A Close Examination of Laser Skin Tightening
Loose skin is something you are bound to struggle with as you age. The loss of skin elasticity occurs naturally over time, although it can also be influenced by outside factors. If you want to repair that damage then one option you have is to have your skin tightened with lasers. But exactly what is laser skin tightening and what can it do for you? Let’s take a closer look at the process.
The Causes of Loose Skin and Wrinkles
When collagen production naturally slows and your skin is exposed to too many outside pollutants and free radicals the cells will become damaged. Collagen reduction occurs when your body no longer makes the same levels of hormones and proteins it did when it was younger. When that natural degradation is combined with sun and weather damage, as well as damage from pollutants, your skin health can suffer.
How Laser Skin Tightening Can Reverse That Damage
Laser skin tightening procedures can actually help you to reverse that skin damage in a couple of different ways. First, when you treat your skin with medical laser equipment you will find that the lasers help the collagen in your body to tighten up, taking up some of the slack in your skin. Second, the production of more collagen will be triggered by the minor damage the laser device causes to your skin cells. Not only can that help your skin to tighten, but under certain circumstances it can also lessen the appearance of skin scars.
Going in for Your First Laser Skin Tightening Procedure
Having your first laser appointment for skin tightening should be a two-part process. You should begin by scheduling a consultation with a representative from the skincare clinic. The clinician will address any skin concerns you have and evaluate your skin. Then, if you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can schedule your first actual treatment.
When you arrive for your actual laser treatment the technician will use the laser device to treat predetermined sections of your skin. Most laser devices shoot cool air at the skin at intervals, which should keep you relatively comfortable during the procedure. However, you will experience a warm sensation at points, and you may also feel a slight zapping sensation. When your treatment is over your technician may apply a cooling cream to your skin as well.
Laser Skin Tightening Treatment Side Effects You May Experience
It is possible for laser skin tightening to cause several side effects. Among them are burns, blisters, and changes in skin color in the area which is treated. However, most of those severe side effects will never be a concern for you because your clinician will assess your skin prior to treatment. If you are at a high risk for such side effects then an alternative treatment may be suggested.
The most common unavoidable side effects of laser skin treatment are temporary swelling and redness for a couple of hours after each appointment. You may also experience minor bruising, which should go away on its own after a couple of days. However, none of the side effects of laser treatment should impede your daily activities at all.
How to Care for Your Skin After Each Treatment
Typically the biggest concern after laser treatment is sun sensitivity. Therefore, your clinician may recommend that you stay out of the sun after each appointment for a set amount of time. You will also have greater success after each laser appointment if you establish a regular skincare routine at home. Your clinician can make recommendations to help you with that based on your skin type.