The Daily Mail Nip & Tuck 11th September 2017
The Nip & Tuck articles by Dr Tracy Mountford appear weekly, in print and online, in the Monday ‘Inspire’ section. In this week’s column, a reader would like to do something about her wrinkly knees. She has lost weight recently and this has made the skin around her knees saggy.
I’ve got wrinkly knees after losing weight, what can I do?
Dr Mountford explains that fluctuations in weight and drop in hormones during menopause can leave loose, sagging skin. She recommends a non-surgical approach, as surgery can over-tighten the skin which, in turn, can affect how the knee works. An effective alternative to surgery is Ultherapy, which is an ultrasound treatment which lifts and tightens the skin and muscle. It uses micro-focused ultrasound waves to target the deep structural layers of the skin. Following treatment, the body stimulates collagen production which improves the elasticity of the skin, causing a gradual lifting and tightening effect on the skin around the knee.
Another non-surgical treatment is INTRAcel, which uses needling and radio frequency to improve skin texture whilst also tightening the skin. When used in combination with Ultherapy, this can have a significant improvement on the elasticity of the skin and its overall appearance.