Aging, pregnancy, weight gain (or loss), hormones, genetics, medical conditions, lifestyle factors, and sun exposure can all contribute to drooping skin. Treatments for tightening the skin, however, are more difficult to identify. Reversing the skin’s natural processes can be challenging, but there are several truly effective skin tightening solutions at Donaldson Plastic Surgery that you should know about.
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Whether a treatment will be effective or not varies from person-to-person, depending on two things: the level of skin laxity (mild, moderate, or severe) and the overall elasticity of the skin. For example, an individual in their 20s or 30s with mild or moderate loose skin will have relatively higher skin elasticity and, therefore, will be more likely to see loose skin improve over time with regular non-invasive treatments.
Moderate to severe skin laxity is more common among individuals in their 50s or 60s. This population is more likely to have relatively lower skin elasticity, so their skin may be less responsive to non-surgical treatments. In this case, surgical skin tightening may be a more effective path to correct your concerns.
No matter your concerns or what level of loose skin you have, we have the tools to help you address it. Our team of experienced aesthetic specialists is here to help you identify what level of treatment is right for you to tighten loose skin of the face, neck, and body — all the way from result-driven products to our surgical skin tightening procedures.
Our Medical Aestheticians Tatjana and Nikki recommend a combination of at-home care and professional Medspa treatments to correct mild to moderate loose skin of the face, neck, and body. Listed below is a powerful collection of medical-grade skincare products that you can use to improve skin elasticity, visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and combat signs of aging.
All of these products, including the facial and body rollers, are available for purchase by phone or in person.
Non-invasive skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy are more targeted and go deeper to address the underlying causes of mild to moderate loose skin. Ultherapy is a non-surgical skin tightening and lifting treatment that uses ultrasonic energy to send waves deep within the skin that stimulate collagen production. Because it works on a deeper level than other treatments, Ultherapy is a great preventative treatment for individuals seeing the beginnings of aging skin, rather than a fix to severe sagging or wrinkling. It is primarily intended to lift and tighten the skin of the brow, chin, jowls, neck, and upper chest, but can also be used to target other specific areas of concern.
Halo Laser Skin Resurfacing is a hybrid fractional laser treatment that addresses a number of visible skin concerns and offers skin tightening benefits from inducing collagen production in the healing process. For patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, Halo can result in more youthful, tighter-looking skin. Although the Halo laser is not primarily for skin tightening, patients usually see and feel a skin tightening effect. Wrinkles and fine lines are addressed with Halo, as well as other signs of aging, problematic skin texture, scarring, and sun damage. Other benefits of Halo include minimal downtime and a noticeable improvement of skin a just a couple of days. You can schedule Halo with Adrienne, Paige, Stacie, or Angie.
Renuvion (also known as J Plasma) is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium gas to virtually tighten the skin of the face, neck, and body. A wand emitting the stream of energy is gently passed underneath (in some cases overtop) the dermal layer to cause contraction of the skin. Results can be seen immediately, but dramatically improve over time. See what one patient has to say about her chin liposuction and Renuvion results with Dr. Sieffert!
Botox and fillers are not “skin tightening treatments”, but they do offer benefits that address signs of mild to moderate skin laxity, which is why we include them here.
Aging skin can cause wrinkles, folds, and droopiness to form, which can be corrected using minimally-invasive injectables like Botox and dermal fillers for the face. Botox works by softening the appearance fine lines and wrinkles in the skin by relaxing the muscle underneath that causes the crease to form. Fillers restore volume under the skin to an area where volume has been lost and skin has begun to droop or fold as a result (ex. the jawline, or nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Neither injectable treatment is used to reverse skin laxity, but they can help to improve common concerns associated with it.
To successfully treat more significant loose skin, surgery is usually the best option.
With surgical skin tightening procedures, excess skin is removed surgically and the remaining skin is re-draped tighter than before. This option is the gold-standard is for patients who have moderate to severe skin laxity as a result of aging or weight loss but can be ideal for mild to moderate skin laxity as well.
Here are some of our most effective surgical solutions performed by Dr. Donaldson & Dr. Sieffert.
A tummy tuck is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are surgically removed from the abdomen (and the underlying muscles tightened) to improve its contours. Stretched skin in this area will not always retract on its own, making surgery the only option to return the abdomen to its original form.
Anyone who has undergone pregnancy or weight loss, or who just simply struggles with excess skin of the belly, can benefit from this kind of surgical tightening. Scarring for a tummy tuck is minimal and easily concealed with undergarments or bathing suits, and our tummy tuck patients are thrilled with their results. Their only regret is they wished they had done is sooner!
A body lift, or circumferential body contouring, is a procedure in which excess skin of the entire abdominal front, back, and sides is removed for a tighter trunk. Usually performed on individuals with severe skin laxity of the body, this procedure is common amongst individuals who have undergone significant weight loss and are left with excess skin as a result. A body lift can also encompass surgical tightening of multiple areas including the arms, chest, upper and lower back, buttocks, and thighs — the surgery is always customized to address the patient’s concerns.
Arm lifts and thigh lifts are procedures in which sagging excess skin of the upper arms and thighs is removed, often solving cosmetic concerns of the colloquial “bat wings” and sagging skin of the inner thighs and above the knee. They can be performed individually or together, depending on a patient’s wishes. These two areas are very likely to loosen with age, so the majority of arm and thigh lift candidates simply wish to see their extremities restored to a more youthful-looking state. Scarring is likely to be visible in these areas, so please discuss your concerns with your surgeon prior to surgery.
Facelifts and neck lifts are also common amongst individuals with concerns of drooping skin. As exterior representations of how we present ourselves to the world, the areas of the face and neck are often ones of prime importance — but, unfortunately, they can be some of the first areas to show the effects of aging. In a facelift and/or neck lift, excess skin is excised by your surgeon and the skin is laid tauter than it was before. Specific areas like the lower or upper face can be targeted, as in the case of a brow lift. Scarring is very discrete and easily concealed.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, are surgical procedures in which excess skin of the upper and lower lid is carefully removed, and the remaining skin joined back together for younger, fresher-looking eyes. If you have what some might describe as overly-hooded eyes, or suffer from large bags underneath, you are likely a good candidate for an eyelid lift. Sometimes fat pads in the lower eyelid may also be removed to reduce puffiness. The procedure is straightforward and scarring is virtually invisible.
As a full-service plastic surgery practice, we are always uniquely equipped to offer each patient a customizable treatment plan, completely attuned to you. Our two board-certified plastic surgeons & our team of highly-trained non-surgical and aesthetic experts work closely together to recommend the right treatments that will help you reach your goals, and we take great care to vet the technology we use to offer the safest and most effective treatments available. We are intensely focused on delivering realistic recommendations and achieving beautiful outcomes.
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Tired or inspired — our eyes have always communicated something about us to the rest of the world. Now, with face masks a regular part of our lives, our eyes are essentially our sole feature of self-expression, and their bright appearance feels more important than ever.
“Eye contact is a very important aspect of human connection”, says our expert PA injector Stacie Isler. “When you make eye contact with someone, you communicate with them on an intimate level and allow them to gain a deeper understanding of your mental state, which is perhaps why, in this particular crisis, we are so focused on finding solutions for the eyes.”
So, how can we prioritize our eyes? And what’s the best way to tackle under eye problems like fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles? To answer these questions and more, we have compiled a list of our top 10 products, at-home remedies, makeup tricks, and treatments that really work to revitalize the eyes and upper face.
Without any further ado, here are the top 10 ways to enhance your eyes whilst wearing a face mask.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift, is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for repairing the upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess skin and tissue around the eyes. Eyelid surgery is the gold standard for addressing droopy, sagging eyelids and reducing visible signs of aging.
Sometimes a nonsurgical treatment may be a better option to address your concerns, so setting up a consultation with Dr. Sieffert is the best first step you can take to determine is eyelid surgery is the right treatment for you.
Hollowness under the eyes due to lack of sleep, age-related volume loss, or simply just anatomy can sometimes cast a shadow under the eyes, creating dark circles where the depression lies. Under eye filler expertly placed in what’s known as the “tear trough” can help to fill in that depression under the eyes, leading to a more youthful and well-rested appearance.
Don’t forget about crow’s feet! If you only treat your forehead lines, just a small pop of Botox right by the eyes can make all the difference in the world. Not only does it smooth those fine lines, but it can also open up your eyes by relaxing the surrounding muscles which will make them look wider and brighter.
While the makeup category can seem daunting, enough practice with the right products goes a long way! Beyond highlighting the cheekbones and using concealer to help cover dark circles and fine lines, you can make your eyes stand out with the right eye shadow and eyeliner, and by filling in and setting the brows with a pomade, gel, powder, or pencil. Since most of our facial expressions stem from our eyebrows, it can be a crucial step in helping to frame the face.
“As a makeup artist, one of my signature tips would be to put a pop of a light shimmer shadow in the inner eye corner to help brighten the eyes,” says our resident makeup and skincare expert Julia Plaat. “I also absolutely suggest using a mascara with a conditioning treatment, or a growth serum to help give your natural lashes strength and to maximize your mascara use.” Speaking of which…
Latisse lash growth prescription formula is by far one of the best kept secrets in the medical aesthetic world.
“Many patients have been asking about using Latisse versus GrandeLash, since both are popular options within the practice,” Julia continues. “While both have similar active ingredients that work to prolong the lifespan of the lash hair, Latisse tends to be a more potent product as it is of prescription strength. GrandeLash, while not quite as potent, has added vitamins and nutrients in their formula to boost the natural lash health.”
While both promote wonderful results, it is important to discuss your options with a specialist like Julia here at the practice to make the best decision for your lash goals.
Now, while she definitely recommends pairing at-home beauty and skincare with professional treatments to go deeper than a superficial fix, there are a few specific options Julia recommends that directly help with the eyes.
The skin around the eyes is entirely different than the rest of the skin on your face. It is much more fragile and sensitive. Other at-home products that Julia highly recommends would be Environ Skincare’s eye gels. The best way to maximize the restorative A, C, and E vitamins and invigorating peptide complexes within the gels would be to pair them with the CIT-Focus Eye Stamper. The stamper creates microchannels in the skin for the best product penetration, allowing your products to be their most efficient.
Microblading is a great semi-permanent technique that adds hairlike strokes by depositing color into the skin to help fill in and define your brows for up to two years.
Tatjana is a certified microblading expert! People travel long and far to have their eyebrows microbladed by Tatjana because of her reputation for sheer perfection and high attention to detail. Most aestheticians only receive a weekend of training before they begin microblading on live patients, but not Tatjana. Tatjana voluntarily spent years training and perfecting her technique before she ever saw her first microblading patient. She is not flippant about the semipermanent nature of microblading; she takes the responsibility very seriously. In fact, Tatjana even became a licensed tattoo artist, just to fully understand the relationship between ink and our skin!
Less permanent than microblading, brow and lash tinting are a phenomenal option for those who are tired of filling in their brows or applying mascara every day. It deposits pigment into the hair follicle and can last from four to six weeks while giving you the option to still apply makeup and products.
Not to be confused with at-home cosmetic needling (see CIT Eye Stamper in step 6), microneedling is a wonderful facial treatment for the skin. It improves from the inside out, impacting your skin on a cellular level by stimulating growth factors, and encouraging new collagen formation which plumps, smooths, and thickens the skin, aiding in the correction of sun damage. While it’s amazing for your entire face and neck, it’s especially wonderful for the delicate skin around the eye area, as it combats dark circles and fine lines.
Skin health is also something we should not forget, as wearing masks may be temporary but your skin health is a lifetime concern. Beyond wearing your SPF, facials are one of the best ways to prolong and augment the health and appearance of the skin.
If you aren’t already adding it on to your facials with Tatjana, make sure to get the Eye Repair add-on with your next facial for undereye rejuvenation, and a gentle exfoliation treatment to help brighten and smooth any concerns you may have!
Have you been thinking about trying out facial fillers, or maybe a fat-eliminating injectable like Kybella? Nonsurgical, injectable treatments for the mid- and lower face have been in high demand, and for good reason. Wearing masks allows us the perfect opportunity to try out new aesthetic treatments and procedures, without the need to take time off from your regular routine to heal from any possible swelling or bruising that may occur.
Face masks also offer a discrete solution for healing from surgical procedures. Combined with our surgeons’ gentle approaches, your face mask might present the chance for a subtle and smooth transition when it comes time to unveil your results.
There are several ways to create enhancement within the eye area, with the top three being makeup, professional treatments, and at home product use. Each of these include their own variety of options, but the best results come from combining different aspects of each.
It is no question that masks and protective coverings are key to keeping us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, don’t skip the face masks – instead, make the most of your beautiful eyes with one of these procedures, or simply by trying out a new medical-grade skincare solution or makeup product.
We hope this guide has helped you discover new ways to define your face’s most unique features. Thank you for reading our top 10 tips and treatments for enhancing the eyes while wearing a face mask — here’s looking at you!
Many companies have begun to promote “non-surgical blepharoplasty,” in Columbus, Ohio: eyelid lift without a lift! Some medical offices and spas have perpetuated these offers, promising that creams, peels, lasers, probes or therapeutic massage will remove the dark circles and lift the sagging skin. Unfortunately, these strategies fall short because they do not treat the underlying anatomy — the muscles, fat and skin.
Droopy upper eyelids often tend to run in families, as mothers and fathers pass on such characteristics to their children. The sagging skin accumulates over time, leading to a tired, worn-down appearance and sometimes even a decrease in lateral vision. The extra skin will not go away with any amount of cream or laser; the skin must be removed by surgery to restore a youthful appearance.
Similarly, the lower eyelids become puffy because of a decrease in fat below the lid-cheek junction, and a protrusion of fat from beneath the eye into the lid. This can occur with thinning of the eyelid skin such that the darker muscle behind it shows through… hence the dark circles. Again, no probes or peels will reshape the fat or tighten the muscle; these maneuvers must be accomplished through the skill of a plastic surgeon.
Non-surgical therapies may seem less expensive than surgery, but added together they often cost more without ever treating the problem.
Columbus, Ohio, blepharoplasty patients trust Dr. Donaldson because he has undertaken specialized fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery — plastic surgery around the eyes. He offers the latest techniques for treating difficult eyelids and customizing his results for each patient.
People who are regularly asked “Are you tired?” or “Did you stay up late last night?” or “Are you getting enough rest?” might be ready to explore eyelid surgery. By learning details about this procedure, patients can determine whether it fits their current health status, needs, and expectations.
This surgical procedure involves removing extra skin, fat, and muscle from the face. It is possible to perform this operation on just the lower or upper eyelids or both at the same time. Upper blepharoplasty is usually a minimally invasive office procedure, while lower blepharoplasty is more complex and often requires general anesthesia with more protective measures.
Good blepharoplasty candidates have bothersome extra skin on their upper and/or lower lids. A plastic surgeon will help determine whether eyelid surgery is an appropriate option. Possible symptoms include:
Eyelid surgery may not be warranted in smokers or patients in poor health. Crow’s feet and bulging eyes are not corrected by blepharoplasty, and people with drooping brows could even experience a worsening of symptoms after this procedure.
After understanding the typical risks and possible outcomes, a patient may wish to consult with a surgeon regarding blepharoplasty and how it would apply to their unique circumstances.