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kin-tightening is one of the most sought-after treatments today. Many methods
for skin-tightening have been developed throughout the years. Past treatments
include ablative resurfacing with dermabrasion and fractioned carbon dioxide
(CO2) lasers used to remove skin down to the reticular layer of the dermis to
elicit a wound response. On the other end of the spectrum, products claiming to
be “face lifts in a bottle,” or even facial massage techniques claiming to give the
same results as surgery have been heavily marketed. As technology evolves, devices used
for skin-tightening are constantly being developed, each trying to out-do the others.
The following article will discuss why skin-tightening is desired, what devices are most
popular and how to implement them.
The push for skin-Tigh Tening TreaTmenTs
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s website,
www.surgery.org, a total of 2,105,926 people requested skin-rejuvenation procedures in
2012, and 283,741 of those were for noninvasive skin-tightening. As gravity accumulates
and subcutaneous fat is lost, the skin begins to sag—especially in the jowls, as well
as the neck and eye areas. This sagging can be exacerbated by external aging factors,
including excess sun exposure and unhealthy lifestyles. In the past, surgery—including
rhytidectomy and blepharoplasty—was the best known option when it came to
tightening skin, but that is not the case anymore.
Editor’s note: To learn more about medical spa technologies, check out Terri A.
Wojak’s new book, Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and
Beyond (Alluredbooks, 2014). Order today at www.Alluredbooks.com!
As always, Skin Inc. magazine recommends that skin care professionals obtain the
proper training before offering any new treatments in their skin care facility. Also,
check with your state’s cosmetology board to make sure any new treatment you want to
perform is within your scope of practice. Contact information for these boards can be
accessed at www.SkinInc.com/education/statelicensing.