Loose skin caused by ageing can get frustrating since it is difficult to address. Besides anti-ageing creams and lotions, non-surgical treatments have gained traction as they deliver instant results. Microdermabrasion and laser skin tightening treatments are some of the common procedures that help enhance skin tone and remove lines.
Laser skin tightening treatment is associated with many fads and myths. Here, we bring you a guide answering the common questions related to skin tightening using a laser.
Q. What is laser skin tightening treatment?
As the name suggests, this treatment uses a laser to stimulate skin cells, repair damaged skin and even out the lines. When a single-wavelength laser is applied, it reaches the fibroblasts present in the skin’s dermis layer and helps produce more collagen that in turn aids in skin regeneration and repair damaged skin cells.
It is of two types, namely ablative and non-ablative treatment. Ablative method gently peels off the skin’s outer layer using CO2 or Erbium lasers. Ablative treatment is ideal for removing scars, fine lines, warts, wrinkles and warts. The non-ablative procedure does not remove any skin layers. It merely stimulates the skin cells to promote regeneration and damage repair. It is ideal for treating spider-veins, rosacea and other skin disorders.
Q. How long does it take to recover from laser treatment?
You can be up and moving within minutes of undergoing a laser skin tightening treatment. The recovery time is minimal and you can return to your daily routine within thirty to sixty minutes. The entire treatment takes an hour or two at maximum. It does not involve any invasive procedure.
Q. How long do the results last?
Visible results can be observed within days of undergoing the procedure. The positive results of the enhanced dermal collagen production reflect on your treated skin, and the results can easily last a few years. Laser skin tightening treatment is so effective that your skin remains stimulated to produce new collagen for many months to come.
As the newly produced collagen settles down, patients experience improvement in their skin tone, reduced wrinkles, fewer lines and tighter skin. However, patients are recommended to avoid excessive sunlight exposure since ultraviolet rays can reverse collagen production. A healthy skincare regimen further adds to the benefits of laser skin treatment.
Q. What are the possible side-effects and health risks, if any?
Generally, there are no severe side-effects or health risks associated with laser skin tightening treatment. However, certain medical conditions and a patient’s health history can bring in risks. Ideally, you should remain honest with your dermatologist about past health issues, allergies, or medications. Common side effects include:
- Burning sensation
- Rashes and bumps
Your dermatologist will prescribe you a detailed pre-procedure and post-procedure regimen. Follow the instructions religiously to avoid any complications. Depending on the patient, a dermatologist may also prescribe medication to counter the after-effects accordingly. It is recommended that you cut down on smoking and drinking during the pre-procedure stage.
Q. Does laser skin tightening work on dark skin?
Unfortunately, this treatment is best suited for lighter skin tones. Consult with your dermatologist to know your skin tone and then proceed as advised.
Q. How many sessions do I have to attend?
Generally, a single laser skin tightening treatment does wonder. However, only a dermatologist can best suggest the exact procedure timeline. Non-ablative treatments may require multiple sittings to achieve satisfying, long-lasting results.
Are you considering laser skin tightening treatment? Talk to Profile Ltd.’s certified aestheticians for the right guidance and a custom skin treatment plan. Call 604-278-3700 to book a free skincare consultation.