Skin Tightening

Our skin is an aging organ too! Have you ever compared a baby’s skin to that of an aged person’s? One could notice remarkable differences between the two. Have you wondered what makes our skin change with time? Why does our skin lose its firmness, smoothness and shine?

The skin is made up of essential components such as collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan (GAGs). The collagen is a protein that gives firmness to the skin and prevents it from sagging. Elastin gives it the much needed elasticity which helps it to stretch and bounce back to the original form. Glycosaminoglycan promotes cell growth, repair and adhesion; it keeps the skin youthful and hydrated. With age, the production of these essential components of the skin that are responsible for your skin to look youthful reduces with time. After about the age of 20, the production of collagen is decreased by around 1% every year. So it is really important to care for the skin to keep it firm and smooth. Without enough care and hydration, the skin will age faster than it should and appear malnourished.

There can be two reasons to why your skin ages. One is the natural process of aging caused due to lesser production of collagen and CAG. The other reason is external factors such as harsh sunlight, pollution, severe dehydration and lack of skin care. The symptoms of skin aging and dullness include:

  • Skin sagging
  • Dark patches
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Freckles
  • Deep Wrinkles
  • Roughness

What is skin tightening?

Skin tightening is a cosmetic treatment that rebuilds and replenishes your skin by penetrating into deeper layers of the dermis and stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. As a result, your skin will start to look more youthful and smooth.

What are some of the common skin tightening procedures?

For mild cases of skin sagging and dullness, you could opt for skin tightening creams, supplements, natural/home remedies, regular massage, exercise and weight management.

However, for solid and tough symptoms you could opt for various cosmetic procedures. Most non-surgical skin tightening involves the use of energy to heat up the inner layers of the dermis to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Non-surgical skin tightening is performed using radiofrequency, laser technology or a combination of both.

At Tamira, the skin tightening procedures are carefully curated for every individual depending on the extent of skin tightening needed. We offer a range of different treatments which include Thermage, Instalift and Clearlift.

What is face skin tightening?

Face skin tightening (or skin tightening of facial skin) mostly involves non-invasive procedures that will help improve the production of collagen. This is usually achieved with procedures such as Thermage where radio waves or heat is used to tighten up the skin on the face. It reduces wrinkles and sagging, leaving the individual with better skin over time due to the stimulation of collagen.

Face skin tightening procedures are directly done on the skin with no anesthesia and the patient would need no recovery time. The results of these procedures would not be very immediate but shows significant improvement in the skin within a period of 4 to 5 months. It is also said to be for a longer time with results staying for up to 2 to 3 years with no revisits to the clinic.

Skin tightening procedures need not be limited to the face alone, but can be done on the

  • Neck
  • Under chin
  • Eyebrows
  • Stomach
  • Arms and hands
  • Thighs and legs
  • Periorbital region
  • Buttocks

What is skin tightening of the under chin?

Skin tightening of the under chin, also known as Thermage Jawline is the technique of tightening the skin around one’s neck and chin. The procedure aims at lifting up sagging skin around the chin and leaving behind a frim skin.

What are skin tightening products?

 There are aplenty skin tightening devices in the market today which includes creams, lotions, rollers, micro needling devices, toning devices/kits and others.

The micro needling regeneration devices activates the production of natural collagen which will result in a smoother and firmer facial skin. There are also rollers and creams which gives a very similar result and could be used for skin tightening of the face.

What are skin tightening supplements?

Vitamin supplements could aid in the process of slowing down the aging of your skin by enriching your body with the necessary vitamins to keep your skin young. Vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E play an important role in keeping the skin youthful and firm. These vitamins hydrate the skin, keeps it firm, prevents skin damage and enables better repair and restoration.

Moreover, natural oils loaded with antioxidants and vitamins can also contribute to keeping the skin youthful.

What is laser skin tightening?

Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical procedure of using infrared light (laser light) to heat up inner layers of the skin to produce collagen. This procedure can be done on any skin type and is considered safe and effective. Apart from the elimination and prevention of a sagging skin, this treatment also leaves a smoother, even toned and bright skin. The results lasts for close to 2 years when accompanied with the necessary home care routine.

What are the outcomes of having a non-surgical skin tightening procedure? 

Non-surgical skin tightening treatment is the better option since its non-invasive, safe and effective. The benefits include.

  • More youthful and firm skin
  • Increased smoothness
  • Stimulation of the production of natural collagen and elastin
  • Easy recovery
  • No downtime
  • Quick procedures that take less than 2 hours
  • Minimal risks and after/side effects
  • Good results and rejuvenation of the skin

What are the post procedural care involved with laser skin tightening?

Though laser skin tightening treatments are safe, one could experience minor after effects for a short duration. This would include redness, swelling, burning sensation, change in color and others.

One must strictly follow the post-procedural care that the cosmetologist would suggest. Post laser skin tightening one must

  • Apply the prescribed ointment
  • Take medications or ice-pack care as suggested by the doctor
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight at least for a week
  • Use a sunscreen lotion with SPF above 30
  • Take antibiotics and other medications if prescribed
  • Have a wholesome fruit rich diet
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Continue mild and regular exercises

What is the cost of skin tightening treatments in India? 

 Skin tightening treatments could range from INR 15000 to INR 1,50,000 in India and the price could vary as per the city. Laser skin tightening treatments such as Thermage vary between 70,000 to 1,60,000.

What is skin tightening surgery?

Skin tightening surgery refers to surgical procedures that aid in the process of skin tightening. It could involve removing excess skin, lifting up and tightening the tissues to result in a firmer and smooth skin. Facelift and Necklift surgeries are just a couple of examples of surgical skin tightening. These procedures require a higher hospital stay and recovery time as compared to non-invasive skin tightening procedures. Most often the patient could get back to normal life in 2 weeks’ time but are advised to stay away from sunlight for a longer duration. The results of surgical skin tightening are said to stay for up to 10 years or longer.

What is skin tightening ultrasound?

Most skin tightening treatments involve ultrasound and radiofrequency. Ultrasound skin tightening uses ultrasound energy to help produce more collagen. This is a very safe procedure to very minimal after effects and requires a time of 1 to 2 hours for completion of the procedure. The results of the ultrasound skin tightening technique show up in 2 to 3 months and can easily stay for more than a year with good skincare home routine.

What is skin tightening RF treatment?

Skin tightening RF treatment refers to the use radiofrequency/RF devices to achieve the production of collagen. RF treatments are used when the cosmetologist is addressing a broader area for skin tightening. The procedure involves RF energy that penetrates into the epidermis to give a smooth and firm skin. The treatment can be done in around 2 hours and it requires very minimal post procedural care.

What is liposuction? Can liposuction be done with skin tightening?

Liposuction is the process of removing fat but does not contribute to tightening of the skin. If patients are keen on having a skin tightening procedure, they must take it up at a different time, preferably after a short span of having done liposuction.

What is the best skin tightening treatment?

There is no one procedure that works well for all. Patients must consult a qualified cosmetologist who could suggest the right treatment based on the skin condition, patient’s need, age and health.

Who should consider skin tightening treatments?

Both men and women of any skin type could consider skin tightening treatments. The best results are shown when these procedures are considered as an anti-aging treatment. Anybody in the age group of 30 and above could seek the treatments, as skin naturally starts to undergo the aging process around this time. However, the results of the treatment could be different from one person to another and is hugely dependent on the severity of sagging, scars and wrinkles. For a long term permanent result, older patients might have to resort to surgical skin tightening procedures.

Pregnant women and individuals with health disorders such as high blood pressure, heart diseases and other serious conditions must stay away from skin tightening treatments. At times, these procedures do not give the desired results on individuals who have lost a lot of skin due to weight loss/transformation.

What makes the skin tightening treatment at Tamira stay ahead of the rest?

At Tamira, we offer you with end to end assistance in your treatment which would begin with your consultation with highly qualified cosmetologists, selection of the right procedure, treatment plans and post procedural care. We respect every individual’s choice of having cosmetic/aesthetic related procedures and stand by our value of being honest and committed in our care.

Our skin tightening treatments aim at addressing your skin related issues such as skin sagging, wrinkles, discolouration, hard patches and other conditions. We adhere to the safest treatment protocol which involves assessing your skin’s reaction to lasers and supplements before getting into the complete procedure. After completion of every procedure we also put the individual through a home care skin care routine and treatment. We advise all our patients to consult a qualified cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic treatments to choose the right option for you.

However, as there are many ways available to bring back your youthful bouncy skin, skin tightening provides the best effects and long term benefits forever younger skin.

As we age our skin tends to lose its elasticity and starts to wrinkle and sag. This course of nature strips away that youthful bounce. However, there are many ways in which one can slow down this process and shed a few years off their skin without having to go under the blade.
The principle:

The skin is soft and bouncy during our youth because of two protein factors found in the skin called elastin and collagen. These proteins keep the skin firm, repairs the skin and causes rejuvenation which is vital for a youthful appearance. As we age the production of these proteins slows down drastically, aiding in the skin showing signs of ageing.

The technology:

All these different procedures work by jolting the skin. the waves or rays emitted, produce heat in the dermal or epidermal layers. This ‘wakes up’ the skin stimulating the production of collagen and elastin which naturally repairs the skin over time. Non-surgical skin tightening can be performed using radiofrequency, laser technology or a combination of both.

The techniques:

At Tamira, we offer a range of different techniques which can be individually curated to best fit your skin profile.

1. Thermage:

This one of a kind skin tightening treatment uses radiofrequency technology to help repair and rejuvenate the skin. Thermage is the most effective and widely used treatment because it aids to achieve optimal results within a single sitting. This procedure can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, revealing – youthful, bouncy and smooth skin.

2. Instalift:

Instalift is a non-invasive procedure that also uses radiofrequency (RF) technology is a facial rejuvenation treatment that is effective in skin tightening. The process involves emitting RF waves, which produce a warm tingle. The heat produced in the epidermal layer induces collagen production. This repairs the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, bulging and sagging skin. Instalift results in more plump, firm, soft and youthful skin.

3. Clearlift:

Clearlift is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses the technique of lasers or intense pulsing lasers. This process also works by heating the skin, but it has the option to penetrate deeper into the dermal layers. It can also be used in combination with radiofrequency for better results. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. Clearlift results in clearer, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance.

All the procedures typically take 1 to 2 hours to perform depending on the region. There is no downtime involved and one can resume daily activities immediately. Post-procedural effects may include mild redness, irritation and tenderness. There may be some immediate visible effects, however, since it stimulates natural healing and repair it may take a few weeks to show its full effects.

Eligibility & expectations:

These treatments can be performed on both men and women with any skin type. The best results are shown when these procedures are used as an early anti-ageing treatment for patients in-between their late twenties and early thirties.

Non-surgical skin tightening is still effective for patients of an older age bracket. Nonetheless, the result of the treatment depends on the severity of effects seen on the skin, the age of the patient and their ability to produce collagen (which correlates to the result). Ultimately one can’t run from ageing, older patients may require surgery after a few years of treatment.
These treatments, however, cannot be performed on pregnant women and at times is not effective for people with a lot of loose skin due to tremendous weight-loss/ageing.

Advantages:

  • Firmer, smoother and bouncier skin
  • Enhanced youthful appearance
  • Potentially reverse signs of ageing
  • Promotes production of collagen & elastin
  • 1 – 2 hr procedure
  • No downtime
  • No risk and virtually painless
  • No surgery and no needles
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal sittings
  • Naturally repairs and rejuvenates skin
  • Minimal side effects (redness, tenderness and irritation)

Treatment areas:
A range of approved and common areas of treatment are:

  • Face & neck
  • Eyebrows
  • Abdomen
  • Arms & hands
  • Thighs & legs
  • Periorbital region
  • Buttocks

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