Comparing Skin Tightening Options
Even with good diet and exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle, some of the factors of aging are unavoidable for most. Among the most common signs of aging is sagging, drooping skin which often begins to show up on the face near the eyes and jawline. Youthful skin is especially supple and refreshed in appearance due to the presence of healthy collagen beneath the skin’s surface. Collagen provides elasticity and plumpness under the skin’s layers and helps to prevent lines, wrinkles and sagging. With age, collagen production begins to slow considerably and skin begins to droop and look more tired. In the past, little could be done to alleviate the appearance of sagging, drooping skin aside from a serious surgical procedure in the form of a face lift. Face lift procedures require time under the knife and significant downtime to properly heal and patients experience significant discomfort post-surgery. Today patients have the option of undergoing a skin tightening procedure that is both effective and non-invasive in the form of either ultrasound skin tightening treatments or radio frequency treatments.
A non-invasive skin tightening procedure that has been receiving a lot of attention is the Ulthera High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) procedure which uses heat and ultrasound technology to target damaged skin beneath the layers and stimulate new collagen production. This FDA-approved technique helps to lift the skin of the neck (treating “turkey neck”), the chin, forehead and brows, the stomach and even stretch marks. Though this treatment is completely non-invasive and requires next to no downtime, some patients have experienced some discomfort with the Ulthera treatment procedure and it’s more expensive that similar non-invasive skin tightening treatments.
Forma is a less expensive, painless skin tightening procedure that is also non-invasive and uses heat and radio frequency technology to stimulate new collagen growth. Used to treat sagging eyelids, fine lines and wrinkles, formless jawlines, drooping skin around the mouth and eyes, crepe-like skin, and uneven skin tones and textures, Forma has a very high patient satisfaction rate and its use can produce results similar to that of a serious face lift procedure. Most Forma patients are able to notice improvements in their appearance after just one treatment though most patients will require a series of treatments to see full improvement.
Schedule a free consultation with a physician who specializes the Forma skin tightening process to see how this new technology can erase years from your appearance painlessly.