SKIN TIGHTENING LASER
While aging is irreversible, science has made a breakthrough with the first, non-surgical, light-based dermal heating system approved by the FDA for lax skin. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that provides a natural approach to skin tightening without injections, surgery, or recovery time. You will feel a difference in the appearance, texture, and elasticity of your skin in just two to three treatments over a course of a few months.
The science behind the IPL treatment is effective for a number of skin conditions such as age spots, wrinkles, skin rejuvenation and sagging. The procedure works by bypassing the top layer of the skin (epidermis) to heat up the second layer of the skin (dermis) which results in new collagen production that visibly tightens loose skin. The best results can be achieved on sagging skin that is without much fat.
o Avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen daily and do not tan at all) for 2 weeks before treatment.
o Do not apply self-tanners or spray tans for 2-3 weeks prior to treatment.
o Do not use any retinol or retinoid products on the area to be treated for 48 hours before
o Let your doctor know if you have a history of hyperpigmentation.
o If you have a history of fever blisters, notify your doctor.
o You must notify the physician if you have had any cosmetic tattooing on or near the area to be treated.
WHAT TO EXPECT
o During treatment, your provider will induce a safe thermal wound in the deep layers of tissue. The thermal stress on the fibroblasts in the tissues will force the production of collagen and elastin.
o The tissue will feel warm, possibly like a mild sunburn immediately after the treatment.
o Most patients will require 6-8 treatments to achieve desired results.
o Following laser treatments, it is beneficial to schedule maintenance facial treatments, and continue to use recommended skin care treatment products at home.
o Avoid sun exposure for 3 weeks after your final ST treatment.
o Use of a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB with the highest SPF possible. It is critical when receiving any laser treatments, and is recommended for maintenance of results. Any sun exposure may darken or burn treated areas.
o Tylenol is recommended post treatment if continued discomfort occurs.
o You may apply ice packs, cool towels or Aloe-Vera to alleviate discomfort. Avoid any topical products until skin feels back to normal. This is not typically required.
o Call the office if any questions or concerns arise.
o Your physician may recommend a topical steroid if swelling is observed.