Causes of Loose Skin
Our skin is naturally resilient, and healthy skin is not easily damaged by the rough-and-tumble of daily life. Nevertheless, many of us develop areas of loose skin at some stage of our lives. Loose skin is normally an indication of a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, but may also be caused by the loss of muscle or fat layers beneath the surface. Loose skin can be a result of the normal aging process, lifestyle changes that result in rapid, significant weight loss, as well as excessive cumulative sun exposure.
Ways to Address Loose Skin
Regardless of the cause, there’s a great deal of interest in various ways to combat this problem. There are numerous skin moisturizing and conditioning products that may or may not actually help. In some circumstances, it’s possible to inject fillers beneath the skin to temporarily tighten loose skin. Some people even resort to surgery to tighten loose skin, but this can be an expensive, painful, and complex procedure that too often produces unnatural-looking results.
Fortunately, there is now a far simpler, safe, effective, and non-invasive alternative. Laser skin tightening is rapidly growing in popularity as more people discover how it can provide a long-term solution to loose skin in many places on the body. Laser skin tightening is far less invasive than surgical alternatives, while also allowing for more natural-looking results to be consistently achieved.
How Does Laser Skin Tightening Work?
An infrared laser is used to focus light energy on the collagen cells within the skin. The focused energy from the laser heats the collagen fibers responsible for supporting the skin’s structure, causing them to contract. The result is exactly what is desired – a natural-looking tightening of the skin that effectively rejuvenates it.
The process also stimulates the continued production of new collagen, providing ongoing benefits that continue long after each treatment.
Depending on the degree of tightening desired, it may be necessary to undergo several treatment sessions, typically spaced apart by a month or so. One major advantage of using multiple treatment sessions for skin tightening is that the practitioner can avoid over-tightening the skin in one sitting, creating far more natural-looking, gradual improvements to skin tone and tightness over an extended period.
Precautions Before and After Treatment
Your practitioner will advise you to avoid direct sunlight for several days before and after each treatment, as well as recommend the use of moisturizer and sunscreen products after treatment.
Patients occasionally experience minor swelling or redness after a tightening treatment, but symptoms are short-lasting. Overall the laser skin tightening process is well tolerated with very few side-effects and does not require any down-time after each treatment.
Choosing a Practitioner and Scheduling a Consultation
As with all procedures that rely on the skill of the practitioner to achieve the best results, it pays to choose someone who combines extensive experience with advanced medical training and qualifications.
Contact Your Laser Skin Care at (310) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation. We can explain how laser skin tightening can help you achieve the results you desire.