It is an irrevocable fact of life that as we age, so does our skin. Wrinkles, lines, deep creases, and saggy skin are all common indications of aging caused by the loss of elastin and collagen in the skin, the “youth proteins” that contribute to the skin’s elasticity, suppleness, and firmness.
Sagging skin may also be an indication of other reasons such as rapid weight loss, poor lifestyle, and environmental influences such as constant exposure to the sun and pollution.
No matter the cause, the bitter truth is saggy skin can be unappealing and a source of insecurity for many. The good news is there are now many ways to address this through a number of skin tightening and lifting options, whether you choose to do it the surgical or non-surgical way. The big question is: are these skin tightening procedures permanent?
Skin Tightening: The Revolutionary, Modern Day Options
Surgery used to be the go-to answer when wanting to bring back a youthful appearance but nowadays, many people are turning to non-invasive and minimally invasive skin tightening treatments because they provide similar and immediate effects with minimal to no downtime.
There are now several technologies on the market that may help those who wish to reduce loose skin and smooth out their wrinkles. Some of the most popular types include:
A combination of radio-frequency assisted lipolysis and skin resurfacing techniques is used in this FDA-approved non-invasive technique. Face Contouring aims to tighten sagging skin around the face and neck, as well as reshape fat deposits to improve the jaw line and rejuvenate the neck. At the same time, radio-frequency energy is applied to the outer skin resulting in a smoother, firmer, and youthful appearance.
Face Contouring is usually painless since it is done under local anesthesia. It requires minimal downtime and final results can be seen within a few weeks. Is Face Contouring skin tightening permanent? While the results can be seen immediately and are long-lasting, it may not be permanent as aging takes its natural course.
Forma (Radio-frequency Treatment)
Forma is a fast and effective skin tightening treatment that uses radio-frequency technology to promote contraction underneath the skin. To combat wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging, Forma can be used on any part of the body that may require skin tightening. The abdomen, arm bat wings, thighs, back fat, and knees are typically the targeted areas.
In this quick procedure, the radio frequency current flows between the electrodes to give a pleasant thermal experience that targets fat cells. The built-in temperature controls make it a very safe treatment that can be used on all skin types.
Is Forma skin tightening permanent? This treatment stimulates the formation of new collagen over time and it improves the skin’s elasticity for long-lasting results.
BodyFx® Laser Technology
BodyFx® is a new fat removal technology that not only contours the body, but also tightens the skin and addresses cellulite issues at the same time. It is a non-invasive procedure that combines several methods such as radio-frequency, deep tissue heating, and suction. It is typically applied to areas of the body with stubborn fat build-up such as the abdomen, love handles, and thighs.
BodyFx® is a fairly fast procedure at only about 30 minutes tops per area, and does not require any downtime. Is BodyFx skin tightening permanent? Optimal results can be seen after several sessions, but can last a significant amount of time, even permanently if a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
BodyTite® – Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL)
Another innovative procedure in the market today is BodyTite® – a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to remove stubborn fats through tiny incisions, and melts fatty tissues at the same time resulting to tighter skin.
The combination of radiofrequency and liposuction techniques significantly dissolves stubborn fats and stimulates collagen production for firmer skin, resulting in a contoured and lifted body similar to those who have undergone a major surgical procedure. Unlike major surgeries though, BodyTite® can produce optimal results without the lengthy recovery period or scars.
After a BodyTite® procedure, mild bruising and swelling can be expected. Most patients are able to return to work and resume their normal activities within a few weeks.
Is BodyTite® skin tightening permanent? BodyTite® is an FDA-approved and effectively safe treatment with results that can be long-lasting, even permanent if you keep up a healthy routine and food intake that will prevent new fats from building up.
FaceTite – Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL)
This procedure is essentially the same as the BodyTite® but with a focus on improving facial fat and skin laxity around the face and neck, and addressing issues like facial folds, turkey neck, double chin, and jowls.
FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio-frequency energy to melt fats and tighten skin, producing results similar to those of an invasive face and neck lift surgery, only without the excess skin removal.
This revolutionary procedure requires minimal downtime and can be done under local anesthesia. Is FaceTite skin tightening permanent? Aging and genetics may significantly affect the results of a FaceTite procedure over time, however the rejuvenated look can last up to several years, with proper care.
Dr. Nikolov: The Skin Tightening Specialist
Are you considering skin tightening and fat removal, but are not ready to go under the knife? Only trust and consult with a reputable plastic surgeon to achieve the face and body of your dreams!
World-renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Nicholas Nikolov, offers the most innovative and revolutionary methods on the market today for combining fat reduction and skin tightening into a single treatment.
The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery features state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained staff, and is conveniently located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. Call us or book an appointment online to learn about our skin tightening options and how we can help you achieve that rejuvenated look today.