If you have lost a significant amount of weight, either through diet and exercise, or after liposuction, you may be left with loose and sagging skin. When you lose body fat solely through diet and exercise, it’s virtually impossible to build muscle during this process. This means the skin will become loose and may even sag or droop in some areas. If you lose body fat with traditional liposuction techniques, you will likely be left with a significant amount of excess skin in the treated area.
Skin tightening treatments can help to strengthen and tone your skin, and also create a more contoured, sculpted appearance. Here are some of the top skin tightening treatments to consider after major weight loss:
Body by Thermage Skin Tightening Procedures
Thermage uses radio frequency energy to strengthen and tighten the skin, and promote collagen production. Unlike a conventional laser treatment, radio-frequency waves warm up the underlying layers of the epidermis and draws collagen up to the skin’s surface. The heat from the device heats up the collagen so that it rises to the surface and tightens the skin. The process also promotes rapid collagen production, resulting in smoother, tighter and more toned skin a few months after surgery. Most people see some results immediately after treatment, and progressive results from three to six months after treatment.
In addition to tightening skin around the buttocks, hips and thighs, Thermage can be effective for tightening the skin around the neck, chest and jowls. If you have lost a significant amount of body fat, you may be a good candidate for Thermage skin tightening procedures for the face.
Titan Skin Tightening Procedures
The Titan laser is one of the latest options in skin tightening, and is designed to stimulate collagen growth deep under the skin’s surface. It can be administered to the face, arms, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and even the lower legs. This procedure utilizes infrared light to heat the dermis and creates an injury at the treatment site. The body responds by rapidly producing collagen, and causes the tissues to contract and tighten. In addition to tightening loose skin, this procedure is effective for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and shrinking the pores.
VelaShape for Skin Tightening
VelaShape is designed primarily for body contouring and reducing inches, but may also be effective for tightening and toning the skin after major weight loss. The procedure uses a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency, infrared light energy, vacuum and mechanical massage to not only heat up the skin, but also increases lymphatic drainage which helps reduce and shrink the fat cells and fat chambers. Most people need to undergo a series of five to eight treatments in order to see noticeable results. The procedure helps to smooth the skin’s surface, reduces inches and also contracts the skin so that cellulite is less noticeable.
Learn more about Thermage and other skin tightening treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for any of these effective skin tightening treatments after weight loss.