Laser Skin Tightening
As we age, the rate of new collagen and elastin production reduces. Furthermore, if there is excessive sun exposure this breaks down the existing collagen and elastin. In certain areas, particularly the face, there is loss of volume of the underlying fat compartments and bone. All of these factors contribute to the development of looser skin and the appearance of “sagging”.
Although excessively loose skin can be removed by plastic surgery, for many people this is too extreme and results in surgical scars which can be worse than the original problem.
Fortunately, new technology is now available which tightens the skin without any recovery time. These devices deliver heat under the skin to tighten the existing collagen bundles and to stimulate production of new collagen. The devices are designed to deliver the heat under the skin but do not affect the surface of the skin, which means that they have no recovery time and can be done as a ”lunch-time” procedure. Done repeatedly they usually result in gradual tightening of the skin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening?
Laser skin tightening is suitable of patients of all skin colours. Those with mild skin laxity and individuals under the age of 50 respond best, but in the majority of patients there will be some improvement. However, there are some patients who do not show a significant response to laser skin tightening, although these tends to be more elderly individuals. One advantage, however, is that there is little or no recovery time.
Are There Any Contraindications to Laser Skin Tightening?
There are no contraindications to laser skin tightening. It can be done on all ages and skin of all colour, whether or not there is a tan. It can usually be done on most medications, but individual clients should check their medication with Dr Farrell. The Forma should not be used over areas overlying large metal implants, but Fotona can be done over metal implants.
On Which Sites of the Body Can Laser Skin Tightening Be Performed?
Laser skin tightening can be done on any site of the body. Popular sites include the face, neck, upper arms, knees and abdomen.
What Methods of Laser Skin Tightening Are Used at Dermatology Consulting?
At Dermatology Consulting we have two technologies available for skin tightening: