Titan and Polaris systems are the most popular forms of laser skin tightening procedures. While most commonly used on the face, they can be effective on any portion of the body.
Laser skin tightening can be a viable alternative to an invasive operation like liposuction, a facelift or a tummy tuck. As an added plus, the results of the treatment are evident on the face almost immediately.
The laser skin tightening systems make use of an infrared laser that heats the collagen embedded in the deep dermal layer while still allowing the outer layer to remain cool. Which kind of laser you use – Titan, Polaris, or another system – will depend on the type of laser skin tightening treatment you want and which area of your body you need treated. It really is best for you to discuss this with the cosmetic dermatologist and let them advise you. One of the lasers currently coming into use doesn’t have a single; instead, it uses several small beams. This can be effective in spreading out the heat of the beam.
As a result of the laser’s energy, the collagen is heated and causes it to migrate. This allows the body the opportunity to create still more collagen, and the old material (collagen) helps to smooth and even out the skin. Very often, weight gain or loss, pregnancy and growth spurts cause the middle layer of the skin (the dermis) to tear, and some medications can do the same. By making use of the laser skin tightening treatment, these marks can be erased. The collagen, when it cools, makes the lax skin become firmer and tighter. This thus flattens out wrinkles, dimples, and scar tissue. The depth to which the laser reaches can be fine-tuned to the nearest millimeter, up to a maximum depth of 6 mm.
The actual laser skin tightening procedure results in minimal pain and discomfort. This is primarily due to a cooling system attached to the laser, which protects the skin before and after each pulse of the beam. Beyond that, there is often some mild degree of warming, some redness, and a little tightness to the skin. Generally, all of these side effects fade within a few hours of the treatment. In some extreme cases, there may be some bruising and blistering, and changes to skin pigmentation.
The best results are found by undergoing several laser skin tightening treatments spaced over the course of several weeks. While some results are immediately evident, it generally takes three to six months for the full effects to be seen.
As for laser skin tightening candidates, men and women who are from thirty to sixty years old are best, and they can have any skin color, tone or type. If a person has very lax skin – as a result of surgery, dramatic weight loss etc., the treatment should be combined with some type of skin tightening surgery.