Laser Skin tightening is a non-surgical FDA-approved treatment for reducing fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. Patients who want to have a youthful, rejuvenated appearance choose laser skin tightening on the face prior to electing cosmetic surgery such as a facelift.
How does laser skin tightening work?
There are various machines used for the skin tightening procedure, the most common ones are Thermage, LuxIR Deep and Titan. All machines aim to promote collagen regeneration. The infrared light delivers heat to the collagen layer under the skin’s surface which causes the skin to tighten. Although results are quickly visible after the treatment, continued improvement in the appearance occurs over a period of a few months and may require multiple sessions.
What about the pain of a laser skin tightening treatment?
It is considered a non-invasive procedure. Topical anesthetic cream is applied prior to the treatment, which helps in minimizing the pain. Each pulse is also followed by a blast of cool air to prevent the outer skin layer from burning, this tends to eliminate the heat sensation felt during the session quickly. Some patients may still experience a light pain during the session, but it is quick and temporary. If you have a low tolerance for pain, you may want to consider an over-the-counter pain medication before you laser skin tightening session.
Are the results of a laser skin tightening treatment permanent?
It is not a facelift and should not be compared to the permanent results of a facelift. It is a non-invasive treatment that reduces the fine lines and wrinkles. Future maintenance and follow-up may be required to maintain the results. Patients not ready for a facelift or surgical facial treatments will generally try a laser skin tightening treatment prior to electing surgery.
What else do I need to know?
Like any other laser treatments, your cosmetic care provider will have to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Certain skin types may not qualify as good candidates for this or other laser treatments. There are instructions to follow post-treatment, such as avoiding direct sun exposure. It’s important to discuss the details with your provider and follow the post-treatment instructions as instructed.