Dr. Dean Kane Answers Question Regarding Skin Tightening

Q: Skin tightening for mild stomach laxity, any suggestions? I have very mild loose skin above my stomach. Most days it’s not visible unless I push my skin to the side. I have a picture of what it looks like at its worst when standing and when pushing it to the side. I would like to know what a realistic expectation for skin tightening would be without getting a tummy tuck. Are lasers best? Is there a surgical remedy that doesn’t leave a scar? Could I expect significant improvement or mild at best? Thanks for honest advice!!

A: Thanks for sharing your photos. They are helpful.

After the age of 30,  the restoration of collagen providing support to the skin and all surrounding tissues diminishes. This leads to:
1.            skin laxity as you demonstrate and
2.            soft tissue laxity, ie folds of skin and descent of fat and all other glands, muscles and organs.
 
During the healing process of skin, following lifts like facelift or tummy tuck, the skin will swell and begin a thickening process but it is the aim of the body to heal the injury, ie. the cut tissues not firm the adjacent top skin layer.
 
The skin as a fabric requires focused collagen stimulation using:
1.            Non-surgical: retinoids
2.            Minimally invasive: sculptra, J Plasma, ThermiTight, chemical peels and laser
 
In other words, a tummy tuck for you will stretch and remove skin excess but not directly firm, contract, tighten and collagenize the “crepey” skin you illustrate.
 
Consult with a well skilled Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who offers these treatments to best understand what is best for you.
 
I wish you all the best!

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