We all begin to see loose and sagging skin as we age or after weight loss or having babies – it’s inevitable. Unfortunately, skin elasticity is what holds our skin tightly to our face and body, and this elasticity depends on collagen and elastin, two components of the deeper layer of our skin called the dermis. The elastin and collagen responsible for tight skin are found in the deepest part of the skin, just above the fat layer which lies beneath our skin.
So why do we lose collagen and elastin as we age?
1. The high levels of free radicals that our skin is exposed to on a daily basis can damage the skin as well as result in the destruction of collagen. This can occur from smoking, over-exposure to the sun and pollutants that are present in our environment.
2. The destruction of collagen is not caused by aging. As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin. There is a big difference between destruction and production. However, the aging process can be rushed along by the things we do which will result in free radicals causing the problems. When this occurs, destruction of collagen can be a result of the things we are doing.
3. The less antioxidants we have the more damage can be done. Antioxidants are essential to prevent the destruction of collagen. The formula that is the best at replenishing antioxidants is a mixture of Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E.
4. The collagen destruction can be due to a medical disorder. If you have a condition that does not allow your body to absorb certain vitamins this can result in a deficiency. Vitamin C is one of the vitamins the body depends on when it forms collagen fibers. Without this vitamin, the process is interrupted. In addition, copper enzymes are used in a combination of zinc, copper and amino acid.
As you can see the body depends on many things to stop the destruction of collagen.
There are many methods to help aging skin hold onto and even regenerate elastin and collagen. One of these methods is laser skin tightening.
Skin tightening is based on the fact that when collagen is heated to 66 degrees centigrade, the collagen contracts and the skin is tightened. This is called remodeling and occurs over many months after the collagen has been heated.
The method used by non-surgical skin tightening treatments is to heat the deep collagen of the skin to cause contraction of the collagen, remodeling, and then skin tightening. To accomplish this deep skin heating, radiofrequency energy (Thermage), infrared energy (Titan, LuxIR Deep), or a combination of both (Refirme) is passed into the skin to heat and remodel the collagen. These machines have sophisticated cooling devices to cool the surface of the skin to prevent a burn while the energy is passed through the skin into the deep dermis.
This unique facial rejuvenation option produces dramatic results. Laser skin tightening effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance.
Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive procedure and is noticeable immediately after the treatment. There is no downtime, making this an increasingly popular procedure. Additional skin tightening occurs over the next few months, but optimal results usually require two or three treatments about a month apart.
Is Laser Skin Tightening right for you?
Many people notice signs of aging when skin begins to sag around the face and neck. Laser skin tightening is appropriate for men and women of all skin types and skin tones who wish to achieve dramatic results without painful surgery and lengthy recovery times. The most successful laser skin tightening candidates experience permanent results as the collagen under their skin is regenerated, producing a more youthful complexion.