Whenever you find yourself longing for the days when your skin was tighter and younger-looking, you should be pleased to know that there are ways to tighten it. As we begin to age, the body produces less of the substance that gives the skin its fullness. This material is called collagen, which is a protein produced by the body. Another protein, called elastin, gives the skin the ability to return to its normal position after being pulled on or stretched by things like normal body movements. Less of this substance is produced with age as well.
The natural consequence of the skin having less collagen and elastin present than it once did is that it appears looser. Because it has more difficulty returning to its original shape, it begins to sag as well. Combine these two factors, and you end up with loose skin and wrinkles.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a proven treatment method that can be employed to tighten loose skin. One of the ways laser treatments benefit people with conditions like this is from the production of additional collagen. The heat from the laser stimulates the skin to create more of it. The result is that the skin is restored to an appearance closer to what it was during the younger years before the collagen levels began to diminish. These treatments will also help the skin to regain some of its flexibility by causing the production of additional elastin as well.
Fractional resurfacing is one of the newer methods of conducting laser treatments. When this method is used, microscopic areas of the skin are treated while leaving untreated areas surrounding those columns. This results in fewer side effects while still reaping the benefit of visible improvements. This also means less downtime for the client.
Following your fraxel CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, you should start to see improvements in your appearance as a result of the treatment within about a month or so. However, it could take up to six months before you see the full results. Also, a series of treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
If you would like a younger look, you should ask our team at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery about the benefits of skin tightening with fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Our office is located in Waltham.