These are exciting times for anyone wanting to preserve their youthful appearance. Not only are medical procedures and non-invasive technologies able to satisfy patient demand, they have the ability to meet/exceed patient expectations.
According to a recent ASAPS * survey, surgical procedures are up by 17% and nonsurgical procedures up 44%. These stats come as no surprise….whether driven by an aging population, social media or the Kardashians, youth has become a commodity. Men & women of all ages and ethnicities are investing in themselves.
Interestingly, the survey* also highlights the highest growth treatments between 2014 -2015, citing Non-Surgical Skin Tightening #1, followed by procedures as detailed below:
- Tattoo Removal (up 39%)
- Microdermabrasion (up 34%)
- Buttock Lifts (up 32%)
- Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia up 26%)
Given predictable outcomes + “ zero downtime benefits”, it is no surprise non-surgical skin tightening is as popular as it is.
When to consider NonSurgical Skin Tightening Options:
- If you have mild to moderately loose skin on your face, neck or decolte.
- If you would like to improve overall elasticity and density of your skin.
- If you notice you are losing the definition along the jaw line.
- If your chest area is showing wrinkles, vertical lines or poor texture.
- If you are unable or choose not to undergo surgery to correct skin laxity.
The evolution of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Devices:
As an aesthetic nurse and medspa owner, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the evolution of “skin tightening”. Looking back as early as 2002, devices such as Accent™ RF and Thermage™ were revolutionary, paving the way for their successors. However, as with most technologies, further engineering has allowed for “new and improved” options. Now, in 2016, Ultherapy™, is arguably one of the most effective devices in the skin tightening category.
Ultherapy™ (Health Canada & FDA approved for skin lifting) delivers micro-focussed Ultrasound at precision depths, which in turn, triggers the production of fresh, new collagen. What patients love most (men and women), are the natural looking results. Because Ultherapy™ can help rebuild the tissue at a foundational level, one never has to worry about “looking done”.
Treatments can include the entire face or can focus on micro sections such as the eye area, mouth area, jawline, neck or decolte. An assessment is done to discuss what might be the best approach for your situation.
Complimentary procedures to skin tightening:
Typically the same person that is a candidate for Skin Tightening will benefit from add-on treatments such as Infini™, Microneedling, or Fractional RF. Such modalities have proven to increase collagen production, but in the upper layers of the skin. By treating the tissue at custom treatment depths, patients can also realize improvements in wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, pore size and fine lines.
* ASAPS (2011-2015)