One of the biggest concerns we see amongst our 40+ clients is sagging skin.
When it comes to our faces, ageing is the major cause for sagging. That’s because, as we age, we lose collagen and volume in many areas of our face. When the cheeks lose volume, the skin can sag, leading to:
- Nasolabial folds (skin between the nose and the mouth)
- Oral commissures (the folds just beneath the corners of the mouth)
- Jowls (skin beneath the jawline)
The result is a flatter and more square facial shape. Adding to this, when volume is lost in the brows, it can expose the upper orbital rim, giving the face a skeletal appearance. Loss of volume in the lips meanwhile leads to thinner lips and lip lines. Not exactly something to look forward to.
When it comes to our bodies, ageing again is a major factor for sagging skin, as are environmental and lifestyle factors. Eventually, we all hit a point where no matter how hard we exercise or how healthy we eat, we just can’t seem to shake the stubborn fat around our hips, arms and thighs.
So, what can we do about sagging skin? We recommend a three-step process:
1. Skin tightening
Our non-surgical skin tightening treatments, Ultraformer III and Thermage® have many celebrity fans, including Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow. Both innovations in non-surgical skin tightening and lifting, Ultraformer III utilises micro and macro focused ultrasound (MMFU) technology to precisely target multiple deeper layers of the skin. This includes the SMAS layer in the skin – the layer that surgeons pull back when doing a face lift. By doing this, Ultraformer III stimulates new collagen and provides long-term tightening of the skin. It can treat all areas of the face and body.
Thermage® meanwhile, is a radio frequency treatment that works by heating the skin at a depth to kick-start the body’s natural renewal processes. This is where the structural collagen, or ‘scaffolding’, is produced. When we are young, we have plenty of collagen to provide support and strength. With age and UV exposure, we lose collagen and our skin becomes lax and thin, resulting in jowls, deep lines and thinner skin. Thermage® is used to treat the whole face and jaw line. It tightens cheeks, reduces nasolabial folds, and lifts the skin along the jaw line. It also defines the lip and smooths fine lines and wrinkles while lifting the eyebrows and reducing hooding.
Both are very popular treatments because they deliver long-lasting results with little to no downtime.
2. Replacing lost volume
Dermal fillers are a great way to restore lost volume, as they contain a synthetic hyaluronic acid, which is a natural occurring substance in the skin that stimulates collagen production, improves skin elasticity and boosts hydration. They can rebuild the internal framework of your face, treating the entire face or specific areas such as nasolabial folds, cheek depressions, receding lips and even sagging hands. If placed by a skilled practitioner, a small amount of filler can produce a youthful and natural look.
We all fear looking unnatural and ‘done’ but this simply doesn’t happen when you have an experienced injector who cares for your skin health. In terms of downtime, it’s minimal with dermal fillers. There may be some minor swelling and mild bruising, but the results are instant and last for between 12-18 months.
3. Body contouring
At Artisan, we offer two non-invasive treatments that help reduce fat in problem areas to help you achieve your desired body – CoolSculpting® and TruSculpt®. Both are aimed at reducing the fat cells from targeted areas on the face and body with no needles, no downtime, minimal discomfort, and visible results in as little as six-12 weeks!
CoolSculpting® comfortably cools your fat deposits causing them to damage and perish. In the months following treatment, your body will naturally metabolise the dead fat cells, resulting in approximately 20% loss of fat in the treated area. Using radio frequency technology, TruSculpt® targets, heats and destroys fat cells to reduce body fat and reshape problem areas delivering a more firm and contoured shape. Due to the heating technology, this also has benefits to the elasticity and texture of the skin. The body naturally eliminates damages cells post-treatment resulting in approximately 24% loss of fat in the treated area.
Book a consultation with our experts today to learn more about our treatments for sagging skin and how they can help you to master the artistry of you™.