As we age, our skin begins to sag. We develop wrinkles and fine lines, and our face loses some of its volume. When people begin to notice that their face is showing the telltale signs of aging, they get frustrated and start to look for therapies that can help them rejuvenate the appearance of their face.
As they research skin tightening and skin rejuvenation procedures, they see that there are surgical and non-surgical options available. The question is, which is better?
No Technique is Perfect for Every Face
Before answering that question, it must be understood that there is no such thing as a one size fits all technique for every single person.
Everyone has a different face, different skin and different bone structure. As a result, a non-surgical procedure that works perfectly for one individual may not produce the same results in another.
Additionally, people age differently. Some individuals age with very little wrinkling, but others develop thick and deep wrinkles on their face.
Some individuals have a medical history that makes a surgical procedure a nonviable option. Other individuals are healthy enough for surgery and can tolerate the downtime.
Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Options
Dermal fillers are among the most popular non-surgical skin tightening options. Fillers are able to tighten the skin in the same way that the surface of an inflated beach ball becomes tight.
Fillers can address pockets and bulges in the face. For example, if a person uses a filler to restore volume to their cheeks, their jowls will become less prominent. Dermal fillers can be used to remove the wrinkles around the nose and around the lips.
Laser resurfacing is another option for skin tightening. One of the most popular laser skin resurfacing treatments is the laser with Fraxel® technology.
Surgical Skin Tightening Options
Surgical skin tightening options include a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is perfect for an individual who has lost a lot of weight or was pregnant and who now has excessive loose skin. In the majority of cases, the skin does not just disappear with diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck involves removing excess skin, but it also will tighten muscles that have become loose underneath the stomach.
Individuals who have sufficient facial sagging may opt for a facelift. This procedure is designed to remove fat, tighten muscles underneath the neck and jaw line, improve the jowl line and remove excess skin. Other options also include eyelid surgery and a brow lift.
Non-surgical skin tightening procedures are non-invasive, require little downtime and can produce great results. Surgical skin tightening procedures are invasive and require more downtime, but they produce results that can be far superior and last a lot longer than their non-surgical counterparts.