Since the time Dr. Gerald Bock introduced liposuction to the Stockton area in the mid-1980s, nonsurgical techniques have emerged to tighten skin effectively with less discomfort and downtime.
Generally, surgical and noninvasive procedures seek to treat the effects of underlying fat and bone loss. As we age, skin sags and bone shrinks away from tissues. Formerly fleshy areas such as the cheeks may appear hollow. As elasticity is lost, skin appears to accumulate toward the lower part of the face and neck.
Dermal fillers have many benefits. Dr. Bock safely injects these fillers into the treatment area with flexible cannulas. Unlike sharp needles, these blunt-tip tubes have a better safety profile with less side effects and less likelihood of adverse effects, including fluid retention, swelling, bruising, trauma and irreversible damage to skin tissue.
The substances themselves go to work to add volume to sunken areas and fill in folds and wrinkles.
There are many different types of fillers. These fillers each have different characteristics. For this reason, we can identify the best treatment for many different concerns.
Some of the most popular fillers are made from natural substances, such as hyaluronic acid. They aren’t permanent but instead are absorbed by the body, reducing the likelihood of unwanted side effects.
Controlled heat for tightening
Another category of treatments has emerged that uses laser light energy, ultrasound, radio frequency energy, or intense cold to treat the effects of aging on our skin.
California Skin & Laser Center uses ThermiRF procedure for skin tightening. Radio frequency energy is applied to target the lower face, outer arms, abdomen, thighs, back, and other areas precisely, safely and comfortably.
Thermi Aesthetics reports you can expect the following:
- A small amount of anesthetic solution is injected into the treatment site
- A small device, SmartTip thermistor probe, is inserted under the skin
- Dr. Bock and his staff use gentle movements to heat up underlying tissues
- This heating is controlled and brought to a desired level
- Thermal imaging is used to visually monitor skin temperature
- Usually after less than one hour, a wrap is applied
Normal activities are typically enjoyed the next day. Liposuction and surgical lifting procedures may require weeks of recovery. Post-treatment fat cells damaged by heat will shrink in size to eliminate a double chin or reduce a flabby jawline. Targeted heating also results in the immediate contraction of collagen fibers. The process of new collagen and elastin production is accelerated to add firmness and flexibility to aging skin. Some patients may notice immediate improvements. Results that are more dramatic are usually realized within six months and these results can last for years.
The skin tightening treatment for sagging skin in Stockton depends on factors such as the condition of your skin and specific concerns. Dr. Bock’s experience with both nonsurgical and surgical procedures assures we can identify the best treatment for you. Find out more about your options by calling 209-751-4292.