Articles Tagged: laser skin tightening
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.
Posted on October 28, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
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.
Posted on July 9, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko
This week we want to focus on a lesser-known procedure that offers an effective way to tighten loose skin. And it’s easy, safe, non-invasive, and produces rapid results.
Our skin is a complex organ, consisting of several interconnected layers. The tone, elasticity, and resilience of our skin are primarily due to a layer of densely interwoven collagen fibers in the dermis layer, and it’s this layer that is largely responsible for how young your skin looks and feels. As we age, collagen begins to degrade, and the skin starts to lose its elasticity and resilience. This, in turn, leads to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles we try so hard to avoid.
Surgical solutions (e.g., facelifts) are one way to try to address the problem, but too often result in unnaturally tight skin. Plus it’s an expensive, painful procedure with lengthy recovery times, and it carries the risk of serious side-effects.
Laser skin tightening is accomplished by using focused laser light pulses to apply heat to the collagen fibers beneath the skin gently. This precise application of heat produces multiple benefits – existing collagen fibers are slowly redistributed and rearranged, resulting in improved skin tone. New collagen production is also stimulated, resulting in progressive improvements to the dermis layer, which continue for several months following each treatment.
The laser technique can be used on virtually any part of the body but is most often used on the face, neck, and chin. Discomfort during the procedure is generally minimal and does not require any significant recovery time. Side effects are rare, mostly limited to very short-lasting local swelling.
Depending on the area being treated and the degree of tightening desired, several treatments may be needed and are typically performed at monthly intervals. The best part is that improvements to skin tone will continue following each treatment, as the body is stimulated to create new collagen, and the results look completely natural.
The procedure also has a role in preventative skin care – stimulating the production of new collagen will also help to delay the treated area developing looseness in the future. So if you fear you might be prone to developing loose skin, you can even help ward off the problem before it becomes a problem.
We offer a range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, many of which can be combined with laser skin tightening. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com
Posted on December 4, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko
We always recommend doing research before deciding on any course of treatment – it’s always wise to educate yourself on the various options and treatments available. This advice certainly applies when you’re thinking of having a laser treatment, and you have to decide both on the type of treatment to have, and the practitioner you want to perform it.
The following list covers the important questions that we suggest you get answers to:
How much experience does the practitioner have performing this type of treatment?
You should certainly ask each practitioner what their qualifications are, but don’t forget perhaps the most important factor: how long have they been performing the procedure you’re considering.
What types of laser equipment are used, and how safe are they?
Non-invasive laser treatments target skin layers beneath the surface and are inherently safe. Nevertheless, you should expect the practitioner to discuss any risks associated with the treatment with you.
Does this treatment require follow-up visits?
Depending on the treatment being performed, you may well find that individual laser sessions can only cover part of the area you want to be treated. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, hair follicles follow individual life-cycles, and only a certain percentage can be effectively treated in a single session. It’s good to know in advance approximately how many sessions will be needed, and how long you will have to wait between each session.
How soon should you expect to see results?
Be cautious of practitioners who promise immediate results – although some benefits may be visible right after a single treatment session, multiple sessions will often be needed, and it may take some time for all benefits to become apparent. It is of course natural to want to see improvements right after each treatment, but it’s also a good idea to set your expectations to a reasonable level.
What can you do to minimize possible side effects?
Laser treatments can leave you temporarily more vulnerable than normal to sun damage, so most practitioners strongly recommend the use of hydrating skin care products and sunblock after laser treatments.
What things should be avoided before and after each treatment?
Your practitioner should be prepared to provide you with a list of medications and procedures to avoid in the weeks leading up to each treatment, as well as a similar list of things to avoid the following treatment.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on November 1, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
As we get older it takes more effort to maintain our appearance. Fortunately, if we choose to take preventative measures to keep our skin healthy and well nourished, we can help ensure we age as gracefully as possible. Here is some helpful information on two of the most powerful anti-aging treatments available only through cosmetic professionals.
Many over-the-counter exfoliating treatments often fall short of our expectations. For example, presaturated chemical peel pads available at your local beauty counter are designed with a formula that would be least irritating for the majority of customers and they also use relatively weak acids to avoid potential side effects. Thus, these prepackaged solutions would be well tolerated by most consumers, but it might not be the best option for you given your particular skin type.
An aesthetic medicine professional can create a customized treatment plan that includes chemical peel treatments that are strong enough to actually give real results. We have found that patients who regularly receive chemical peels have much better skin tone and texture compared to those who don’t use this treatment modality. At Your Laser Skin Care, we use Skinmedica chemical peels to effectively treat multiple signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers are one of the most powerful anti-aging tools on the market today, and we see great value in starting treatments early on in life. It’s a wonderful preventive treatment because these devices have the ability to stimulate collagen production, which is the driving factor behind maintaining young and beautiful skin. Fractional laser resurfacing is one of the newest methods available to give patients smoother and healthier looking skin, and we have been quite impressed by its ability to correct numerous skin issues related to aging. We have found that The Palomar Starlux 1540 Fractional laser is excellent at improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on August 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko
It’s no secret that laser treatments are at the forefront of skin care technology right now. They are well known for their versatility and effectiveness, and require no downtime after a treatment. In the relatively short amount of time they have been around, lasers have already mastered hair removal, as well as reduction of scars, stretch marks, and sun damage. Here are some of our favorite laser treatments:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
The Palomar Starlux 1540 Fractional Laser is a state-of-the-art technology that can treat dark spots, scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and more. This treatment stimulates the dermis to form new healthy tissue and collagen. The laser is non-ablative, which means the outer layer of skin is not removed, so healing happens much faster.
Laser Vein Therapy
Unsightly spider or varicose veins can be not only aesthetically unpleasant, but also painful. Laser vein therapy is the minimally invasive way to remove varicose veins as well as port wine stains, rosacea and other vascular birthmarks. The laser targets diseased blood vessels, delivering a controlled amount of heat. The upper layers of skin are protected with a patented Dynamic Cooling Device and side effects are minimal.
Laser Skin Tightening
The Candela YAG Laser can be used to rejuvenate the skin by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars, and by tightening sagging skin. Laser skin tightening works by heating up the existing collagen which in turn triggers new collagen formation. This process improves facial contours and smoothes out wrinkles, leaving you with plump, youthful skin.
Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.
Posted on December 26, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Colder weather, lower humidity and indoor heating can be harsh on your skin, resulting in irritation, inflammation, and increased sensitivity. Follow these simple tips to keep your complexion looking healthy and beautiful this winter. (more…)