Patients who do not want or need to undergo a surgical lift to remove loose skin may consider a noninvasive laser skin tightening treatment in The Medical Spa at Peace Health Medical Group in the Portland metro area. Laser skin tightening systems use laser energy to improve the elasticity of the skin and the skin’s quality. The Medical Spa includes several different laser systems, BTL Vanquish, BTL Exilis, and the Zimmer Z Wave, to customize the treatment for each patient depending on their goals and the areas they want treated. One of the Master Aestheticians at The Medical Spa will perform a consultation with each patient to evaluate the skin and needs and determine the best laser system for their treatment plan. Most patients will need multiple sessions to see optimal results, but the amount varies based on the patient and the system used.
The Vanquish ME uses radiofrequency energy to melt fat cells, which will reduce cellulite and tighten the skin. The Vanquish treatments are quick, painless, and patients see their best results about 2 weeks after the procedure. The Vanquish permanently removes the fat cells in the treated areas, but a healthy lifestyle should be maintained to prevent the remaining fat cells from growing larger.
Exilis is made by the same company as the Vanquish and it also uses radiofrequency heat to tighten the skin, but the Exilis is best for smaller areas like the neck and jowls. Exilis is also better for patients who want to focus on tightening their skin and not fat reduction. The Exlis is also quick, painless, and requires no downtime after treatment.
Zimmer Z Wave Pro
The Zimmer Z Wave Pro uses radial pulse technology to tighten skin and minimize cellulite. The Z Wave is a noninvasive treatment that is fast, painless, requires no downtime, and provides visible results. The Z Wave can be customized to treat different levels of cellulite so each patient gets their best results. The radial shockwaves disrupt the cellulite and promote the body to tighten the skin for an improvement in the patient’s body contours.
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Laser skin tightening is an outpatient procedure that may be performed with topical anesthesia to ease mild warming and prickling sensations. It can be done in a doctor’s clinic and doesn’t last longer than 30 minutes. A handpiece is guided around the areas to be treated as ultrasound waves are emitted. These trigger collagen development, which will gradually result in healthier skin. There will be no pain, and discomfort is limited compared to other laser treatments. In some cases, several treatments may be required for optimal results.
What to Expect
There is a noticeable improvement with the skin’s appearance right after treatment. The actual results will be gradual as collagen multiplies, enhancing the skin structure. Optimal results are evident around the third month. There may be slight redness or swelling after treatment which subsides after a few hours. The patient will experience no downtime, and will be able to go back to normal activities immediately. It is important to set realistic expectations with this approach as it cannot produce the same results as a surgical procedure.
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Laser Skin Tightening FAQs
Who Should Get It?
Individuals who are averse to surgical cosmetic procedures can benefit the most with laser skin tightening. The results will be gradual, but the quality of improvement is significant as the healing starts within the skin. It is the perfect treatment for those who still have a good skin tone but begin to see signs of skin laxity. Most commonly, those who are aged 30 to 40 seek this treatment to slow down aging effects.
Immediate improvement can be readily seen right after treatment; however, optimal results become more noticeable after a few months. The treatment is safe to be repeated especially after 1 year as the positive effects subside.
The number of sessions depends on the patient’s skin condition and aesthetic goals. Most patients who still have a good skin tone can have significant results with a single treatment. For those who show more symptoms of skin aging, several treatments may be needed to produce the wanted results.