As the winter is ending and the spring is beginning, it’s time to think about shaping up your body for the summer. Here we talk about laser skin tightening and how it can help you get in shape to wear a bikini in a few months.
Why does the skin become loose?
In youth we have an abundance of collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. As we mature the amount of collagen decreases naturally and with sun damage. This leads to loose skin, sagging, and wrinkles and can occur anywhere on the body. The area on the body that concerns most patients is the face. However, the appearance of the rest of the body is very important, especially as the warmer months are upcoming and more skin is exposed.
How does laser skin tightening work?
With laser skin tightening we can tighten the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This triggers the skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, wrinkles will be decreased and the skin will appear tighter as seen in the before and after pictureshown here.
What is the laser skin tightening treatment like?
The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. Numbing cream is not necessary because the laser skin tightening treatment itself is completely painless. After photographs are taken the area is cleansed and gel is applied to the skin. The laser is passed back and forth on the area to warm the skin to a specific target temperature and is kept at that temperature for a few minutes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes anywhere from ten to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area. The laser skin tightening treatment is repeated six to eight times every week and improvement is seen slowly over the course of this time. After the initial series a single laser skin tightening treatment is recommended once every three months. This will keep the collagen stimulated and thereby keep the skin tight.
There is no recovery time after a laser skin tightening treatment. The area may be red and/or swollen for a few hours. But most people resume their normal activities right away.