Are there any non-surgical procedures for tightening drooping skin that are actually effective?
Dr. Altman answers a question on Quora “Are there any non-surgical procedures for tightening drooping skin that are effective?”
Whether a non-surgical procedure can tighten drooping skin depends on where the area is and how much drooping there is. If someone dropped 150 lbs and is a little older, the chances that any non-surgical procedure will reduce the skin to normal are low, however, the surgical scars from the lifts and tucks that are done for the arms and legs after weight loss are terrible-looking and I would try the non-surgical route first.
There are skin tightening procedures like SkinTyte, an intense pulsed light skin tightening modality, Thermage, a radiofrequency device and some ultrasound devices that heat up the dermis causing both an immediate contraction of collagen plus new collagen deposition in the dermis, actually providing a visible amount of tightening to the skin.
For facial drooping skin, it may be a matter of volume loss from the fat, soft tissues and even bone, causing the skin to lose its support and droop down. This was thought to be due to gravity but that is not the case. The volume loss can be replaced with dermal fillers, recreating at least partially the lost support structure.
Here is a photo of what skin looks like after several treatments with Sciton’s SkinTyte. It’s not ideal, but it’s a non-surgical option with significant results.