Whaat You Should Know About Laser Skin Tightening By on June 08, 2013

Laser Skin TighteningMany people turn to cosmetic plastic surgery in order to reverse the signs of aging. By reducing the appearance of wrinkles and tightening skin that's drooping or sagging, you can get the best possible appearance and look years younger. Many people think that surgery is the only way to achieve this, but in actuality, there is another treatment option out there that can be just as helpful: laser skin tightening.

When you visit a Minneapolis plastic surgeon for a full consultation, you'll be able to learn more about laser skin tightening and how it can benefit you. In the meantime, we'd like to take this opportunity to go over the basics of laser skin tightening and what it entails.

What is laser skin tightening?

Laser skin tightening is a non-surgical skin care and skin rejuvenation treatment that is used to improve the appearance of the skin. Laser skin tightening can be used on the face, neck, abdominal area, legs, arms, and buttocks. During your visit to our cosmetic surgery practice in Edina and St. Louis Park, we'll determine if laser skin tightening is right for you and your aesthetic goals.

How does laser skin tightening work?

The laser skin tightening procedure will heat the collagen and deeper portions of your epidermis and dermis. By doing this, the surface layer of your skin will contract, reducing wrinkles and sagging and improving overall skin appearance and laxity in the process.

The Best Candidates for Laser Skin Tightening

The ideal candidates for this cosmetic skin care treatment are people who are in their 30s through their 60s and have minor issues with loose skin and sagging skin in different areas of the body.

If a patient has major issues with loose or sagging skin, a surgical treatment would likely be more ideal to achieve that patient's aesthetic goals.

The Laser Skin Tightening Procedure

During the laser skin tightening procedure, a surgeon will carefully apply the treatment handpiece to the affected area. Bursts of laser energy are conveyed through this handpiece into the skin. A topical anesthetic cream is often used prior to treatment in order to eliminate any undue discomfort.

This handpiece if usually passed along the treatment area three times during a session. The entire procedure lasts roughly 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the treatment area and the needs of the patient.

Alternatives to Laser Skin Tightening

For serious cases of loose skin, fine lines, and wrinkles, surgical intervention is more ideal. For instance, Minneapolis facelift can go a long way toward wrinkle reduction for people who have serious issues regarding the lines and sagging in the face. Similarly, there are various body contouring and sculpting surgery options that we can consider to enhance your overall figure and improve skin tightness.

With all this in mind, we'd like to add that surgery and laser skin tightening can be combined, though the treatments would be spaced a few months after each other to account for recovery and healing. These matters we can discuss in much greater detail when you stop by for a visit.

Learn More About Aesthetic Enhancement and Facial Rejuvenation

For more information about laser skin tightening and your many other options for aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our Edina and St. Louis Park cosmetic plastic surgery centers today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent aesthetic results.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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