The latest advanced laser tools are so versatile, we can use them to treat several different skin issues. We can improve the appearance of acne and other scars, or remove excess or unwanted hair. And, of course, we can help you achieve younger and healthier-looking facial skin by minimizing lines and wrinkles as well as other imperfections.
Sometimes skin rejuvenation calls for laser resurfacing, other times laser skin tightening may be the better choice. As the name implies, laser skin tightening directly addresses the loss of elasticity that occurs as we age. And here’s the best part -- this procedure works effectively to combat minor to moderate skin laxity on other parts of the body besides the face. We can tighten skin anywhere -- your neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
Smoother, softer, younger-looking skin. Say hello to shorts, tank tops, and your swimsuit, once again!
Laser skin tightening benefits
Laser skin tightening treatments feature all the benefits that make laser procedures so popular:
- Minimally invasive
- Safe and effective for all skin
- Performed in-office
- Fast (sessions generally last 30-60 minutes depending on size and location of the treatment area)
- Minimal discomfort
- No downtime
- Immediately-visible results
Laser skin tightening works differently
Laser resurfacing is ablative – that is, it lightly “roughs up” the surface, exfoliating the dead cells and removing the outer layer of skin to expose fresh, new skin. Laser tightening uses heat to target the collagen layers below the skin’s surface. Heating the collagen causes your skin to contract, which effectively diminishes the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkles. This procedure also triggers production of new collagen, for further ongoing improvement.
Because tightening does not affect the surface, this procedure cannot be used to correct problems such as scars, darks spots, or hyperpigmentation.
The procedure is not painful, though you may feel some mild discomfort. We use a topical numbing agent prior treating the skin, and the laser continuously cools the skin’s surface as it heats the collagen below.
There is no downtime required after laser skin tightening. You can go right back to work or whatever else is on your schedule. You may experience slight reddening of the treated area for a few hours, but it’s OK to cover that with a little makeup, if you want.
Laser skin tightening results you’ll love
Laser tightening is far less invasive than other skin tightening techniques such as liposuction or surgery, yet the results are impressive – dramatically firmer skin. While you will likely see some improvement right away, results are more gradual than with other treatments, because it takes 3 to 6 months for your body to produce new collagen. Your skin will continue to become even firmer, as your body produces more new collagen.
To achieve optimal results, however, we typically recommend more than treatment session. How many depends on the severity of your skin’s laxity and your goals, but often 2 or 3 will do. We usually schedule follow-up sessions about 3 weeks apart. After that, your results will last for years. Some patients do like to schedule an occasional “refresher” treatment later on, if an area is especially prone to wrinkling, to spur growth of new collagen. (Use that sunscreen, and moisturize!)
Are you a good candidate for laser skin tightening?
Yes, if you’re a man or woman who is frustrated by loose skin on your face or elsewhere on your body. Typical patients are between 30 and 60 years old. If your skin laxity is severe, a more extensive procedure such as a facelift might make more sense. We can combine laser skin tightening with surgery to produce even more impressive results.
Happily, laser skin tightening works beautifully on people with all skin types and skin tones. That said, every individual is different, so a personal consultation is always in order. If you want to learn more, why not schedule an appointment today?