Laser Skin Tightening

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most wrinkles of all? Do you feel like it's you? Well, don't feel bad, you're not alone and there is a new laser skin tightening procedure that can make you the fairest of all! Laser treatments can tighten loose skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and reduce pore size.

If you choose to have laser skin tightening here are a few dos and don'ts that you should do before treatment:

• Before your treatment you should avoid direct sun exposure or sun tanning booths for two or more weeks

• You should not any oral acne medications such as acutane or similar for at least six months before your laser treatment

• You should not use of topical acne medications such as retinol, retin-A or similar for 7 days before your laser treatment

• The day of your procedure you wash and dry your skin thoroughly so that you remove any cosmetics, oils, creams or self-tanning lotions before treatment

• You should wear loose and comfortable clothing

Your laser skin tightening procedure will take place in your surgeon's office. When you arrive, you'll be given a topical numbing cream that you'll apply to the treatment area for 45-60 minutes before your treatment. You will be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. Your cosmetic surgeon will apply brief laser pulses to the surface of the skin with a small hand piece. Each laser pulse will be preceded and followed by a burst of cooling spray that provides a localized numbing effect. A series of three passes will be performed over each treatment area. Most laser skin tightening treatments last 45 minutes or less.

Laser-light is applied to the surface of the skin and passes harmlessly into its deeper layers. As the laser light reaches the dermis, a controlled amount of therapeutic heat is delivered to the collagen which results in growth stimulation and tightening.

You should be able to resume normal activities the same day as your procedure. Your treated skin area will be red and warm for a short of amount of time following your treatment. You should avoid direct sun exposure and sun tanning booths for 2 weeks following laser treatment. An SPF of 30 or high should be worn over the treated area.

A series of four to six laser treatments is recommended. Maximum visible results are usually reached six months following the last treatment session. Treatments are usually scheduled four weeks apart.

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