Everyone wants to look good, young and presentable. There are so many people out there dedicated to firming and tightening the skin on their faces. From trying out anti-ageing home remedies to every viral skin tightening DIY, people do a lot to get rid of sagging skin. But, some may be in need of professional help for their skin concerns.
The skin on the neck is more fragile than the skin on the rest of the body, which is why it’s all the more important to take good care of it. Fine lines, sagging skin and wrinkles are all signs of aging. However, this does not mean that younger people are immune to it. Skin aging is a natural process. But sometimes, due to our unhealthy habits and poor environmental standards, our skin starts to age before time. Premature aging can make you look older than you are and that’s never a sign of good health.
Dr Parag Telang, a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, practicing in UAE and India, spoke to Health Shots about the safe treatments one can opt for skin tightening.
Dr Telang says “As we age there are many problems which we start to see especially in the face region. The two main issues that happen are sagging of the facial skin and loss of volume.”
Causes of skin sagging
“As we age, the collagen support of the skin keeps on reducing. This makes the skin develop wrinkles and look aged. At the same time, at a deeper level, the facial tissues and muscles also lose tone and become lax. All of these contribute to causing facial skin sagging,” explains Dr Telang.
How can we prevent sagging skin?
Routine skin care can help delay the appearance of skin sagging. Collagen supplements in powder or liquid form are available and can be taken on a daily basis to help maintain adequate collagen levels and delay the appearance of wrinkles. Of course basic tips such as adequate water intake and sun protection also helps in keeping the skin healthy.
Here are some skin ageing issues that can be treated with skin tightening treatments:
1. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are a good option for skin tightening. They are composed of hyaluronic acid ( HA) which is a natural component of the skin. Dermal fillers are like gels and can be used to tighten under eye or cheek areas and make the overall face look younger.
2. COG threads for skin sagging
Sagging happens as we age due to tissues losing their tone. There is a constant process of sagging that starts from the 30s and goes up as we age. The latest treatment option for correcting the sagging is by use of COG threads. These threads are made of a dissolving material called PLA which remains for 1.5-2 years. This thread lifting is done under local anesthesia and needs only 2-3 days recovery time.
3. Facelift and necklift
For advanced sagging of the face in older people, surgical procedures such as facelift and necklift are performed. This improves facial appearance and makes a person look 15-20 years younger. Though surgical procedures have a downtime of 3-4 weeks for recovery, the result are said to last for many years.
4. Injections for wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by action of specific muscles. Dr Telang says, “These can be eliminated by injection of botulinum toxin ( Botox) in specific areas. This remains effective for 6-8 months and then needs to be repeated. These injections are very safe and give a good anti-ageing effect due to loss of wrinkles.”
The latest advances in anti-ageing treatments
The latest advances in anti-ageing are Nano-fat injections and PRP. Our own fat and blood have a lot of regenerative cells. “In Nano-fat treatment, a small amount of our fat is removed using a tiny needle, it is processed and the concentrate is injected in specific areas of the face to improve wrinkles, sagging and under eye dark circles. Similarly our own blood can be processed to get Platelet rich plasma ( PRP) and inject this in specific areas of the face for anti aging effect. There are a lot of advanced laser treatments, face tightening machines such as HIFU ( High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound) and Ultherapy which also give a good effect on skin laxity, ” says Dr Telang, who is also the Director of Designer Bodyz Centre for advanced cosmetic surgery, Mumbai.
Which treatment is suitable for a person can be checked by your cosmetic plastic surgeon and a customized treatment plan can be made for best results. However, to go for these treatments is your personal choice and not a necessity. Ageing is a stage of life and we should welcome and embrace it as it comes.