How Laser Skin Tightening Works
Laser skin tightening is done through the use of lasers to tighten the old and “loose” skin to give the appearance of youthful skin. After the technology was changed in the early 1990s from the ablative technology to the non-ablative technology, the risk and the recovery times from the treatments have greatly lessened. Especially the laser skin tightening technology has advanced with the change from the use of radiofrequency to the infrared frequency and an increase in the penetration depth, allowing a greater degree of skin tightening.
Laser Skin Tightening Process
As more skin treatments today strive to lessen the downtime of the patients, the laser skin tightening too strives to do the same and thus, the process of conducting the laser skin tightening operation is quite short.
Firstly, the infrared frequency and/or the laser frequency waves are applied over the skin that is to be treated. This frequency basically is designed to wave through the middle layer of the skin, known as the dermis.
Basically this wave is a therapeutic heat that treats the support framework (collagen and the elastin fibers) of the skin. This heating effect basically provokes a contraction of the aged and disorganized collagen fibers while also stimulating the fibroblasts to begin to re-grow a new collagen. To put it more visually, the frequencies will heat up the water content within the skin, which then the heated up water will cause a uniformed heating effect in the area that is to be treated. This process, also known as the collagen remodeling, results in a much firm and smooth skin. During this treatment, to prevent the health of the skin, a cooling system keeps the surface layer of the skin (also known as the epidermis) cool. Usually, the process takes up to one hour.
Preparing for a Treatment
Although the treatment is quite easy and simple, as with all treatments, some preparation must be taken. Firstly, the patient must avoid direct sunlight for about 21 to 28 days. This can be done by using a suncream that is at least 25+, and of course, before and after the treatment. In the case of the patient prone to cold sores (oral herpes), then the prophylactic antiviral therapy (such as Valtrex) will be applied one day prior to the treatment day and continued for another week after the treatment. The use of Vitamin A creams (such as Tretinoin or Retin-A) should be halted about a week before the treatment.
Strengths of Laser Skin Tightening Frequency
The best part of laser skin tightening technology is that it is extremely comfortable. Also, unlike many other modern skin treatments, the laser skin tightening frequency does not require any anesthesia, which also comes down to rarely a downtime. This allows the clients to get back to their daily lives straightaway.