Collagen and elastin are the two proteins that help skin stay firm, plump, and hydrated. These begin to decline as we age. Starting at age 20, a person produces about 1% less collagen each year. The result of lost collagen and elastin is loose, crepey, sagging skin on the face, neck and body. With advances in science and technology in the past 20 years, we finally have an excellent non-invasive treatment option available that allows us to avoid going under the knife with surgery.
Non-surgical skin tightening devices work by using targeted radiofrequency energy to heat deeper layers of skin, in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The goal of these procedures is to gradually improve the skin with periodic treatments over time. This painless technology improves mild to moderately loose skin on the face, neck or body without surgery or scars.
At SLK, we use a 5th generation radiofrequency device called Vivace. Vivace skin tightening technology is much-improved from it’s older cousins like Thermage and Fraxel. It uses a handheld microneedling device that uses 36 gold pins which use fine robotic movements to deliver completely painless energy with every pulse. Vivace tightens skin practically anywhere on the body. At SLK, we use this device to tighten abdomens, thighs, arms, and backs, and of course, many faces, necks and chests. The device is extremely effective at restoring firm, smooth skin and a more youthful appearance with little to no downtime. Your treatment does not stop in our office; we give each patient extensive instructions on how to continue stimulating production of new skin long-term.
For adequate skin tightening results, a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended. Skin takes several months to produce new collagen and elastin after a Vivace treatment is completed. All SLK patients are sent home with the appropriate, medical-grade products to optimize recovery and maximize results. Full results can be visualized six months after your last Vivace session. For more information on skin tightening, please schedule a consultation with us in our Nashville office.