Picture Yourself With Refirmed Skin
Photo albums can bring a tear to your eye and family videos can stir up deep emotions – yes, because you may be remembering the good times of the past but also because you may be “mourning” the difference in your appearance today compared to when you were in your prime. Who among us hasn’t looked at a picture taken just five or six years previously and wondered how and why we have changed so noticeably?
More often than a receding hairline or a small change in weight, we’re subconsciously noticing changes in our skin. As we age, we may begin to experience sagging skin around the neck and jaw line, new wrinkles on our faces, and even unwelcome excess skin from working to get back into shape and dropping some weight. This increasing inelasticity in our skin is a natural part of aging, but it’s not necessarily a change we need to live with forever.
Over the years, men and women have tried to combat these kinds of skin issues with injections of paralyzing substances like Botox or with potentially dangerous surgical facelifts. The results typically have been less than satisfying, because these invasive procedures can leave an unnatural appearance and obvious signs of facial work.
More recently, however, laser technology has been developed to tighten our skin safely and effectively, without pain, without cutting into the skin and without the need to take time off to recover. These lasers, like those used by major aesthetic treatment centers, combine infrared heat with radiofrequency waves to reshape the collagen in your skin. It’s the collagen that holds the shape of your skin contours, and the skillful application of laser energy can stimulate healthy collagen remodeling inside your skin. With this tool, a clinician can tighten sagging skin and fill in wrinkles with your own natural substances around your eyes, mouth and cheeks; along your jaw; and at the brow line.
The skin tightening treatment employs a special high-technology head on the laser device that enables the energy to safely penetrate your skin, heating the collagen to allow it to take on more defined shape over a period of time. At the same time, the deep heating generated by the treatment tightens the skin tissue. The special head actively cools the surface of your skin while it heats the area beneath the skin, so it minimizes or entirely eliminates any discomfort that might otherwise result from the heating process. The clinician even can adjust the amount of cooling to correspond with each individual patient’s sensitivity to heat. The result is a comfortable treatment that starts restoring a more youthful appearance by increasing the elasticity and firmness of the collagen in your skin. With the collagen free to remodel itself, it naturally fills in wrinkles and begins to return sagging skin back toward its original contours.
The best news about laser skin tightening is that it allows you to avoid injections and plastic surgery. It’s completely non-invasive – your skin is never punctured or cut. Therefore, the risk of infection that is always present with surgery is avoided with laser treatments. And, again, unlike surgery, laser skin tightening does not require a recovery period.