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Skin Tightening

One of the most common complaints we hear from clients concerned about the ageing of their skin is “sagging.” As we age, the rate of new collagen and elastin production reduces. Furthermore, excessive sun exposure breaks down the existing collagen and elastin. In certain areas, particularly the face, there is loss of volume of the underlying fat compartments and bone.  All of these factors contribute to the development of looser skin and the appearance of “sagging.”
Although excessively loose skin can be removed through plastic surgery, for many people this is too extreme and results in surgical scars that can be worse than the original problem.

Fortunately, new technology is now available which tightens the skin without any recovery time.  We have two of the best skin tightening devices: Sofwave (which uses ultrasound) and Fotona SP Dynamis (which uses laser). These devices deliver heat under the skin to tighten the existing collagen bundles and to stimulate production of new collagen. As these devices deliver the heat under the skin but do not affect the surface of the skin, this means that they have no recovery time and can be done as a ”lunch-time” procedure. Sometimes clients see an immediate tightening result, but the full tightening effect occurs 3-6 months later. These treatments can be done separately or together. Done repeatedly, they usually result in gradual tightening of the skin.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening?

Skin tightening is suitable for patients of all skin colours. Those with mild skin laxity and individuals under the age of 50 respond best, but in the majority of patients there will be some noticeable improvement. However, there are some patients who do not show a significant response to skin tightening, although these tend to be more elderly individuals. One big advantage of both these treatments, however, is that there is little or no recovery time compared with the alternative of plastic surgery. Done often enough, these treatments can achieve results similar to those of surgery.

Are There Any Contraindications to Laser Skin Tightening?

There are no contraindications to skin tightening. It can be done on all ages and skin of all colours, whether or not there is a tan. It can usually be done on most medications, but individual clients should check their medications with our practitioners. There is no problem with metal implants.

On Which Sites of the Body Can Laser Skin Tightening Be Performed?

Skin tightening can be done on any site of the body. Popular sites include the face, neck, upper arms, knees and abdomen.

What Methods of Laser Skin Tightening Are Used at Dermatology Consulting?

At Dermatology Consulting we offer the following state of the art technology for skin tightening:

  • Fotona SP Dynamis (a powerful and versatile laser which delivers unique long pulses of laser to gently tighten the skin).
  • Sofwave (a new patented technology using high intensity focused ultrasound).

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