Skin tightening is a way to reverse some of the unwanted signs of aging in order to regain a more youthful appearance. Loose skin leads to sagging as well as the development of lines and wrinkles. If you would like to have your skin tightened by a non-surgical procedure that allows you to get back to your daily life without the need for extensive downtime, you should check into skin tightening via non-ablative laser energy.
It becomes a little easier to understand how this therapy works by first looking at what caused those lines and wrinkles to form. There is a substance in the lower layers of your skin that is there to help keep the skin full and tight. It is called collagen, which is a protein that is naturally produced by the body. As you go through different phases of life, the amount of collagen produced in the skin will vary. As you age, the collagen levels will begin to decrease. This leads to loose skin since there is less of the substance present to keep it tight. Loose skin then leads to the formation of wrinkles and sagging because of the slack that is created.
Surgical methods like facelifts are done by making an incision, pulling the skin tight once again and trimming off the excess. Skin tightening via non-ablative laser energy takes a different approach. It is designed to restore collagen to the higher levels that were there previously and essentially allow the skin to tighten itself without the need for surgery or a lengthy recovery.
When considering non-ablative laser therapy, you should not confuse the method with ablative laser treatments. Ablative lasers work by vaporizing and destroying the outer layer of the skin. It then depends on the body’s healing process to regenerate new tissue to replace what was destroyed. These treatments can be highly uncomfortable and require a significant period of downtime for recovery. Non-ablative lasers leave the outer layer of the skin intact.
Non-ablative laser skin tightening works by focusing the energy into the deeper layers of the skin. It does this while leaving the surface skin intact. As the deeper layers absorb the energy, the tissue is warmed. The heat then causes the process of growing additional collagen to begin. There will be some immediate tightening of the skin due to its response to the laser energy. The biggest benefit, however, will take place over the following months.
As the collagen grows, the skin will become tighter accordingly. It will take multiple months for the levels to reach their peak. At that time, the amount of collagen in the skin should more closely match what it was in the younger years before the levels started to decrease. The skin will be tighter as well. Tighter skin means a reduction in the number of lines and wrinkles.
If you are struggling with the effects of loose skin and would like a non-surgical remedy, you should ask our team at OM MediSpa in Elgin for more detail regarding skin tightening via non-ablative laser energy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!