Laser Skin Tightening FAQs
Laser skin tightening is a cosmetic procedure designed to rejuvenate the appearance of a patient’s skin by stimulating the growth of new collagen. Skin tightening is growing in popularity in comparison to other skin firming procedures, because it is virtually painless and requires absolutely no downtime for recovery, yet produces consistently impressive results. Read the following answers to frequently asked questions to learn more about laser skin tightening, and to see if this procedure may be right for you.
What are the advantages of laser skin tightening?
Laser skin tightening is rapidly becoming a very popular cosmetic dermatology procedure for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other effects of skin laxity. Skin tightening is increasing in popularity because it is less invasive than other rejuvenating procedures, such as face lift and body lift procedures, it produces dramatically firmer skin, and it can be used on any area of the body. Added benefits of laser skin tightening are the reduced risk of side effects and the lack of downtime following treatment.
Which laser skin tightening system is right for me?
The most appropriate laser skin tightening system for a specific patient’s needs is best determined by a qualified cosmetic dermatologist. The choice of a treatment system is based upon such factors as the area(s) of the body to be treated and the patient’s desired results. To discuss which method of laser skin tightening may be best suited to your needs, use DocShop to contact an expert in your area.
What areas of the face and body can laser skin tightening treat?
Laser skin tightening has been proven effective for tightening the skin on all areas of the body. Patients can enjoy a rejuvenated look when this treatment is applied to the face, neck, abdomen, arms, legs, and buttocks. In fact, patients with minor to moderate skin laxity may opt for laser skin tightening treatment instead of more invasive procedures such as liposuction and even mini tummy tuck surgery, and experience noticeably firmer skin with no downtime and little discomfort.
What is the difference between laser skin tightening and laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin tightening often produces less immediate and dramatic changes than laser skin resurfacing, but it also poses far fewer risks, discomfort, and downtime for patients. During laser skin tightening, a laser is used to heat the collagen under the surface of the skin, causing the collagen to expand and the skin to appear tighter. Laser skin resurfacing uses lasers to remove the outer layers of skin to promote the growth of new, healthier skin. Because laser skin resurfacing actually removes the top layers of skin, it can be used to treat a broader range of cosmetic issues than laser skin tightening, such as wrinkles, age or sun spots, acne marks, and other facial scarring. The risk for unfavorable changes in pigmentation and scarring is stronger with laser skin resurfacing than with skin tightening. If you are considering facial or skin rejuvenation and would like to learn more about these different treatment plans, use the DocShop directory to help you find a dermatologist in your area who can fully educate you on the benefits and potential drawbacks of each approach.
What does laser skin tightening treatment feel like?
During treatment, your laser practitioner will use a small handpiece to apply quick pulses of laser light to your skin. Patients may feel a gradual warming sensation at the treatment area, and could feel brief discomfort which is often described as similar to the sensation caused by a snapping rubber band on the skin. Most patients comment that the discomfort they feel during laser skin tightening is minimal, and it is usually resolved within minutes of the procedure’s completion.
When will I see results?
Most patients notice changes in the tone and condition of their skin immediately following a skin tightening treatment. However, because the procedure is designed to stimulate the natural growth of collagen, the patient’s optimal results may take up to a few months to be visible. Typically, new collagen growth takes from 90 to 180 days after the initial treatment, at which time patients enjoy a dramatically rejuvenated appearance.
Are multiple treatments necessary?
While patients see noticeable decreases in skin laxity after their first laser skin tightening session, most skin tightening experts recommend up to six treatments, depending on the patient’s desired results and the area to be treated. Treatments are generally spaced roughly three weeks apart. After the initial series of skin tightening treatments, some patients opt for yearly “touch up” sessions to target areas most prone to wrinkles and lines.
How much does laser skin tightening cost?
As with any cosmetic procedure, the cost of laser skin tightening varies according to a number of factors. The geographic location of the dermatologist’s or laser practitioner’s office and his or her level of expertise may influence the price of treatment. The most common variables that affect the cost of skin tightening are the condition of the patient’s skin and the number of treatments that will be needed to reach his or her desired results. On an average, laser skin tightening costs between $450 and $2000 for the entire course of treatment, and some doctors offer package deals for patients who wish to pay for more than one session at a time. For more specific information on the potential costs of skin tightening for you, visit the DocShop page dedicated to laser skin tightening cost and financing.
Is laser skin tightening safe?
Laser skin tightening is a safe and painless way to rejuvenate the appearance of skin in any area of the body. Unlike other treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, which promote the growth of new skin by removing superficial layers of the patient’s skin the patient’s existing skin, laser skin tightening does not burn or break the skin. Patients who undergo skin tightening experience very few side effects and these are most often minor inconveniences in the form of redness or minimal and temporary swelling.
What are the side effects associated with laser skin tightening?
The normal side effects of a laser skin tightening procedure may include redness and swelling, and should recede within a couple of days. In rare cases, patients experience bruising and blistering, and some patients experience changes in pigmentation of treated areas. Again, these side effects are very rare. The average skin tightening patient can expect only moderate redness and possible swelling during laser skin tightening recovery, and will be able to resume his or her lifestyle immediately.
Consult a Skin Care Specialist in Your Area
Laser skin tightening is a fast, safe, and comfortable way to reduce skin laxity on any part of the body. If you would like to diminish the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles, or tighten up the skin on you abdomen, legs, arms, or buttocks, use DocShop to contact a qualified dermatologist in your area.