Why do we get loose, saggy skin and how to best treat loose skin non-surgically?
The older we get the more of a problem loose, saggy skin can become. So it’s great that there are many ways to help loose skin, and they might not be as expensive or painful as you thought. But what causes skin to get loose or saggy? Well, skin can get loose after rapid weight loss, for example saggy skin can happen after pregnancy, sometimes with stretch marks. The same thing can happen if you have had severe overweight or obesity and have lost weight very quickly, which can also cause skin to sag and stretch marks can develop. Stretch marks can happen at any age, but are more likely to develop as we get older. That’s because our skin looses its bounce, volume and elasticity and everything starts to feel the effect of gravity and move south. So how do we tighten our loose skin again and how do we get rid of those stretch marks?
Skin Tightening Creams
There are a lot of creams that say they will make you look younger, but there are only a few that can really help to tighten your skin and even then the tightening effect is very mild. I think Tretinoin (Retin A) and Vitamin C and E have the best quality research behind them to show that they can really help your skin to look younger in both men and women. They have to be used regularly for several months before you see any difference. Tretinoin is based on Vitamin A, so you can’t use it if you might be pregnant, and some people are very sensitive to it. You will be more sensitive to ultraviolet and sun light while using Tretinoin or Retin A cream. It needs to be prescribed under the supervision of a medical doctor.
Dermaroller Collagen Induction Therapy
Dermarollers are small rolling pins with hundreds of tiny medical grade needles on them. Rolling them over the skin causes a zone of injury just beneath the surface that tricks the skin into tightening up by causing new collagen and elastin fibres to develop. Downtime is usually just a day or two and the effects last for months. Two or three treatments are usually needed before you see anything. Dermaroller microneedling therapy can also have beneficial effects on stretch marks, but more treatments are usually needed in my experience – five to ten at monthly intervals.
How to Tighten Loose Skin under Your Face
Continuing on the theme of non-surgical skin tightening treatments we next consider radiofrequency treamtments. This is mode of treatment has been around for ten years or so with the introduction of Thermage, and there have been many scientific studies that have shown that radiofrequency treatment like Pelleve is really effective for tightening the skin of your face, tightening loose skin under the chin, and tightening up saggy skin around your neck. Radiofrequency energy is electromagnetic energy ranging from 3 kHz to 1 MHz. It can be used to treat all skin types and when used properly, is very safe. Down time is minimal for most people. It works by heating up the collagen in the skin, which at a certain temperature reforms and tightens up. The effects are quite subtle to start with, but repeated treatments (usually three to four at monthly intervals) can produce a more significant effect. It is also quite long lasting, six months plus for most people.
How to Tighten Loose Skin on Your Stomach
The best way to tighten up the loose skin on your stomach without having to have any kind of surgery such as liposuction or abdominoplasty is with radiofrequency treatment. Radiofrequency for the tummy treatment uses technologies like Veloshape (http://www NULL.velashape NULL.com/). Radiofrequency treatment means that you don’t have any of the risks associated with surgery, such as scars, bruising or infection. It can also be used to tighten loose skin on your thighs. Several treatments are needed and the overall effect is quite mild (typically 1-2 cm difference), so if this is the tummy tightening effect that your are looking for, this could be the treatment for you.
But does radiofrequency treatment like Pelleve really work?
The answer is a definite yes. There are many scientific studies that have shown that carefully heating up the deep layers of the skin can tighten up loose skin. Pelleve (http://www NULL.pelleve NULL.com) has received full FDA approval in the United States, and FDA approval can only be achieved if there is good scientific proof. The skin tightening effects of pelleve are gradual and repeated treatments are usually needed, but the good news is that it is effective for 85% of people who have skin tightening treatment with Pelleve and the rejuvenation effect lasts at least 6 months.