Skin tightening is done using radiofrequency, ultrasound, or a laser. These treatments will not improve the skin surface, but they do tighten sagging skin. These treatments stimulate collagen production in the skin, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance. Laser resurfacing will stimulate new collagen growth using light energy. At the same time, it will exfoliate the skin surface which will result in a smoother, more even toned skin. There may be a visible tightening of the skin, especially around the eyes. The main benefit of laser resurfacing is the improvement in the skin surface. Results are not as dramatic as plastic surgery and may need to be repeated in 2-3 years. Dr. Devera will make recommendations for the best treatments to address your skin concerns which could include treatments such as Fractional CO2 laser, radio-frequency treatments like Venus Viva, microneedling treatments like the Derma-Pen, microcurrent procedures, or in some circumstances Venus Legacy or Venus Freeze. For patients with significant laxity or jowls, the doctor may recommend a surgical facelift. Patients over the age of 50 may enjoy better results with fractional CO2 or Venus Viva treatments.
The duration of laser resurfacing for skin tightening can last up to 5 years. Patients should protect their skin from the sun and maintain a stable body weight. Unprotected sun exposure or significant weight loss can result in recurrence of brown spots or wrinkles.
The best option for skin tightening depends on your skin type. Darker pigmented skin tones are treated more safely with a series of less invasive treatments using a radiofrequency device like Venus Viva or minimally invasive CO2 laser. Fairer skin tones will be able to tolerate many kinds of skin tightening procedures. Patients who are over 50 with significant sun damage will have better results with Venus Viva and minimally invasive CO2 laser. To learn which treatment is right for your needs, you should consult with a board certified physician trained in cosmetic procedures. Laser & Vitality Institute offers many different options for skin tightening including ultherapy, microneedling, and more. Contact the office today to find out which treatment option will work best for you.
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