Selecting the Right Skin Tightening Treatment

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There are many varieties of skin tightening treatments available to the general public these days and sorting through all of your options can be a daunting task. Instead of choosing the first one that comes along, take a moment to figure out what you need and whether your choice will work for you. After all, your skin is the biggest organ of the human body and you want to treat it right.

First Determine What Treatment Your Skin Needs

Before you can even seek out treatment, you need to first figure out what exactly your skin needs for treatment and why. If the skin is wrinkling or sagging due to environmental damage like overexposure to sun, then you need to look at a procedure that will provide temporary skin tightening and prevention from further damage. If you are like most people and the wrinkles are simply due to aging, then you need to find something providing long-term results.

Also affecting your decision is the size of the area to be treated and the location. Some treatments are most effective on specific areas like the neck while others are not meant for certain locations like around the eyes.

Topical Applications

For temporary results, you might first turn to topical applications in the form of creams or serums. Most creams contain nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C which aids in healing or sunscreen which aids in preventing sun damage. Neither will tighten the skin. Make sure that the lotion has skin tightening agents in it or you are just paying for what is basically a moisturizer. Even then, there is no guarantee it will be effective. Only about 10% of these products actually work as intended. It takes about three months for results and they are not usually visible to the naked eye.

Ultrasound Treatments

Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target the collagen producing cells, heating them in order to stimulate them into creating fresh collagen to rejuvenate the skin. Since it is non-invasive, it means no down time for the patient. At this time, Ultherapy is approved by the FDA in the U.S. only for the neck, brows, under chin, and decolletage areas, so if you are seeking treatment for other areas of your body, this isn't the right choice for you.

Laser Skin Tightening

One of the procedures that can yield good results is laser light therapy. It uses medical laser equipment specially designed for infrared light technology to treat the deeper layer of skin without causing damage to the surface layer. Like ultrasound procedures, it heats the cells that repair the skin to encourage the production of fresh collagen. The results are noticeable and there is minimal recovery time. Better yet, you will continue seeing improvements to the skin for the next several weeks. Yes, it may require repeated treatments using this medical laser equipment, depending on how deep your wrinkles are, but the end results make the wait and repeated treatments worth it.

Get Informed Before Deciding

Don't choose based on the few methods listed above. Seek out a dermatologist or your physician to learn which treatment they think will work best on you. Know what side effects and risks are involved before choosing. After all, it's your skin.

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