Nowadays, many salons offer non-surgical skin-tightening treatments. These are methods that help tighten up sagging skin, particularly around the face and neck, by methods such as ultrasound, radio frequency or laser technology. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen, which results in tighter, smoother and more youthful-looking skin - and can, therefore, make you look younger overall. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of these methods?

Pros

Firstly, these treatments are pain-free. They do not require any kind of incision or surgery and act on the sub-dermal layer beneath the skin's surface. Consequently, patients do not usually report any kind of discomfort or pain and do not need any kind of anaesthetic. The procedure generally feels no more intrusive than a massage.

Secondly, the treatment is usually fairly quick. Skin is generally treated in a single session that may last less than an hour, and the results should be visible very quickly. You may already notice a difference as soon as the session has finished. Thirdly, this kind of treatment can be targeted on small areas of the body. This is particularly important on the face or neck, where you may just want the procedure used on the skin around your eyebrows or your chin, or to pull in the skin around your neck.

And finally, there should be no after-effects. You may experience a little redness or swelling, but this should go down in a day or two, and there should be no real interruption to your day-to-day routine.

Cons

The major drawback is that these methods will not work if there is a lot of sagging in your skin. The treatments work best with mild or moderate levels of sagging and will not be able to cope if there are large amounts of sagging to be dealt with. In this case, surgery may be the only effective method. It is also worth pointing out that it may take a few weeks or even months for the results to become fully apparent, and your technician may recommend several sessions of follow-up treatment for a perfect result.

Sadly, sagging skin is a natural sign of the ageing process. But with these new non-invasive technologies, it is not something that you have to passively put up with. You can now get rid of sagging skin without having to undergo surgery - and leave yourself with a much younger face.

For more information on face and neck tightening, contact your local salon today.

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