Though we first start to notice it on our face, skin and muscle laxity can occur anywhere on our body. It occurs when the skin and underlying fibrous bands lose elastin and collagen. Without the ability of the facial muscles to naturally “spring back”, they become loose and begin to sag. This problem is exacerbated after our 30s, when facial bone loss further erodes the structures that used to support our skin and muscle.
How quickly your skin and muscle loses laxity depends on a multitude of factors: natural aging, genetic predisposition, exercise, lifestyle choices (such as smoking)—even diet to a certain extent.
In order to treat muscle laxity we must treat the skin laxity that is associated with it. Modern day cutting-edge technologies have been developed to help deliver the heat to specific layers of the skin. Targeting of the most superficial layers of skin can be achieved using electrical radiofrequency energy such as ThermiSmooth®. This results in the smoothing out of fine lines, and the tightening of thinner skin such as the upper eyelids, brows, and face.
Ultherapy® offers lifting in addition to the tightening, and can be performed as maintenance once every 2 to 3 years (depending on need). This technology provides deeper, micro-focused delivery of heat 3 layers below the skin via ultrasound energy.
- The first level is the layer of muscle that is usually targeted during traditional face lifts
- The second level is the deepest level of dermis
- The third level is the superficial dermis, the layer of skin that shows wrinkles and fine lines.
One of the techniques that Wexler Dermatology pioneered to combat skin and muscle laxity is the “Liquid Face Lift.” This technique uses a combination of fillers to create tautness in the face. The effect is similar to that of a surgical facelift but with infinitely more natural results. By combining dermal fillers, toxins, and tightening devices, we are able to restore the natural tightness of the skin without having to resort to plastic surgery.
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