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Skin Tightening

Skin tighteningSkin tightening is a recent development in non surgical cosmetic treatments which aims to give you a much younger, tighter and firmer looking appearance. Skin tightening encompasses a number of different procedures such as Sculptra and non surgical face lifts that aim to improve a person's appearance without the need to undergo surgery.

There are many techniques of skin tightening but they all work by carefully heating up the targeted area. This heating causes our own natural collagen within our skin to shrink and therefore ‘tighten’. This heating simultaneously stimulates our skin to produce new collagen fibres which further improves the appearance and tone of our skin.

Skin tightening can be used all over the body where there are any areas of loose or sagging skin.

There is however a limit to how much our skin can shrink and tighten so it is best suited to mildly affected areas. Areas around the jaw, neck and cheeks are ideal for skin tightening. Where there is excessive sagging you will be better advised to consider a surgical procedure such as a face lift.

Skin tightening uses various different technologies and this will vary depending onyour practitioners preferences. The most common methods used are as follows:
  • Infra-Red Laser Skin Tightening: Infra-red energy is used to heat up the skin in a non-invasive manner.
  • Radio frequency technology skin tightening: Radio waves can also be used for skin tightening treatments.
  • Laser skin tightening: Many different types of lasers such as a YAG laser can be used to tighten the skin.

All 3 techniques are minimally invasive and require no recovery time. The procedure is carried out using a hand held instrument which applies the laser beam, radio waves or infra-red beam over the affected area. The treatment typically takes around 30 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. People can generally return to work / normal activities immediately after the treatment.

How Much Does Skin Tightening Cost?

All 3 types of skin tightening are expensive and the typical cost is around £1000 per treatment session. You may need up to 4 repeat treatments so the cost can be fairly significant.

There are also other factors that will affect the cost of skin tightening and they are as follows:

  • Extent of treatment: Depending on what exactly it is that needs treating the cost of your skin tightening is likely to vary. If for example there is a lot of sagging skin and poor skin tone then you are likely to require more repeat treatments to achieve the desired results and naturally this will increase the cost.
  • Practitioner: A medically trained practitioner is likely to charge more than one that is not. As well as this a practitioner with a good reputation is likely to demand a higher price for their services.
  • Your age: Younger skin generally responds better to skin tightening than older skin. If you are over the age of 50 years old you are likely to need more repeat treatments to achieve the desired results and this will increase the price significantly.
  • Technology: Clinics using the very latest in skin tightening equipment are likely to charge more as the results will be more impressive.
  • Location: Prices are likely to be higher in bigger cities and in areas that are affluent.

In summary it is difficult to give an accurate price for skin tightening and the only way to find this out for certain is to go for a consultation where you skin will be assessed. Your practitioner will discuss with you what your expectations are for the procedure and give you an idea on how many treatments you are likely to need to achieve these aims.

How Many Skin Tightening Treatments Will I Need?

This will depend on how big the area being treated is and the extent of the loose, sagging skin. For face skin tightening it is normally recommended to have 2 – 4 treatment sessions. For areas such as the stomach and thighs, you are likely to need at least 6 treatments.

Is Skin Tightening Painful?

Most people find the procedure only mildly uncomfortable. You will feel a hot sensation throughout your treatment. A local anaesthetic is not normally required.

Can Skin Tightening Be Used To Treat Areas Other Than The Face?

Skin tightening can be used on all areas of the body and can it can also help to reduce cellulite. The skin tightening procedure will also help to break down fatty cells and remove fatty deposits via the lymphatic system. 

How Effective is Skin Tightening?

Most people notice a slight improvement in their appearance immediately after the treatment but the full effects will not be seen until around 2 months after the initial procedure. 80-90% of people having facial skin tightening notice a significant improvement in the feel and appearance of their face. This is slightly less for body skin tightening.

How Long Does Skin Tightening Last For?

Results typically last for 1 – 2 years.

Skin Tightening Side Effects

Skin tightening side effects are rare but the following can occur:

  • Swelling of the treated area.
  • Redness of the treated area.

Skin Tightening Creams

Skin tightening creams offer an alternative to the more invasive treatments that are often used. Skin tightening creams also provide a more cost effective treatment and they have grown in popularity as they have improved. The aim of skin tightening creams is to stimulate new collagen production in our skin and there are various ways that the creams do this. Just remember that skin tightening creams will not produce as good results as other skin tightening treatments and they are generally only advised for people with mild wrinkles and loose skin.

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