Enhancing Results with Laser Skin Tightening

Skin contouring, better known as skin tightening, is a non-invasive laser treatment that safely combines infrared light and radiofrequency to heat the dermal layer of your skin. The aim of this procedure (as you may have guessed) is to tighten loose or saggy skin, which in turn can also assist in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

When your skin is heated, it actually stimulates new collagen growth and thus improves elasticity and volume! In fact, most stand to benefit from skin tightening as a stand-alone treatment.

This budget-friendly treatment can also help reduce the amount you need to invest in complementary treatments!

Dermal fillers and Neuromodulators (Botox® and Dysport®) are often seen as some of the most significant human-made solutions in the fight against aging. These two treatment options can deliver drastic results in the respective areas they aim to treat. Dermal fillers can help to add volume that we tend to lose with age, while neuromodulators can relax facial muscles and prevent wrinkles from forming or worsening. Dabbling in the world of injectables can definitely aid you in your search for eternal youth; however, combining these procedures with laser skin tightening treatments can result in more effective, prolonged results.

Generally speaking, most will see a noticeable difference in their skin laxity following their first skin tightening treatment. As your collagen continues to regenerate, your results will become more pronounced. On average, it is recommended that you do anywhere between two and six treatments depending on your degree of skin laxity or sagging. Unlike other laser treatments where skin tone can affect your eligibility, the laser used for skin tightening – the eTwo Sublative™ + Sublime™ treatment – is safe for all skin complexions.  In other words, you do not need to worry about your skin potentially pigmenting from this treatment.

In my experience, this treatment is both relaxing and effective. The heating sensation is warm but not painful – almost similar to the heat level during a hot stone massage. The most common side effects are mild redness and can easily be hidden by light makeup post-treatment. The redness and any slight discomfort from the heat should subside within a few hours post-treatment. While you do see some immediate changes, the best is yet to come as results form over 2-4 months following the treatment. This treatment has no downtime, and you can continue back to work or go upon your day as you usually would—making it the perfect lunchtime treatment. Most patients, depending on the treatment area, can be in and out within an hour.

Laser treatments are highly effective in conjunction with injectables but, when making a treatment plan, you do need to follow specific time frames. For instance, it is better to do laser treatments first followed by injectables—this is because there is a small chance that the heating of the dermal layer can metabolize your filler faster—and you don’t want to waste your investment!

There is a recommended wait period of about 6-8 weeks after injections of dermal filler before proceeding with a laser. However, you can do this in reverse with skin tightening first followed by injectables in about a two-week time frame. Creating a personalized treatment plan with your skin clinic is essential.

People who are prone to cold sores, are pregnant or breastfeeding, scar easily, are receiving radiation, or have been using acne targeting medications may develop adverse reactions. In these unique cases, it is best to consult with your specialist before treatment to discuss risks and options. Though the risk of an adverse reaction is small, you always need to be cautious and patient.

Both laser and injectable treatments are great ways to combat aging. With proper treatment plans, the two go hand-in-hand like no other; intensifying and extending the results. We strongly recommend looking into both sides of medical aesthetics and injectables to achieve your best possible results.