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Achieving effective skin tightening is a complex process that involves taking into account several factors, such as clinical findings, goals, ethnicity, age, and budget. The most successful non-surgical outcomes are typically achieved when multiple layers of the skin are addressed. Our team uses a combination of collagen-stimulating dermal fillers, high-intensity ultrasound, radiofrequency (utilizing multiple devices), threads, lasers, microneedling and chemical peels to tighten, firm, and lift sagging skin.

What is the best laser for skin tightening? 

There are several types of lasers that are commonly used for skin tightening, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. The best lasers for skin tightening are:

  1. Fractional CO2 laser: This laser uses CO2 energy to create tiny wounds in the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing response and stimulates collagen production. Fractional CO2 lasers are effective for tightening and smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
  2. Erbium laser: This laser uses a wavelength that is absorbed by water in the skin to remove the outer layers of the skin and stimulate collagen production. Erbium lasers are effective for treating fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Hybrid laser resurfacing is another method to address moderate laxity. It has a shorter downtime & is more cost effective compared to deep CO2 resurfacing. Ultimately, the best laser for skin tightening will depend on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and goals. It’s important to consult with a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.

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What radio-frequency devices do we use for skin tightening?

The NuEra is a cutting-edge, non-surgical skin tightening device that represents the latest generation of technology, replacing the first-generation Thermage. By utilizing radiofrequency energy to heat and contract dermal collagen, NuEra can effectively improve skin laxity on the face, neck, and body. Compared to other methods such as Ultherapy or HIFU, NuEra is considered a safer and often more effective option for tightening the skin. To learn more about how specialists use these devices to achieve predictable skin tightening results, read here.

How does microcurrent tighten your skin?

Microcurrent is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate facial muscles and tissues, resulting in improved blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and collagen and elastin production. The electrical current causes the muscles to contract and relax, toning and lifting sagging skin. Microcurrent is a temporary solution for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that requires ongoing maintenance to sustain results.

Microcurrent devices

What micro-current devices do we recommend?

Microcurrent is a highly effective DIY home treatment that can pair well with clinical procedures & skin care. Microcurrent is a workout for your skin. With regular use it can improve firmness & contours. In some cases the results are immediate. Our preferred devices are the EvenSkyn Lumo and Foreo Bear.

How does retinol stimulate collagen production?

Retinol stimulates collagen production in the skin by increasing the production of two important proteins: collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and firmness to the skin, while elastin is a protein that gives the skin its elasticity and ability to bounce back.

Retinol works by binding to specific receptors on skin cells called retinoic acid receptors (RARs). Once retinol binds to these receptors, it triggers a series of cellular reactions that increase collagen and elastin production in the skin.

Retinol also increases cell turnover, which is the process by which old skin cells are shed and replaced with new ones. By increasing cell turnover, retinol helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, which can improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin.

Recommended brands: Skinceuticals, Modules, Synergie
Concentration: 0.1 to 0.3%
Time to use: PM

How do chemical peels stimulate collagen?

Chemical peels can stimulate collagen production by causing controlled damage to the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing response. The chemical solution used in a chemical peel is designed to penetrate the outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis, and sometimes even the middle layer, or the dermis, depending on the strength of the peel.

As the damaged skin peels away and new skin cells are formed, the body produces more collagen to support the growth of new tissue. The increased collagen production can lead to tighter, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.

Chemical peels can also help to increase cell turnover and exfoliation, which can improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. Additionally, some chemical peels contain ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), which can further stimulate collagen production and improve skin health and appearance.

It is important to note that the strength and type of chemical peel used will determine the extent of collagen stimulation and overall results. It is best to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine the best chemical peel for your skin type and concerns.

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How do threads tighten skin?

Thread lifting is a useful procedure to improve skin tone & to achieve tightening in the mid to lower one-third of the face, including the neck & jawline. Threads achieve this via a process called neocollagenesis or fibrosis, meaning stimulation of dermal collagen. This results in skin contraction & lifting.  Threads can be combined with HIFU, RF, collagen stimulating fillers & lasers. Treating each level of the skin gives maximal collagen contraction.  

Do threads work on everyone?

No. As with any procedure there are good candidates for thread lifting & unsuitable patients. Threads do not work well if you have thin, sun damaged & loose skin.

The high UV index in Brisbane predisposes to breakdown of collagen. If you have broken collagen, skin tightening devices are unlikely to work.

Threads work best in patients with thick collagen bundles with little sun damage & mild skin laxity.

How can collagen stimulating fillers tighten skin?

Collagen stimulating fillers are a type of injectable treatment that works to tighten and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production. These fillers are typically made from a biocompatible substance, such as poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite, which is injected into the skin to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity over time.

The fillers work by stimulating fibroblast cells, which are responsible for producing collagen in the skin. As the filler material is absorbed by the body, the fibroblast cells are activated and begin producing new collagen, which can help to tighten and firm the skin.

Collagen stimulating fillers are typically used to treat areas of the face that have lost volume or elasticity due to aging, such as the cheeks, chin, and jawline. The treatment can help to improve skin texture and tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and restore a more youthful appearance to the face.

It’s important to note that collagen stimulating fillers are not a quick fix for sagging or loose skin, and the results may take several months to fully develop. Additionally, the treatment may not be suitable for everyone, and it’s important to consult with a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician to determine if this type of filler is the best option for your specific needs.

How do collagen stimulating fillers compare to pdo threads?

Compared to collagen stimulating fillers, PDO threads offer a more immediate lifting effect and can provide more dramatic results for those with moderate to severe skin laxity. Additionally, PDO threads can be used to treat a wider range of areas on the face and body, including the neck and jowls.

However, PDO threads are typically more invasive than collagen stimulating fillers, as they involve inserting a needle or cannula into the skin to place the threads. The treatment may also cause more discomfort and require a longer recovery period than fillers.

Ultimately, the choice between collagen stimulating fillers and PDO threads will depend on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and goals, as well as their tolerance for invasive treatments. It’s important to consult with a qualified dermatologist or aesthetician to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.