Is Skin Tightening Right for You?
Posted on November 19, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
Losing skin volume and elasticity is part of the normal aging process, but skin laxity (or looseness) can occur from other circumstances, including when people are still relatively young.
Generally, we all gradually lose collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to progressive loss of skin volume, firmness, and resiliency.
What Treatments are Available for Loose Skin?
Some short-term relief may be found by using skin tightening creams. However, now it’s becoming popular to try available non-invasive skin tightening treatments, both as a way of treating existing problems, but also as a way to prevent loose skin from becoming a problem in the future.
Available techniques include dermal fillers, which can be used to compensate for lost volume and direct skin tightening — achieved by focusing energy, to heat and shrink, the collagen fibers located beneath the skin’s surface.
There are multiple ways to focus energy into the skin. We’ve found that laser skin tightening provides excellent results by allowing light energy to be precisely focused where needed to provide the maximum benefit.
All these techniques provide relatively quick and effective ways to tighten loose skin without the risk, expense, pain, and inconvenience associated with traditional surgical alternatives.
What Areas of Skin Can Be Treated?
Skin tightening is mainly used on or around the face, neck, and chin.
Who Gains the Most from Non-Invasive Laser Skin Tightening?
Middle-aged patients with light to moderately lax skin will gain the most benefit from laser skin tightening, but the technique can also provide benefits to those who are younger or older. The treatment is particularly effective when used as soon as signs of aging start to appear.
Those who have started to lose skin elasticity will see benefits extend over the long-term, as laser treatments stimulate continuing collagen production long after each treatment.
Laser skin tightening can be used regardless of your skin type and color because the laser only affects skin layers beneath the surface.
One other significant benefit from laser skin tightening is that side effects and recovery time are minimal, allowing almost immediate return to normal activities. As benefits occur progressively both during and after each treatment, improvements will occur over time, resulting in more natural-looking changes.
And Who Might Not?
Laser skin tightening may not be recommended for those with extreme light sensitivity issues or those who suffer from autoimmune-related collagen health problems or other skin infections. It’s also generally discouraged during pregnancy.
Laser skin tightening will also not provide a complete solution for those with extensive areas of loose skin following significant weight loss, for example.
It’s important to match your expectations to reality. Your provider should provide clear guidance as to what a treatment can offer you, as there will be cases when it may reduce but not eliminate your loose skin.
Skin Tightening in Los Angeles
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles offers a variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, many of which can be combined with laser skin tightening to greatly improve your skin’s condition and appearance.
Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.