Laser tissue tightening
Laser tissue tightening is a non invasive/ non surgical way to tighten the skin and fight the signs of aging. Depending upon the degree of tissue laxity we usually recommend:
- Resurfx-for patients in late thirties wherein early signs of skin laxity, open pores, age spots start making an appearance
- Ulthera- for advanced skin laxity on face, neck, décolletage, arms with otherwise no surface abnormality
- CO2 laser- in patients with advanced skin laxity along with scars and severe skin surface abnormalities like scars, severe textural problems.
Understanding the Skin
The first thing you must understand is that your skin has more than one layer. Three layers can contribute towards lines, wrinkles and other blemishes that may present themselves upon your face. The skin has three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutis.
The epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin. This is where most of the skin derives its coloring, as melanocytes are located on this layer. Some visible blemishes may also reside on this layer.
The dermis is the middle layer. This layer has elastin and collagen, which are the two components that give your skin most of its durability. As these components break down with aging, the skin becomes loose and gives the appearance of sagging.
The subcutis is the layer where your body’s fat resides. This layer is responsible for the “shape” of your body but not necessarily your skin. Imagine that it is more like a foundation.
Q. What is Co2 laser resurfacing?
Laser skin tightening with a CO2 Fractional Laser works differently from other laser treatments. It affects both the epidermis and dermis layers rather than just one or the other layer. Fractional lasers affect both layers at the same time by utilizing tiny dots of high-intensity lasers. The laser destroys certain cells within these layers of the skin. These cells are often the components responsible for blemishes, as with the epidermis, or sagging skin, as with the dermis.
The body then takes the destroyed cells and disposes of them as waste. This allows the body to begin repairing and replacing the destroyed cells with brand new ones. This results in the epidermis looking cleaner and clearer while the dermis looks fuller and tighter. This can reverse some of the damage that aging has caused without requiring any incisions.
The only drawback with CO2 laser is that there is a downtime of 7-10 days with crusting and redness on face which requires strict sun protection. However, for people with deep acne scars, this laser works wonder by clearing acne scars and tightening skin at the same time.
Q. How does Resurfx laser tissue tightening work?
The ResurFX fractional laser is a state-of-the-art, non-ablative, skin resurfacing technology. Non-ablative means it does not destroy or ablate the epidermal skin cells, while fractional means it is only affecting a fraction, or small percentage, of the skin. So a benefit of ResurFX is that you are able to get great results with minimal recovery time, unlike the CO2 laser, which causes several days or more of peeling, crusting and significant swelling after the procedure. The fractional laser stimulates the production of new collagen and elastic fibers in the deeper layers of the skin. Stimulating new collagen production is the key to a more radiant, youthful looking skin. With the ResurFX technology we can achieve excellent clinical results over a sequence of treatments, while keeping your comfort maximal and downtime minimal. We usually recommend 3-6 sittings at 4 weeks interval for best results.
Q. How does ultherapy work?
The Ultherapy® procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery—without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other technologies, non-surgical Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound energy at the right depths and the right temperature. This energy triggers a natural response under the skin, jumpstarting the regenerative process that produces fresh, new collagen. As is known, collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned and as we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity.
A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates. While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery, whether mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game,” as well as patients wanting an aesthetic maintenance option
So meet our experienced dermatologist, Dr. Amanjot A Khokhar, today for an in depth analysis of your skin and find out what skin tightening procedure would suit you the best.
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