A leg lift is a complex surgery that will result in scarring, and is meant to reduce the excess of skin that may be due to skin that has lost its elasticity. A lot of patients prefer to avoid surgery because of the risks associated with surgery and scarring. There are a few non invasive alternatives to a leg lift that may have comparable results. These treatments include non invasive liposuction techniques, massage therapy or skin products that stimulate collagen production and the tightening of skin.
Vaser Liposelection is a non surgical procedure that will reduce fat and will also have a skin tightening effect, reducing excess skin. The procedure will heat the skin tissues and help the production of collagen, which will make the skin more elastic. This treatment may not replace a leg lift, but may be effective in patients that only have a small amount of excess skin. Vaser Liposelection causes no scarring and the recovery time is minimal when compared to the recovery time required after a leg lift.
Lipodissolve is a procedure that can be used to reduce fat and excess skin and may be applied on the leg area. Lipodissolve is an injectible treatment that requires a number of sessions to be fully effective. The injections contain enzymes, which can stimulate the reduction of fat and tighten the skin.
The effects of Lipodissolve will only be visible in 8 to 12 weeks after the administration of the last injection, but the treatment will not cause any scars. The effects of Lipodissolve will not be as visible as the effects of a leg lift.
Mesotherapy is an injectible therapy that is similar to Lipodissolve. The treatment has been designed to reduce fat, but it is also effective in tightening skin. The Mesotherapy injections contain amino acids and other natural and synthetic compounds that will interact with the skin tissues and stimulate the formation of collagen. The treatment is not recommended if the patient has a lot of excess skin. Both Lipodissolve and Mesotherapy will reduce cellulite.
Thermage is a laser procedure that doesn't involve surgery and will heat up the skin, melt fat and tighten the skin. This procedure can be chosen as an alternative for a leg lift if the patient has both fat and excess skin to get rid of. Several sessions of Thermage may be recommended for optimal results.
Massage therapy can be used to stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the surplus of skin. This procedure should be applied during several months, at least 2 or 3 times per week to be effective. The massage therapy will stimulate the blood circulation and collagen formation, which will make the skin more elastic. This alternative may not be effective for older patients that have a decreased production of collagen.
There are a few skin products that can be used to tighten skin. These products may contain coenzyme Q10, caffeine or other herbal ingredients that are meant to increase the production of collagen.