What Is the Laser Skin Tightening Procedure?
Laser skin tightening is an in-office procedure performed by our laser specialist. A session begins with an anesthetic cream being applied to the areas of skin being treated; this minimizes discomfort caused by the laser. Protective eyewear is also supplied. During the actual treatment, a handpiece, which emits cool air to also help reduce discomfort, is used to apply short pulses of laser energy to the skin. The heat from the laser stimulates collagen production, which then contracts and tightens the skin.
Depending upon the size of the treatment area, sessions typically take 30 minutes to an hour. For best results, 2 or 3 treatment sessions, spaced about 1 month apart, are usually recommended. Many patients see improvement to the overall condition of their skin immediately after being treated, and skin continues to improve over the next few months as collagen production increases. In some cases, the results of laser skin tightening last for 2 years.
What Are the Advantages of Laser Skin Tightening?
Because it is not invasive, many people choose to undergo laser skin tightening rather than facelifts, neck lifts, liposuction or "tummy tucks," all of which are surgical procedures that require recovery time. After a laser skin tightening session, patients can resume their regular activities immediately.
What Makes Laser Skin Tightening More Beneficial Than Other Skin Rejuvenating Treatments?
There are many different techniques to use when it comes to making your skin look younger. Between injectables like KYBELLA® and fillers to surgical facelifts, the procedure, recovery time, and easy-to-handle maintenance make laser skin tightening a patient-favorite option.
While KYBELLA is designed to help reduce the appearance of a double chin, laser skin tightening can target other areas of the face while stimulating collagen and giving patients a more radiant skin complexion at the same time. Fillers can also help patients achieve youthful plumpness, but risks such as filler migration may deter patients from feeling confident about using synthetic injectables. Laser skin tightening involves the resurfacing, repairing, and stimulation of a patient’s own skin and provides a shorter, less painful recovery time than a full surgical facelift requires.
Who Is a Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening?
Ideal candidates for laser skin tightening are adults over 30 years of age who are in overall good health and non-smokers. These candidates should have mildly sagging skin, scarring, wrinkles, or early signs of aging that can be addressed through laser treatment. If you are pregnant, have active acne, or have an active infection, this treatment may not be suitable for you.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Results from laser skin tightening can be seen as early as five days after treatment. However, most patients usually schedule up to six treatments every three to four months to achieve the desired firm look of their skin. During your initial consultation, the frequency of your sessions can be determined based on your skin’s condition and goals, but the number of sessions may change depending on the progress of your results.
Side Effects of Laser Skin Tightening
There are no serious side effects associated with laser skin tightening. Mild side effects, which are temporary, include redness; swelling; bruising; skin sensitivity; and changes in skin color. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
How Long Will It Take to Recovery from Laser Skin Tightening?
Because laser skin tightening is minimally invasive, it only requires about five days to three weeks of healing time, depending on the speed at which each patient’s skin can heal from treatment. While patients may experience slight redness and swelling in their treated areas, this treatment usually does not require patients to take prolonged time away from work. Most people return to their normal routines within one week.
How Long Will the Results from Laser Skin Tightening Last?
The results from laser skin tightening treatment can last up to three years with the proper care. Keep in mind that as we age, the appearance of our results may change over time. If, after the three-year period, you are interested in receiving another laser skin tightening treatment to keep your skin looking radiant and fresh, Dr. Walker will be happy to welcome back returning patients!
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