The human body is an ever-changing phenomenon. Your body does amazing things to support you through the years, but over time, it can be expected that certain levels of collagen and elastin that once provided that fresh and youthful glow, as well as a defined jawline, will decline. While there isn’t anything abnormal about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over the long term, for some, it’s a sign that it’s time to refresh.

Everyone has an area of their body that they prefer to keep as vibrant as possible. For many, the focus is firmly on the skin. When you’re looking to rediscover a dewy, fresh look, or you’re hoping to give your skin a moisture boost that also works to tighten up fine lines, there are plenty of options for the best skin tightening procedure. Those that are ready to move beyond traditional lotions and creams, specifically when it comes to tightening the skin on the face, will find that modern technology and a more comprehensive approach to cosmetic care make skin tightening a highly accessible option. Knowing which treatment is right for you comes down to understanding the processes and how they fit into your personal and aesthetic preferences.

Microneedling

Those who are searching for a skin tightening procedure that results in a more rejuvenated and smoother appearance overall may find microneedling to be the right solution. This skin resurfacing technique is popular as a treatment method for treating both fine lines and wrinkles as well as reducing the appearance of acne scars.

Microneedling is often paired with creams, serums, and topical gels to enhance the results. The beauty of microneedling lies in the fact that it’s an approach to skin tightening that very much uses the body’s natural healing process to give individual’s smoother skin and a more refreshed and smooth appearance.

Once the treatment area is defined, the skin is thoroughly cleansed before a mixture of hydrating serums is applied in a thin layer. These serums frequently contain a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and coenzymes. The microneedling device is then run across the face creating extremely small punctures that both allow the serums to seep into the skin effectively while simultaneously triggering the body’s healing process. The body’s natural process involves the production of collagen and elastin, effectively tightening skin upon healing, smoothing the surface and reducing blotches of color across the face as well. The final step with microneedling is the application of a mask which helps pores to contract and adds to overall skin tightening success. The recovery process with microneedling is extremely quick and at most, patients report slight redness or irritation that disappears within hours of treatment.

Chemical Peel

Perhaps more of a household name than microneedling, chemical peels have long been proven to be effective at controlling acne, erasing signs of sun damage on the face, brightening skin, and ultimately reducing fine lines—providing for a more tightened and smoother look. Many individuals opt for chemical peels when dead skin cells have left them with a dull skin tone that may age them beyond their actual years.

A chemical peel is a fairly straightforward and time efficient procedure that’s considered outpatient and performed in the cosmetic attending’s office. Chemical peels can take anywhere from 60 seconds to 12 minutes depending on the strength of the peel and the individual’s desired results. Light peels show their results within just a few days while those who undergo medium to deep strength peels will need to wait a matter of months to reap the full rewards.

This process very much states its purpose in the name! A combination of chemicals is applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth and production of new skin cells complete with enhanced elastin levels, providing for a fresh look. At the end of the peel, water or alcohol is applied to neutralize the effect of the chemical initially applied. Many patients report at most, the sensation of warmth or minimal stinging during the application process.

Vampire Facelift or Facial

Gaining popularity amongst the general population and celebrities alike over the last several years, the Vampire Facelift is a non-surgical approach to tightening skin using a patient’s own blood cells to promote a refreshed and glowing appearance. Once the treatment area is defined, an anesthetic cream is applied, and hyaluronic acid fillers are used to contour the skin. Blood drawn from the patient is then separated from its Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) which is subsequently reinjected into the treatment site to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation.

The vampire facial is another increasingly popular method of skin tightening where PRP is applied to the treatment site using microneedling as opposed to injections. Both processes deliver up quick and efficient results with many patients enjoying a return to normal activities after only a day or two.

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If you’re interested in skin tightening options, the team at Skin & Vein can help! Reach out today to learn more about our many services or to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Eric Seiger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who has been offering innovative, expert medical solutions since graduating from New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. Throughout his career as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, Dr. Seiger has been frequently published in medical journals for his development of new techniques for the safe removal and treatment of veins.