Sking Tightening and Non/Surgical Facelift FAQ

1) What is Skin Tightening?
As your skin ages, underlying support structures weaken, causing your skin to become loose and sag. Laser skin tightening treatment work by stimulating collagen protein production, which repairs support structures beneath the surface to firm and tighten the skin.
ReFirm: This is the type of light emitted during your skin tightening treatment. The treatment uses a safe infrared light that heats the skin and the tissue immediately under the skin’s surface. The heat produced during the treatment stimulates the infiltration of fibroblast and the formation of new collagen, while also tightening the existing bundles of collagen and elastin in the skin. This “double” stimulation both thickens and tightens the skin, strengthening the natural “scaffold” that gives our skin structure. This not only improves the skins appearance now, but also helps to bolster the skin against future aging. The presence of healthy collagen in the dermis helps maintain the skin’s youthful resilience and texture.

2) Who are a good candidates for Skin Tightening?
The best candidate for skin tightening is anyone that has loose, sagging skin of a mild to moderate degree and wants to tighten and re-contour the area, noticeable skin improvement, without surgery. Skin tightening treatments can make skin look and feel younger and firmer giving you a fresh-faced view of yourself.

3) What areas can be treated?
The Skin Tightening process firms sagging skin around the eye, cheeks, even the jaw line and neck. Skin
Tightening actually supports organic cell growth—helping your skin look and act more like the way it used to. Areas on the face, neck, and body.
• Laxity of abdominal skin post-pregnancy or post-surgery.
• Laxity of
buttocks and knees.
• Improving surface skin quality (“creepiness”) of décolleté, arms, and thighs.

4) How long will the results last?
The new dermal collagen that is produced becomes part of the structure of the treated skin, and thus Laser Skin Tightening can produce improvements in skin which lasts for years. New collagen production can continue several months after the treatment. Most people report improvement immediately, with even more dramatic results weeks later. New collagen growth results in continued skin tightening and the development of a more youthful complexion with fewer lines, folds, and looseness of the skin. Continued exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun will result in breakdown of both existing and new collagen over time, so it is very important to protect your results by limiting sun exposure, using a high-SPF sunblock, and maintaining a healthy and scientifically sound skin care regimen.

5) Is laser skin tightening safe?
Laser Skin Tightening is a safe and painless way to rejuvenate the appearance of skin in any area of the body. Unlike other treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, laser skin tightening does not burn or break the skin. Patients who undergo skin tightening experience very few side effects and these are most often minor inconveniences in the form of redness or minimal and temporary swelling. There is no downtime or external injury to the skin. A person can return to work or reapply makeup immediately following the procedure.

6) What is the treatment like?
The Skin Tightening light energy is delivered in a sequence of rapid, gentle pulses. Typically, a topical anesthetic is not used. A series of pulses will be repeated over the treatment area to ensure the best results. The combined bi-polar radio frequency and light energies precisely heat the dermal tissue within the targeted treatment area. This stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect in lax skin. You may also see an improvement in the texture of your skin, as well as lifting and toning.This is non-invasive treatment so there is no downtime. Patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities and even apply makeup or sunscreen after each session with no visible signs of treatment. You may experience some mild redness in the treated area, but this will fade away within minutes post treatment.

7) How many treatments will I need before I begin to see results?
A series of 10 treatment sessions are often recommended to achieve maximum collagen rebuilding and skin firming, but you will start seeing your skin tight and firm after the third one. Your practitioner can work with you on a personalized treatment plan. Patients may see immediate firming results right after treatment, but the full effect of improvement is achieved several months after treatment as collagen continues to rebuild.

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