As we age, our skin begins to lose its youthful qualities. It becomes soft, saggy, and wrinkled, leading to issues like jowls, fine lines, crepey skin, and a tired, aged appearance. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with sagging skin forever. You can look in the mirror with confidence after skin tightening treatments in Houston, Texas at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, a renowned medical spa offering a range of effective procedures.
What is Skin Tightening?
Sagging skin can be influenced by a number of factors, including sun damage and rapid weight loss, but the main culprit is collagen loss. Youthful skin produces large amounts of collagen, which keeps it firm, glowing, and elastic. Over time, our bodies begin to produce less collagen, however, leading to soft, saggy skin that can change our appearance and even our resting facial expression.
Skin tightening aims to reverse some of these changes and help the body to renew itself. There are a number of treatments that can resurface and improve the surface of the skin for a youthful glow, while others work deep underneath the skin and stimulate the body’s natural collagen-renewing properties to tighten loose skin. Best of all, there are now treatments that can tighten and rejuvenate the skin without the need for invasive surgery.
How to Tighten Loose Skin Without Cosmetic Surgery
Many people think that only surgical procedures, such as a facelift, neck lift, or chin lift, can tighten loose facial skin. Today, however, there are lots of different options, including a range of non-surgical skin tightening procedures.
While lifting procedures are very effective, they’re not the right choice for every patient. People who are ineligible for surgery or simply don’t want to deal with the expense and hassle of a major procedure can opt for one of the advanced treatments offered at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique and enjoy little to no downtime.
Patients can choose from a number of effective tightening and rejuvenating procedures. The procedure that’s right for you will depend on your goals, lifestyle, budget, and where you are in the aging process. During a consultation, you’ll discuss all of these points with an experienced aesthetician, who can help you choose the right procedure.
Ultherapy is an effective, non-surgical option for tightening saggy, loose skin on the face, neck, and chin. Known by some patients as a “non-surgical facelift,” this procedure offers a tighter, smoother, and more youthful skin tone. It also offers neck tightening for comprehensive rejuvenation.
Using ultrasound energy, the Ulthera skin tightening machine penetrates the skin and stimulates deep tissues, causing the body to naturally produce more collagen. The ultrasound energy safely helps the body renew the skin without damaging any surrounding tissues, producing gradual tightening effects.
Ultherapy is non-invasive, requires no general anesthesia, and involves little to no downtime. Each treatment takes just 30-60 minutes in the office and patients will be able to see their full results within a few months. Most patients see significant improvement after just one treatment.
Laser resurfacing treatments are ideal for people who have multiple skin concerns they would like to address. Non-ablative lasers like Fraxel are ideal for creating significant improvement in the skin without requiring extensive downtime. Patients can get smoother, firmer skin and improve issues like fine lines, dark spots, and acne scars after just one Fraxel treatment.
During the procedure, topical anesthesia is typically used for patient comfort. The laser is passed over the face, directing energy deep into the skin. This creates tiny “micro-injuries” which stimulate the body to renew facial skin cells and produce more collagen and elastin. The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes to complete and patients can expect about a week of healing time.
Most patients need three to six Fraxel treatments for optimal results. These are usually spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Results will appear gradually after each session.
Patients who want an extremely gentle laser treatment might benefit from Laser Genesis, a non-invasive treatment that can improve skin tone, large pores, redness, wrinkles, and other common skin concerns. The laser penetrates into the dermis layer of the skin but is so gentle that no anesthesia is needed during the treatment session, which lasts less than 30 minutes.
In a Laser Genesis session, the handpiece is passed over the skin, heating the lower layers and prompting the body’s healing responses. Most patients need 4-6 treatments, which are spaced 4 weeks apart to allow the results from the previous treatment to emerge. After each session, patients can get back to their normal activities right away, with only mild, temporary side effects like redness or skin irritation.
Sun damage can lead to a host of skin issues, including dark spots (also known as brown spots or sun spots), wrinkles, and sagging skin. IPL is a gentle, light-based treatment that is ideal for removing unwanted pigmentation and restoring the skin’s natural glow.
IPL treatments are extremely gentle and safe for all skin types. During an IPL session, laser light is directed into the lower layers of the skin, sparing the surface layers. The light is absorbed by the pigment in the skin, causing the body to break down brown spots, which will allow the darker skin cells to flake off in the weeks following treatment. Treatments are painless and take less than 30 minutes.
Because the treatments are so gentle, patients can get back to their lives immediately after each treatment. Generally, 4-6 treatments are required for good results. After this initial series, maintenance treatments may be necessary from time to time.
Our skin responds to injuries by creating new skin cells and collagen, in order to heal itself. Micro needling treatments harness this power by creating tiny channels of micro injuries in the skin to naturally renew and tighten it. Using a powerful skin serum like Factor Five can further enhance the results of microneedling, offering patients improvement in the tone, texture, firmness, and appearance of their skin.
During a microneedling procedure, a small roller equipped with tiny, fine needles is gently applied to the facial skin. Depending on the patient’s needs, the roller may be passed over the skin several times during the treatment. Since the needles are very short and fine, they create small, controlled injuries that penetrate just the top layers of skin.
Microneedling with Factor Five enhances the basic procedure with a serum applied just before the rolling process. This provides human growth factors that aid in healing and help to enhance the results. Dry, dead skin is destroyed, allowing the body to renew and refresh surface skin cells.
Each treatment takes 30-60 minutes. A topical anesthetic cream is used to reduce any minor discomfort before the Factor Five serum is applied. Once the rollers have been passed over the skin as needed, a second serum may be applied. Generally, 4-6 treatments are needed, but there is little to no downtime involved after each session. Results will appear gradually in the 4-6 weeks following each treatment.
Patients who want a simple, natural, and effective skin tightening solution might want to consider SkinPen, a microneedling treatment that is perfect for people with minor signs of aging. This procedure, which is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) involves the use of a roller with tiny needles to stimulate the skin and create new collagen.
SkinPen treatments are quick, lasting no longer than 30 minutes, and can treat a range of skin issues, including scarring, poor skin tone, mild sagging, and more. The procedure can be used to treat a number of different areas of the body, including the face and neck, arms, and back. It is safe for all skin types.
Generally, 1-3 SkinPen treatments are necessary. These are spaced 6-8 weeks apart, as results can continue to emerge for up to 6 weeks after each session. No downtime is necessary.
Cutera 3D Skin Rejuvenation is actually a combination of three powerful, yet gentle treatments: Limelight IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), Laser Genesis, and Titan Skin Tightening. Together, these treatments form the 3D Skin Rejuvenation system, offering patients improvement in skin tone, texture, and firmness.
Because the system addresses all layers of the skin, it can provide incredible results non-surgically. This treatment is ideal for people who struggle with multiple skin problems. Laser and infrared light sources heat the skin and stimulate collagen production and skin cell renewal. The system can be used for different areas of the body, including the face and neck, arms, legs, and/or abdomen.
Patients will see the full results of the system after 6-12 weeks. Each treatment is performed separately, spaced about 3-4 weeks apart. Depending on the treatment and the area, each session will take 30-90 minutes. Each treatment is gentle enough that anesthesia is not required. Some patients might request topical numbing, however.
Candidates for Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Men and women who have recently begun to notice loose, sagging skin are the best candidates for non-surgical skin tightening. People who struggle with sun damage, acne scars, brown spots, dull skin, poor skin tone, and other cosmetic skin issues can also benefit from non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.
Although patients should be in good health overall before seeking out cosmetic skin treatments, non-surgical skin tightening procedures are very safe for most people. Our aestheticians will discuss your health history and goals with you before recommending a treatment plan, which may include more than one procedure or a series of treatments for best results.
Your Skin Tightening Houston Consultation
Every patient must consult with one of our expert aestheticians at our beautiful Houston facility before scheduling their first treatment. This is for safety reasons and to ensure that patients get a customized treatment plan that is designed to meet their unique needs.
Be sure to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have during your consultation. This is your opportunity to learn and to get customized advice about your skin tightening options.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Before your treatment, you will be given instructions that should be followed closely. You may need to protect your skin from the sun, refrain from tanning, or stop taking certain medications and supplements in the weeks leading up to your session.
Choose comfortable clothing for your appointment and don’t wear any makeup on the day of your treatment. Staying relaxed and comfortable during the appointment should be your priority. It might be a good idea to clear your schedule after your procedure so you can relax at home.
Recovering from Skin Tightening Treatments
Most non-surgical skin tightening procedures do not require downtime. Some patients like to take a day or two off to relax and recover, however. You might experience some redness, swelling, or other minor side effects, but these should subside during the days and weeks following your treatment. Sun protection is key during recovery.
Risks of Skin Tightening
Risks are minimal with non-surgical skin tightening. Redness and swelling are the most common side effects. Your provider will go over the risks of your chosen procedure during your consultation.
Why Choose Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique?
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique offers a range of effective skin rejuvenation procedures. Our highly trained aestheticians work under the supervision of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas and prioritize safety and results. Patients love the relaxing, spa-like atmosphere of our state-of-the-art facility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most of the non-surgical treatments at Mirror Mirror are safe for all skin tones and types. Your aesthetician will recommend an appropriate option for your needs.
Depending on the treatment, results from laser skin tightening can last 6-12 months or more. Many patients get maintenance treatments to extend their results.
The cost varies based on the treatment and the number of sessions. However, laser treatments are usually much cheaper than surgery.
Skin tightening will not eliminate pockets of unwanted fat. For a double chin, we recommend combining skin tightening treatments with CoolMini body contouring.
At Mirror Mirror, we do not offer treatments using radio frequency energy, like Thermage. This is because we believe that other options, like Ulthera, are more effective and precise. Skin tightening results usually last at least a year.
Book Your Nonsurgical Skin Rejuvenation Consultation
Ready for tighter, more youthful skin through non-surgical treatments? Call Mirror Mirror in Houston, TX, today at 281.810.9083 to schedule your consultation.