You may have read before the difference between Skin Tightening Vs. Neck lifts from earlier in the year. While we may have helped you decide between the several procedures available for any issue with your neck, we did not emphasize the advantages of skin tightening vs. fillers for the rest of your face. Often, it is not an easy choice to make, but a very essential one. Let us go over the difference between the two to better help you decide if one of these procedures might be right for you.
While skin-tightening may sound confusing, it’s actually a quite simple, safe and efficient procedure that tightens skin and promotes healthy production of collagen for a warm, youthful look. Skin-tightening procedures are typically used to improve mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used on the full face, more commonly used for jowl, neck, and eyes. It can also be used on the body. There are two main procedures the Dayan team uses for skin-tightening: Pelleve and Harmony.
While both procedures are similar, the way they help the growth of collagen is different. Pelleve uses radio frequency energy to heat the tissue deep beneath the skin. The radiofrequency technology with activates new collagen growth in the deepest layers of the skin. Over the course of six months, new collagen is produced in the deepest layers of the skin which resupplies structure to sagging skin.
Harmony, however, uses near-infrared pulsed light technology, rather than radio frequency, to heat the deep layers of skin and promote collagen production. Harmony’s function is better used to improve wrinkles and skin laxity over time rather than immediately. With the help of a Pixel or IPL laser, more dramatic results can occur.
Venus Freeze utilizes a multi-polar radiofrequency technology known as MP2 technology. What does this mean for you? This comfortable procedure is effective in improving not only sagging skin and wrinkles, but it also meets the needs frustrated by cellulite. It is also a body contouring device and has been proven to reduce the circumference of body areas such as the abdomen and thighs by 0.5 to 3 inches.
Fillers, on the other hand, do not activate the production of collagen but rather act in its place. By creating chemical compounds that are not harmful to the body and cannot be absorbed, a doctor is able to inject a measured amount of these substances to diminish the appearance of folds and wrinkles. These minimally invasive injections only take a few minutes.
The Dayan team mainly uses Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse. Juvederm and Restylane are made of hyaluronic acid, a subsatance naturally produced by your body to aid in the skin’s moisture retention. These dermal fillers only take a few minutes to inject and help to improve the appearance of volume loss associated with aging. Filler, though long lasting is not permanent. These treatments are recommended to be updated every 3 to 6 months. Radiesse is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (a substance that naturally occurs in human bones and teeth.) Radiesse results are almost intstantly visible. The results may last up to a year. In fact, it has even been recommended to assist with a facial volume loss associated with facial lipotrophy of HIV patients, proving the product is both safe and effective.
Whether a skin tightening or filler is right for you it is always wise to consult a doctor before moving forward with any treatments. Though fillers are often made of natural substances, you should only introduce a new substance to your body should after a proper consultation with a licensed medical professional provider.
A certified cosmetic surgeon can help you decide with dermal filler is right for you.