Articles Tagged: Skin Tightening
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 January 4, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko
2018 is finally here, and we are looking for ways to look our best in the New Year. If skincare is one area you hope to improve upon, we can help turn your resolutions into a reality. Below are three beauty resolutions you should consider adding to your list, because they can have a big impact on your complexion and overall skin’s health.
- Apply Sunscreen Regularly
One of the easiest ways to prevent fine lines and wrinkles is to start incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine. Sunscreen should be applied regularly during daylight hours because the active ingredients lose their efficacy approximately two hours after the application. We recommend trying out SkinMedica’s line of Total Defense and Repair sunscreens because their innovative formulas are also highly effective at rejuvenating the skin.
One of the best ways to achieve a smoother and more refreshed appearance is through regular exfoliation.
For your homecare routine, we recommend SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Cream because it offers gentle exfoliation with naturally derived alpha-hydroxy acids. More powerful exfoliation methods should be left to the experts who can perform medical grade chemical peels. This effective form of exfoliation can treat sun damage, acne scars, and various signs of aging.
- Treat and Prevent Premature Aging
The New Year might remind us that we are getting older, but with the right products, treatments, and lifestyle choices, we can dramatically slow down the aging process. If you are interested in achieving a more youthful complexion, there are a number of minimally invasive cosmetic enhancements to try that can rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. For instance, fillers and Botox can diminish the prominence of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox, in particular, is both a restorative and preventative treatment when it comes to treating the signs of aging.
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 October 20, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
That’s right, ladies—autumn is officially here. The weather’s getting a little cooler, the kids are going back to school, your local coffee shop is serving pumpkin spice lattes, and the holidays are right around the corner. In fact, Halloween is just a few weeks away. As we move into November and December, your schedule is bound to get busier and busier. And once the holiday season is in full-swing, you might not have much time for yourself. So why not use these early days of fall to make sure you start the holiday season looking your very best? In honor of Halloween, kick off the festivities with a little Botox. You’ll look hauntingly beautiful! (more…)
Posted on July 18, 2016 by Ella Fedonenko
Today’s women often juggle work, relationships, children, and active social lives—it’s easy to get stressed out when you’re that busy! And if we’re not careful, signs of stress can wreak havoc on our skin. Follow these tips to stay beautiful, even under stress.
1.Under Eye Bags
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, stress can make getting enough sleep a challenge, causing you to wake up with unsightly under eye bags. If you suffer from chronic under eye bags, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment offers a permanent solution.
2. Dry, Flaky Skin
Drinking enough water (not to mention less coffee) isn’t always easy when you’re super busy, but these habits can leave you with dry, dull, flaky skin. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day and using high-quality skin care products, like those from the SkinMedica range, can make a huge difference in your complexion.
3. Facial Acne
It’s a well-known fact that stress can make acne worse. Self-care measures, like eating well and drinking enough water, can go a long way towards keeping your skin clear. For more severe acne problems, chemical peels are a great option.
4. Rosacea and Flushing
Stress can certainly cause a flare-up of rosacea. If you suffer from rosacea, IPL can reduce persistent red undertones in your complexion.
5. Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Many people have a habit of making certain facial expressions when they’re stressed, such as furrowing the brow or pursing their lips. Over time, these unconscious expressions can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Taking good care of your skin and making a conscious effort to avoid certain facial expressions are important preventative measures, but Botox and fillers are the best tools for treating and preventing wrinkles.
Your Laser Skin Care Los Angeles will be happy to address any skin care issues or concerns you might have.
We specialize 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 October 19, 2012 by Ella Fedonenko
Have you lost weight and are still unhappy with the way you look because of the excess skin on your arms or abdomen? Are signs of aging, which include sagging, making their way onto your face and neck? You could be the perfect candidate for skin tightening through innovate laser procedures. Loose skin can bring down self-esteem or confidence, so use the minimally invasive treatment to get your skin looking youthful and rejuvenated.
In Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, skin tightening procedures take care of any area of the body with loose skin. They include:
Skin tightening with laser has many benefits – one of the most important being the ability to tone or tighten skin without surgery. This allows patients to have a quicker recovery with lasting results. Laser skin tightening also minimizes risk – the laser works to heat collagen up in the skin, causing it to thicken and repair. The process leaves the patient with a new buildup of collagen, which tightens and tones sagging skin. Through the aging process, collagen and elastin production decreases and causes sagging around the eyes, or jawline, which is commonly known as “jowls”. Using a laser skin tightening procedure on the face renews collagen and stimulates a tightening effect.
Skin tightening is a perfect solution for those who want a rejuvenated look without surgery – such as an invasive face or neck lift. Whether you are middle-aged and want to put off a surgery, or are younger and want to tighten the skin around certain areas of the body, laser skin tightening is effective for men and women of all ages. Side effects are minimal – unlike more invasive procedures that require surgery time, post-operative care and recovery. In some cases, redness or swelling might occur in treatment areas, but subside within a few hours of the procedure.
The recommended treatment intervals take place every two to four weeks for four to six treatments, depending on the needs of the patient. After the recommended treatments, patients can expect to see results for six months – but in many cases, firmer skin lasts much longer and depends on the aging rate in each individual. Skin tightening options are plentiful around Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and really provide a safer alternative to cosmetic surgery. With maintenance, healthy diet and a proper skin care regimen, you can have toned, youthful skin within a short amount of time.
Posted on September 19, 2012 by Ella Fedonenko
Skin tightening comes in all forms, depending on the amount of skin you want to improve. For those who have extra skin because of drastic weight loss, or decreased elasticity due to the aging process, skin tightening is a perfect solution to help you look and feel amazing at any age. Why does the skin lose its shape in the first place? The skin is constantly growing and shrinking, but over time, the elastic components in the skin begin to wear down, making it harder to ‘snap’ back the way supple, tight skin naturally does. If you have recently lost a substantial amount of weight, or lost it too quickly, you might find that the skin doesn’t shrink back fully right away.
Aging also causes the skin to loosen, as the production of elastin and collagen decreases, causing the connective tissue in the skin to sag. While we all know the harmful effects of too much sun on the skin, constant sun exposure can also lead to sagging skin! Sun breaks down the elastin and collagen, leaving it loosened over time. Skin tightening techniques are ideal, whether you need an injectable filler like Juvederm or Restylane to give your face a youthful glow, or a procedure such as a neck lift or tummy tuck.
There are two factors to look at when considering a form of skin tightening: non-surgical or surgical. Non-surgical treatments include:
• Fillers – Radiesse, Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are all commonly used fillers, injected into specific areas of the face or hands to restore fullness to the skin and reduce the appearance of lines or creases.
• Devices – Infrared light or unipolar radio-frequency energy is used to tighten the skin over a range of medical visits
• Resurfacing – Laser resurfacing minimizes the appearance of line and wrinkles, and helps promote the production of collagen to tighten sagging skin.
Surgical options include:
• Tummy tuck – Removes excess skin and tightens the muscle underneath the skin for a taut stomach.
• Lift – A skin lift may be done on any area of the body, and usually includes the removal of fat around the muscle fibers before tightening the skin for a youthful look.
These are two options to discuss with your doctor before deciding what the best treatment is for your needs. Non-surgical options are often ideal for those with minimal skin sagging, and can be completed in the medical office within a short period of time.
For more information on fillers, laser skin tightening procedures, and Botox in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, please contact Your Laser Skin Care at 323.525.1516.
Posted on January 29, 2012 by Ella Fedonenko
If you are concerned about the appearance of your face due to wrinkles and sagging skin but don’t feel like injections, lasers or surgery are right for you, Ulthera might be a good option. Ulthera is a new technology approved by the FDA to help tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles without any injections or surgery.
What are the benefits of skin tightening?
Loose skin can happen for a number of reasons. Aging, genetics and sun damage can all play a part. Other factors, including weight loss, can also contribute to a loss of the normal elasticity of the skin. When your skin loses its elasticity and droops, you are likely to develop wrinkles, jowls and other unflattering features.
Some choose to address facial drooping with surgical procedures like face lifts. While this can be effective for improving the appearance of your face, it’s also an invasive procedure and carries a number of risks, including an unnatural appearance, permanent scarring and infection.
Instead of invasive surgery, the skin can be tightened using a number of procedures. Some popular skin tightening options include:
— Dermal fillers that are injected under the skin
— Injections that temporarily paralyze the small muscles under the skin
— Laser skin resurfacing
— Devices that use infrared or radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin
Ulthera: a unique solution
Ulthera uses ultrasound technology to tighten the tissues that would otherwise be addressed only with surgery. Completely noninvasive, the tissue is gently heated, which causes it to lift and tighten. In addition to the aesthetic skin tightening effect, Ulthera actually stimulates the production of collagen, helping the skin to rejuvenate itself and regain its youthfulness.
The Ulthera procedure takes about an hour or less and encourages the body’s own natural healing system to gently restore the skin’s memory, as well as that of the tissues underneath. Immediate improvement is possible after just one session, and over the weeks and months following, the skin continues to renew and lift.
No special preparation or recuperation is required, making Ulthera a truly unique solution to troublesome loose skin, requiring no downtime. While you may not see the dramatic effects that occur with surgery, Ulthera is a low-risk, more natural way to improve the look and feel of your skin.
For additional information on skin tightening in Los Angeles please visit our skin tightening page.