The Basics On Skin Tightening With Lasers
Happy Monday! Today’s blog post was inspired by a recent experience I’ve had. I was given a gift certificate a few months back for a laser treatment at a clinic close by. I was going through my stuff and found it and it got me curious. I’ve heard a lot about it and the gift certificate had a few weeks left before it expired. I got to doing my research and I kind of want to try it. I was hesitant at first and then I got to searching and think maybe. I’m currently debating whether I should or shouldn’t so I thought this blog post might help and inform you as well. So here are a few basic questions and answers about laser skin tightening.
Many people seek skin tightening procedures or products to make them look younger. The problem is that they don’t always know exactly what they are getting into. One person tells them the procedure was extremely painful while someone else swears they didn’t feel a thing. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you to try the latest and greatest products. Before randomly trying the latest fad product, learn the basics of skin tightening with lasers.
What Can Lasers Do For Me?
Laser procedures have been around for several decades. They come in different styles to address different skin care needs, from hair removal to scar removal to skin rejuvenation and a dozen other procedures. The days of having to find a plastic surgeon, spend a week in the hospital, and spending many weeks recovering from surgery are gone. Plastic surgery is now more of a last resort option when other treatments don’t work.
Lasers can resurface skin and tighten it with very little or no downtime. You can have the procedure done as an outpatient and return to work the same day. Another major benefit is that a laser procedure does not cost nearly as much as plastic surgery, making it available to almost anyone.
Where Can You Get A Laser Procedure?
You have options when it comes to a laser treatment. While you certainly can choose to go to a medical surgeon for procedures, you can also have it done through a cosmetic clinic or day spa. To perform medical laser repair, the technician must have taken and completed training in the use of lasers. That training includes understanding the various settings of the device and how to determine if treatment is right for different skin types. Some states still require that a laser technician have medical training while others do not.
How Do Lasers Tighten Skin?
Many people mix up cosmetic lasers with scientific lasers that cut through metal or medical lasers that are used in surgeries to cut through skin. The laser devices used in cosmetic procedures use light-based energy to target specific cells while leaving other cells intact. Hair removal lasers, for instance, target the hair follicle to destroy it while leaving the skin around it untouched. The lasers used for skin tightening leave the epidermis or surface skin unharmed while targeting the dermis or deeper skin layer. Using a particular spectrum of light, it heats the dermal layer of skin, which makes it contract in reaction to the heat. At the same time, it encourages fresh collagen growth to rejuvenate the skin over time.
Does Laser Skin Tightening Hurt?
This is a very common question asked by clients all the time. Back with laser treatments first entered the cosmetic industry, they were painful to a degree. Laser treatments have evolved over the years to the point where they are no longer as distressing. Since there are still some who find the treatment to be uncomfortable, technicians will offer to apply a topical numbing agent to the skin prior to using a laser.
What Happens At The Appointment?
If it’s your first time at the clinic, you will need to fill out medical records. During the session, the technician will ask several questions and evaluate your skin condition. If they do not offer it, you can request a numbing gel if you feel you will need it. The technician will make several passes over the treatment area to make sure it is covered. The session may take as little as ten minutes or as long as two hours, depending entirely on how large the treatment area is. After they are finished, they will instruct you in how to care for your skin, what to expect, and how to ease any discomfort.
I’m still curious and maybe I’ll do some more searching and read more about it. I don’t know if I really need to as I’m happy the way I am. The opportunity came up and I looked into it. I was thinking maybe laser hair removal or maybe get my scar faded on my left leg after I cut it open a few years ago. Actually you can’t really see it even though it is quite long as it is now the same color as my legs but sometimes I look down and remember how I got it and cringe. You might have not even noticed if I hadn’t brought it up. Sometimes I don’t even see it in pictures when I’m in a skirt or swimsuit. As for hair removal that is more a possibility in the future. There is so much information out there about laser skin tightening and laser treatments and it is up to you if you decide to go through with it yourself. Make sure you get all the information about it if you’re serious and take all the precautions.
Those are some things to know about laser ski tightening and what to expect from it. Let me know if you have got anything like it done and your experience with it. Also if this was helpful for you and gave you more in depth info about it. So I hope you liked this post and have a fun week ahead!
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