Skin Tightening Need Not Always Be Surgical – Part 2
In the previous article, we had looked at the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of non-surgical skin tightening, and in this part, we will look at the ‘how’ as well as the ‘afte’r part of it.
This is how the procedures are performed: The type of procedure will determine how the procedure will be conducted, but the highlight of all of these is the fact that there is no cutting or suturing involved. Ideally, before the procedure is even finalized on, your doctor will give you a clear idea of what all will be involved in the process. However, the one step that is common for all procedures will be the facial cleansing – this means that all makeup and oils will firstly be removed from the face and this will be done using specialised cleansers. Once the face is clean, you might be administered some form of anaesthetic and this too will be dependent on the type of procedure. For instance, when it is the ultrasound method, a thin coat of gel will be applied to the face, which will not only work as a guide for the ultrasound device, but also help reduce the discomfort. Certain procedures might also require topical, oral or intravenous medication, to help with the possible pain.
Here is a more detailed look at the manners in which these non-surgical skin tightening procedures are conducted:
- Intense pulsed light:
This is what you will have to do to take care of your skin after the non-surgical skin tightening procedures are completed: Given that these are all non-surgical procedures, the recovery time will be minimal and in many cases, people are able to return to their normal routines, the same day. However, if there are any precautions that you need to take, your doctor will let you know, well in advance. You will also be told about what the normal symptoms of the procedures are, and what you need to be worried about. In addition, you will also be told about how to look out for potential complications. While you might notice some amount of change in your skin immediately, the actual results will take a few sessions. Once the anaesthesia wears off, there can be some amount of pain or discomfort, but this is normal and will wear off in a matter of a few hours. There could be some amount of swelling, redness and numbness, but like the pain, these too will subside with time.
What you can expect from the non-surgical skin tightening procedures: Once the collagen production starts, you will start to notice your skin looking healthier and plumper. The improvement will be continual and you will be able to observe a natural contouring of your body. In most cases, the results will last you for about three years, but in some cases, the results might not last more than a year. This is why, it would be important to keep in touch with your doctor and ensure that you get maintenance treatments on a regular basis.
There are some risks and possible complications involved with non-surgical skin tightening procedures: Although the limitations and risks are minimal with non-surgical skin tightening procedures, they are medical procedures, and there is always the chance that something could go wrong. Here are some of the most common complications and the risks:
- There could be a reaction to the anaesthesia being used
- There could be a loss or change in sensation in the skin
- There could be some irregularities in the contouring
- Certain people are known to have allergic reactions to the gels or medications being used
- There could also be small burns, which could turn into scars