If you’re thinking of having skin tightening done or if you’ve heard about it and would like to know more, you’re in the right place. Skin tightening is a facial rejuvenation medical procedure that is also sometimes known as laser skin tightening. It is designed to make your face look smoother and younger as it cuts back on loose skin and wrinkles. It’s not a surgery but you will need to go to your dermatologist to have it performed. This is a very safe procedure that is certified by the FDA and is performed all around the country.
What will it do?
Laser skin tightening is designed to tighten up your face and make it look more youthful overall. This is done by encouraging collagen to grow in the areas where the treatment is applied and collagen from surrounding parts of your face to be more easily absorbed. This isn’t something that goes away over a long period of time, and as a matter of fact, you’ll continue to notice your face looking better over the months following the procedure.
Many patients choose to have skin tightening done when they deal with severe wrinkles and other signs of aging in the face. The procedure is usually repeated up to three times over the course of a few months to encourage the best possible results. This procedure may not make you look as young as a facelift would, but it’s more affordable and much less invasive overall, so it’s a popular choice.
What will it cost?
Depending on your specific needs and the amount of space that will be covered by the treatment, the cost of skin tightening may vary. However, it is generally much cheaper than a facelift and other similar types of facial skin treatments. It is impossible to give a specific cost for the treatment because it varies from individual to individual and may even vary between dermatologist clinics. Different states may also have different regulations in place when it comes to the cost of this procedure. You can expect to pay at least $500 and up to around $4000 for skin tightening, but remember that this is a ballpark range and it could change for you.
What’s the process like?
At the beginning of the procedure, you’ll have your face washed thoroughly (or you can do this yourself) and your skin will be treated with antiseptic to keep infections from occurring. You’ll put on something to protect your eyes and you may be given an over-the-counter pain reliever, but you probably won’t be given anything stronger than that.
Your dermatologist or the professional handling the procedure will use a handheld device to pulse lasers over your skin two or three times per affected area. You’ll also notice cool air blowing into your face as this is done. This is to help keep you comfortable as the feeling of the laser may burn or sting.
The procedure is very relaxed, and you will not need to undergo any anesthesia for it. It should take about a half-hour to one hour and you should be able to go about your day normally afterward if you choose. Some patients who have very sensitive skin may notice swelling, redness, or warmth for several hours. This is normal, but if you notice anything else, such as itching, be sure to speak to the dermatologist about this.
What’s recovery like?
The recovery process from skin tightening is very minimal. Unless you have an allergic reaction to the procedure, which is very uncommon, you should notice almost no downtime after you’re done with the experience. Many people go back to work the same day and need nothing more than a couple of over-the-counter painkillers to deal with the aftereffects of skin tightening.
With that said, however, no medical procedure is completely without risk. You may notice that skin tightening causes your skin to become discolored in the areas where it has been performed, and if this is the case, you will need to discontinue any future procedures. Skin tightening may interfere with other skin medication you are taking or using, and it may also cause bruising. If you suffer from any skin condition that causes outbreaks, such as herpes, cancer, or lichen planus, you may notice outbreaks occurring following your treatment.
One of the most common problems associated with laser skin tightening is swelling. This may be minimal enough that you can go about your day normally, but you may also notice your face swelling significantly after the procedure has been completed. If this happens and the swelling does not go down in a couple of hours, you need to speak to your dermatologist about it. He or she will be able to give you more information and help you determine the best course of action for further skin tightening sessions, too.