As we age, our body begins to change in many ways. Unfortunately, one way it changes is that the skin begins to wrinkle. It’s like a neon sign, telling everyone we see that we are getting old. That doesn’t mean we have to live with it. There are treatments out there that can help us reverse those signs. Laser skin tightening is one of those treatments. If you are considering it, here are the things you need to know about this procedure.
The Process of Aging Skin
First, you need to understand what is happening to your skin as you age. While young, our bodies produce lots of collagen, which is why children have such radiant skin. As our bodies mature, they produce less and less collagen over time. That is an essential ingredient to our system. It works to repair damage done to the cells, rejuvenating them. Without it, the cells stay damaged and begin to sag, making the skin wrinkle.
How Laser Skin Tightening Reverses Aging
Laser skin tightening is a procedure that uses light to apply energy pulses to penetrate the skin without cutting or damaging the surface layer. Instead, it permeates the surface, targeting the deeper layer of skin where collagen cells are located. The light energy stimulates these cells to produce fresh collagen by heating them.
Since the procedure is done using aesthetic lasers, it is generally non invasive, meaning it does not damage the skin’s surface. It also doesn’t require an extended recovery time. You can opt for this treatment knowing you will be back to regular activities almost immediately.
What Results to Expect From a Laser Treatment
Although you will see an improvement right after the aesthetic laser treatment, you won’t see the full results all at once. The procedure stimulates the skin into producing collagen and the cells will continue that for a while after the session. That means you will continue seeing improvements for a few weeks afterwards.
The procedure itself takes anywhere from fifteen minutes to over an hour, depending how large an area being treated. Obviously treating just a few laugh lines will necessitate less time than the entire neck area.
To keep the procedure from being uncomfortable, the trained technician can apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to treatment. Otherwise, the process is not painful for most people. If you have a very low tolerance for discomfort, discuss the issue with the clinic prior to your session.
How Many Treatments are Required
With very mild wrinkles, one session may be all that is needed for a long time. For more moderate wrinkles and sagging skin, several more sessions may be required. It’s all dependent on the current condition of your skin and how strong a result you are seeking. This is something you should discuss with the certified laser technician before your first session so you can be fully aware of what to expect.
Also consider that, no matter what procedure or treatment you have done to tighten your skin, none are permanent as they cannot bring aging to a complete stop. Laser skin tightening will last for a long while since the results don’t fade after the procedure.