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laser skin tightening

Aging, genetics, sun exposure, and other lifestyle factors all slow down the production of collagen and elastin. These two components of the skin are essential for maintaining that youthful appearance. As the production of these two components slows down over time, the skin can start to sag and lose volume, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to form. Luckily, there are numerous cosmetic treatment options to slow down and even reverse the effects of aging on the skin or act as preventative measures. One of those options is laser skin tightening. Laser technology has come a long way and is rising in popularity as a non-invasive cosmetic procedure for anti-aging and rejuvenating the skin. It’s perfect for those who want a treatment that will provide powerful results without the invasiveness of needles or surgery. 

Laser skin tightening is a treatment in which lasers decrease skin laxity, or loose skin, by increasing the skin’s collagen production and elasticity over time through heat and the wound healing process. Different laser skin treatments are available on the market, and not all facilities may offer the same laser skin tightening treatments. If you’re interested in this cosmetic procedure, becoming familiar with the treatment and procedure options is important. That way, you can get a better idea of what’s right for you and what to look for when searching for a facility that offers laser skin tightening. 

Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about laser skin tightening, including what you can expect and an explanation of the procedure process.

How Does Laser Skin Tightening Work?

Laser skin tightening works by using a laser that heats the water molecules present within the tissue of the skin. As the water is heated, it’s turned into gas and vaporizes the surrounding skin cells, which triggers the wound-healing process. During the wound-healing process, new collagen and elastin production is stimulated while also contracting existing collagen fibers. The result is tighter, smoother, younger-looking skin. 

The lasers used for this treatment generate different wavelengths to control how much laser energy is absorbed by the water in the skin. This allows for control of the treatment’s intensity and a completely customized treatment and outcome.

Two different categories of laser treatments can be performed to ensure each patient gets the treatment most suitable for their skin and desired results. Nonablative laser treatments are considered less intense and non-invasive because they cause no damage to the outer layer of the skin or the epidermis. Ablative laser treatments are typically for resurfacing and are minimally invasive. During an ablative laser skin treatment, the laser removes the epidermis while the tissue beneath is heated to trigger the wound-healing process. 

Along with these two different categories of laser skin treatments come two different types of lasers used for treatment. When you go in for a laser skin tightening treatment, one of these two lasers is used:

  • A non-fractionated laser: This type of laser treats the entire targeted area
  • A fractionated laser: This type of laser treats an equally distributed portion of the surface area

Types of Laser Skin Tightening

While each different type of laser skin tightening procedure is similar, they each have their differentiators that are important to know. Listed below are energy technologies that are technically not lasers, but would be included for the sake of comparison.

Ultrasound skin tightening

  • Not considered a true laser
  • Works well for the face, neck, and chest areas
  • Treats the early signs of aging
  • Takes between 30 to 90 minutes
  • Patients normally experience mild discomfort
  • Requires little to no downtime

Radiofrequency skin tightening

  • Not considered a true laser
  • Treats the skin subdermally
  • Uses radiofrequency to release heat into the skin
  • Usually safe for all skin types
  • Minimal discomfort and downtime
  • Can be combined with other treatments

Intense pulsed light and radiofrequency combination skin tightening

  • Not considered a true laser
  • A hybrid option that treats deep layers of the skin
  • Produces gradual results
  • No discomfort or downtime
  • Can cause post-inflammatory pigmentation in people with darker skin tones

Different Laser Skin Tightening Treatments

Aside from the different types of lasers that can be used for skin tightening, there are various types of skin tightening procedures performed at laser clinics. Each differs in its own way, and certain treatments may be better suited for certain skin types, concerns, and individual cases than others. Popular laser skin tightening treatments include:

  • Clear + Brilliant: this non-invasive laser skin resurfacing treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while minimizing the appearance of pores to help create a skin tightening effect. This laser skin tightening treatment may be best for patients seeking a non-invasive option that delivers subtle results.
  • CO2: This skin resurfacing laser treatment uses carbon dioxide laser technology to remove thin layers of skin to promote tighter, more youthful-looking skin. This procedure is a bit more intensive and has a recovery period of a few days up to a few weeks and you may require multiple sessions. However, the results are dramatic and long-lasting for those that want to see a noticeable improvement. 
  • Potenza: This popular laser skin treatment combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to improve the skin’s overall appearance. This laser treatment is known to help improve skin elasticity and promote new collagen production, which helps tighten the skin. 
  • Morpheus 8: This laser treatment combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to target deep layers of the skin to create a long-lasting skin tightening effect and improve overall skin. It triggers the skin’s natural healing response to stimulate more elastin and collagen production, resulting in firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Because patients see continued improvements in their skin after a session, this treatment can provide long-lasting results and may be right for patients who want to target skin tightening along with other skin concerns. 

What is the Procedure Like?

Laser skin tightening treatments are nonsurgical outpatient procedures. You’ll be able to go home right after your treatment, and shouldn’t require much downtime. However, it is still important to properly prepare for the procedure so you know what to expect and can have the best treatment and results possible.

You should wear SPF on the areas you’ll have treated for the weeks leading up to the procedure, especially if you’re getting it done on your face, neck, and chest. You should also avoid facial peels and chemical treatments in the months prior and come to the appointment with no makeup or skincare products on. 

Next, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area, and your practitioner will let it sit until the area is numb before starting the laser treatment. Depending on the type of laser used, the intensity of your treatment, or pain tolerance, a stronger anesthetic may be recommended or available to make the process as comfortable as possible. 

For the procedure itself, your practitioner may apply a gel or cream to the skin of the treatment area to better control its temperature. Some lasers also have special functions or features to help keep the epidermis cool and minimize discomfort during the laser treatment.

The entire procedure uses the laser and the duration depends on what areas you’re having treated. However, generally, treatment can take half an hour to up to two hours or more if you’re having a larger area treated or multiple areas treated.

Recovery and Results

The tightening effects can start to be seen almost immediately after the procedure. There may be some minor swelling and redness at first, but it should resolve on its own after a few days. The total amount of downtime will depend on the laser used. 

You can expect little to no downtime with nonablative laser treatment. Patients who have this treatment done can expect 2-3 weeks before their skin fully heals. Nonablative laser treatments usually require multiple sessions to see the best results. And the effects will become more apparent over time, with the final results seen six months later. 

With ablative laser treatment, you may need more than 2-3 weeks for the treated skin to fully heal. You can expect to see the most significant results after 1-3 sessions, with continued improvements over two months after each session. If you receive ablative laser treatment, you can expect to see final results three months after each session.

What’s the Cost of Laser Skin Tightening?

Since laser skin tightening is considered an optional cosmetic procedure, it is normally not covered by insurance. The cost of a laser skin tightening treatment will depend on a number of factors, including: 

  • The type of laser treatment
  • Treatment area and size
  • Number of treatments required
  • Where the laser facility is located

Is Laser Skin Tightening Right for You?

If you’re looking for a non-surgical cosmetic procedure to reverse the signs of aging and restore a youthful, tight, and smooth appearance to your skin, then laser skin tightening may be right for you. Just like any procedure, it’s important to consider all the information before deciding to move forward. The best way to determine if laser skin tightening is the best option for you and what a personalized treatment plan would look like is to consult a licensed practitioner. 
Ready to get started? BLUSH Beverly Hills offers state-of-the-art laser technology to provide laser skin tightening treatments that deliver powerful results you’ll be highly satisfied with. Get in touch with our team today to set up a consultation.