As discussed in our article on skin retraction after liposuction, the quality of skin retraction and redraping is an important part of achieving the best Vaser lipo result. As this depends mainly on the skin’s thickness and elasticity, treatments to improve skin quality are an option that some patients may want to consider before surgery. In some cases this can also be helpful after surgery (for example, using HIFU).
This article discusses the mechanisms that allow the skin to improve in quality, and the treatments that can be used to trigger this. The diagram below illustrates the key elements of this process. When comparing younger and older skin, we can see that there is an important difference in the amount of collagen and elastin.
The treatments used for revitalizing and improving the skin work by stimulating it to produce more collagen and elastin. This is achieved through a process of controlled injuries. The skin then works to repair the injury, and by doing so, it creates more of these two keys skin components, while also stimulating the increase in connective tissue and blood vessels. The overall process thickens the skin, and increases its elasticity. It also generally improves the smoothness of the skin’s surface, reducing wrinkles, and rejuvenating its appearance. A variety of methods can be used to achieve this, and these are discussed in the following sections.