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As we age our skin loses its elasticity, because it produces fewer and fewer collagen and elastin fibres. This results in the weakening of connective tissue causing the skin to lose its tone. The skin becomes flabby, and wrinkles are formed, which due to gravity develop downwards resulting in sagging cheeks, jowls and drooping eyelids.
The concept of facial skin tightening refers to cosmetic procedures which seek to cause contraction in the tissues underlying the face to effectively tighten them up or which involve a lifting technique often accompanied by the removal of excess, redundant skin.
For additional, related treatment options, please see our section on lines and wrinkles.
Laser skin resurfacing involves the removal of the outer layer of the skin using an ablative laser to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin or acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and pigment changes.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasties can help restore a more youthful appearance by tightening droopy or hooded eyelids and removing or moving fatty pouches beneath the eyes.
The muscles under the skin of the forehead that cause lines can be released to help create a smoother brow. This can be performed using an endoscopic forehead or brow lift.
A face lift or rhytidectomy can reduce the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles around the cheeks and neck, by tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and fat, restoring a more youthful look.
Unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Photothermolysis) only damages small zones within a target area, causing fractional trauma and quicker recovery.
Infra Red Laser Skin Tightening, currently available in the UK using the Titan device, is the latest, minimally invasive way to tighten skin and reverse the signs of ageing.
Micro-current therapy has been available in the UK since the early 90s with the introduction of the CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) which is known as the original non-surgical face lift. It can also be used to treat other areas of the body, such as mild lifting of the breast.
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure for facial rejuvenation.
Thread lift uses free floating cogged (barbed) or smooth sutures for lifting sagging tissue in the face and neck. It is marketed as APTOS Thread Lift, Contour Lift, Silhouette Soft, Scarless Suture Lift & Feather Lift.