The appearance of loose skin is often a normal consequence of aging. Over time, our skin loses collagen and elastin content, leading to increased laxity in the face and several other regions of the body. While living an active lifestyle can certainly aid in weight loss and improve overall health, often it doesn’t keep our skin as tight as we would like. Travis Shaw, MD is happy to provide skin tightening treatments aimed at delivering fast, naturally looking results with little downtime.
Problems With Loose Skin?
Loose skin usually develops after the age of 30 or following rapid weight loss. As the vital proteins we produce decline, our skin’s elasticity declines along with them. The resulting facial volume changes conflate with the disappearance of fat in our cheeks and accelerate looseness. While this laxity may start slowly, the presence of loose skin becomes more and more noticeable over time. This can be detrimental to one’s self-esteem, especially to those that try their best to look good.
Loose Skin Treatment Options
Travis Shaw, MD is a proud provider of the following treatment options for dealing with loose skin. These options range from surgical to non-invasive and are all designed to deliver optimal results. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss the right treatment for your particular needs and skin type.
Our forehead and brow lift surgical options are carried out personally by Dr. Shaw. These treatments are recommended for those seeking the most dramatic results. Typically, these surgeries can be completed within 1-2 hours. Though these are outpatient surgeries, some downtime will be needed for best recovery. Generally, fully healed, tighter skin can be expected after about 10 days.
This FDA-approved device improves skin tightness through the use of high frequency radio heating. The heat used by our TempSure treatment is made of concentrated RF waves that stimulate the production of collagen. By increasing the protein’s content, the device is able to reinvigorating the vibrancy of your natural facial structure as well as lead to younger-looking skin overall.
The PDO Thread Lift is a minimally invasive treatment option that lifts and contours loose skin. This treatment can be used on the face, neck, jawline, and in other areas of the body where loose skin occurs. The treatment uses biodegradable PDO (polydioxanone) sutures that induce neocollagenesis (new collagen production). The stimulation of collagen leads to a natural improvement of facial volume and skin tightness.
This high-tech laser treatment is designed to offer both deep and superficial skin resurfacing. Not only does this treatment option tighten skin through highly concentrated CO2 laser technology, it also reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
The Pico treatment option provides tighter skin while reducing the appearance of scars and wrinkles as well. Furthermore, this specialized laser also improves local circulation and stimulates the natural healing response. Treatments can be done gently in several sessions, or aggressively using 5-10 passes in a single session. Regardless, rapid healing and low downtime can be expected.
When Can I See Results?
Results of our loose skin treatments are dependent on your particular skin condition and the option chosen. Typically, surgical procedures involve some downtime. After a forehead lift, you can expect to see results following the minimum 10-day recovery period. Treatments with TempSure Envi and Quanta Discover Pico generally yield immediate results. However, several sessions may be necessary to notice dramatic changes. PDO Thread Lift results can be expected to last between 12-18 months depending on your skin’s cellular rejuvenation rate. Following treatment with the Ultrapulse, results can be expected for 5 or more years.
Loose Skin Treatments in Richmond, Virginia
Living with loose skin can be awfully discouraging to those who value fitness and being in shape. Travis Shaw, MD is a skilled medical professional dedicated to improving the health and beauty of the Richmond community. Make an appointment to discuss loose skin treatment options today by calling/texting (804) 775-4559 or submitting your information via the form below.