Sagging skin is something that many of us can relate to as we get older. This occurs when our body slows its natural production of collagen and elastin, two essential ingredients to keep our skin firm, supple and looking youthful. As gravity takes its toll, the skin on our faces begins to droop, forming heavy browns, hollowed cheeks, bags beneath our eyes and jowls that cause our jawline to lack the definition it once had.
Needless to say, the effect these changes can have on our confidence can be profound. Whilst once you may have enjoyed wearing cosmetics and felt self-assured in your appearance, you might now feel self-conscious, embarrassed or even ashamed. Although you dislike these changes immensely, you may not feel ready to go under the knife for surgery to correct the issues. Fortunately, there are a variety of non-surgical skin tightening methods that are highly successful in addressing those aspects of your facial skin that you feel need attention.
Here are some of the best options we have found for non-surgical skin tightening.
Dermal fillers are a very popular type of non-surgical cosmetic treatment that involves small injections of a gel or liquid into the skin to fill, plump and firm it. There are various types of filler that can be used, with those based around collagen or hyaluronic acid, two naturally-occurring substances that are reintroduced to the skin, being most popular. Some of the most effective dermal fillers that we have found include:
Voluma - a hyaluronic acid-based filler which can add volume to the cheek and jowl area.
Belotero Balance - a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that is particularly often used to address sagging in the nasolabial folds (the folds that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth).
Restylane - another hyaluronic acid filler that is primarily used to fill the area where smile lines form, as well as plumping out around the lips so that wrinkles are eliminated.
Juvéderm - a popular group of dermal fillers that add volume to and lift and contour the cheeks, smooths lines around your nose and mouth and can even be used to add fullness to the lips.
Radiesse - this dermal filler is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in water that, once injected, provides immediate volume as well as encouraging your body to produce its own natural collagen.
Injectable dermal fillers such as those listed above offer temporary results and are usually re-administered every 4 to 12 months depending on which type you use. Our experienced cosmetic specialist, Dr. Raskin, will be delighted to recommend the best type of filler to help you achieve tighter, smoother skin.
Another type of injectable, many people are familiar with Botox, a neurotoxin that prevents the contraction of underlying muscles so that the softer, sagging skin above cannot wrinkle or form grooves and lines. As a result, previously loose skin looks firmer and more youthful.
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Our cosmetic specialist, Dr. Raskin, is the only plastic surgeon in Greenwich, CT to currently offer this remarkable treatment that can significantly improve the appearance of deep wrinkles and sagging jowls. This handheld device stimulates natural collagen and elastin production so that you can enjoy smoother, younger-looking skin.
Microneedling is a fairly new cosmetic process that is designed to stimulate natural collagen growth. The procedure is carried out using a dermal roller that creates hundreds of tiny punctures in your skin, triggering your body to produce extra collagen and elastin to heal itself. In some cases, collagen-boosting serums can be placed onto the skin after the microneedling as they will absorb more effectively through the punctures.
If you would like to find out more information about any of the non-invasive skin tightening procedures mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Raskin by contacting our friendly and knowledgeable cosmetic services team.