Laser Skin Tightening
What is Laser Skin Tightening?
Laser skin tightening is a safe, non-surgical, skin rejuvenation procedure that tightens the skin and reverses the signs of aging. Patients can receive treatment on their face and body, but most commonly choose the face and neck. By stimulating natural collagen production, laser skin tightening minimizes wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.
Areas Treated with Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening is frequently performed on the face and neck. However, adjustable settings may successfully treat extended areas including the:
- Backs of the arms
Advantages of Skin Rejuvenation
Depending on the area that needs to be treated, laser skin rejuvenation has a number of advantages over other resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Additionally, many patients choose laser skin tightening because it is not invasive. In contrast to surgical procedures, such as a neck lift or facelift, laser treatments do not require a recovery time. During your consultation, our team will determine which type of laser and rejuvenation option will work best for your ideal results.
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Who is a good candidate for laser skin tightening?
Men and women who want to correct or postpone the signs of dermatologic aging are generally excellent candidates for laser skin tightening. Active infection or certain skin conditions may exclude some patients from this treatment option. A thorough consultation and skin evaluation are performed to ensure the best results are achieved for each patient.
Laser Skin Tightening vs Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is categorized as an ablative treatment. This means that some or all of the uppermost layers of the epidermis are removed through the controlled use of light and heat. Heat is then transferred through the epidermis to the dermis, where the foundation of tight, smooth skin is formed with collagen and elastin. When the epidermis is ablated, tissue flakes and peels, sometimes for weeks, until a newly-formed layer of skin is revealed.
Laser skin tightening is a non-ablative treatment. The uppermost layers of tissue are not affected by the wavelengths of light emitted by the laser device. Light passes through the superficial tissue to land in the dermis, where collagen production is stimulated. The results of laser skin tightening may be less dramatic than laser skin resurfacing, but so is the downtime and risk associated with treatment.
Laser Skin Tightening Treatment
Dr. Colvin, Medical Director and founder of Skin Medical Spa, performs laser skin tightening in our office. First, he applies an anesthetic cream to the treatment area. This will minimize discomfort for the patient. During the skin tightening treatment, the handheld laser will distribute heat below the skin causing collagen contraction. Through continuous cooling, the laser also preserves the outer layer of skin.
This process stimulates long-term collagen rebuilding, leaving you with younger-looking skin. The procedure tones, lifts, and tightens skin on the face, fine lip lines, and crows feet. Additionally, it can treat lax, loose or sagging skin throughout the body, including the neck, abdomen, thighs, and arms. Patients can expect each laser skin tightening session to take about 30 minutes to an hour.
How many Laser Treatments will I need?
At Skin Medical Spa, our patients often need more than one laser treatment to achieve their ideal results. In most cases, patients have up to 6 treatments that are scheduled one month apart. The best results are seen after the 6 treatments are completed, however, some patients may see results sooner.
Is the skin tightening treatment painful?
Laser energy affects the skin through a thermal reaction. When laser light penetrates the uppermost layers of tissue, it heats collagen strands below the surface. The use of topical numbing medication before laser treatments significantly improves comfort throughout the process. However, some patients may feel a warming or snapping sensation periodically as energy is absorbed.
Recovery After Skin Tightening Treatment
One of the appealing aspects of laser skin tightening is that there is virtually no downtime associated with treatment. Some patients may notice minor redness after treatment and a sensation of tightness. However, most people immediately resume normal activities after laser skin tightening. This is because energy permeates the surface of the skin without affecting the epidermis. All remodeling takes place in the dermis, where collagen is produced.
Laser Skin Tightening Results
The results for laser skin tightening treatments are not immediate and can take a few months to appear. The result of the skin tightening treatment is a more youthful, fresh complexion with long-lasting, tighter skin without surgery or recovery time. In some cases, laser skin tightening results can last up to 2 years.
Side Effects of Laser Skin Tightening
Patients typically only experience mild side effects after skin tightening treatment. The pain can be managed by over the counter medication and is temporary. These side effects can include:
- Changes in skin color
- Skin sensitivity
Laser Skin Tightening Cost
The cost of laser skin tightening varies based on contributing factors such as skin thickness, the number of treatments needed, and the size or number of treatment areas. For a detailed quote, schedule a consultation in our comfortable San Francisco office.