When your skin becomes too lax, resulting in wrinkles and sagging, laser skin-tightening can help restore a youthful appearance. Not only can it tighten the skin, but also smooth it when it is uneven. If you have never tried it, there is no better time than right now.
How Laser Skin-tightening Works
Simply explained, laser skin-tightening treatments have a focused light which targets the skin cells in the lower layer of skin called the dermis. This layer is where collagen and elastins are produced to repair damaged cells. By heating up these cells, the skin is stimulated into creating more collagen. Not only does the collagen repair cells so they are healthy again, but it also smooths the skin. Heating the cells also causes the skin to react by contracting or tightening.
Are Skin-tightening Treatments Expensive?
Laser skin-tightening costs as little as $200 or as much as $4,000. What area is being treated and what is being done all affect the price of treatments. A small area may take only 15 minutes where a large area may take a couple hours, which also affects the price. You might think it would be cheaper to buy your own laser, but that is not the case. Even if you could find medical lasers for sale, they would be far out of your budget. The few personal skin-tightening lasers sold on the market for consumer use are far weaker than those used in a clinic. Personal devices must be safe for the average consumer to use, which means the results will be nothing like those in a professional clinic.
How To Prepare Before The Treatment
Most of the time, when you make an appointment with your doctor, all you have to do is show up on the day of the appointment. For a skin-tightening treatment, there are things you need to do leading up to the day you are scheduled. Avoiding overexposure to the sun for two to three weeks ahead of the appointment is crucial. Sun damages the skin and makes side effects more likely. Certain prescriptions can cause an adverse reaction, so always clear them with your doctor before seeking a skin-tightening treatment. On the day of your appointment, do not use lotions, sunscreen, makeup or any other topical substances.
The Day Of Your Treatment
When you go in for your appointment, be sure to tell the technician if you are concerned with your pain tolerance. While many don’t feel more than a modicum of discomfort, your technician can easily apply a numbing agent to your skin prior to the start of the treatment. Be sure to point out any recent skin blemishes in the area you are going to be treated. The technician can then decide if it will interfere with the procedure or not.
Care After The Treatment
Once your session is finished, the technician will advise you of any special care you may need, such as antibiotics in some situations. Otherwise, there are some basic steps you need to take to make sure you get the most from your skin treatment.
- Immediately afterwards – If the skin has a burning sensation, apply an ice pack or a cooling compress to the area. This should clear up quickly.
- Every day afterwards – Apply a hydrating skin lotion to keep the skin supple and keep it from drying out. This is something that you should continue long after your treatment.
- For two weeks after – Limit exposure to the sun or wear a strong SPF sunblock when you are outside. Avoid sun tanning beds too. Your skin will be a little sensitive for a couple weeks, so you need to protect it.