Using Laser for Wrinkle treatment and Skin Tightening
Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
What Is Laser Skin Tightening?
Wrinkly, saggy skin can be caused by too much exposure to the sun, to weight gain and loss over a lifetime or most likely to heredity and simple aging. An endless list of expensive creams claim to be able to combat loose and wrinkly skin, but a new frontier of technologies is uncovering methods to tighten and smoothen those wrinkles and sags. The latest insight on lasers which can penetrate the skin surface painlessly heating up and stimulate the natural collagen below and plump it to achieve smoother fuller skin.
Tremendous advances in the capture and use of light energy have revolutionized the treatment of loose and wrinkled skin making laser treatment safer and more effective than ever before. The most popular areas being the face, neck, abdomen, and arms.
Here is how it works?
Collagen is the substance beneath the skin surface that provides its elasticity. Over time, our collagen breaks down under a series of pressures causing our skin to sag and wrinkle. Under stimulation by the laser’s very specific wavelengths of light, collagen is coagulated making it firmer and forcing it to better support the outer layers of skin. At the same time, the laser causes this collagen to begin a process of natural self-renewal. What’s amazing about the laser is that it can do this while simultaneously cooling the outer layers of your skin minimizing pain and avoiding any damage to those sensitive layers.
Most patients will require between 2 to 5 sessions each lasting about 45 minutes. Depending on the area treated, you will likely be able to return to your regular day immediately after skin tightening though there may be some redness and mild discomfort during the 24 hours following the procedure. While many patients see at least partial results right away, it can take as much as 3 to 6 months for the full impact of the treatment to be seen as collagen firms and regenerates, smoothing and plumping the skin.
Laser skin tightening is sometimes combined with a popular ultra-shape procedure which reduces collections of fat that accumulate around the body. Since skin sometimes sags or wrinkles where the fat used to plump it up, the laser can be used to make the skin more taut and smooth.
If you had one chance to have one procedure that would make a huge dramatic change to your skin, what would it be? In my mind, there’s one answer to this which is the Fraxel laser. The Fraxel laser is the gold standard in skin resurfacing. The Fraxel laser has a dual wavelengths 1550 and 1927. At this wavelength, the main target of the laser is water which is one of the main components of the skin.
So, what happens is the laser interacts with the water in the skin, and it does two things. Firstly, it creates coagulation column within the fine layer of skin which resurfaces wrinkles and resurfaces skin so that it’s smoother. It also heats a bit of the skin underneath. The structure of collagen is basically like a spring which is held apart by a sulfate bond. So what happens is that when it reaches a certain temperature which happens when you have a laser, these bonds break, and the spring’s recoils. The collagen spring recoils. So, it’s like you get a firming of the skin. The results are permanent!
The first step requires applying a local anesthetic into the skin and although the patient’s asleep, this will provide analgesia or pain relief after the procedure as well as it reduces the need for the amount of sedation given because the patient’s more comfortable. The eyes are protected with special shields that go under the eyelid, and this prevents any eye injuries from occurring, and we can use the laser resurface right up to the eyelashes, both top, and bottom. The skin is usually resurfaced from the hairline down to just below the jawline and by doing this, it minimizes the possibility of any demarcation lines on the face where the laser’s start and finished. So, when the layer conforms, what you see is the skin turning white like little frost, frosting appearance and it’s little steam bubbles appearing in the skin and they only last for about 20 minutes, so that will disappear. And then, the skin will just become uniformly red.
The top layer skin will eventually be removed. Also as extra part of the procedure, platelet-rich plasma mask will be applied to make the down time shorter. And basically, the Irving laser also vaporizes layers of the skin. It’s got much less heat associated with it. So it cleans everything up and makes the recovery process faster.
A little skin is tightening that we might expect to see mild to moderate degree of the skin tightening, especially around the eyes where the skin is a little bit finer. It does tighten particularly well. The skin does look firmer and does feel firmer to the patient.
Patients come in day after the procedure for a skin check and wash, and also to be treated with LED lights to help to heal.
Pigmentation Laser Treatment
Pigmentation is due to a concentration of melanin or skin pigment in a particular area of the skin. Some reasons can cause this; the most common is the sun. However, pigmentation can also be congenital, such as a birthmark or hormonal such as in melasma. The lasers which can be used to treat these problems are q-switch nano-second laser lutronic spectra and Fraxel dual, and these lasers are attracted to the pigment in the skin. Areas which have more pigment in the skin, for example, a sunspot or a freckle, will pick up this laser energy at a greater level than that of normal skin which is usually fairer than the freckle. So in summary, pigmentation can be treated effectively with a laser, and this can help to improve your skin tone, it can help reduce your need to wear makeup, and brighten the skin up.
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