Non-surgical treatments offer a range of options for individuals seeking to firm skin without undergoing invasive procedures. Dermal fillers, skin needling, RF skin tightening, and PDO threads are effective techniques that can help address skin laxity and promote a more youthful appearance.
As we age, our skin naturally undergoes changes that can lead to a loss of firmness and elasticity. Skin firmness and laxity is a common concern for many individuals, but the good news is that there are non-surgical treatments available to help address this. In this article, we will delve into four popular non-surgical treatments for firming skin: dermal fillers, skin needling, Laser rejuvenation, and PDO threads. Let's explore each of these options in more detail.
Dermal fillers have gained significant popularity in recent years as a non-surgical solution for multiple cosmetic concerns, including skin that has lost its firmness, hydration, and vitality. These fillers are typically made of a complex sugar molecule, a substance naturally found in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. When injected into areas that have lost volume or are beginning to crease, dermal fillers can provide temporary, volume, lifting and tightening of the skin.
The procedure is relatively quick, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Results can last from several months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used and the individual’s skin quality and lifestyle. However, it is important to note that dermal fillers primarily target volume loss and is not suitable for treating significant skin laxity.
Skin needling, also known as micro needling or collagen induction therapy, is a non-surgical procedure that stimulates collagen production to improve skin texture, tone, and firmness. During the treatment, a device equipped with tiny needles is gently rolled over the skin, creating microscopic punctures. These controlled injuries trigger the skin’s natural healing response, leading to the production of new collagen and elastin fibres.
By promoting collagen growth, skin needling can help tighten skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also enhances the absorption of topical skincare products, allowing for better penetration and effectiveness. Multiple sessions are usually recommended to achieve optimal results, and the downtime is minimal, making it a popular choice among those seeking non-invasive skin resurfacing.
Laser rejuvenation has emerged as a highly effective non-surgical treatment for firming skin. Laser technology utilises concentrated beams of light energy to heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting a tightening effect. The heat from the laser can also remodel existing collagen fibres, improving their strength and elasticity.
Different types of laser treatments are available for skin tightening, including fractional laser resurfacing, non-ablative laser therapy, and ablative laser resurfacing. The choice of laser treatment depends on the severity of skin laxity and individual needs. Laser rejuvenation can provide noticeable results, but a series of sessions may be required to achieve optimal skin tightening.
Polydioxanone (PDO) threads have gained popularity as a non-surgical alternative to intense barbed lifting threads. These dissolvable threads, made from a biocompatible material, are inserted into the skin using a fine needle. Once inserted, they provide a subtle, immediate firming effect due to the meshwork of support underneath the skin, while stimulating collagen production over time.
PDO threads can be used to target skin laxity in various areas, including the face, jawline, and neck. The procedure is relatively quick, although does come with up to 4 weeks of downtime, some bruising may be expected during this period. While the threads gradually dissolve over several months, the collagen synthesis continues, leading to improved skin tightness and texture. Results can last up to a year, depending on the individual’s skin.
Non-surgical treatments offer a range of options for individuals seeking to firm skin without undergoing invasive procedures. Dermal fillers, skin needling, Laser Rejuvenation, and PDO threads are effective techniques that can help address skin laxity and promote a more youthful appearance. If you’d like to find out more about any of these treatments book a complimentary skin or Cosmetic injecting consultation at your local clinic.