Collagen and elastin production naturally slows as part of the aging process. In addition, fat storage in the face naturally shifts away from the upper to mid-face regions, such as the temples or cheeks, into the lower parts of the face, such as the jawline, over time. The lack of collagen and elastin within the skin will result in a less firm texture as lack of volume creates a sunken appearance. These factors combine to create the appearance of drooping or sagging within the skin. For this reason, anti-aging skin tightening treatments typically focus on restoring adequate collagen and elastin within the skin for a naturally youthful appearance. Patients in Oregon and Washington can turn to Silver Falls Dermatology for a range of effective skin tightening treatments.
Skin Tightening Options
At Silver Falls Dermatology, you have several treatment options to tighten the skin and create a more youthful appearance. These options often simultaneously address other common signs of aging such as sunspots. Each treatment will vary terms of side effects, suitable candidates and required downtime, so it is important to have a thorough consultation with a professional before choosing the best option for you.
Microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy. This treatment creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the natural healing response, resulting in increased collagen production as well as new skin cell growth. Microneedling with PRP is also an option. This treatment combines traditional microneedling with the application of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to enhance effectiveness.
Chemical peels can be used as a solution for skin laxity and sagging. This procedure involves the application of a chemical solution which thoroughly resurfaces the skin and stimulates new collagen production. For skin tightening effects, your provider will likely recommend a deep chemical peel. This treatment will generally require about two weeks of downtime to recover from side effects including redness and swelling.
IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, involves directing specific wavelengths of light to the skin in order to target and destroy hyperpigmented or damaged skin cells and stimulate new collagen production. Because this treatment targets pigmentation within the skin, it is not a suitable option for patients who have tan or dark skin tones.
Ultherapy is a nonsurgical treatment option which is intended to stimulate natural collagen production through the use of focused ultrasound energy. This treatment can be used to address sagging and skin laxity in the face, neck or chest. Ultherapy works by targeting the skin, muscle and superficial wrinkles with heat generated by ultrasound energy. The treatment requires no downtime.