Skin tightening treatments to slow the signs of ageing
Is your facial skin starting to sag? Are you noticing wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes? Well, these are just some common signs of skin ageing and you are not alone! Collagen acts as the skin's main structural component, keeping our skin firm and plump. As we age, our skin's natural collagen production slows, resulting in saggy, lacklustre skin. In addition, external factors such as sun exposure, smoking and pollution further accelerate the ageing process.
While ageing is completely natural, skin sagging and tired-looking skin can impact your confidence and self-esteem, sometimes leading to a lack of motivation to engage in social activities. The good news is, there are skin tightening treatments and skincare targeted at slowing down the signs of ageing and helping you look your best.
A little effort goes a long way
Along with a balanced diet and an active lifestyle, skincare plays a key role in great skin health. Of course, we can’t talk about skin ageing without mentioning sunscreen! Daily sunscreen use will help protect your skin against skin-ageing free radicals caused by sun exposure. When skin is exposed to the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays, free radicals are generated in the skin causing skin damage. To combat this, be sure to add SPF to your daily routine!
It’s also important to take note of what ingredients are in your skincare. If skin tightening is your ultimate goal, familiarise yourself with the following ingredients:
Retinoid (vitamin A) reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. It has also been clinically proven to increase skin cell turnover and glycosaminoglycan, a component of your skin’s connective tissue that keeps it lifted and firm.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a molecule naturally present in your body that’s responsible for retaining water, particularly in the outer layer of your skin. It helps with boosting both hydration and elasticity.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a skin-restoring ingredient that helps build collagen in the skin and reduces the impact of environmental damage by improving the skin’s barrier.
There’s a myriad of skincare products that promise to turn back the clock. While daily skincare is important, it’s unlikely to find facelift-like results from a jar. That’s where clinical skin tightening treatments come in, with Ultherapy® leading the way.
Introducing Ultherapy®: the preferred skin tightening treatment
Unlike topical creams that work mainly on the surface of the skin, Ultherapy® uses microfocused ultrasound technology to bypass the surface, delivering the right amount of energy at the right temperature, and in the skin layer that contains the richest collagen-producing cells. By treating 3 discrete skin depths (1.5mm, 3mm and 4.5mm) with such precision, Ultherapy® optimises the regenerative process that produces new collagen in the skin, strengthening the skin structure overall.
Ultherapy® is the only U.S. FDA-cleared technology for non-invasive skin lifting with real-time visualisation. What’s unique about Ultherapy® is the hyper-personalised approach. Ultherapy® certified doctors use real-time visualisation to customise a treatment plan based on your skin composition, structure and aesthetic goals. Depending on your area of concern, it can be used to tighten the skin in the upper face, lower face, neck and décolleté while improving the appearance of wrinkles.
If you’re not ready to go under the knife, Ultherapy® might just be the treatment for you. Because it’s a non-surgical procedure, you get to enjoy skin-lifting effects without the long downtime and high risk of side effects. Despite little to no downtime, the skin tightening and lifting results of the treatment can last an average of 12 to 18 months, depending on the individual’s body collagen synthesis and degradation. Click here to find out how to identify authentic treatment.
You might be wondering…
Q: Is Ultherapy® the right skin lifting treatment for me?
A: Ultherapy® is the Gold Standard for non-surgical skin lifting based on clinical results and patient satisfaction.
Q: Does Ultherapy really work?
A: Yes! Ultherapy® uses microfocused ultrasound to generate a thermal effect under the skin. This effect essentially jump-starts your body’s own process to create fresh, new collagen, resulting in naturally lifted and tightened skin.
Q: Can Ultherapy® lift and tighten the skin around the neck and chest?
A: Ultherapy® is the preferred solution for these target areas, especially for those not ready for surgery or for patients looking to extend the effects of cosmetic surgery. Ultherapy® is indicated for the improvement of the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.
Q: Am I a good candidate for non-surgical skin-tightening?
A: A good Ultherapy® candidate has mild to moderate skin laxity where the skin begins to look less firm or tight. Ultherapy® results in a gradual, natural-looking lift, leaving patients looking refreshed.
1 Fabi SG, Joseph J, Sevi J, et al. Optimizing Patient Outcomes by Customising Treatment with Microfocused Ultrasound With Visualisation: Gold Standard Consensus Guidelines from an Expert Panel. J Drugs Dermatol. 2019;18(5):426-432.
2 This includes 50+ clinical trials, 90+ published peer-reviewed papers and 3 FDA cleared indications.
To further enhance your skin rejuvenation efforts, you may consider dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. Consult your doctor on how you can achieve a more holistic treatment outcome with these options.
The skin is held tight and smooth by 3 critical components: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. As we age, the spongy meshwork made out of these 3 components slowly loses its strength, thus weakening the support structure. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers help to fill the thinned-out meshwork and plump the tissue underneath the skin, restoring volume and filling in lines. Dermal fillers can be used on the cheeks, chin, lips, perioral and nasolabial folds (laugh lines) to give an overall youthful appearance that based on clinical studies, lasts an average of 6 to 18 months (depending on the type used). Always consult a medical professional about the risks and side effects prior to the treatment.
Botulinum toxins are injected into the skin to reduce muscle activity in the face, which makes wrinkles relax and soften. Botulinum toxins are most often used on forehead lines and between the eyebrows. To minimise the risk of developing botulinum toxin resistance, speak to a medical professional about the various types of toxins available.
Remember, when it comes to your skin, prevention is always better than cure. Make an Ultherapy® appointment at a certified clinic and be on your way to more lifted skin!