Are skin tightening treatments an alternative to surgery? Jacksonville, FL dermatologist explains
Most people would like to have smooth youthful complexions. Yet, some cannot consider the downtime associated with surgical correction. Are non-invasive skin tightening treatments an alternative to facelift surgery? According to Dr. Mary Pentel of Southside Dermatology & Laser Cosmetic Center in Jacksonville, FL, the answer can be yes.
Facelift vs. skin tightening treatments in Jacksonville, FL
Surgical facelift involves cutting skin around the hairline. Skin is lifted and re-draped, with excess removed. Then incisions are sutured or stapled. Intense recovery takes about two weeks and most people return to normal activities in a month. Side effects generally resolve, and full results are seen within a year.
Facelift treatment can make sense for the patient with significant skin laxity, usually in his or her 50s or older.
Non-invasive skin tightening cannot produce such dramatic results, but when treatment is started a bit earlier – 30s or 40s, it can postpone the need for surgical intervention indefinitely. Skin tightening deposits energy beneath the skin, triggering a thermal response. It excites the body’s natural healing processes, stimulating collagen production that thickens and tightens skin from the inside.
There is little or no discomfort with skin tightening treatments and no downtime. Noticeable results appear as natural collagen remodeling takes place.
Treatments for all skin types
Dr. Pentel offers the most complete line of non-invasive skin tightening options in the Jacksonville area. As a Board-certified dermatologist, she is adept in administering:
- Radiofrequency energy – Pellevé is ideal for delicate skin around eyes and lips. Thermage is recommended for deep skin tightening from forehead to décolletage. It is also suitable for abdomen, knees, and thighs.
- Ultrasound energy – Ultherapy sends ultrasound waves to deep skin layers, without harm to surface skin. Men like this treatment for a strong jawline and brow lift.
- Laser energy – The Fotona 3D laser system is a full rejuvenation treatment addressing laxity from inside the oral cavity, skin quality at the surface, and collagen within skin layers.
These treatments can be used alone, or as part of a comprehensive anti-aging program including injectable fillers, neuromodulators, and resurfacing.
To learn more about no-downtime options for skin tightening, call 904-880-0622.