Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015

What Is Skin Tightening and How Does it Work?

Nobody likes to have saggy, loose skin. In fact, those of us who have it find it very embarrassing and it reduces the quality of our life. Unfortunately, no matter how much we work out or diet, there is very little that can be done about loose skin, as it is simply skin that has lost its elasticity. And, just as with an elastic band, you cannot restore the elasticity. This is why surgical procedures got so popular. On the other hand, surgical procedures are painful and expensive and carry extensive risks with them.

Luckily, however, there are now a number of skin tightening procedures available that can be performed without the need of any surgery. When you are looking for a skin tightening Fort Worth professional, therefore, you should always search for a non-surgical option. Not only is this safer, it is just as effective and it costs a lot less.

How Does Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Work?

In order for skin to be tight and firm, it has to have excellent elasticity. This means that it can snap back into position every time it is pulled away from the body. In order to have elastic skin, you need good elastin and healthy collagen. Unfortunately, due to UV light from the sun, simple aging, stress, smoking, consuming alcohol, living a sedentary lifestyle and eating an unhealthy diet, pregnancy and weight gain or rapid weight loss, the elastin and collagen gets destroyed, which means the skin starts to sag.

Abdominoplasty  photo/ Karrax via wikimedia commons

Abdominoplasty photo/ via wikimedia commons

Non-surgical skin tightening procedures usually uses laser. The laser stimulates the growth of new elastin and collagen inside the skin itself. It is known that when heated to 66 degree centigrade, elastin and collagen starts to tighten and shrink. Furthermore, it stimulates the growth of new tissue as well. As a result, the skin becomes much tighter and the tissue is firmer, resulting in better looking skin.

Collagen and elastin lies in the deepest layers of the skin. This is where the difficulty lies as well, as it may be difficult to ensure enough heat gets into the dermis in order to actually remodel the collagen and the elastin. Naturally, the surgeon also has to make sure that the surface of the skin itself is not burned during the procedure itself.

The way this has been accomplished is by using various high tech cooling devices. These devices cool the skin the minute the laser touches it. This way, the energy of the heat can actually go through the skin and reach the elastin and collagen, while not actually heating the skin itself.

A small number of clinics are now offering an even more advanced type of laser skin tightening. It is slightly more invasive, because it requires a cannula to be inserted into the skin itself. The laser is then actually inserted through this cannula, which means it does not have to be cooled, thereby losing some of its efficacy. Instead, it targets all the important areas and ensures the overlaying tissue firms and contracts.

Guest Author: Lolita Di


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