No one wants to go under the knife if they don’t have to. There are many different options to tighten your skin without having to resort to plastic surgery. Lasers have been used to tighten loose skin while also stimulating the cells to produce regenerative collagen. The procedure is performed in a clinic in only an hour or two and does not require a stay in the hospital. It provides several advantages over other skin tightening procedures. If you’ve never had a laser skin tightening treatment, here is what you need to know:
Using light energy, laser devices target the deeper skin tissue to heat the cells. This results in the skin contracting or tightening. It further works by stimulating the cells into production of fresh collagen to regenerate. The result is younger, tighter skin. This procedure is non-invasive, meaning it does not cut into the skin. Non-ablative lasers are preferred by most individuals since they do not cause injuries to the outside layer of skin. That reduces the risks and side effects associated with this treatment. With the outermost skin being left intact, there is almost no risk of infections and recovery is very fast.
There are many factors to consider when determining which treatment will work better for skin tightening. Although skin tightening with a medical device costs less and has a quicker recovery, surgical lifts last longer. Each of the below factors varies depending on the area of the body being treated and the extent of the procedure.
Method Laser Skin Tightening Surgical Lift
Costs $500 to $3,500 $3,000 to $15,000
Side effects Up to 2 days 10 to 14 days
Sessions 1 to 6 1
Return to activity Same day After 2 weeks
Expected results 2 to 3 years 5 years
You also need to factor in what the side effects and risks are. With surgical lifts, you would need to undergo anesthesia, which is always a high risk. Infections and difficulty healing are also risks you take with it. Side effects include swelling, pain, redness, bleeding, bruising and more.
Laser skin-tightening risks are minimal and seldom occur, but include blistered skin and redness. Side effects are pinkened skin and a warming sensation which subside usually within the first couple of hours.
Using lasers to tighten your skin when the wrinkling is mild to moderate is a good idea if the idea of undergoing surgery is frightening. Repeating the treatment before the condition gets worse than moderate will put off the need for a surgical lift. Unfortunately, there are still times when laser machines do not work to tighten skin satisfactorily. Major weight loss of several hundred pounds or anyone with deep wrinkles or serious sagging would need to seek a surgical lift. Laser skin-tightening works effectively on mild to moderate wrinkles. Only a surgical lift will work on severe cases.
If you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiological issues, you really need to consult with your primary care physician before undergoing treatments of any kind. You might also discuss the matter with your dermatologist to determine which treatment would be best for your skin condition.
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