If you have skin wrinkles and sags, you might think you need a facelift. But it’s time to think again. Facelifts are surgical procedures. That means that they’re expensive, time consuming, and potentially risky. They also can put a lot of stress on your body and lead to lengthy periods of recovery.
Not to mention the amount of work you might have to miss and the fact that you would have to put the major parts of your life on hold for at least a week or two in most cases to accommodate the procedure.
Luckily, the anti-aging industry is always expanding and changing. Industry experts have come up with many different non-surgical ways to treat sagging and wrinkles skin over the years.
Many of those non-surgical skin tightening options might work in your case, but you won’t know until you know a bit more about them.
Treating Your Skin Using Laser Devices
One of the most obvious and popular ways to treat sagging skin is with laser devices, but there’s more to picking a laser treatment than just finding a clinic that has one of those laser procedure machines on hand. You also have to select the right type of laser treatment.
Among the top laser treatments are ablative and non-ablative devices. That’s devices that may impact the top layer of skin versus those that focus on the lower layers.
For example, ablative fractionated carbon dioxide laser treatments are fairly fast and gentle treatments that can be used to remove wrinkles in tricky spots, such as around your eyes.
However, other laser treatments may be better suited to other parts of your body. Also, some lasers are better suited for use on certain skin types than others.
Treating Your Skin using Thermage Therapy
Thermage is the trade name for a skin care method called monopolar radio frequency treatment. It may not be as well-known as laser therapy, but Thermage has been around for about a decade now. It has lasted so long because it works so well.
Thermage therapy works by using radio frequencies to encourage skin cells to basically cling together more and form a tighter mesh. That, in turn, reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Early Thermage treatment were a bit invasive and could even cause a bit of pain.
However, today’s Thermage techniques are so advanced that you’ll feel very little during the procedure. Thermage therapy is also nice because it may only need to be repeated as little as once every few years, while other treatments may need to be done several times a year.
Treating Your Skin Using Ultrasound Therapy
Another popular option is to use ultrasound therapy to treat your skin. Ultrasound waves can get deep down into the lower skin layers and heat them up a bit. That heat will cause your body to make more collagen, which helps to give skin its tightness.
The procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, but your technician should be able to prevent a lot of that pain with localized anesthetic.
As you can see, there are some very good alternatives to surgical wrinkle treatments out there. So, before you make an appointment to have a facelift, be sure to consider all of your potential choices. You might find one that you like better, and it will almost definitely be cheaper and easier than surgery, no matter what it is.