As we age, there may come a time when we look in the mirror and almost see a stranger looking back at us. Aging can take a real toll on our self-confidence and self-image. Sagging skin and drooping areas of our face can make us nervous getting our picture taken, attending weddings or meeting old friends. If you’re dealing with unwanted signs of aging on your face, there is a solution. Call the Kagan Institute in Los Angeles, CA and ask about InMode FaceTite Morpheus Skin Tightening.
What Causes Our Faces to Sag?
Sagging skin is one of the most dreaded symptoms of aging. This skin laxity causes jowls, drooping eyebrows, an undefined jawline and a sagging neck. These are the attributes that surprise us in pictures of ourselves, and not in a good way. Part of the process is simply the passage of time, but part of it is pure biology.
Collagen and Your Skin
Collagen is the dream protein that makes our skin tight and taut. This protein helps our cells regenerate and remain packed tightly together. When we’re young, all this fibrous protein forms a smooth foundation just underneath the surface of our skin in the dermis.
Collagen keeps all our skin cells together and regenerates healthy cells to make our skin strong and resilient. It doesn’t work alone, though. Attaching and working with collagen is the protein elastin and a sugar called hyaluronic acid.
Elastin and Flexibility
All of our organs are flexible, including our skin, and elastin is responsible for this flexibility. When our skin is young, it can be stretched and pulled but won’t lose its shape. Even gravity can’t change its shape because the skin holds tightly to the shape of our faces and contours.
The relationship between collagen and elastin is an important one. Collagen provides the scaffold and elastin ensures our skin keeps bouncing back to place. There’s one more component to healthy-looking and performing skin that works with these two, and that’s hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic Acid and Hydration
You may be hearing about hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in new skincare products to promote hydration. This is because the molecules of this sugar can hold 1000 times their weight in water and will actually attract hydration to the skin. Young skin looks dewy and feels supple.
Even a young person who isn’t keeping up on their water intake can look fresh as a daisy because they have enough hyaluronic acid to keep their skin glowing.
As we age, that strong scaffolding created by tightly packed collagen fibers becomes sparser and our production declines. It’s thought that by around age 25, our production starts to decrease by 1% each year and even more drastically when women near menopause. The areas in between our now less abundant collagen strands are filled in by our epidermis or surface skin.
These small collapses create wrinkles, folds, and lines. Those are also the areas that start to lose their grip on the surface of our faces and can lead to sagging skin. This loss of structure also causes our fat layer deep underneath the surface of our skin to fall.
Fat Pad and Layer Displacement
It’s not just skin that falls downward. The fat that keeps our faces proportionate migrates toward the bottom of our faces, adding to jowls and submental fat or “double chin”. This fat can be diet and exercise-resistant because we’re supposed to have it, just in a higher position.
Even someone at their ideal weight can have this fat migration and end up with a full bottom portion of their face without having gained weight.
When collagen declines, so does elastin, and we lose flexibility in our skin. When gravity pulls our skin down, elastin can’t hold its shape anymore and loses its grip on the weakened collagen. Our skin moves downward, leading to drooping and sagging skin.
Hyaluronic acid doesn’t keep up its production pace, either. This leads our skin to look and feel drier. It will take thicker and more nutrient-rich creams to add life to our skin and keep it supple. Unfortunately, collagen’s molecules are too large to penetrate our skin, so we can’t hope for hyaluronic acid or elastin to boost volume until we can increase our collagen production.
That’s when we need a doctor’s intervention for skin tightening treatments. But don’t worry: you don’t have to commit to the expense, risk and downtime of surgical intervention. There is an innovative treatment that can give you transformative results without an invasive procedure and lots of downtime.
What Is the InMode FaceTite Morpheus Skin Tightening Treatment?
This revolutionary treatment uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate the growth of collagen. Radiofrequency (RF) is not new for treating certain signs of aging, but this is the next generation of RF technology. The InMode FaceTite Morpheus Skin Tightening treatment combines two modalities to achieve next-generation results.
How Does the InMode FaceTite Morpheus Skin Tightening Treatment Work?
This treatment uses a handheld applicator that delivers concentrated energy to stimulate skin tightening in the middle layer or the skin, which triggers collagen production. This applicator has two parts:
- A cannula
- An electrode
The cannula is placed just underneath this skin while the electrode glides over the skin’s surface, generating a focused electrical field. It sounds complicated, but the results are simple—tighter and more youthful skin.
The Dual Treatment Applicator Edge
The small tube that’s inserted into the skin regenerates cells and promotes collagen production while the outer layers are also gently heated by the outer portion of the device.
This is called radiofrequency skin tightening combined with liposculpting, but it happens without the suction of lipsuction. While inside you, the energy targets and destroys unwanted fat cells within the area of sagging skin to increase instant firming results. Once fat cells are destroyed, they can’t regenerate.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Any facial area where you see and feel a sagging of your skin that is concerning you can be a target of this versatile treatment. Talk to your doctor about any areas above the shoulders you’d like considered, like:
- Nasolabial folds
What to Expect
You and your doctor will discuss your areas of concern, your expected results, and your options. If it’s decided that the InMode SkinTite Morpheus Skin Tightening treatment is for you, you’ll make an appointment that requires little to no preparation. You may be asked to stop taking blood-thinning medications to reduce the likelihood of bruising, but that’s about all.
The Day of Your Appointment
When you arrive, a local anesthetic will be applied to the skin where you’ll receive treatment to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Once your skin is sufficiently numb, the tiny probe will be gently inserted below the skin. This cannula will deliver heat to both the inner and outer layers of your skin.
This gentle heating creates an immediate reaction. First, your existing collagen fibers contract and thicken. This creates an immediate tightening effect on the loose skin. From there, those collagen fibers produce more to fill in the gaps created by the radiofrequency, strengthening the foundation of the dermis. This restores a more youthful structure underneath the surface of the skin.
After your minimally invasive treatment, you’ll be able to drive yourself home because there is no use of anesthesia. Your doctor will send you home with individualized post-treatment instructions designed to help you heal quickly and maximize your results.
You’ll see a minimal tightening and an improvement in the tone and texture of your skin immediately. As collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid build back up to youthful levels, your results will continue to improve. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see a significant improvement in the appearance of your skin.
Most patients can expect to see results improve for a full six months. This gradual improvement will wow those around you, but most importantly, you’ll be wowed when you look in the mirror and see photos of yourself. Clients report a significant improvement in their self-confidence and assurance.
How Long Will Results From the InMode FaceTite Morpheus Skin Tightening Treatment Last?
All results differ from client to client, but this treatment is FDA approved to provide results that last up to a year. Most clients, however, can see results lasting up to five years. To maximize your results, it’s critical to treat your skin well, protect it from the sun and avoid smoking.
When your results start to change, you might notice a shift is the firmness of your skin. This doesn’t mean you will revert to your pre-treatment state because you’ll be aging from your post-treatment state.
To help round out your more youthful appearance, once you’ve achieved your maximum results with this treatment, you may want to consider other treatments to add to your positive results.
Some treatments can add an immediate lift and fullness to the areas that didn’t completely fill in with FaceTite. Talk to your doctor about supplementary treatments.
Choosing a neurotoxin like Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau or Xeomin can help with deeply etched lines that form because of repeated movement in the upper portion of your face. These work by blocking the signal to move from reaching the muscles that cause those movements and their wrinkles.
These injectables are the number one requested and physician-administered treatment in the world. These are effective in temporarily diminishing or eliminating dynamic wrinkles like:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
Most dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid suspended in a smooth and pliable gel. These are intended to immediately add volume to moderate-to-severe lines, folds, and wrinkles. You can walk into the office with bothersome signs of aging and walk out looking years younger.
There are a lot of fillers on the market, and each is designed to achieve a different result. Talk to your doctor about which filler is right for you and your particular areas of concern. The most common areas of treatment are:
- Nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Marionette lines from the mouth down the chin
- Adding volume to thinning lips
- Vertical lines around the lips
- Areas of lost volume like the temporal, cheek and cheekbone areas
- Lost volume on the backs of the hands
Schedule Your Appointment Today
There’s no reason to put off looking and feeling your best. If you’re unhappy with certain parts of the reflection you see in the mirror, it’s time to enlist the help of a skilled professional and get real results.
Call the office of the Kagan Institute in Los Angeles, CA to schedule your consultation today. We believe you deserve to look your very best so you can feel your best and live your life to the fullest. We look forward to speaking with you soon!