As we age, the cumulative effects of sun damage, weight fluctuations and genetics can all have a profound effect on the elasticity of our skin. Elastin fibres within our skin are similar to miniature rubber bands contained within our connective tissue throughout the body. While collagen is an important part of the building blocks for our skin structure, elastin is also an important protein, produced by fibroblasts, that allows our skin to return to its original shape after stretching or contracting.
Whatever the cause, lax and sagging facial or body skin is a cosmetic concern for many men and women.
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin which results in deflation and descent, especially in the face. Cheeks and jowls begin that subtle pull down resulting in an undefined jawline giving us a look that is less than youthful. Fortunately, with some of the industry’s best in class technologies we can improve some of the most stubborn areas of the face with long lasting results.
Skin laxity of the neck- so it hangs, is a result of ageing, weight loss or, in some cases simply genetic. The culprit is loss of elasticity and thinning of the skin, as well as the emergence of platysmal or ‘necklace’ bands- thin bands of muscle in your neck which become more prominent as skin thins.
The eyes are an individual’s most striking feature and usually the first thing everyone notices. As we age the area around our eyes is often the first part of our body that begins to show our age. The skin begins to lose its elasticity- ‘crow’s feet’ and ‘eye hollows’ develop- and the pull of gravity causes the lower eyelids to appear baggy, the upper eyelids to sag, and the eyebrows to droop. This is particularly prevalent among smokers and those who have had excessive sun exposure.
Sometimes when you lose weight you also gain loose skin that’s preventing you from achieving the look you ultimately desire. Or sometimes it’s just part of the ageing process or genetics that causes sagging body skin. Sagging skin can happen in a variety of anatomical areas- abdomen, the décolleté and breast area, upper arms and knee areas.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to tightening and lifting lax skin- the most appropriate treatment will depend on several factors including the particular area on the face or body, quality of the skin and age.
For the most part, the science behind skin tightening is the same amongst technologies, only the delivery systems to heat the dermis to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process to differ. Old, lax collagen and elastic fibers are replaced with fresh, young and better-organized fibers over a period of time, typically three to six months.
After a thorough examination and consultation, Sante Medical will create a customized treatment plan to promote the body’s natural tightening response.
The gold-standard alternative to a surgical facelift- uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten and lift.
Ultherapy is a non-surgical alternative to a facelift. A highly effective treatment, it uses focused ultrasound energy to tighten the underlying deep muscle fascia providing an overall lift while stimulating collagen growth to tighten skin.
Unlike lasers and other technologies, Ultherapy avoids the surface area of the skin, delivering the right energy at the right depths and temperature for collagen reproduction. It is the only procedure to use ultrasound imageing, which allows us actually to see the layers of tissue we target during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most effective.
Concern: Skin that has begun to deflate and descend
Areas: Face, neck and décolleté
60-90 minutes, once.
Minimal to none
One of the world’s most advanced laser systems featuring multiple treatment modalities including skin tightening. Minimally invasive, highly effective, and having a high patient satisfaction rating.
The Fotona SP Dynamis Laser approach stimulates the new formation of collagen and elastin. Your skin will not only look rejuvenated but also younger, tighter and more vibrant.
Fotona Piano mode provides for the deep homogeneous bulk heating of the dermis, useful to provide a lifting and tightening effect with minimal discomfort and shortened recovery times.
Tightening for all skin types.
Concern: Facial and body skin laxity
Areas: Face, neck, décolleté and some areas of the body
Approximately 60 minutes
Will depend on the method chosen to tighten certain areas of the face or body but downtime is minimal either way.
An assertive tightening and lifting treatment providing dramatic results, particularly around the eye area. Treated areas also benefit from the rejuvenation of skin tone and texture.
A fractional ablative procedure for the skin.
Thousands of tiny columns of laser energy vaporize the skin tissue in the epidermis/dermis and stimulate the growth of fresh new collagen and elastin. Since only a fraction of the skin is treated, the non-treated adjacent skin promotes fast healing. New collagen production provides a lifting and tightening effect. Particularly effective for treating lax skin around the eye area.
It’s more than skin resurfacing, it is deep skin rejuvenation, tightening and lifting results that are more dramatic than with a non-ablative laser
Concern: Deflation and descent (while improving tone and texture).
Areas: Full or partial face, neck, décolleté, around the eye area and select areas of the body
60-90 minutes, once.
Dependant on the depth of treatment, up to a week in some cases
Gold standard radio-frequency technology- provides superior skin tightening by taking micro-needling technology to the next level.
EndyMed Intensif features an array of insulated, gold plated needles that are used to safely and effectively deliver focused energy deep into the dermis, triggering the skin’s natural healing process.
Rejuvenates and refreshes the skin while reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles and traumatic scars in all skin types.
Concern: Lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, tone, textural irregularities, some forms of scarring and mild stretch marks.
Areas: Face, neck, décolleté and body
45-60 minutes, three treatments in 4-week intervals
None to 24 hours
Our Beltline location is easily accessible on the corner of 15th Avenue and 14th Street SW, just minutes away from downtown.
Complimentary parking is available on the side of the building (enter the alley between 14th and 15th Avenue off 14th Street). Free two-hour parking is also available along 15th Avenue SW.