Facial Skin Tightening Guide – 6 Suggested Treatments

Why is my Face Skin Sagging?

You look in the mirror and you see some loose skin around your cheeks, under your eyes, and around your neck. You wonder to yourself – why is my skin sagging? There are many reasons why your facial skin has lost its elasticity and tightness that it once had. As we age, we lose bone and facial subcutaneous fat on our face, which produces a loss in volume and “deflation” effect. The Zygoma (cheek bone) becomes less prominent, and facial subcutaneous fat shrinks. This also causes exposure of infra-orbital fat pads (“bags under the eyes”). Further atrophy of subcutaneous fat and mandible (jaw bone), as well as increasing laxity of the skin, produce jowls (lax skin fold along the jaw line). Production of Collagen and Elastin in the dermis of our skin decreases with aging and sun damage causes the skin on our face to sag as well. There are many facial skin tightening treatments that can help with the sagging skin on your face.


Facial Skin Tightening Treatments

Sagging facial skin can get you down, but there are many types of non-invasive treatments that can tighten your facial skin, restore your natural beauty, and rebuild your confidence.


1) Broadband Light (BBL):

BBL Phototherapy uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to rejuvenate your skin and is a great way to tighten skin. BBL uses the principle of  “selective photo-thermolysis”, and as such targets vessels, pigment, or water depending on which filter had been selected. BBL can tighten skin as well as treat other skin conditions:


2) Chemical Peel:

A Chemical Peel procedure involves application of a chemical solution onto skin to produce a controlled chemical burn. The severity of the “burn” is controlled, so it produces benefits rather than damage. The controlled injury that is inflicted onto the skin by a peel procedure stimulates the body’s healing process, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance of the treated area.

There are three levels of chemical peel:

  • Mild: Glycolic acid
  • Medium: Trichlor-acetic acid (TCA)
  • Deep: Phenol

Mild Chemical Peels are useful for treating acne and pores, stimulating dermal collagen production, and addressing the tone and radiance of the skin. Medium and heavy peels can be used to target pigmentation and wrinkles, which tightens the skin.


3) Fractora:

Fractora is an advanced fractional skin rejuvenation treatment to promote skin resurfacing. This FDA cleared medical device has a variety of settings to penetrate tissue depth, utilizing fractional radiofrequency to stimulate tremendous collagen production in the skin. Fractora is great for treating fine lines, deep lines and skin tightening. This treatment also tackles problems such as pigment irregularities, blood vessels, redness, and acne scares.


4) Laser Resurfacing:

This procedure removes a certain thickness of superficial layer of skin is removed by laser, allowing skin to renew itself as it heals. There are two types of laser used for resurfacing:

  • CO2 Laser: uses a longer wavelength and leaves layer of burnt coagulum on treated surface
  • Erbium Laser: Evaporates skin tissues with little coagulation effect

Laser resurfacing is great for rejuvenation of loose skin, tightening the skin on your face as it heals. This procedure is also highly effective when treating scars, acne scars, and sun damaged skin.


5) Microdermabrasion:

Microdermabrasion uses fine diamond tips to gently scrape off, then vacuum, the outer keratin layer of the skin. It is essentially an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking tighter and brighter. This procedure can tighten your facial skin and leave it looking softer. Microdermabrasion also treats:


6) Non-surgical Facelift:

There are three types of non-surgical facelift procedures that can help tighten your skin and restore your natural beauty:

  1. Botulinum Toxins
  2. Dermal Fillers
  3. Ultherapy

Botulinum Toxins

Facial Skin Tightening – Botulinum Toxin Forehead Injection to Reduce Wrinkles by Doctor Pinkhasik

Botulinum Toxin is used for relaxation of specific hyper-active, tense, or spastic muscles to produce the desired effect. Botulinum Toxin are injected using very thin needles with minimal discomfort and can be used to reduce facial wrinkles and make you look years younger. Not all wrinkles can be treated with Botulinum Toxin, which is why it is often used together with Dermal Filler or laser, light, radio frequency, and chemical procedures.

Dermal Filler

Facial Skin Tightening by Dermal FillersTear Troughs (eye bags) and Nasolabial Folds (smile lines) by Doctor Pinkhasik

Fillers are a variety of substances that can be safely injected under your skin to fill defects, deep wrinkles and depressed scars, and to re-create facial contours lost with aging. By them-selves, or combined with other procedures such as Botulinum Toxin or laser treatments, fillers can be used to make you look years younger without the risks and discomforts of surgery. Over time, as we age our appearance changes. As mentioned above, you look older because:

  • Skin becomes less elastic. It gets thinner and the creases formed by making expressions deepen into wrinkles
  • Under the skin you lose bone and subcutaneous fat volume. This causes “deflation”, much like a balloon that has lost some of it’s air, resulting in a sagging of facial skin

Dermal fillers can be safely injected into or under your skin in order to restore smooth texture and youthful shape and contours on your face, lips, hands, or another area of the body which appearance needs to be rejuvenated.


neck tightening
Neck and Facial Tightening by Ultherapy

As we age, the skin on our facial and neck begin to sag because of facial volume loss and skin laxity changes. Ultherapy is short for Ultrasound Therapy, which is an FDA approved treatment using ultrasound technology to treat the face and neck. This treatment requires no downtime and no surgery. This treatment stimulates collagen and goes deeper than other non-invasive treatments, being the first technology to allow visualization of targeted tissue during treatment. Ultherapy treats the following areas:

  • Brow
  • Lateral orbit
  • Cheek
  • Neck


The Takeaway

So now you know why your facial skin is loosening and procedures that can fix it, next time you look in the mirror you won’t be asking why, but when?

If you do decide that it is time to tighten your facial skin, it is important to keep in mind that not every procedure is suitable for everyone. It is imperative that you see a professional to consult you on which treatment will work best for your body. What are you waiting for?

Restore your natural beauty today.