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How To Tighten Loose Skin

How To Tighten Loose Skin After Weight loss and Pregnancy

Weight loss and pregnancy can be wonderful phases to go through, sadly, they have got strings attached – like sagging loose skin. When you’re pregnant, the skin expands suddenly to make room for your baby and remains this way for a long time damaging the elasticity of your skin. In the other case, when you’ve lost weight, excess skin is left behind after the loss of fat from your body. The higher the weight loss, the more the loose skin effect. 

What’s covered in this article?
What are the methods of treating loose skin?
✔ Skin-firming creams and lotions
✔ Non-invasive skin tightening procedures
✔ Minimally invasive skin-tightening procedures
✔ Lifestyle changes to prevent loose skin

What are the methods of treating loose skin?

Here are the treatments available to tighten your loose skin:

Skin-firming creams and lotions:- 

Use of lotions or creams which claim to tighten loose skin. Some of them contain retinoids which help prevent free radical damage which harms your collagen. Applying the cream on the skin helps to slowly tighten the loose skin. Also, the massaging action of applying the cream will help increase blood flow to the area which helps with better results. To know which cream or lotion to use, contact a dermatologist. Download CureSkin App

Limitations:-

  • Need to be applied early on.
  • The results are subtle if any and can take a long time to notice changes.
  • This result may also be just temporary.

Non-invasive skin tightening procedures:- 

Here non-surgical devices are used to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin to shrink tissue, which has lost its tone and elasticity. This way loose skin gets tightened slowly. These help in tightening the skin without any scars and are less painful.

Limitations:- 

  • May cause some redness and swelling.
  • Must be performed by a board-certified dermatologist.

Ultrasound:- 

Ultrasound waves are used to send heat deep into the skin to tighten loose skin.

Limitations:-

  • The heat can cause your body to produce more collagen. If the procedure is not done correctly, excessive collagen can cause damage to internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

Radiofrequency:- 

Radiofrequency energy is used to send heat deep into the skin to tighten loose skin.

Limitations:- 

  • The heat can cause your body to produce more collagen. If the procedure is not done correctly, excessive collagen can cause damage to internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

Laser treatment:- 

Lasers are sent deep into the skin without wounding the top layer of your skin. These lasers are used to tighten skin all over the body and can be especially helpful for tightening loose skin on the belly and upper arms

Limitations:-

  • You may need 3 to 5 treatments to get results, which gradually appear between 2 and 6 months after the last treatment.

(ii) Minimally invasive skin-tightening procedures:- 

These procedures help with better results than non-invasive procedures and need la ess downtime as compared to surgical procedures. 

Radiofrequency:-

In this procedure, small needles or thin tubes are inserted into your skin to heat up the targeted layers of your skin. In this way, heat is directed to the particular area required. 

Limitations:-

  • Results can be gradual and subtle.

Laser resurfacing– 

This is known to be the most effective method. Lasers used are of higher intensity and concentration. However, unlike the regular laser treatment, this procedure will require downtime of about a week. 

Limitations:-

  • Downtime required. So, you will need to stay home for 5-7 days. 
  • Greater risk of side effects including scarring or pigmentation.

Lifestyle changes to prevent loose skin

  • Maintain ideal weight:–  Losing too much weight too fast invites loose skin. Having consistent weight helps avoid these issues easily. If you are looking to lose weight, do so gradually.
  • Eat a healthy diet:- Excessive fats and oil consumption can lead to loose or sagging skin.
  • Moisturize and Moisturize:- If you are pregnant or working towards weight loss, you should anticipate changes in your skin. The best way to prevent the formation of stretch marks or loose skin is to moisturize your skin regularly. This reduces the damage that may be caused.
  • Staying hydrated:- Drinking a lot of water moisturizes your skin from the inside and applying lotion on the skin keeps it moisturised from out. When skin is hydrated inside-out, there are fewer chances of loose skin.

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