Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses an infrared light source (a laser) to tighten skin by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract (tighten). Facial skin tightening is noticeable immediately after the treatment, and there is no downtime, making this an increasingly popular procedure. Additional skin tightening occurs over the next few months, but optimal results generally require two or three treatments about a month apart. Laser skin tightening is an FDA approved method for the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity.
What to Expect During a Laser Skin Tightening Session
Before a skin tightening treatment session, it is essential for a patient to remove all make-up, oils, sunscreens, and any other substances that may be on the skin. Then, the laser skin tightening practitioner will apply a topical anesthetic cream to the area to be treated and supply the patient with protective eyewear. Because of the non-ablative nature of laser skin tightening treatment, no further anesthetic should be required, though patients who have a particularly low tolerance for discomfort may wish to take an over-the-counter pain medication prior to treatment.
Laser skin tightening takes place in the office of a cosmetic dermatologist or other highly trained skincare professional. During a laser skin tightening treatment session, the practitioner uses a handpiece to apply brief pulses of laser energy to the skin.
WHY DO YOU NEED LASER SKIN TIGHTENING?
Everyday our skin is exposed to harsh UV radiation and is undergoing sun damage. Our skin in its youth has a delicate balance between producing new collagen and losing collagen due to sun damage. As we grow older or expose ourselves excessively to sun, this balance is disturbed leading to reduction of the collagen cells which keep the skin tight and youthful. As we age, our skin’s capability to replace these damaged collagen cells diminish. Early signs of ageing start to appear in the form of fine lines and wrinkles, eventually leading to lose skin.
SKIN TIGHTENING TREATMENT BENEFITS
The benefits of skin tightening treatment are many:
- Decrease in open pores and tightening of skin
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved skin elasticity and texture
- Overall, a toned, more youthful look