Not ready to opt for the knife? Increasing numbers of men and women are searching for a non-surgical, minimally-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery designed to lift and tighten the skin. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of patients seeking skin tightening procedures is on the rise and has increased by more than 20 per cent over the last five years.

Why does our skin lose elasticity as we age?

Elasticity is determined by the ability of a substance to return to its original shape as opposed to how stretchy it is. If you pull your skin and it very quickly ‘bounces back’ then it is very elastic. However, as we age it tends to move back into position much more slowly and there is often a noticeable sagging to the skin that has caused folds to appear around the nose and mouth and a loss of definition to the jawline.

The elastic properties and structure of the skin is determined by two substances present in the dermis called collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps the skin strong and firm and elastin helps it pop back into shape. A number of factors combine over the years to deplete levels of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Collagen and elastin quickly become prey to oxidative stress caused by the release of free radicals in the skin. These free radicals can be the result of smoking, UV radiation, stress and pollution. Sugar is another big enemy; it causes a process called glycation whereby sugar attaches itself to elastin and collagen, which quickly deteriorate.

The Thermal effect

To accommodate the growing demand for a non-surgical skin tightening treatment, we offer Thermage to patients at our central London aesthetic clinic. Radiofrequency energy is delivered into the skin, gently heating the deep layers of the dermis, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin and tightening the existing collage in the skin.

Thermage can be used safely on all skin types and can tighten skin on the face and body and is particularly effective on delicate, often difficult to treat areas such as around the eyes.

Thermage can tighten skin, reshape contours and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. By stimulating new collagen production as well as tightening existing collagen, not only will you see immediate results, they will continue to improve for up to six months after your procedure.

To find out if you’re suitable for a Thermage skin tightening treatment, call 020 7224 2247 to book a consultation.