What is Laser Skin Tightening & How Does it Work?
Bring out the laser
There’s no denying that growing older, daily stresses and environmental factors take a toll on our appearance. But it’s more than that. Over time, and due to environmental factors, our skin loses its elasticity — resulting in more wrinkles and sagging.
Laser skin tightening is a way to combat this inevitable part of the aging process. Non-surgical skin tightening is a way to tighten and tone lax skin on the face and body without undergoing cosmetic surgery. If you’re done searching for serums, creams and fancy pillow cases that make bold claims about skin rejuvenation, it’s likely time to look into skin laser treatments.
What Is Laser Skin Tightening?
Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure that uses heat and radiofrequency to boost collagen production in your face. Increased collagen production tightens lifts and contours your skin, leaving you with increased skin elasticity and an overall smoother appearance.
Laser skin tightening procedures at Courted can be impactful in the following areas:
Upper and lower eyelids
Nasolabial folds (creases around your nose)
Jowls and neck
What can I expect in a laser skin tightening treatment?
Sometimes called the “non-surgical facelift”, laser skin tightening gives patients lasting results without the downtime of surgical procedures. Treatment times vary depending on your goals, how much help you need and your areas of concern.
Because the procedure requires heat, some patients opt for a gentle numbing gel to help offset any discomfort. Once the numbing gel is applied, a handheld wand-like tool is moved back and forth across your skin. As the tool heats the skin beneath it, collagen production begins.
Due to the heat, patients can expect some redness after the treatment has ended, but redness typically subsides within a few hours post-procedure. Other than redness, laser skin tightening is extremely noninvasive, so no formal downtime is required, and patients typically see results almost immediately after the procedure.
Is Laser Skin Tightening Right For Me?
Laser skin tightening is good for anyone at any age. Patients in their 20s and 30s can stimulate collagen production as a preventive measure. Once we cross into our 30s, our skin naturally slows down its production of collagen and elastin, so whether you’re looking to get ahead of early aging, or erase visible evidence of 40 years of living, laser skin tightening might be right for you.
When you meet with a medical spa expert to discuss the procedure, add these talking points to your list:
Historical attempts at skin tightening. Have you had a surgical facelift? Any injections or fillers?
If you have sensitive skin or a chronic skin condition, now is the time to bring it up!
Discuss your goals and which areas of your face you’d like to focus on.
If the non-surgical component has piqued your interest, you’re not alone. The wide range of anti-aging methods and procedures from organic skincare products to facials and HydraFacials gives every patient a plethora of options.
Being honest about your goals in a conversation with a medical spa expert will quickly illuminate if laser skin tightening is right for you. At Courted, we’re here to help. By discussing your goals, we can review a variety of anti-aging procedures that may help you reach them.
Other Skin Laser Treatments
The radiofrequency and heat for collagen stimulation isn’t the only benefit of laser treatment. Different types of lasers rely on different types of energy to achieve different effects. We’ve discussed radiofrequency and heat, but not ultrasound or light energy yet.
Laser skin treatments can also achieve these specific goals:
Removal of dark spots
Repair UV damage
Complexion blending. If you’re looking to achieve less redness, removal of dark spots or odd skin pigmentation, laser skin therapy might be a fit for you. Lasers target specific colors beneath the skin’s surface, breaking up the pigment to be absorbed by your body and discarded naturally. Fun fact: this color targeting is exactly how laser tattoo removal works, too.
Skin resurfacing. Lasers can target your problem areas and restimulate the collagen and elastin underneath, resurfacing minor scars and wrinkles.
Repair UV damage. After years of sun exposure, laser skin therapy could work wonders for your skin. By targeting and removing dark spots and resurfacing deep wrinkles, you’ll look and feel renewed.
Just like laser skin tightening treatments, it’s important to discuss all skin laser treatments with trained experts.
Bounce back from the effects of aging
Laser skin tightening is one of the many anti-aging treatments and procedures that wind back the clock. Courted at The St. James focuses on self-renewal and a proactive approach to living well, making it a perfect addition to your already-established wellness routine. Stop by or give us a call at (703) 239-6910 to discuss the available skin laser treatments with our team, and we can work together to determine the right routine for you.