Today I would like to talk about the various non-surgical skin tightening treatments on the market, I will also tell you what my top three or maybe four are. These days it seems like a lot of women at age’s thirty and plus are opting to have their face tightened as a preventative measure that may circumvent a facelift. However, face tightening is also being used by women as young as twenty-one to make sure they never sag…. Truth be told in the end, most will eventually sag at some time and perhaps need a facelift. That said, let’s not talk about sagging now…..LOL I would like to address these skin tightening machines first. As you may be aware there are two primary ways used to tighten skin; one requires the use of ultrasound waves and the other radiofrequency. Both machines apply waves of energy that heat the subcutaneous layers of the skin causing controlled trauma to the epidermis and which in return causes new collagen to form. There is a lot the esthetician has to bear in mind when using these machines including the heat intensity, the depth the device is reaching and also the thickness or density of the area.
So many devices have been released into the beauty market, newer and more effective versions are being invented daily. The craze three years ago was all about Ultherapy, a device that harnesses the power of ultrasound to transform the brow, chin, neck, and chest. Ultrasound, of course, has been used safely throughout the medical field for more than fifty years—and Ultherapy has been established as safe and effective in clinical studies and over half a million treatments worldwide. Ultherapy at the time was the only non-invasive procedure FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, under the chin, and on the eyebrow. It is known to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage, Ultherapy can help you achieve a fresher, more youthful look from your brow to your chest!
However, I must say that before Ultherapy there were several radiofrequency devices mostly using monopolar and tripolar energy forms. These got even better too. One of the early and effective adaptations of this was Exilis. Exilis has now come out with its latest reincarnation called Exilis Elite. Exilis Elite delivers highly controlled heat to tissue by using focused radio frequency (RF) technology for measurable cosmetic results. Exilis Elite can help tighten aging skin by heating the collagen in the lower layers of the skin. This process causes the deep collagen structures of your skin to tighten, and you’ll notice firmer skin right after treatment. Over the long term, that heat energy also stimulates future collagen production, and your skin will gradually tighten further giving you a more youthful appearance.
Now, however, the latest generation of radiofrequency machines have gone even a step further. The top ones also have tiny microneedles that puncture the skin and send the radiofrequency energy right into the sublayers. Take Fractora by Inmode for example. Fractora delivers targeted bipolar RF energy to various selectable depths in the skin. Fractora meets and exceeds the results of fractional CO2 without the associated downtime, prolonged redness, and pigmentation drawbacks. Fractora achieves full-scale treatment depths with customizable fractional energy to improve superficial skin tone problems (photo damage) to deep textural concerns (rhytids and tightening). Fractora has tiny microscopic needles that reach beneath the skin layers.
NOTE: Since this article was written Inmode has come out with an even more intense version of Factora called “Morpheus 8“. This is called Factoras big brother by some in the business. Beverly Hills Dermatologist Jason Emer swears by using lasers and skin tightening modulations on your skin to keep a youthful and glowing complexion
However that said, the rage right now is all about Profound. Top Beverly Hills surgeons are all swearing by Profound at the moment. Profound causes very precise dermal injuries that arouse an anabolic wound healing response which stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin in a way that we’ve not seen before. It is consistently able to create younger, more elastic skin, in addition to improving volume. Even patients in their thirties could periodically turn back the clock on early laxity and loss of volume. Profound seems to be the go-to treatment for everybody now. It is a single treatment procedure with a 100% response rate and yields predictable results with complete control over depth, temperature and time of treatment.
So the choice is yours. What’s your pick? Oh, and before I forget, these devices can also work on sagging knees, elbows, thighs and the butts. These machines all help regenerate collagen. Hopefully, in five years, they will get even better. Prevention is better than cure. My advice to most women will be to try and do a series of one of these treatments at least once every 18 to 24 months. Expensive? I know! But so worth it!!!