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skin tightening

Skin Tightening procedure involves Radiofrequency (RF) and Near Infrared (NIR) energy, which are extremely popular aesthetic treatments used to tighten and firm unwanted loose or lax skin. As a non-surgical alternative to a traditional facelift, RF treatment can offer a safe and non-invasive treatment option to counter the general effects of ageing.

RF and NIR treatment can be carried out on any part of the body, but, generally speaking, problem areas that require treatment include:

  • Face – forehead and around the eyes, cheeks and around the mouth, jaw line, jowls and the area under the chin.
  • Body – arms, thighs, knees, buttocks and breast areas.

As treatment is painless, and there is no recovery period or downtime required, treatment can be carried out at a time of your convenience, with no significant disruption or interruption to your normal daily routine.

Skin tightening explained in detail

The skin is comprised of two layers:

  • The epidermis forms the external outer layer we see
  • The dermis forms the deeper invisible layer beneath

The protein collagen provides the main structural support to the dermis.

Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis. It is composed of fat cells, collagen, elastin and fibrous bands that anchor the skin via connective tissue to deeper structures including muscle and bone.

Skin thickness varies considerably from one region of the body to another ranging from 0.5mm thick on the eyelids to 4.0mm thick on the heels of the feet

A variety of technologies capable of delivering non-surgical skin tightening are currently available. Each method has the ability to penetrate the skin to varying depths.

  • Radiofrequency (RF) 40.68 MHz – Penetration up to 25mm
  • Near Infrared (NIR) 780 – 950nm – Penetration up to 2.5mm
  • Mid Infrared Nd Yag 1320nm laser – Penetration up to 3mm
  • Er Yag 2940nm laser – Penetration up to 0.3mm
  • CO2 10,600nm laser – Penetration up to 1.0mm
  • Micro-focused Ultrasound – Penetration up to 4.5mm

The thickness of the loose or lax skin requiring treatment is a main factor in determining which skin tightening technology is utilized

How does the treatment work?

Skin tightening technologies exert their biological effect on the skin through two main mechanisms

  1. Heat-induced collage shrinkage and micro-thermal injury
  2. Dermis regeneration, repair (wound healing) and remodeling.

Thermal cleavage of hydrogen bond cross links in the collagen triple helix is thought to result in contraction of the structure by up to 1/3 of its original length.

Cellular contraction involves the initiation of an inflammatory/wound healing sequence that is perpetuated over several weeks. Contraction of skin is achieved through fibroblastic multiplication and contraction with the deposition of a static supporting matrix of nascent scar collagen. The cellular contraction process is initiated by de-granulation of mast cells that release histamine initiating the inflammatory wound healing response.

Following cellular contraction, collagen is laid down as a static supporting matrix in the soft tissue structure. The deposition and subsequent remodeling of this nascent scar matrix provides the means to alter the consistency and geometry of the soft tissue for aesthetic purposes.

We are able to offer RF, NIR and all laser treatment options tailored specifically to your individual needs, in order to achieve optimum results.

Our expert medical team has in excess of 25 years experience and have completed more than 120,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at our Cambridge Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, our staff are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

Although medical laser clinics are no longer regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), we continue to adhere to the strict standards that were in the past mandatory under government legislation. This is the best indicator currently available that our Cambridge Laser Clinic is trustworthy.

All consultations are free of charge so why not call our team of experts today?