Your skin is your body’s largest organ.
And it takes an awful lot of work to keep it looking tight. Regular exercise can help, but nobody can combat the effects of ageing.
Eventually, your skin will start to sag. And if you’re carrying a little extra weight, or have lost a lot of weight in a short period, the effect is more pronounced.
That’s why so many people undergo skin tightening procedures.
There are 500,000 cosmetic procedures taking place in Australia every year. And so many of these focus on tightening up the skin to achieve a younger look.
These procedures require you to go under the knife and have surgery. Or, they require you to inject things into your body that aren’t meant to be there.
There has to be an alternative to these outdated skin rejuvenation techniques.
The great news is that there is.
We’re going to look at what that solution is – and the research behind it – in a moment. First, let’s look at what causes saggy skin in the first place.
There’s so much demand for skin tightening because saggy skin is an issue that affects us all.
The most common cause is ageing. As you get older, two substances in your skin start to deteriorate.
Elastin is a protein that’s found in practically every tissue in your body. From your skin to your arteries, it’s responsible for maintaining resilience and elasticity. In your skin, it’s elastin that lends you some leeway so your skin isn’t completely taut. When you stretch your skin, you can thank elastin for the way it bounced back to how it looked before.
Elastin teams up with collagen to form a skin tightening dream team. Collagen is another protein that’s also found in your tissues as well as your bones. Without collagen, your body would fall apart. It’s the protein that lends your entire body structure.
Unfortunately, age wreaks havoc on both of these proteins. As you get older, your body slows its production of collagen. With less of it available, your body’s structure gets affected.
The end result is saggy skin.
Elastin experiences a similar deterioration that comes from general wear and tear. As you get older, your skin loses a lot of its elasticity. Instead of the usual skin tightening effect you get when you stretch your skin, you get wrinkles and sagginess.
All of this happens due to ageing. But there are some external factors that lead to saggy skin too.
Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays is a major one. This can speed up the breakdown of the collagen in your skin. The combination of sun exposure and ageing is a dangerous one when it comes to skin tightening.
Smokers also find that they have a lot of problems. You’re not just exposing your body to foreign chemicals. You’re also creating a smoky environment around yourself. Smoke can suck the moisture out of your skin, which makes it more susceptible to sagging.
You can even affect your natural skin tightening if you’re not drinking enough water.
There’s also your diet. Specifically, if you gain weight, you’re putting both your elastin and collagen under more pressure. Your skin has to stretch to contain the extra fat cells in your body.
This can lead to the formation of fatty clumps that make your skin sag. It can also cause problems if you lose the weight too quickly after holding it for a long period of time. Your skin may have spent so long in its stretched state that it can’t bounce back.
Finally, women who’ve had children often find it difficult to tackle the skin sagging issue. Having a baby puts a lot of pressure on your skin. It has to stretch constantly as you bring your baby to term.
That leaves you with saggy skin that requires body skin tightening after you give birth.
Traditional skin rejuvenation treatments run the gamut from creams through to full surgeries.
You likely have a medicine cabinet at home that’s full of all sorts of lotions and creams. Most of these tell you that they can combat wrinkles, which is just one form of saggy skin.
Many who want to tackle sagging skin in the facial area use collagen injections to do it. This is a painful treatment that has the potential to go very wrong. It can lead to an unnatural look that ’s the last thing you want to achieve.
The surgical option ranges from small cosmetic procedures through to major surgeries to remove excess skin.
Making changes to your habits and diet can also have a positive effect. Drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun will have benefits for your skin.
The problem with all of these treatments is that they have wildly differing effects. A lotion may mask the signs of ageing, but it won’t get to the root of the problem. Staying out of the sun may not even be possible if you work outdoors.
And surgery comes with a lot of complications. You’re going to come away with some scars that make it obvious that you’ve had a procedure done. That’s not to mention all of the risks that come with surgery and the downtime you face after getting it.
But there’s great news.
There’s a new way to tighten your skin that’s both effective and doesn’t leave you dealing with the aftermath of a surgery.
This advanced technique uses two amazing technologies to tighten and lift your skin. Better yet, they give your collagen and elastin a boost too.
Those technologies are Radio Frequency (RF) and High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). When used alone, each of these technologies can have a beneficial effect on your skin.
When combined, they’re a skin rejuvenation juggernaut.
And to show you why, let’s look at some of the people who prove that it works.
Hanyang University is one of the ten top universities in South Korea. It’s also ranked in the top 200 for universities all over the world.
The university maintains a Department of Dermatology and it’s there that we’ll look to find a group of researchers with HIFU in mind.
In 2015, a team of four university researchers teamed with a doctor from Toomyung Dermatology to find the answer to a simple question.
Can HIFU help you to tackle saggy skin?
To find the answer, they examined 20 patients, each of whom had wrinkles and skin sagging. They conducted HIFU treatment tackling seven different areas.
Most importantly, they wanted to see if the treatment offered a long-term solution. That meant measuring the results at the three and six-month stages.
The team applied the treatment to their patients and waited.
After three months, they discovered something amazing.
Every single patient showed significant improvement in skin tightening three months after treatment.
Better yet, those effects remained six months after the treatment.
HIFU alone can help you to tackle the issue of sagging skin. But it becomes even more effective when combined with RF.
After the HIFU treatment has penetrated deep into your skin to give it some extra lift, RF tackles the collagen and elastin problems.
Specifically, it causes the collagen and elastic fibres in your skin to contract and tighten. All of that loose skin pulls back into itself and looks just like it did before all of the sagging started.
Most importantly, RF rejuvenates the elastin and collagen. It lends strength to these two crucial proteins so that they can perform the function that your body intended for them.
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology confirms this effect. It found that RF treatment leads to a significant increase in the collagen found in your skin. Better yet, those results, just like the Korean teams HIFU results, remain at the three and six-month marks.
You don’t have to deal with injection after injection to get rid of those pesky wrinkles.
You don’t have to take the risk of going under the knife to tighten skin in problem areas.
A combination of RF and HIFU treatments can tackle saggy skin in a matter of weeks.
Why go through all of the pain and discomfort of surgery when there’s a pain-free alternative that’s scientifically proven to work?
Body Catalyst’s skin tightening treatment allows you to tackle the problem in a relaxing and risk-free environment. Better yet, you’ll see results within a few weeks and maintain those results for months after your treatment.
Are you ready to tackle sagging skin and be able to drive away on the same day of your treatment?