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What Is Laser Skin Tightening?

Updated on September 14, 2009

The telltale sign of youth is smooth, toned skin. As we age our skin gets - let's say - more relaxed! Laser skin tightening is a way to rejuvenate the facial skin by a procedure that uses laser technology to reduce the appearance of those lovely 'fine lines and wrinkles'. It can also tighten up and loose skin for a smoother and more youthful appearance.

How Laser Skin Tightening Works

Laser skin tightening works by using lasers that heat up the deeper layers of collagen under your skin. At the same time, skin’s outer layers are cooled. This non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure uses an infrared light source (aka a laser) to tighten the skin. When the laser heats the collagen under the skin’s surface, it causes the skin to contract. The result is a tighter looking surface to the skin.

There are a lot of options available to help us look our best as we age. Compared to other procedures, laser skin tightening is pretty attractive. It's more effective than chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and less invasive than surgery. Laser skin tightening is a virtually pain-free procedure that produces lasting results. It's typically performed by a cosmetic dermatologist.

Laser Skin Tightening Results

One of the best things about laser skin tightening is that it's noticeable immediately after the treatment. The lack of downtime makes this an incredibly popular procedure. After the procedure, additional skin tightening occurs over the next few months, and optimal results usually require two or three treatments about a month apart.

Candidates for Laser Skin Tightening

Many people first notice signs of aging as skin begins to sag around the face and neck. Laser skin tightening is a great procedure for men and women with all skin types and skin tones. The most successful candidates experience permanent results as the collagen under their skin is regenerated, producing a more vibrant and complexion.

Laser skin tightening is so innovative because helps patients achieve younger-looking, smoother skin without undergoing expensive and risky surgeries such as a face lift or a tummy tuck. But just like more invasive work, the results of laser skin tightening won’t fade after a few months.

The cost varies, depending on the individual patient’s needs, depending upon the size and location of the area to be tightened, and the type of laser used. However, facial skin tightening is considerably less expensive than invasive surgeries, and financing options are available.

Risks and Benefits of Laser Skin Tightening

One of the benefits of Laser Skin Tightening is the minimal amount of risk associated with it. Patients experience firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, with no downtime. Skin tightening occurs immediately, and results continue to improve over the next several weeks.

Risks may include temporary redness of the skin, a slight chance of scarring, and the possibility of brief lightening or darkening of the skin in treated areas.

Laser Skin Tightening Recovery and Results

Laser skin tightening offers many of the same results as plastic surgery without the lengthy recovery time. While the procedure cannot remove excess skin, patients experience tightening of loose skin immediately, with less wrinkles in the treated area and a firmer, healthier-looking complexion. Laser skin tightening requires no recovery after treatment because it is a non-surgical procedure that involves no incisions.

Image Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography



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