Aging is not a process we accept willingly. No one wakes up to wrinkles and decides they love the look. Instead, we seek out treatments to reverse any signs of aging. One such treatment is to have our skin tightened using laser procedure. This method has immediate results, making it highly desirable.
How Laser Skin Tightening Works
Wrinkles happen to everyone, that’s a fact. As we age, our body produces far less collagen, an ingredient that is vital to our skin looking young. The lack of collagen makes the skin become lax and begins to sag. That’s when the wrinkles start.
Laser skin tightening is a procedure in which the skin cells are gently heated by laser energy to encourage collagen production. It targets the cells deep in the skin tissue without causing damage to the surface layer of skin, which is why it has little or no recovery time. Because there is no incision being made, there is no bruising of the skin or wound that would require healing time.
Laser Skin Tightening Works for Most People
No matter what method you choose to tighten your skin, whether through medical lasers or other means, you need to make sure that it’s the method that will work best for you. Unless you have a severe an issue, laser skin tightening is probably a great choice. But before choosing any procedure, consult with your physician or dermatologist. They are aware of your skin issues and can help you make the best informed decision for your skin.
Be aware that some conditions will directly affect your decision. Someone with extreme laxity of the skin, for instance, would require an invasive procedure like a face lift to best treat their problem. Anyone with severe acne would be best to avoid skin tightening using medical lasers as heating the skin cells may further acerbate the condition.
What to Expect During a Treatment
Most people find the treatment to be only mildly uncomfortable at worst. Since the trained technician normally applies a topical anesthetic to your skin, there should be no discomfort. When the laser is used, you will feel a warming sensation in your skin as the energy pulses heat the cells.
There normally are no side effects to this treatment and what few there are tend to be nominal at most. Slight reddening of the skin or slight swelling is generally the only occurrence and it is only a mild and temporary condition.
If it is your first time receiving a treatment at the clinic, give yourself a bit of extra time to fill out forms and medical history prior to your session. This is standard for any clinic even though it is a non-surgical procedure.
Expectations After Laser Skin Tightening Procedures
The ultimate outcome of your laser skin tightening treatment will depend on the condition of your skin. If you have very mild wrinkles and great elasticity of your skin, it will only take one treatment to get the results you want. However, if your skin is fairly lax and has more wrinkles, it will more than likely require at least one more session.
Keep in mind that, while you will notice results immediately after treatment, the full results may take time. The procedure encourages collagen production which continues after the treatment is applied. That’s why it is recommended to wait several weeks before opting for another session, to allow the full effect of the prior treatment.