Why do we get loose skin?
One of the most common concerns with aging is looseness of the skin which is characterized by fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. This occurs naturally over time due to loss of collagen. Collagen is the protein in the skin that is responsible for maintaining the structure of the skin. When there is a lot of collagen in the skin (as in youth), the skin appears firm, tight, bright, and youthful in appearance. Over time the amount of collagen that the body naturally produces decreases. At the same time collagen is degraded faster and faster. Collagen can be degraded by a number of factors including sun exposure, chemicals, pollution, and dietary food. Those with darker skin types have natural protection from the sun and this damage is seen more slowly.
How does laser skin tightening work?
Laser skin tightening uses gently micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly heats up the skin. This causes damage to the collagen in the skin. As a result, the body is stimulated to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen in the skin. This leads to an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, tighter skin, and decreased laxity.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
What areas can be treated with laser skin tightening?
Laser skin tightening can be performed on just about any area of the body. The most common areas of treatment with laser skin tightening include the cheeks and neck. This helps tighten the skin and can improve jawline definition as seen in the photographs shown here.
What are the modifications in the laser skin tightening treatment?
Dr. Alex now uses higher settings on the laser for laser skin tightening treatments. Also, more energy is used during each laser skin tightening treatment, providing enhanced results. Finally, the laser skin tightening treatment is performed by heating one small area at a time to deliver maximal effects.
How many laser skin tightening treatments will I need?
When will I see the results of the laser skin tightening treatment?
The results are seen slowly over time as the collagen begins to form in the skin. While some people see results after only one or two laser skin tightening treatments, it can take two or more months to see results. We always take before and after photographs to monitor our patients’ progress.
What will I look like after the laser skin tightening treatment?
There may be a slight amount of redness and swelling after a laser skin tightening treatment. However, this resolves in approximately one hour. After the laser skin tightening treatment avoid heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours. Be sure to protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 every day.
How long does the laser skin tightening treatment take?
The laser skin tightening treatment is fast. The treatment itself takes about 15 minutes for the neck or cheeks.
Does laser skin tightening hurt?
The laser skin tightening treatment slowly heats of the skin and is very comfortable. Numbing cream is not necessary. Most people describe it as similar to a hot stone massage and actually find it very relaxing.