If you spend any time on social media, you have probably noticed that facial masks are all the rage. Viral videos show masks removing blackheads, hydrating skin and firming up drooping areas. While these masks are popular, they only produce temporary results, especially for those who are looking to combat the signs of aging. Because masks simply sit on top of the skin, they are only capable of causing superficial changes that don't last. For those who want a longer lasting solution to drooping skin, there are more effective  treatments available that do not require surgery.
 

Loose Skin is a Natural Part of Aging

Many people are self-conscious about skin that appears droopy or  isn't quite as tight as it used to be. While this is understandable, it is also important to remember that loss of elasticity is a natural part of aging. When we are younger, our bodies are able to replace lost collagen and elastin quickly. As we age, the replacement process slows down and jawlines become less defined and other areas of skin can appear loose. Masks may be able to provide the temporary appearance of tightening, but they do not  address the underlying problems. 

While drooping skin may be a natural consequence of aging, there are  effective treatments designed to  jumpstart the body's defenses against loose skin. Thermage is a popular treatment that goes beyond providing superficial results and targets the root of the problem. This innovative treatment uses radio-frequency technology that delivers heat deep into the skin. The heat actually stimulates the body into producing more collagen so that your body is operating like a younger version of itself.

Because Thermage is a treatment that doesn't involve making any incisions, there is no need to worry about downtime after the procedure. The treatment is typically  performed  on the face, neck, eyes, or body to tighten loose skin. The length of the procedure depends on the area being treated, but will last approximately  90 minutes. Afterwards, the skin may appear red, but you can immediately return to your normal activities and not have to worry about missing work or other important events.
 

See Results in One Treatment

Thermage is also unique in that it is a  one time treatment that provides gradual results. Many other procedures require repeat visits to a dermatologist or aesthetician, but Thermage starts working after just one treatment.  Since the treatment is designed to stimulate the body's production of collagen,  you may not see immediate results. Over the next  four to six months, you will begin to notice firmer skin and more defined contours  as collagen levels increase. Those who want to maintain results typically return for a treatment every two years.

While you can't stop aging, you can work with your body's natural defenses to slow the process and tighten problem areas. With this approach, you can increase your self-confidence and feel better about your appearance without having to go under the knife. One treatment can be enough to offer noticeable results that go beyond the temporary boost that comes from drugstore masks that have become popular.

To learn more about Thermage and other skin enhancing procedures, contact APT Medical Aesthetics today. Our staff of experts will be happy to answer all your questions and help you find the right solution for you. Schedule a complimentary consultation to get started on the road to a fresh, new look.