvantage carefully. Non-invasive procedures are more appropriate for patients that are experiencing less severe effects of aging. They have no or little downtime. They do not come with nearly as many risks as surgical procedures. And finally, they directly stimulate collagen production to improve the elasticity and youthfulness of the skin.
Meanwhile, invasive surgical skin tightening procedures are more appropriate for advanced aging issues. However, they are extremely risky and can further injure the patient’s health. Not only that, they do little to rejuvenate or restore youthfulness to the skin. They merely stretch existing skin over the face, making it thinner in the process.
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