If you’re like most people approaching “middle age,” your skin is not as tight as it used to be. A once strong jaw lines gets a bit looser, single chins develop a twin, and those nicely defined abs seem like a distant memory. So what causes sagging, loose skin besides the aging process? Sun exposure, smoking, diets heavy in sugar and genetics are the other culprits.
It all comes down to collagen production, which slows down considerably as we get older. It’s a normal part of aging, but as collagen levels drop, you’ll notice more lines and wrinkles, along with increased skin laxity. Some fortunate few are blessed with a genetic predisposition to beautiful, youthful skin well into their 60s. The majority of us, however, could use some help kickstarting our skin’s own collagen production.
Fortunately, there are some non-surgical procedures that can do just that, along with other treatments designed to contour and banish stubborn fat. It may be impossible to turn back the clock, but these non-invasive body contouring treatments are a great way to feel and look like a younger version of yourself.
Ultherapy – non-surgical micro lift
For patients who aren’t ready to go under the knife, but desperately want to lift the cheeks and eliminate their jowls, Ultherapy is a wonderful solution. In fact, Ultherapy tones skin on both the face and the body, using targeted ultrasound technology to firm and lift the skin from within. Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that lifts and tightens the neck, chin and brow. It can also be used to diminish the appearance of wrinkles on the décolletage. How does Ultherapy work its magic? Its sonic waves gently heat up tissues, spurring collagen to start rebuilding.This causes underlying tissues to tighten and firm up, giving a subtle yet appreciative lift. The results of Ultherapy aren’t immediate, but most patients notice effects within 2-3 weeks, and the full results within 3 months. The results are long lasting, but touch-ups may be needed every two years.
Kybella – Zaps away double chin
Kybella is one of the newest injectables on the market, and the only drug exclusively designed to contour the dreaded double chin. Kybella works by destroying fat cells and though it doesn’t purport to tighten under chin skin, the results are still quite slimming. Administered through a series of injections, Kybella is a non-invasive lunch-time procedure that truly packs a “wow factor.” After two to six Kybella treatments, submental chin fat disappears, enhancing the contour and profile of the jaw line. One of the best aspects of Kybella (other than the results) is that the treatment entails no downtime!
Coolsculpting – scalpel-free body shaping
CoolSculpting uses cutting-edge technology to re-shape your body, without surgery, anesthesia, needles or downtime! Whether you’re bothered by a “muffin top,” or want to trim down your inner thighs, CoolSculpting can be customized to target bothersome bulges. The device applies controlled cooling to literally freeze away fat cells, for a slimmer and more youthful figure. While some people see contouring results just 3 weeks post-treatment, the most dramatic results become evident after 8-12 weeks. CoolSculpting can be used to remove fat from the flanks, arms, legs, stomach, bra area, back and buttocks and there are no post-treatment restrictions.
Smart Lipo – laser technology
Smart Lipo uses laser technology to liquefy fat cells before they are removed via suction. One of the benefits of this non-surgical body contouring procedure is that the laser coagulates blood vessels, resulting in less post-treatment swelling and bruising. While some patients may experience a minimal skin-tightening effect after Smart Lipo, this treatment is focused more on eliminating diet and exercise-resistant fat than firming up loose skin. Compared to traditional surgery, Smart Lipo promises a faster recovery (3 days of downtime) and significant toning results.
Skin and body contouring in Manhattan
Find out if you are a good candidate for non-surgical skin and body contouring procedures by calling Preminger Plastic Surgery in New York City. You can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Preminger by calling 212.706.1900 or using our online form.
Additional Resources on “Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Procedures”:
- Today, Does Ultherapy turn back time? Here’s what I learned about the non-surgical lift https://www.today.com/style/does-ultherapy-turn-back-time-review-cost-non-surgical-mini-t73356
- com, The CoolSculpting procedure http://www.CoolSculpting.com/the-CoolSculpting-procedure/
- RealSelf, What is Smart Lipo Laser? https://www.realself.com/question/what-cynosure-smartlipo
- MyKybella, Kybella Before and After https://www.mykybella.com/kybella-before-and-after