Facts about Aging and Laser Skin Tightening
Men and women alike share the desire to look their best as they age and one of the most popular means of doing this is a technique called “laser skin tightening”. A minimally invasive procedure that requires surgery whatsoever, this technique provides the individual with smoother skin that is more youthful in appearance.
Why skin ages
Skin is the largest organ on the entire body; covering every surface of the body. At birth, skin is soft, supple and mostly unblemished. It remains that way (with the exception of minor bruises, scrapes and childhood diseases) until the child enters puberty, at which time pimples, blackheads and whiteheads may make an appearance.
Over the passage of time, many things have an effect on our skin. Hours of blissful fun in the sun, airborne pollutants, cigarette smoking and our expressive nature begins to leave traces on the skin of the face in our 20’s. By the time we are in our 30’s, those traces start to form faint wrinkles. This is due to the fact that every passing year finds our skin losing elasticity and collagen, making it less taut.
As we approach our 40’s, the cell renewal rate has slowed to the point that more and more dead skin cells remain on the face for longer periods of time. Our skin also begins to dry, and the loss of collagen can increase the appearance of wrinkles. Hormonal imbalances, especially in women, start to interfere with the emergence of spider veins, dark splotches called age spots and thinning skin. Wrinkles and sagging skin become more prominent during the ages of 50 and 60, largely due to the fact that our bodies slow down in production of new cells and hormones.
Of course, there is one more factor that plays a huge role in aging skin: genetics. Called intrinsic aging, the process starts around the age of 20. Though the visible effects are not usually evident until our 40’s or 50’s, the signs can affect the appearance of the individual as early as the mid-20’s.
Fighting the effects of aging
No matter what the cause, few people embrace the fact that their skin is showing signs of aging. Most look for an easy and less expensive option than a face lift, which requires surgery. One option is through laser skin tightening.
Because it is a non-invasive technique, laser is a popular means for attaining younger looking skin. Performed by a licensed dermatologist, an infrared light source is utilized to heat the collagen that lies beneath the surface of the skin, making the skin contract and tighten. The results are immediate; visible firming of the skin, giving it a smoother appearance. As there is no surgery, downtime is virtually nonexistent. For the best results, additional treatments are necessary; depending on the individual, two or three treatments spaced about a month apart could be administered.
Laser based treatments are found to be more effective than other means of tightening the skin, such as chemical peels, and are effective for anyone. There are some side effects, including reddening of the skin, temporary change in skin coloration or mild scarring.
Costs for laser treatments can vary. Many factors play a role in the price of the procedure; the size of the area to be treated, the location of the area to be treated and the type of laser used. The costs are much less than those involved with a surgical procedure, however, which require anesthesia, pain medications and loss of work in addition to the cost of the procedure itself. Often, financing options are available for laser treatments to make it more affordable.
Aging can be a frustrating yet unavoidable feature in life that many individuals have difficulty “facing”, but laser skin tightening can change the appearance of an individual; reviving the youthful skin that they desire.