Skin sags and becomes loose due to loss of volume from underlying tissues (age, weight loss), loss of skin tone (age, sun damage) or loss of muscle tone (injury or disease). While surgery may be an option, it may not be desirable, practical or appropriate, and non-surgical options may be sought.
Lasers, light sources and radio-frequency devices may be used to produce a gradual contracting effect on skin and deeper tissues. This effect is never as great as can be produced through surgery and generally the lifting effect increases gradually over a period of 6 months. The face as well as the body (neck, upper arms, abdomen etc) maybe treated, with best results occurring on areas that do not have excess fat. These procedures are usually relatively comfortable with no, or little, appreciable downtime. There is no special prior preparation or aftercare involved with these treatments.
At Melbourne Cosmetic Medicine, we use an infrared light called SkinTyte to tighten the skin by causing deep collagen contraction, which is safe for all skin types and all areas of the body, with no downtime. SkinTyte is ideal as a non-surgical facelift to treat the lower face and neck, and thus helping to define the jawline better by tightening the jowls. SkinTyte is also used to tighten loose abdominal skin after pregnancy and weight loss.
Cost: $800 for lower face & upper neck