It’s hard to ignore the promises that laser treatments offer. Whether you’re suffering from acne, age spots, uneven skin, lines, wrinkles, or scarring, lasers could be the answer to all of your skin concerns.
While it might seem like laser treatments are too good to be true, many patients are taking the plunge and seeing dramatic results. At Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa in Hattiesburg, MS, we offer state-of-the-art laser skin tightening treatments to achieve the most comprehensive benefits.
Have you considered rejuvenating your aging skin but are skeptical of the claims of laser treatments? Here we break down all the facts so that you can decide whether laser skin tightening is right for you.
How Does Laser Skin Tightening Work?
Laser skin tightening treatments find their power through collagen production. The laser heats the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, which holds dermal fibroblasts. Dermal fibroblasts are cells that generate connective tissue and produce collagen and elastin fibers.
When lasers heat and send energy to the dermis, it stimulates the fibroblasts in the skin to do two essential things: constrict for immediately tighter skin and produce more collagen and elastin for long-lasting results.
Why Are Collagen and Elastin Important for Skin Tightening?
Elastin and collagen are proteins that your body naturally produces. They both serve an important role in supporting the health and appearance of your skin. Elastin provides skin with flexibility and resilience to resist the effects of gravity and retain its shape.
Collagen is a protein that gives your skin shape, smoothness, and hydration. It is also crucial for wound healing. Collagen attracts fibroblasts to the site of a wound, supports the formation of new blood vessels and tissues, and helps wounds clot and contract.
As you get older, your body’s fibroblasts produce less collagen and elastin, causing the skin to lose its structure and resilience over time. However, laser skin tightening treatments create a controlled wound, stimulating the fibroblasts to activate and produce more collagen and elastin.
The increase in production leads the collagen and elastin to react to the skin concerns that come with age, like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and skin laxity.
What Are the Most Effective Laser Skin Tightening Treatments?
Many different lasers promise skin tightening results. Most laser treatments aim to rejuvenate the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production.
We use a combination of radiofrequency (RF) and intense pulsed light (IPL) lasers to achieve optimal skin tightening results.
Radiofrequency for Skin Tightening
RF treatments use a handheld device to deliver intense radiofrequency waves to the skin. Those waves heat the dermis under the skin and stimulate collagen production. While the treatment can feel hot, like a hot stone massage, the skin’s surface isn’t affected; only the deeper layers are.
As the RF waves permeate the skin, the skin’s natural resistance tightens existing cells for an immediate effect, while collagen stimulation offers long-term benefits.
Intense Pulsed Light for Skin Rejuvenation
While most traditional lasers use a single light energy wavelength, IPL devices use multiple wavelengths of light. Through these varying wavelengths, IPL treatments can target several layers of the skin and treat different concerns.
As a result, IPL treatments offer effective results in addressing the following:
- Lines and wrinkles
- Rosacea and broken capillaries
- Uneven tone and texture
By combining IPL and RF treatments, we can thoroughly rejuvenate the skin, remove unwanted pigment and discoloration, tighten the skin, and promote collagen and elastin production for long-term results.
How Many Laser Skin Tightening Treatments Will I Need?
Every patient is different, so our treatment plans are customized based on your needs and skin concerns. Most patients require a few treatment sessions to achieve optimal results.
Laser skin tightening takes less than an hour in most cases. However, larger treatment areas may require longer appointments. Most patients achieve their desired results from two to six treatments.
What Results Can I Expect?
About one to two weeks after your first treatment, you’ll begin to see smoother and plumper skin. Then, about a month after treatment, you’ll see tighter and more contoured skin. However, the full results of your increased collagen and elastin production may take about three months to appear.
The results of laser skin tightening treatments appear gradually, as the body’s new collagen gets to work restructuring and repairing the skin. The gradual results and lack of downtime after treatments allow you to keep your laser treatments discreet, so no one will know how you look so young and fresh.
The benefits of laser skin tightening last as long as the collagen does. For some, the results may last years. Oftentimes, patients choose to have touch-up treatments every one to two years to maintain their results.
It’s important to note that your posttreatment skincare routine will play a vital role in lengthening the benefits of your laser treatments. We’ll discuss an aftercare plan that includes diligently applying and reapplying sun protection.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Tightening?
Laser skin tightening treatments work well on any type of skin, anywhere on the body. Since RF treatments target the skin’s dermis below the surface, they are recommended for all skin tones.
When you come in for your consultation with our knowledgeable team, we’ll discuss your skin concerns, medical diagnoses, and desired outcome to create a custom skin-tightening treatment plan that offers optimal results.
How Do I Get Started?
Are you ready for a treatment that offers effective skin lifting, tightening, and rejuvenating results? Then it’s time to schedule your consultation with Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa in Hattiesburg, MS. We can’t wait to restore your firm, smooth skin with laser skin tightening. Schedule your appointment today!