These are exciting times for anyone wanting to preserve their youthful appearance. Not only are medical procedures and non-invasive technologies able to satisfy patient demand, they have the ability to meet/exceed patient expectations.
According to a recent ASAPS * survey, surgical procedures are up by 17% and nonsurgical procedures are up 44%. These stats come as no surprise. Whether driven by an aging population, social media or the Kardashians, youth has become a commodity. Men and women of all ages and ethnicities are investing in themselves.
Interestingly, the 2015 survey* also highlights the highest growth treatments between 2014 -2015, citing Non-Surgical Skin Tightening #1, followed by procedures as detailed below:
• Tattoo Removal (up 39%)
• Microdermabrasion (up 34%)
• Buttock Lifts (up 32%)
• Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia up 26%)
Given predictable outcomes and “zero downtime benefits”, it is no surprise non-surgical skin tightening is as popular as it is.
When to consider Nonsurgical Skin Tightening Options:
• If you have mild to moderately loose skin on your face, neck or decollate.
• If you would like to improve overall elasticity and density of your skin.
• If you notice you are losing the definition along the jaw line.
• If your chest area is showing wrinkles, vertical lines or poor texture.
• If you are unable or choose not to undergo surgery to correct skin laxity.
The Evolution of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening Devices:
As an aesthetic nurse and medispa owner, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the evolution of “skin tightening”. Healthy Looking back as early as 2002, devices such as Accent™ RF and Thermage™ were revolutionary, paving the way for their successors. However, as with most technologies, science and further engineering have allowed for “new and improved” options. Now, in 2016, Ultherapy™ is arguably one of the most effective devices in the skin tightening category.
Ultherapy™ (Health Canada & FDA approved) delivers micro-focused ultrasound at precision depths, in turn triggering the production of fresh, new collagen. What patients love most are the natural looking results that Ultherapy™ can produce helping rebuild the tissue at a foundational level. One never has to worry about “looking done”.