Content with credentials. This article has been reviewed by Doctor Isabella Sillar.
What is skin laxity, and why would it require skin tightening treatment?
Skin laxity is a condition in which skin on certain sections of the body is loose and sagging that can be mitigated with skin tightening treatment. This can be for a variety of reasons, from;
- The skin naturally not producing as much collagen and elastin as before
- Rigorous exercise resulting in large weight loss
- Injuries incurred in the ligaments or joints
- Excess skin postpartum
While not life threatening, skin laxity can severely affect one’s comfort and self-esteem. This is why, here at Elucell, we offer effective body sculpting procedures that also serve as effective skin tightening treatment.
This is in the form of ONDA Coolwaves Body Sculpting, which is a more effective version of RF skin tightening that improves the skin while removing stubborn areas of fat.
Why does our skin stop producing as much collagen and elastin?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, forming the connective tissue in skin, bones, muscles, tendons, joints and nails. It makes about 80% of the skin, and it works with another protein called elastin that maintains skin elasticity. RF skin tightening does not produce new collagen and elastin, but it can treat the effects caused by a lack of collagen and elastin.
The simple reason that the body stops producing as much collagen and elastin is aging – specifically, intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
Intrinsic aging concerns the internal factors and natural processes of the human body. As we age, the dermal layer of the skin produces less collagen and elastin fibres, and what fibres are produced become thinner and looser.
Extrinsic aging refers to external factors that affect skin laxity. This includes:
- UV damage, which causes damage to the skin cells that create collagen
- Smoking, which decreases the amount of oxygen delivered to skin tissue
- Poor dieting and stress, which disrupt reparative processes of the body
- Genetics, in which skin laxity can be a hereditary condition
While skin tightening treatment can’t stop these extrinsic aging factors, it can help manage their effects.
Can sagging skin be reversed?
Yes, to a point, especially with treatments such as Onda Coolwaves Body Sculpting.
Skin laxity is inevitable because you can’t reverse the perfectly natural aging process. However, there is skin tightening treatment available that can effectively tighten sections of the skin and improve skin laxity.
These treatments range from simple self-care options such as an improved diet and a proper sleep schedule, to minimally invasive non-surgical treatments such as Onda Coolwaves Body Sculpting and vitamins and supplements, to procedures such as laser resurfacing, surgery and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the most severe possible cases.
Different causes for skin laxity call for different treatments, which is why our team of qualified medical professionals conduct comprehensive patient consultations before any treatments are administered in order to ensure their effectiveness.
What is the best skin tightening non surgical procedure?
The answer to this question depends on where you want to target skin laxity.
If you want to target skin on the body, your best option is ONDA Coolwaves Body Sculpting.
Body sculpting is a safe, non-invasive and painless procedure that is intended to reduce excess fat in the body. However, it also improves skin laxity, as the ONDA Coolwaves concentrates microwaves in certain localised areas within the subdermal layer of the skin.
This Onda Coolwaves skin tightening process uses handpieces that emit microwaves at a frequency of 2.56GHz to render the skin almost “transparent”, maintaining the concentration of energy at the subdermal layer. These handpieces are also self-cooling, which protects the upper layers of the skin from unwanted heating. This is why the microwaves are referred to as “Coolwaves”.
Who’s a good candidate for non-surgical skin tightening?
There are many good candidates for non-surgical ONDA Coolwaves Body Sculpting.
This is because ONDA Body Contouring are safe procedures that involve a non-invasive process performed by qualified and experienced medical professionals. Before any treatments are administered, an initial consultation is conducted in order to determine patient eligibility.
Unfortunately, people with the following conditions are unlikely to be suitable for treatment:
- Heart failure
- Metal implants or pacemakers
- Severe clotting disorders
- Current or recent cancer
- Severe vascular disease
- Skin disease in the treatment area
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Old Age
Is skin tightening permanent?
Unfortunately, skin tightening is not permanent because skin laxity is an inevitable part of the aging process.
If you are undertaking a series of ONDA Body Contouring sessions, our recommendation is that you complete four sessions over the span of sixteen weeks in order to achieve optimal results. While this is for the reduction of excess fat, this remains true for skin laxity improvement as well.
The break time in between ONDA Coolwaves Body Sculpting sessions is important. It allows the lymphatic system, the part of the body that rids the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials by transporting white blood cells throughout the body, to drain away the free fat and cellular debris that has built up in the treatment area. Contrary to popular belief, increasing the frequency of body contouring treatments is unlikely to speed up the process or increase its effectiveness.
Which areas can be treated with skin tightening?
Body sculpting treatment such as ONDA Coolwaves is particularly effective on stubborn areas of fat including the stomach, love handles, thighs, saddlebags, back and upper arms. Cellulite and skin laxity on the thighs, buttocks and arms can also be targeted using ONDA Coolwaves body sculpting technology.
Is skin tightening painful?
At Elucell, our qualified medical professionals take every precaution necessary to minimise any pain or discomfort during any procedures.
How much does skin tightening cost?
The pricing plan for ONDA Body Contouring is based on the number of zones where the ONDA Coolwaves device is to be applied. Each zone represents a 15x15cm area of the skin. The higher the number of zones, the cheaper each individual zone costs.
- 1 zone = $250
- 5 zones = $1,125 (with $225 per zone)
- 10 zones = $2,000 (with $200 per zone)
Are you ready to take the next step towards your ideal body? Book a free consultation with one of our friendly staff members to start your skin tightening journey.