What is the Single Best Way to Tighten Aging Skin on the Face and Neck Barring Surgery?

I am 49 with loose, creased skin on my neck, hooded eyelids & jowls. I'd like something subtle but creams, AHA, etc. haven't been effective.Cost is definitely a consideration but I would rather pay a little more for treatment that lasts longer. There are so many options & I have no idea what would be best. If it helps to know, I smoked for years but use an e-cig now for 1 year. My skin quality is probably slightly better than average for my age. I have a fair complexion with some sun spots.

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Treatment for Tightening Aging Skin

We do a lot of laser skin tightening with the GentleYag for skin laxity and aging, and the results are very good.  It is a laser treatment which takes about 15 minutes, is minimally painful and requires no downtime.  The heat generated by the laser leads to collagen contraction which results in overlying skin tightening.  Our patients are very satisfied, especially given the ease of treatment and the fair cost.  Typically a series of a few treatments spaced a few weeks apart is more effective and worthwhile than just one treatment alone.  Click on the link below to view a video demonstration of this treatment. 

New York Dermatologist
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Best Way To Tighten Aging Skin Barring Surgery

To tighten the skin, the most effective minimally-invasive option would be ThermiTight. Using a very thin wand right under the skin to apply radio frequency to targeted areas can help to melt away fat deposits, increase collagen production, and tighten overlying skin. The cost for this procedure is typically half the cost of a traditional facelift. ThermiTight is an excellent option for those short on time and/or funds but still desire an improvement in appearance. Keep in mind that a certain level of sagging can only be corrected by surgical options, so it's best to consult with a surgeon to determine the most appropriate course of action for you.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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