Skin laxity is a normal part of the aging process and is a frequent concern of patients seeking non-surgical treatment options. Skin laxity is seen with aging, chronic sun exposure, weight loss, and post-pregnancy. Common areas of concern include the lower face, neck, anterior thighs – above the knee, buttocks, abdomen, upper posterior arms, and eyelids.
Non-surgical treatment options for skin laxity include using radio frequency (RF) or ultrasound devices where heat penetrates deep into the dermis, stimulating collagen and providing tightening of the skin. When treating facial laxity, ultrasound can penetrate down to the muscle, causing contraction of tissue over time. The results of skin tightening treatments are not immediate, with improvement seen over a period of several months. Treatment options include Thermage, Ulthera, and Exilis.