Tissue laxity treatments can be achieved in a number of ways. We list some available here and others available elsewhere.
Cosmecanique by the Lift 6
This unique machine developed by LPG has proven useful for treating the face, neck, décolletage and breasts. By stimulating the connective tissue in the skin and improving both circulation and lymphatic fluid flow, the appearance of the skin can be enhanced. Fine lines are helped and a degree of lift results. The apparatus replicates the “Pincement Jacquet-Lery” French technique in a comfortable massaging influence.
People see an immediate change in the areas treated, especially when comparing a treated to a non-treated side, part way through the treatment. The change after the first session wears off overnight. But as further sessions are continued the effect lasts longer. After a usual course of fifteen, the effect will last around six to nine months and can be enhanced or continued by further occasional single treatments.
In the breast area a slightly different protocol, but utilising the same underlying principle, can increase breast fullness and lift.
The breasts appear fuller and more pert.
The most dramatic changes occur with the smaller cup sizes. All breasts will experience some degree of benefit.
Mechanical By Endermologie® Integral
With the introduction of the Cellu M6 Integral S endermologie® machine, the above Cosmecanique treatment Lift 6 machine has been superseded. By incorporating greater functionality, the same techniques can be undertaken by the Integral S.
Not only the face can be treated but also other parts of the body. For many people loose skin becomes an increasingly annoying problem as time goes by. Natural skin elasticity has been lost from the action of sun exposure, time and weight changes.
With the gentle rhythmical massaging action of the Integral machine skin will gradually assume a tighter envelope as collagen and elastin stimulation occurs.
Light Treatment Skin Tightening
This is a more recent innovation available since about 2003 in some areas that were testing the initial machines and more widely since 2004. At Springdale we began using this technique in 2005. It employs the Titan head on the Xeo Cool Glide laser platform.
The basis for the treatment is that an infra-red light (1100-1800nm) source in shone on the skin while in contact. This absorbs selectively into water molecules located in most of the skin cells.
By pre- and post-cooling the skin as part of the action of the applied treatment head the action is localised in the deeper dermis.
This induces some immediate effect put down to collagen contraction (although there is a very narrow temperature window that achieves this) but probably also affected by increased blood supply and fluid movement. It seems to wear off fairly rapidly overnight in most people and then long-term changes begin with tightening around five weeks and continuing for up to six months after the treatment.
Most people benefit from a couple of treatments usually two months apart. Some people requiring minor benefits will need only a single session. A few people might need a third. The tightening achieved is in the order of 1-3mm. But this can be enough to soften or, in some cases, eliminate some superficial lines. Certainly the heavier folds in the nasolabial area can be quite dramatically reduced.
The treatment should be quite comfortable. At its most effective range each around seven second pulse should feel just briefly slightly hot (below a feeling of burn).
Three Dimensional Treatment
As mentioned above it can be combined with other Xeo Cool Glide treatments, either with specific treatments from the NdYAG 1064nm laser head to produce more superficial collagen changes and line reduction, to spot treatments of unwanted blood vessels, or one of the other Intelligent Pulsed Light sources such as the OPS 600 which reduces uneven pigmentation to the LP 560 which does that as well as reducing excess redness.
Plasma Treatment for Tightening
As noted before, Springdale Clinic is no longer using this option. To achieve more rapid improvement in lines and skin tightening there has been another recent development. Ablative lasers such as the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the mid 1990s and later the Erbium were employed quite successfully to give quite dramatic results with wrinkle reduction. The problem was that in vapourising the skin a raw wound was left (like an open graze) which took some time to heal. This involved regular dressings being applied and the risk of various infections with the open weepy skin.
In the last couple of years an alternative has arisen – the plasma based Portrait PSR3 machine. As with the more aggressive ablative laser treatments there is some downtime after treatment while the skin recovers. But a single high energy session can produce quite dramatic results.
The changes are noticeable as the skin heals but continue to improve over the year following treatment.
The skin effectively acts as a bandage over the treated base, peeling away over three or four days revealing fresh delicate new pink skin below.
Lighter treatments can be used with less downtime and only minor peeling and redness. Normally three or so of these treatments is required and the final result is not usually as dramatic as the single stronger one.
Regular exercise will obviously cause the best muscle toning and tightening. But if there are medical problems post-injuries or illness this can be aided, accelerated and targeted by ulitilising the Spine Force Huber platform. With its variety of programmes, levels of difficulties, tilting platform and pressure-sensitive handles it can specifically tone and coordinate muscle areas rapidly then allowing further even muscle power development.
Other Treatments Used Elsewhere
Radiofrequency tissue tightening with various machines has been used quite effectively in some and not so in others. There tends to be a higher level of discomfort than with the light-based treatment. And its targeting is not as specific.
Facelifts are designed to tighten loose skin. When there are redundant folds of skin present, this is certainly the best approach. They are best done through a qualified plastic surgeon.
Tissue laxity treatments vary from non-surgical to surgical and length of improvement time.