Skin Tightening has long been one of the central focuses of the anti-aging industry, as people look for more permanent, professional alternatives to overpriced, over-the-counter creams and products. Aging skin can lose its elasticity, which can create a sagging appearance and more prominent wrinkles, as well. Fortunately, there are a number of proven skin tightening treatments that are helping people battle back against sagging skin and start looking years younger; without the need for plastic surgery.Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Low-risk and relatively painless, the following procedures have moved to the head of the class of non-invasive skin tightening treatments in recent years. Each one takes a different route to the same goal: safe, effective, time-tested skin tightening results.Refirme™ Skin Tightening
One of the newest skin tightening treatments on the market, Refirme™ is a highly regarded choice among skincare specialists around the country. By utilizing Syneron's elos (electrical-optical synergy) technology, Refirme™ Skin Tightening can rejuvenate facial skin, remove wrinkles, and tighten sagging skin tissue by penetrating deep into the dermal layers to stimulate new collagen production; all while using less energy than some modern IPL systems. Elos technology's powerful combination of bi-polar radio frequency and infrared light energy targets loose, aging skin and wrinkles, and causes very little pain or discomfort. Refirme™ skin tightening procedures usually last about 45 minutes to an hour, and typically require 2-5 sessions for the best results.Titan™ Skin Tightening
The Titan™ Skin Tightening method, like the Refirme™ system, encourages new collagen growth and improves skin's elasticity, which consequently removes wrinkles and firms up sagging skin. However, unlike the Refirme™ elos technology, Titan™ boosts collagen production by using filtered beams of infrared light. The Titan™ procedure effectively tightens skin not only on the face, but also on the arms, legs, abdomen, and other areas of the body. Repeated 15-60 minute treatment sessions are recommended for the most desirable Titan™ effects.
Thermage and ContrAge™ skin tightening treatments are often referred to as the "non-surgical facelift." Through the incorporation of capacitive radio frequency (CRF) technology, Thermage and ContrAge™ energize skin's collagen levels and bring new, fresh collagen to the skin's surface to eliminate loose, aging skin and excessive wrinkles. Thermage was the first treatment of the two to hit the market, and is sometimes called ThermaCool™ for the way its CRF energy uses temperature to stimulate deep dermal layers and manipulate collagen up to the skin's surface. Thermage treatments are typically used for facial skin tightening around the eyes, chin, neck, or jawline, but like the newer ContrAge™ system, it can be used on the arms, legs, abdomen, and other areas of the body, as well.Arasys & B.E.A.M.
For a toned, younger-looking body, Arasys and B.E.A.M. tightening procedures can firm up skin and muscles, burn fat cells, and trim inches off the waist and hips. The Arasys inch-loss system achieves skin tightening and toning results by using electrical wavelengths to stimulate muscle activity and imitate the body's natural exercising rhythms. With Arasys, patients can reap the aesthetic benefits of a workout without the typical body fatigue and muscle stress that accompanies a day at the gym. As Arasys' muscle stimulator machines go to work on targeted areas, the body's natural oxygenation and circulation processes are improved. Arasys also boosts metabolic rates and improves skin's elasticity. The B.E.A.M. body treatment also uses electrical muscle stimulation to create real, physical results without the hassle of a physical workout. Both Arasys and B.E.A.M. are non-invasive procedures that last about 30 minutes and typically require no recovery time.Choosing a Skin Tightening Method
When it comes to cost considerations, procedural risks, and greater range of treatment options, non-invasive skin tightening procedures are a superb alternative to cosmetic surgery, and can be more effective than anti-wrinkle dermal injectables like Botox®. Since the leading skin tightening procedures are proven to be effective and safer than ever before, thanks to new technologies and improved research, the odds for success are great, no matter what you choose. The easiest way to ensure you make the right choice when it comes to skin tightening is to schedule an assessment with a cosmetic specialist in your area. It's always important to be informed of all potential options, risks, and circumstances before undergoing treatment for cosmetic enhancement.