This is a guest post courtesy of Dr. Christopher Pavlou, the Founder, Owner, and practicing medical and aesthetics doctor at Skin Technique in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Thankfully, there are ways to get rid of the loose skin, making it tighter and with better contouring over the frame of your body. EndyMed Radio Frequency is a painless and non-invasive treatment that can tighten your loose skin after losing weight. Here’s how it works.
First, let’s look at why people have loose and sagging skin after they lose weight. Human skin is naturally elastic, especially when you are younger. When you lose smaller amounts of weight or do it gradually, your skin can generally tighten itself to keep up. Having loose skin after losing weight is more common when you lose weight very fast and/or when you lose a significant amount of weight. It is also common after pregnancy.
In addition, sometimes what looks like loose skin is actually excess body fat that is just under the surface of your skin. This tends to be a different type of fat that is more difficult to get rid of through diet or exercise, and is more common in your stomach, thighs, lower back, neck, and upper arms. If you’re not sure if what you’re dealing with is loose skin or excess surface fat, pinch the area between your fingers. If what you pinch is very thin it’s just loose skin, but if what you feel is thicker and squishy then you may have excess body fat.
Your skin will normally adapt to tighten over your body frame, which includes any body fat you have. If you find that what you thought was loose skin is actually this type of surface body fat, you will need to get rid of it before your skin can be tightened. Thankfully, whether you have loose skin or lingering surface fat that just looks like loose skin after losing weight, EndyMed Radio Frequency can help with both.
EndyMed Radio Frequency is used to treat multiple skin-related issues such as micro-ablation, old or dull skin, acne scars, cellulite, and loose skin. It uses a handheld applicator to emit radio waves through your layers of skin and to the fat cells just below the surface. The applicators allow the treatment to be targeted to specific parts of your body safely and without discomfort.
The heat and energy from the radio waves causes the old skin cells and surface fat cells to die and be disintegrated. Your body then absorbs the dead cells as part of its natural cycle of creating cells and then disposes of them. In response, your body then creates a spike of collagen production — collagen being the key structural protein in your skin cells — and your body produces it whenever you need to make new skin cells. For example, whenever your skin gets cut, your body creates a lot more collagen to create more skin cells to eventually heal the cut.
By producing more collagen and new, healthy skin cells, your skin gets more elastic and taut. So in addition to helping get rid of surface body fat, the treatment also helps speed up your skin’s natural process of tightening over your body frame after losing weight.
Treatments may take as long as an hour, depending on how many areas you want to target, and there is zero recovery time. You will start noticing results around a week after getting a treatment, and may continue to see improvements in the firmness of your skin up to four weeks afterwards. You can continue treatments every couple of months until you achieve your desired results.