As you start to age, your skin will begin to show it in the form of sagging, lines and wrinkles. These things all happen because, with age, the skin is not as full and tight as it once was. As a result, many individuals look for ways to have their skin tightened in order to restore it to have a more youthful quality.
As time goes on, our bodies produce less and less collagen, creating wrinkles and fine lines. Without as much as collagen as we once had, our skin begins to develop facial imperfections. Collagen is a protein in the lower layers of the skin that gives it fullness. If the level could be returned to something closer to what it once was, the skin’s tightness could also return. This is where laser skin tightening enters the picture.
Laser treatments are conducted when a specialized machine generates concentrated light that is directed at the skin that is being treated. This light is focused on the lower layers of the skin while the outer layer is left intact. The laser energy is converted to heat when it is absorbed by the tissues that make up the lower layers of the skin. The heat then stimulates the production of collagen levels. The increased amount of collagen then tightens the skin by returning much of its fullness.
Along with collagen, there is another protein in the skin called elastin. Elastin production also decreases with age. This is what gives the skin the ability to maintain its original size and shape after it is stretched. In other words, elastin gives the skin elasticity. This helps to keep it tight when normal movements of the muscles and joints are constantly stretching it. Just like it does with collagen, the heat from the laser stimulates the production of elastin as well.
Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in the comfort of our office. In preparation for the treatment, a topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin to minimize the level of discomfort. These treatments require little to no downtime, so you can return to your daily activities immediately after treatment.
If you want to look younger but do not want to entertain the thought of having a surgical procedure done, you should schedule a consultation with us today at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables in Coral Gables. We would be happy to help you regain a more youthful visage with laser skin tightening treatments!