Skin has a natural elasticity thanks to the beneficial proteins collagen and elastin. While most of the time the body’s largest organ is able to repair itself, there are times when skin becomes loose. Part of the reason for this is the natural aging process. As cells and tissues age, it becomes more difficult for skin that has been stretched or damaged to bounce back and heal to the point where firmness is restored. If you’ve been living with loose skin, laser-assisted Newport Beach skin tightening may provide the renewed elasticity you want.
What is Skin Tightening?
The process of “skin tightening” refers to repairing tissue damage by stimulating the body’s natural wound healing response within the affected area of skin. It’s often done with lasers rather than injections, which usually provides longer-lasting results.
Laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive procedure. It provides the necessary stimulation within the first and second layers of skin with a special kind of laser to minimize loose or sagging skin gradually as firmness is restored.
Skin tightening is typically performed on visible areas on the face, neck, arms, abdomen, and legs. It can also be an appealing option since the procedure can be safely applied to any area of the body where there is loose skin. The “tightening” occurs when the laser stimulates tissues and kicks the body into healing and restoration mode in the treated area of skin. As collagen is rebuilt, loose areas of skin fill in and appear more youthful and firm.
How Does it Work?
Fractional ablative lasers, or fractional lasers, are often used during skin tightening procedures. Another form of skin tightening involves use of Titan laser technology. The Titan skin tightening laser uses infrared light to reach deeper layers (dermis) beyond the surface layer of skin (epidermis). During the procedure, the epidermal layer is cooled to increase comfort and eliminate the need for local anesthesia.
Regardless of the type of laser used, stimulation from laser Newport Beach skin tightening encourages the production of collagen that helps with tissue healing, which results in firmer and tighter skin. Subtle changes may be noticed after the first treatment and continue over time as increased collagen production continues to naturally heal and tighten skin. Occasional “refresher” treatments may be necessary once the effects of laser stimulation fade.
Why Consider Skin Tightening?
The decision to treat your skin depends on how you feel about it. For minor imperfections, over-the-counter creams may be all that’s necessary. If, however, you are bothered by a sagging neck and jowls, loose abdominal skin, or loose skin on your arms, Newport Beach skin tightening can provide the renewed firmness you want. You may also wish to consider skin tightening if:
- You’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight and have areas of loose skin
- You have loose skin due to a recent pregnancy
- You have problem areas of visible skin not responding to other treatments
What to Expect Afterwards
After you have a skin tightening treatment, you may have some minor irritation or increased tenderness in the area that was treated. Such reactions are usually minor and temporary (a few hours). Skin tightening is a procedure that has little or no downtime. You’ll be able to return to your normal routine shortly after you complete your treatment.
Your skin may be tender or sensitive post-treatment. Ease any discomfort because of this by avoiding hot baths or showers, using mild soap and water, and minimizing your use of topical creams and other cosmetics that may make it difficult for your pores to “breathe” in the affected area. You should also avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing in the area where you had treatment.
The experience you’ll have with any type of laser skin tightening will depend on the size and location of the area treated and the extent of the damage to skin tissues. Results may be improved by combining treatments with other skin procedures. For instance, if you are prone to breakouts or have sun damage, a healing mask may help further improve the appearance of your skin after you’ve had a Newport Beach skin tightening procedure. You may also benefit from the use of skincare products specific to your skin tone and complexion.